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EUA Newsletter 18   29 October 2010

EUA Annual Conference: University leaders map paths for future success

Following a decade of change and multiple reforms in European higher education, research and governance and, more recently, sharp cuts in public funding, universities across Europe are responding by developing and “sharpening” their own distinctive university profiles.


Photo: Androulla Vassiliou, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, and EUA President, Professor Jean-Marc Rapp at Closing SessionThis was one of the clear messages from the EUA Annual conference that ended last weekend at the University of Palermo (20-23 October). The event gathered around 300 higher education leaders and stakeholders to analyse how institutions are reacting to the profound changes that have been taking place in higher education across Europe, and which have been driven also by the continuing ‘massification’ of higher education and demographic change.


During the three-day event, university leaders focused on the challenges they need to overcome in order to consolidate their mission/profile through tailored research strategies, clear staff profiles and increased student diversity, and highlighted examples of good practice in each of these areas. Specific solutions include looking to diversify funding sources (to complement public funding), developing and sustaining effective research partnerships with a wide range of partners and providing incentives and development opportunities for staff. Universities are also looking to develop ‘multicultural learning environments’ and developing ways to respond to the needs of an increasingly diverse student population.
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Photo: Androulla Vassiliou, EC Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, and EUA President, Professor Jean-Marc Rapp at the Closing Session

EUA welcomes new members

EUA is pleased to announce that during the Council meeting prior to the Annual conference in Palermo, the following institutions were welcomed as full individual members.
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Policy and Projects News

EUA publishes recommendations for continued reform of doctoral education

EUA has published a series of recommendations for improving doctoral education in Europe, aimed at universities as well as governments and funding agencies. The EUA ‘Salzburg II Recommendations’ are the result of a wide consultation with the 185 members of  EUA's Council for Doctoral Education (EUA-CDE), and were adopted by EUA’ s governing Council at the beginning of its Annual conference in Palermo.
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EUA publishes new policy document on quality and quality assurance

EUA Council adopted in its meeting on 21 October, 2010 a revised policy document for EUA on quality and quality assurance in the European Higher Education Area. As the quality of higher education continues to be of high importance to the development of European universities, it was felt that EUA needed to strengthen and clarify its position in this regard.
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European Women Rectors meet at EUA Annual Conference in Palermo

Participants at EUA’s Annual conference, organised in Palermo last week, had the occasion to learn more about the European Women Rectors Forum, an initiative supported by EUA and the International Association of University Presidents (IAUP). Under the chairmanship of Professor Gülsün Sağlamer, former Rector of Istanbul Technical University and former EUA Board member, the Forum has organised two conferences in Istanbul (2008 and 2010) with the objective of sharing experiences and developing new ideas to improve the conditions for women “beyond the glass ceiling” in academia.
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EUA makes significant contribution to Belgian EU Presidency conference on excellence in universities

The Presidency of the European Union, currently held by Belgium, organised on 14-15 October a major conference on “Conditions for achieving excellence in universities and other research organisations” in Brussels.
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Events News

EUA Council for Doctoral Education Workshop: Mobility and Collaboration – international and inter-sectoral, ELTE University, Budapest, Hungary (20-21 January 2011)

The Fourth EUA-CDE Workshop entitled ‘Mobility and Collaboration: international and inter-sectoral’ will be hosted by Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest, Hungary and will take place from 20-21 January 2011. Mobility at the national and European levels, is seen as a cornerstone of the development of the knowledge society. Both in the European Higher Education Area of the Bologna Process and in the European Research Area, very ambitious targets have been set for increases in international mobility.
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News from Brussels

European Parliament calls for further investment in education and research

The European Parliament voted during its Plenary session in Strasbourg (18-21 October) on the EU’s budget for 2011. While taking into account the current financial constraints on most member states, the MEPs sought to promote investment in the areas of education, research and innovation. The Parliament notably asked to re-evaluate the amounts devoted to the Lifelong Learning Programme (+18 million €). The Parliament and the Council need to agree on the final figures before the budget can be formally approved in November. The Parliament proposes an overall increase in commitments of 0.8% compared to the 2010 budget.


More information is available here.

European Commission Lifelong Learning Programme info days (November 2010)

The European Commission is hosting two information days in Brussels for its Lifelong Learning Programme. The info days taking place on 12 and 15 November aim to outline:  European funding possibilities in the field of lifelong learning; latest news on the Lifelong Learning Programme; and help with finding European partners.


Click here to find out more information and how to register.



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