EUA Newsletter 3 | 19/2/2016
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West-coast of Ireland hosting EUA Annual Conference: Register early bird now! 

NUI GalwayEUA is pleased to announce that registration is still open for the Annual Conference 2016 that will take place at the National University of Ireland (NUI) in Galway from 7 to 8 April 2016. Please register by 1 March 2016 to benefit from the early bird reduced fee. The overall deadline for registration is 20 March 2016.

The Annual Conference 2016 “Bricks and clicks for Europe: building a successful digital campus” will focus on how Europe’s universities are developing comprehensive “bricks and clicks” strategies and how they are tackling the challenges involved in becoming more interactive and interconnected. The conference sessions will explore:

  • digital technologies and their impact;
  • fostering innovation and managing change in learning and teaching;
  • how digitalisation can be further promoted at institutional, national and European level.

Interactive parallel sessions will feature hands-on explorations of institutional case studies on digitalisation in learning and teaching, research and open science, outreach to society and Galway as a digital university. In addition, a Hot Topic session will address university mergers in Europe.

Confirmed speakers include the President of Ireland, Michael Higgins, along with high-level university and student representatives and voices from research and business. EUA members are also encouraged to attend the EUA General Assembly prior to the main conference.

Galway is known as Ireland's “Cultural Heart” and boasts some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. It is located on the west-coast and is famous for its cobblestoned streets, quaint shops and charming restaurants. EUA is very pleased with this setting, especially because Galway is home to NUI, a digital university and a perfect location considering the conference theme.

For more information on Galway and to register, please visit the conference website.

Photo © NUI Galway



Policy and Projects News


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Showcase your initiative in EUA’s Refugees Welcome Map 

With the Refugees Welcome Map, EUA aims to showcase and document the commitment of higher education institutions and tertiary education sector organisations in supporting refugee students, academics and university staff. Their initiatives and activities will be presented in an interactive map on 29 February 2016.
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EUA Member Consultation: Have your say on Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+ 

In January, EUA launched a member consultation ahead of the mid-term review of the present generation of the EU funding programmes Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+. Members are invited to share their views on and experiences with the two programmes by filling in two online questionnaires.
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Update on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) talks

On behalf of its members, EUA monitors international trade agreements that the European Commission negotiates on behalf of EU member states with third country partners and regions, and their potential impact for European universities.
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Events News


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Brussels News


ERC announces winners of Consolidator Grant competition

The European Research Council (ERC) has awarded 585 million euros to more than 300 mid-career scientists. The winners of the 2015 Consolidator Grant competition will receive up to two million euros each to consolidate their research teams and develop their innovative ideas. 
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