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    The current state of the European Union demands new political thinking and action – not just “business as usual”. Europe faces a series of interlinked economic, political, societal and cultural challenges that might even result in the disintegration of the European Union. In the field of university policy, Europe has obviously not benefitted from separating research and innovation on the one hand and education, training and culture on the other.


    For the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), participation in Horizon 2020 is a number one priority. The framework programme gives us the opportunity to collaborate with excellent research and innovation actors in Europe and beyond in cross-sectoral teams. Participation benchmarks our research and innovation activities both in terms of quality and relevance. It gives us the opportunity to contribute to research-based solutions to the challenges that Europe and the international community face, be it in energy, environment or in health.


    In the top 50 performing participants in Horizon 2020, 4.2 billion euros went to 37 universities, 11 research agencies and two research institutes. These are all from 12 countries in Europe: the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, France, Italy, Denmark, Sweden, Spain, Scotland, Switzerland, Finland and Greece. This is according to research by the Bialystok University of Technology on the top 50 Horizon 2020 participants after 274 calls.


    The preliminary programme for the EUA Annual Conference is now available. Under the title, “Autonomy and freedom: The future sustainability of universities,” the Annual Conference will take place at the University of Bergen in Norway on 6 and 7 April 2017.


    EUA has launched its new Learning & Teaching Initiative with the aim of putting more focus on the topic at European universities. Building on EUA’s policy work on learning and teaching, including participation in the Bologna Process and contributions to EU processes, the newly-launched Initiative intends to set a more sustained approach for dialogue and cooperation with EUA’s members on this crucial topic.


    EUA has published a second factsheet concerning Brexit and the possible consequences for European universities. It is well known that the UK plays a vital role in the European Research Area and that it is a very important destination for mobile students. The “EUA Brexit Factsheet: UK – European Research Collaboration and Student Mobility” puts numbers on this role as the UK stands out in all areas as a contributor to the European system.


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