Newsletter 14 2017
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EUA Newsletter 14 - 14/07/2017

EUA reacts to key European Commission policy documents on higher education and research

In the past week, EUA has responded to two key policy documents on higher education and research in Europe.

The “Renewed EU Agenda for Higher Education”, launched on 30 May, outlines the European Commission’s policy priorities for higher education over the next few years. It focuses on four key areas, which include tackling future skills mismatches and promoting excellence in skills development; building inclusive and connected higher education systems; ensuring higher education institutions contribute to innovation; and supporting effective and efficient higher education systems. 

EUA responded on 10 July by welcoming the Commission’s Agenda, which provides a broad vision on the role of higher education with a strong emphasis on topics of critical importance for the European higher education sectors, and builds a good basis for discussion and collaboration between the sector and policy actors at different levels.

On 7 July, EUA also responded to the “Fab – Lab – App” report of the High Level Group, chaired by Pascal Lamy and charged with examining new ways of maximising the impact of EU research and innovation programmes. The report makes 11 recommendations, which most notably include a call for doubling EU investment in research and innovation, which it links strongly to the future of Europe.

EUA, which has actively supported the work of the High Level Group, welcomed the fact that many of its priorities were reflected in the “Fab – Lab – App” report, including the need to prioritise research and innovation in both EU and national budgets and the importance of simplifying and rationalising the EC’s research and innovation programmes. The European Commission will respond to the High Level Group’s recommendations in a Communication later this year. They will also feed into the preparation of the next Framework Programme (FP9), which will be proposed by the European Commission in 2018.
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inHERE project launches a catalogue of good practices in welcoming refugees in higher education

The inHERE (Higher Education Supporting Refugees in Europe) project is launching a Good Practice Catalogue on welcoming refugees in higher education. The good practice examples have been selected among close to 300 initiatives presented on EUA Refugees Welcome Map Campaign.
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Open Science in practice: barriers and recommendations - A contribution by Professor Mary Ritter, Professor Emeritus at Imperial College London

Science must be open if we are to have impact on the ‘wicked’ problems that face the world today – such as climate change, energy, food and scarce resources. This means open access to the results of research so that they can be translated into action and impact as quickly as possible, as EUA highlighted in its recent recommendations towards Open Access.
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EUA focus group on diversity and inclusiveness – applications are open!

EUA is organising a focus group on universities’ approaches towards diversity and inclusiveness and invites university practitioners from across Europe who have experience with the topic to reply to the call for expressions of interest.
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Access and admission at the centre of the discussions in the Mastermind project’s final conference

The final conference of the Mastermind project took place at the Free University of Amsterdam on 5-7 July.
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A new report on institutional recognition procedures published

The FAIR project – Focus on Automatic Institutional Recognition – report has just been published and makes a wide range of recommendations to national authorities, ENIC-NARIC centres and higher education institutions.
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EUA at the EAIE annual conference in Seville - 12-15 September 2017

The 2017 EAIE conference on the theme of 'A mosaic of cultures' will include active contributions from EUA.
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Brussels Event: The importance of openness for sustainable knowledge societies

The European University Association (EUA) and Digital Europe are organising a joint breakfast event in Brussels on 27 September to discuss open societies, protectionism and the future of knowledge mobility.
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Early-bird registration deadline approaching fast for the 1st European Learning & Teaching Forum

The event will take place at the University Pierre and Marie Curie (UPMC) in Paris, France on 28-29 September 2017. The late registration fee will apply after 23 August.
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Save the date: “European Universities in the Energy Transition: Towards a Clean Energy Future”, 23-24 October 2017, Brussels

It will be the sixth “Energy Clustering Event" and targets European policymakers, stakeholders and university leaders, providing a platform for dialogue on the current and future role of universities at the interface of Europe’s energy research and higher education policies.
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USTREAM peer learning seminar: National and institutional approaches to delivering efficiency

The second peer learning seminar will address national and institutional approaches to delivering efficiency.
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Save the date: 4th EUA Funding Forum

The 4th EUA Funding Forum will be hosted by Ramon Llull University, Barcelona, Spain on 18-19 October 2018.
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The next newsletter will be available on 8 September. EUA wishes its readers a relaxing summer.
EUA’s Response to the Renewed EU Agenda for Higher Education

Excellence, synergies and alignment: Lamy Group sketches out future EU research and innovation programme

Towards Full Open Access in 2020: aims and recommendations for university leaders and National Rectors’ Conferences
1st European Learning & Teaching Forum
University Pierre and Marie Curie, Paris, France
28-29 September 2017

EUA RIS3 Workshop
University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia
17 October 2017

6th UNI-SET Energy Clustering Event
Flemish Parliament, Brussels, Belgium
23 - 24 October 2017

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