EUA Newsletter 14 | 14/09/2015
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EUA calls on European Parliament to defend research in upcoming EU budget

With the EU Council having presented its position on the 2016 budget to the European Parliament on 8 September, EUA welcomes the widespread support in the Parliament for the Horizon 2020 programme from a series of committees, including the leading Committee on Budgets as well as the Committees on Industry, Research and Energy and Economic and Monetary Affairs. The negotiations between the EU Council and Parliament have entered a decisive phase with the release of the official Council position on the Commission-proposed Draft Budget 2016.

Compared to the 2015 budget, the Commission has proposed a cut to Horizon 2020 in commitments and also a needed increase in payments for 2016, notably with a view to reducing the ongoing payment gap. This backlog in payments is a critical issue for EU programme beneficiaries, who are not receiving payments in time.

The Council has adopted a position including further cuts to Horizon 2020 commitments and bringing down the increase in payments. Compared to the 2015 budget, this would mean a cut of 105 million Euros in commitments. With regard to payments, the Council limits the increase to 840 million Euros instead of 1,05 billion Euros proposed by the Commission.

EUA believes that cutting down even further Europe’s leading research programme is unacceptable, in particular after it has been heavily tapped into to set up the financial basis of the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI). EUA recalls the EU institutions’ pledge to minimise the impact of these cuts on the programme, and a commitment by the Commission to exploit margins available in the budget to do so.
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Policy and Projects News

ASEAN and EU to Focus on Quality Assurance in ASEAN Higher Education

On 24-25 August 2015, the ASEAN and European Union Support to Higher Education in ASEAN Region (SHARE) project organised the first in a series of SHARE’s policy dialogues. High-level education officials, academicians and researchers from ASEAN Member States and other project stakeholders attended this two-day event which was held at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta.
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EUREQA project ends with final event and publication

The final event of the EUREQA project (“Empowering universities to fulfil their responsibility for quality assurance”) took place on Thursday 3 September 2015 at the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts, in Brussels, Belgium. This event marked the end of three years of capacity building activities for partner universities in the Western Balkans.
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Occasional paper on trends in internal quality assurance

EUA has published a new report examining current European trends in quality assurance (QA) in higher education. The report “ESG Part 1: Are universities ready?” outlines what is known about the current status of implementation of each standard of Part I of the current Standards and guidelines for quality assurance in the European higher education area (ESG). 
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Events News

EUA to launch new webinar series

As the new phase of the Bologna Process (2015-2018) begins, EUA is launching a series of webinars for its members, to address the current state and prospects of European higher education reforms. The webinars will take place on the last Wednesday of the month until November 2015. The first webinar will include a discussion on “Achievements and next steps of the Bologna Process” and will take place on 30 September 2015, at 14.00 CEST. 
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Brussels News

Three new members appointed to the ERC Scientific Council

On 10 July 2015, the European Commission appointed three new members Margaret Buckingham, Michael Kramer and Silvio Micali to the ERC Scientific Council. Their mandate will be for four years. Margaret Buckingham, a French-British national, is a professor at the Pasteur Institute and Research Director at the Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS), Department of Developmental and Stem Cell Biology, Paris.
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Eurydice publishes the academic calendar for HEIs for 2015/16

The EU Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) in Brussels that manages Eurydice has published a special report titled “The Organisation of the Academic Year in Higher Education, 2015/16” providing information on how the academic year in European universities is organised across 37 countries. The timing of the school year varies between different countries and regions because of differences in culture, tradition and climate.
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Members and Partners News

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