EUA Newsletter 19 | 18/11/2016
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European Quality Assurance Forum kicks off in Ljubljana, Slovenia

The 11th European Quality Assurance Forum (EQAF) is underway in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Co-hosted by the Slovenian Student Union and the University of Ljubljana, the event has gathered more than 400 participants to discuss current issues in quality assurance under the theme “Quality in context – embedding improvement.” 

EQAF 2016 5The Forum opened on Thursday, 17 November with a panel discussion exploring the diverse institutional contexts to which quality assurance policies and practices must be adapted to ensure they remain fit for purpose. Contributions from panellists and the audience covered issues such as transferability of principles and methods, flexibility for experimentation in approaches, and the importance of trust in engaging stakeholders in quality assurance activities. Further contextual differences were explored this morning, 18 November, this time focusing on the impact of national characteristics on quality assurance frameworks. Ongoing paper and workshop sessions this afternoon give participants the opportunity to engage in interactive discussions on a wide range of practical case examples, research topics and policy issues.

The paper and workshop sessions will continue on Saturday morning, 19 November, before the final plenary session closes the Forum with a reflection on the modern classroom, and how approaches to quality assurance must keep up with ongoing changes in the learning environment.

Presentations and papers are being uploaded to the EQAF website as the Forum progresses. For the latest updates, please follow @EQAF on twitter and join the #EQAF conversation.

EQAF has been co-organised annually by EUA, ENQA, ESU and EURASHE since 2006 and provides a unique platform for the higher education and quality assurance communities to monitor, shape and anticipate developments in the field. The next Forum will take place from 23 to 25 November 2017 and will be hosted by the University of Latvia in Riga. Further details will be available in early 2017.

Photo: EQAF panel discussion exploring quality assurance in diverse institutional contexts. From left to right: Machteld Verbruggen (Thomas More University College), Stefan Gies (European Association of Conservatoires), Goran Turk (University of Ljubljana), Beate Treml and Caty Duykaerts (EQAF Steering Committee).

Policy and Projects News

EUA responds to EC proposal for Copyright Directive in the Digital Single Market

EUA welcomes the European Commission’s recent proposal for a Directive on copyright in the Digital Single Market, yet stresses the need for further clarification and dialogue to make European copyright efficient, future-proof and innovation-friendly.
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EUA RPWG discusses Horizon 2020 mid-term review and welcomes EC Scientific Advice Mechanism Chair as guest speaker

At its meeting on 10 November 2016, the EUA Research Policy Working Group, chaired by EUA Vice-President Professor David Drewry, welcomed the Chair of the European Commission High-Level Group “Scientific Advice Mechanism”, Professor Henrik C. Wegener, as guest speaker. 
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Efficient university management: USTREAM survey deadline approaching

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Success of EUA’s ATHENA project widely recognised

The European Commission, through its Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency, recently commended EUA for the successful implementation and the quality of the outcomes of the ATHENA project. The initiative supported important reform developments in the field of higher education governance in Armenia, Moldova and Ukraine. Resources developed are still available in English and in national languages.
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EUA on social media: expect more from staff experts in real time

EUA members and interested stakeholders now have various ways to follow European policy developments in the field of higher education and research. Besides this newsletter, join EUA on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn to be informed on the most important topics in our sector and to interact with EUA through these channels. Of particular interest is a special blog post by EUA Senior Policy Coordinator Thomas Jorgensen published on LinkedIn on 8 November 2016. 
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Next week: Special EUA newsletter on Erasmus+ mid-term review

member consultationEUA is pleased to announce that it will publish a special newsletter edition on 25 November 2016 on the results of its recent membership consultation on the mid-term review of Erasmus+. The newsletter will be published on the occasion of the release of the consultation results and will present a unique perspective on the findings. 

EUA also conducted a membership consultation on the mid-term review of Horizon 2020 and plans to publish a special edition newsletter on the occasion of the release of its results as well. Please look for that edition in the first half of December 2016.

Events News

Call for host: EUA Annual Conference 2018 and 2019

EUA member universities still have a few weeks to submit their applications to host the EUA Annual Conference and General Assembly in 2018 and 2019. The deadline is 16 December 2016. 
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Call for speakers at Arab-Euro Conference: Last chance to participate

Interested speakers wishing to participate in the Fourth Arab-Euro Conference on Higher Education (AECHE 4) have a few more days to participate in the call. The deadline is 25 November 2016. 
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