Newsletter 20 2017
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EUA Newsletter 20 - 24/11/2017

EUA welcomes Commission initiative putting education at the heart of a more social Europe

The European Commission has published a new Communication on “Strengthening European Identity through Education and Culture” which outlines its vision of a European Education Area for 2025. 

The goal is to create a “Europe in which learning, studying and doing research would not be hampered by borders”. While the EU cannot legislate on educational matters, the ambitions are high. Among other things, there is a proposal to remove obstacles to recognition also for primary and secondary level education, expand mobility beyond higher education, and create world-class networks of European universities. 

The initiative was launched on the occasion of the social summit that took place in Gothenburg in Sweden on 17 November and which brought together top leaders from EU member states, social partners and other key players to work together on a more social Europe and to promote fair jobs and growth. 
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PROJECT & POLICY NEWS

Strengthening ties between Europe and its neighbours by supporting universities

On 24 November, EU member state leaders, together with those of the six eastern partner countries, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine meet at the Eastern Partnership summit in Brussels to discuss how to further strengthen cooperation. 
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New EUA report on the work of the thematic peer groups on learning and teaching

EUA has published a summary report on the lessons learnt by the thematic peer groups in learning and teaching to share the overall outcomes with its membership. In the first half of 2017 four groups worked as part of the L&T Initiative and covered the following topics: building a link between research and teaching missions of the university; empowering students for their future professional life and civic engagement; addressing larger and more diverse student bodies ensuring student success; fostering engagement in developing L&T.
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The EFFECT project launches call for participation for institutional strategies in Learning and Teaching

The European Forum for Enhanced Collaboration in Teaching (EFFECT) project, funded under the European Commission’s Erasmus+ Programme and coordinated by EUA, is launching a call for participation for higher education institutions that are currently developing or enhancing their strategies for learning and teaching.
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EUA supports the Lifelong Learning Platform’s Erasmusx10 Campaign

The Lifelong Learning Platform (LLLP), together with the European Youth Forum (YFJ) and Eurodesk, launched a campaign in September calling for a 10-fold increase to the budget of Erasmus+. EUA agrees there is a need for a more ambitious Erasmus+ programme.
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Quality Assurance stakeholders come together for EQAF 2017

The 12th European Quality Assurance Forum (EQAF) is currently taking place in Riga, Latvia, hosted by the University of Latvia, under the theme ‘Responsible QA: committing to impact’.
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EUA contributes to discussion on “Academic Freedom and Political Repression in the University Sector” 

On 6-7 November, EUA participated in an event on 'Academic Freedom and Political Oppression in the University Sector', which was co-organised by the Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi), a think tank based in Berlin, and Scholars at Risk, an EUA partner organisation. 
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COP23 concludes in Bonn, participants agree on further climate action agenda

Two years after the Paris Agreement, UN member states met at COP23 in Bonn, Germany to discuss and agree the next steps in global climate action.
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2018 will be the European Year of Cultural Heritage

2018 has been designated European Year of Cultural Heritage, a programme aiming at encouraging more people to discover and explore Europe’s cultural heritage and to reinforce a sense of belonging to a common European family. 
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EVENTS NEWS

EUA Webinar Series: Presentation of the EUA Public Funding Observatory 2017, Wednesday 13 December 2017, 14:00 CET

EUA members and interested stakeholders are invited to join the EUA webinar on Wednesday 13 December 2017 at 14:00 CET dedicated to the results of the EUA Public Funding Observatory 2017, and to take stock of the latest developments in funding for universities in more than 25 higher education systems across Europe. The speakers will also address long-term funding trends. The presentation will be followed by a discussion with participants on funding tensions and the future of funding for universities in Europe.
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EUA 2018 Annual Conference on engaged and responsible universities

EUA is pleased to announce the EUA Annual Conference on 5-6 April 2018 and hosted by the University of Zurich in Switzerland.
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MEMBERS & PARTNERS NEWS
PUBLICATIONS
CALENDAR
EUA’s Learning and Teaching Initiative: Report from the thematic peer groups in 2017

Strengthening ties between Europe and its neighbours by supporting universities

Universities and the European Neighbourhood

EUA welcomes Commission initiative putting education at the heart of a more social Europe

EUA letter on Dr. Ahmadreza Djalali

EUA proposals for the Next Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (FP9)

Brexit & universities FAQ

EUA Statement on Open Science to EU Institutions and National Governments
12th European Quality Assurance Forum
University of Latvia, Riga, Latvia
23 - 25 November 2017

EUA Focus group: Universities’ Strategies and Practices towards Diversity and Inclusiveness
University of Lille - Human and Social Sciences, Lille, France
24 November 2017

EUA webinar: Lessons learnt from the thematic peer groups on learning and teaching
29 November 2017
14.00 CET

USTREAM peer learning seminar: National and institutional approaches to delivering efficiency
Royal College of Physicians, Dublin, Ireland
Hosted by the Irish Universities Association
4 - 5 December 2017
 
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