EUA Newsletter 1 | 15/1/2016
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A very Happy New Year from everyone at EUA!

EUA wishes all its newsletter readers a very happy and successful 2016. We have many exciting events and project-related activities planned for the coming months. 

These include EUA’s Annual Conference that will take place at the National University of Ireland in Galway from 7 to 8 April. Under the title “Bricks and clicks for Europe: building a successful digital campus” the conference will explore how Europe’s universities are developing comprehensive “bricks and clicks” strategies and EUA members are also encouraged to attend the EUA General Assembly prior to the main conference. A full list of events covering a wide range of topics, including those organised in the framework of projects, can be viewed on the EUA events webpage

Meanwhile, the project section of our website also contains information about all of our ongoing projects and other relevant opportunities for members to participate in. Members and partner institutions can still apply to take part in the Refugees Welcome Map. EUA is collecting information on the initiatives undertaken by European universities related to refugees and will prepare an interactive map showcasing all the contributions.

In terms of its policy work in 2016, EUA will continue to work on different levels to ensure that the voice of universities is heard in European level policy debates on key issues that impact at the national level both the work of national university associations and EUA’s individual member universities. 

Policy and Projects News

EUA member consultation – Have your say on Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+

EUA is launching a member consultation ahead of the mid-term review of the present generation of the EU funding programmes Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+. The European Commission is expected to initiate official consultations on the programmes in 2017. As universities are key stakeholders and beneficiaries, EUA wants to make sure that their experiences are taken into consideration. Therefore the association is launching a member consultation done via questionnaire on the issue well before the official start of the mid-term review. 
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EUA project “USTREAM” on efficient university management

Increasing societal demands, enhanced competition for public resources and changing funding modalities augment the pressure on universities to work more efficiently both in terms of management and academic practice. USTREAM – Universities for Strategic, Efficient and Autonomous Management – proposes to tackle this question.
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EUA participates in HAQAA Initiative

EUA is part of a consortium implementing the Harmonisation of African Higher Education Quality Assurance and Accreditation Initiative (HAQAA Initiative), which is a key initiative in the framework of the Joint Africa-EU Strategy. 
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Bologna Process 2015-2018: BFUG working groups kick off 

The year 2015 saw the beginning of the new phase of the Bologna Process (2015-2018). After the Ministerial Meeting in Yerevan, Armenia in May 2015, the first appointment of the Bologna Follow-up Group (BFUG) took place in Luxembourg on 8-9 September where an agreement on the Work Programme was reached. It will be taken forward by three working groups (WG).
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Events News

UNI-SET project: EUA webinar on energy research and 1st Energy Clustering Event

Moving to a low carbon society is one of the most important societal challenges addressed by Horizon 2020 and receives special attention with a dedicated key performance indicator on energy. The UNI-SET project is advancing EUA’s work in the field of energy research and education with two events in January and February 2016: an EUA webinar on energy, and the 1st Energy Clustering Event. 
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Register now for EQUIP project events

Registration is still open for five events this spring in the EQUIP project (Enhancing Quality through Innovative Policy and Practice), which will be of interest to stakeholders in quality assurance (QA) in higher education. 
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Call for host: EQAF 2017 and 2018

Since 2006, the European Quality Assurance Forum (EQAF), organised by EUA, ENQA, EURASHE and ESU, has become the premier event for quality assurance (QA) in Europe with more than 400 participants each year from across Europe and beyond. 
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Brussels News

Dutch EU Council Presidency 

On 1 January, the Netherlands took over the six-month Presidency of the EU Council from its predecessor Luxembourg. In its work programme, the following priorities are highlighted for research, within the broader goal of creating growth and improving competitiveness.
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Members and Partners News

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