EUA Newsletter 18 | 04/11/2016
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EUA adopts vision for next EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation

EUA has developed its initial vision on the design of the Ninth EU Framework Programme (FP9). Adopted by the EUA Council on 28 October 2016, the vision paper provides an early perspective on the main challenges ahead and outlines key areas, from the point of view of Europe’s universities, to be considered by the European Commission when planning the FP9.

7The capacity of universities to stimulate and foster a culture of innovation through the creation of new knowledge sustains the entire gamut of innovation and its benefits for society. In this respect, the previous and current EU Framework Programmes for Research and Innovation have made a major contribution to building critical mass, addressing discrepancies in Europe, and boosting cutting-edge research and innovation. However, the divide amongst European countries in this area is widening and thus more concerted efforts and investment at the EU level are needed to increase Europe’s overall competitiveness.

With this in mind, EUA’s vision highlights three main priorities in designing the FP9:
• Provide long-term policies and funding instruments for research
• Reinforce collaboration and minimise discrepancies across the EU
• Seek a stronger alignment of policies for education, research and innovation

These priorities are important for Europe’s universities in responding to the numerous, complex challenges regarding societal demands, technological developments, greater global competition and demographics. The future success of European universities depends on preserving academic freedom, institutional autonomy and integrity in research and education. It also depends on local, regional and international partnerships, digital advancement, as well as on “open” policies.

Considering this context, EUA encourages all European institutions and member states to assert a strategic vision for the FP9 as a crucial instrument for building more integrated European Higher Education and Research Areas in the coming decades.

To read the “EUA vision for the next EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (FP9)”, please click here.

The statement was developed by EUA’s Research Policy Working Group (RPWG), the EUA Board and Council. It is based on the experience of European universities with FP7 and the current Horizon 2020 framework (FP8), the EUA position on the European Innovation Council (29 April 2016), the ex-post evaluation of the FP7 (25 January 2016), and the EU Council Conclusions on “FP7 and the Future Outlook” (27 May 2016).

The EUA Council also endorsed a series of key messages for the mid-term review of the Horizon 2020 and ERASMUS+ programmes which will be published in the coming weeks.

Policy and Projects News

Autonomy and academic freedom under further pressure in Turkey: EUA statement of solidarity with universities and scholars

EUA would like to express its support for the higher education community in Turkey following the further infringements on university autonomy and academic freedom reflected in two new decrees (675 and 676) published in the Turkish Official Journal on 29 October 2016.
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Brexit: Strong collective European university voice more important than ever

The EUA Council has strongly endorsed the aim of Universities UK (UUK), an EUA member, to work with the Association to sustain European collaboration with British universities after Brexit.
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EUA Council approves seven new members

On the occasion of last week’s EUA Council meeting in Brussels, the Association approved seven new membership applications, including five for individual full membership and two for individual associate membership.
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Events News

Last chance to register: 3rd UNI-SET Energy Clustering Event

Time is running out to register for the 3rd UNI-SET Energy Clustering Event. Entitled “Universities in the Energy Transition: Focus on Smart Energy Systems and Communities,” the event will take place from 21 to 23 November 2016 at the University Politehnica of Bucharest in Romania. The registration deadline is 7 November.
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EUA -CDE Workshop: Registration open

The EUA Council for Doctoral Education (EUA-CDE) has opened registrations for its 10th thematic workshop. Entitled “Ethics and integrity in doctoral education and research training,” the event will be hosted by the Universidade Nova de Lisboa in Portugal on 18 and 19 January 2017.
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Arab-Euro Conference on research collaboration and capacity building: Call for contributions

EUA would like to invite its members to participate in the call for speakers for the Fourth Arab-Euro Conference on Higher Education (AECHE 4), hosted by the University Mohammad V, in Rabat, Morocco from 24 to 26 April 2017.
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Members and Partners News

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