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    In the last two weeks, the Eurydice Network has announced the launch of a new online resource 'Eurypedia' (the European Encyclopedia on National Education Systems) and Commission President José Manuel Barroso has appointed the Commission’s first Chief Scientific Adviser, Professor Anne Glover.

    On Wednesday this week, the European Commission announced detailed proposals for the HORIZON 2020 Programme, the Common Strategic Framework for EU Research and Innovation that, from 2014, will cover all research and innovation funding currently provided through the Framework Programme for Research (FP7), the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP) and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT).

    Last week, the European Commission also unveiled detailed proposals for the financing and structure of its next long-term programme (2014-2020) for education, training, youth and sport: “Erasmus for All”. The seven-year programme has a proposed total budget of €19 billion, a major increase (70% according to the EC) on the current programme. It aims to bring together all the current EU and international schemes in these areas, replacing seven existing programmes with one.

    The Council of the European Union announced on 22 November that EUA would be asked to assist in the process of certifying diplomas issued by Kosovan and Serbian universities in order to facilitate mobility in relation to further education and/or public employment.

    The second of four ARDE Focus Group meetings was co-organised by EUA and University College Cork and hosted by the Irish Universities Association in Dublin, Ireland, on 24 November 2011. The ARDE project examines European doctoral programmes in order to gather information about existing structures and good practice in assuring and enhancing the quality of doctoral education. The topic for discussion in this Focus Group was ‘Assuring and enhancing quality in supervision’.

    The inaugural meeting of EUA’s European Platform of Universities Engaged in Energy Research (EPUE) will take place at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, from 23 to 24 February 2012. This event will bring together EUA member universities that have expressed a strong interest in joining the European Platform and have completed a questionnaire on their research and education capacities in the field of energy.

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