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EUA Newsletter 14    6 September 2010

Register for the EUA Annual Conference: Diversities and Commonalities – the changing face of Europe’s universities (20-23 October 2010)

Registrations are open for EUA´s Annual Conference that will take place at the University of Palermo in Italy from 20 to 23 October.

 

University of Palermo, Steri Building

The Palermo conference will explore the evolving nature of Europe’s universities. It will take account of the impact both of external pressures to respond to different demands at system level and of internal developments, examining the complex interplay of factors shaping the modern university.

 

This includes rapidly evolving legal frameworks and governance structures, covering mergers, partnerships and other arrangements, as well as funding mechanisms and incentives, QA procedures and other accountability requirements, all of which drive convergence or diversity. Similarly the conference will also consider the attitudes and values by the different actors in higher education systems, e.g. policy makers, institutional leaders, academics and external stakeholders who are also important in shaping the development of Europe’s universities.

 

The key objective is to assist institutional leaders and senior staff in better understanding and responding to the different pressures they face, and particularly to help them focus and sharpen their specific institutional profiles. It will highlight examples of strategies and practices adopted by university leaders in different contexts. The conference aims to enhance specific institutional missions, to attract and retain high quality staff, cater to diverse student profiles, and consider incentives for developing diverse research strategies and research portfolios.

 

For more information and to register, please visit the conference website.

 

Please note that EUA will also hold its General Assembly on 21 October prior to the main conference.

Policy and Projects News

Turkey’s universities seek to modernise their financial management: EUIMA workshop at Ankara University (27 September 2010)

To become financially sustainable, universities need to be able to identify the full costs of all their activities. EUA’s continuing work on full costing is now taken up by the EUIMA – Full Costing project (“European Universities Implementing their Modernisation Agenda”), which will organise a series of events around Europe. The next country workshop will take place later this month (27 September) at Ankara University in Turkey.
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EUA contributes to Austrian university reform discussions in Alpach, Austria

EUA was recently invited to take part in an event organised by the Austrian Ministry for Science and Research, as part of the Alpbach 2010 Forum in Austria. The event, entitled “Governance - relations between policy, science and society”, sought to explore which forms of governance would create ideal and stable conditions for universities.
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EUA President underlines importance of communication to the future of the Bologna Process

EUA President, Professor Jean-Marc Rapp last week gave the opening speech “Towards Bologna 2020” at the Annual meeting of EUPRIO – the Association of “European Universities Public Relations and Information Officers”, which took place in Stresa, Italy. Professor Rapp was invited to give an overview of the “Bologna Process towards 2020” including the key priorities over the next decade and the consequences for communication professionals working in higher education.
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Launch of White Paper on Africa-Europe higher education cooperation and dissemination conference (28 September) Brussels, Belgium

On 28 September 2010, EUA will be publishing a white paper entitled ‘Africa-Europe higher education cooperation for development: meeting regional and global challenges.’ This publication is the outcome of the two-year project "Access to Success - Fostering Trust and Exchange between Europe and Africa", which was funded by the European Union’s Erasmus Mundus programme. The project addressed the need to strengthen higher education cooperation between Africa and Europe, both as a response to global challenges and to contribute to African development.
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Events News

Registrations now open for the 5th European Quality Assurance Forum, Lyon, France (18-20 November 2010)

Registrations are now open for the Fifth European Quality Assurance Forum (EQAF), ‘Building bridges: making sense of QA in European, national and institutional contexts’, which will take place from 18-20 November 2010 and will be hosted by University Claude Bernard Lyon I, France.
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University of Algarve (Portugal) and EUA Council for Doctoral Education Co-operation Workshop on Arts Research, Algarve, Portugal (5-6 November 2010)

Co-organised by the Centre for Research in Communication and Arts (CIAC), the University of Algarve in Portugal and the EUA Council for Doctoral Education, the Workshop on Arts Research will take place from 5-6 November 2010.
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News from Brussels

ERC launches new call for early-career researchers

The European Research Council, the European funding body for investigator-driven frontier research, published, on 20 July, its latest call for “ERC Starting Grants” addressed to early-career researchers. The budget of the call amounts to €661 million, bringing this line of funding to the level of the Advanced Grants for senior researchers. This is part of the EU’s strategy for “smart growth and jobs”.
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