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EUA Newsletter 16    1 October 2010

EUA and partners launch White Paper on Africa-Europe higher education cooperation for development

EUA is part of an international consortium of African and European higher education organisations that has published a White Paper this week outlining a series of recommendations for strengthening higher education cooperation between the two continents, both as a response to global challenges and to contribute to African development.

 

The publication (available in French and English) was launched at the Belgian Senate with an event gathering around 150 European and African education and development stakeholders. It tackles a number of key issues relating to the future of Europe-Africa cooperation in higher education, including the need to develop more sustainable and efficient university partnerships and research collaborations (for example through joint research programmes). It also recommends concrete measures to increase the mobility of European students and staff to Africa, and for reducing ‘brain drain’.

 

The paper is based on the outcomes and findings of a major two-year (EC-funded) project “Access to Success: Fostering Trust and Exchange between Europe and Africa" which has been led by EUA and the Association of African Universities, with the Flemish Inter-University Council for Development Cooperation, the Norwegian Association of Higher Education Institutions, the European Access Network, and the European Students’ Union.

 

In an ‘agenda for future action’, it outlines a series of key recommendations for different groups of stakeholders, including governments, universities, development agencies, and the European and African Unions’ respective Commissions.

 

These recommendations will be timely, given the upcoming 3rd Africa-EU Summit (taking place on 29 – 30 November 2010 in Libya) and the various initiatives launched in the framework of the Africa-EU strategic partnership.

 

A full copy of the white paper is available here.
More information about the Conference in Brussels and presentations will be available on the Access to Success website.

 

Photo © Guy Goossens, Belgian Senate

 

Policy and Projects News

Success in doctoral education: EUA-CDE prepares new recommendations on reform

Five years after the Salzburg Principles were launched as the foundation for the reform of doctoral education in Europe, the EUA Council for Doctoral Education (EUA-CDE) has been gathering information about the experiences of Europe’s universities in establishing doctoral schools and structured programmes.
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EUIMA Workshop drives implementation of full costing in Turkey

EUA organised the second EUIMA – Full Costing country workshop this week (27 September) at Ankara University which focussed on the implementation of full costing at Turkish universities. This second event was co-organised with The Council of Higher Education of Turkey (YÖK), which had been selected due to its capacity and position in the Turkish higher education system to drive the implementation of full costing in Turkey.
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EUA DOC-CAREERS II Workshop Series on Collaborative Doctoral programmes launched in Dublin

On 20-21 September the first workshop of the new DOC-CAREERS II project took place at the Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland. DOC-CAREERS II workshops discuss new approaches in collaborative doctoral training with a strong regional focus, both from the host university region and other European regions, and the ways and means available to improve university-business/external partner cooperation. Participating universities are asked to liaise with their external partners and doctoral candidates in order to provide “full stories” of the collaboration from the doctoral thesis topic to the employability of the doctorate holder.
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EUA invited to propose candidates for ERC Scientific Council

EUA has been invited, as one of the principal representative bodies of the European scientific community, to submit a list of potential candidates to serve on the ERC Scientific Council, the governing body of the European Research Council.
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EUA at the 2010 EAIE Conference in Nantes

To highlight different areas of its work, EUA organised and took part in five sessions at the 22nd meeting of the European Association for International Education (EAIE) that took place in Nantes, France, on 15-18 September 2010.

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Events News

Reminder: 5th European Quality Assurance Forum, Lyon, France (18-20 November 2010)

Registrations are still 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 on 18-20 November 2010 and will be hosted by University Claude Bernard Lyon I, France.
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News from Brussels

Debate on simplification of European funding programmes takes regional dimension

The Committee of the Regions and the European Parliament Committee for Regional Development have recently published opinions on the current debate on the simplification of European research funding programmes, which primarily concerns the review of FP7 and the preparation of FP8.

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