Newsletter 9 2018
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EUA Newsletter 9 - 01/06/2018

Erasmus post-2020: EUA calls for further reflection on programme proposal

EUA has issued a first response to the European Commission’s proposal for the EU’s next Erasmus programme. Released on 30 May, the proposal provides a solid basis for discussion on the 2021-2027 programme, including the much-needed increase in funding. 

The Association has weighed the proposal against the university sector’s recommendations and finds that policy makers need to further reflect on how much it will really cost to fulfil the ambitious goals set out at the 2017 Gothenburg Social Summit and the related Commission Communication, in particular the creation of a “European Education Area”.

“Doubling the Erasmus budget is a move in the right direction, given that the current Erasmus+ programme is underfunded,” said Michael Gaebel, EUA Higher Education Policy Director. “However, the new Erasmus programme will have to cover the additional policy goals emphasised in Gothenburg, like the creation of networks of ‘European Universities’. Policy makers must make sure that we can do this without resulting again in unacceptably low success rates in parts of the programme.” 
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Bologna Process: Paris Communiqué adopted

On 25 May, European education ministers adopted the Paris Communiqué at the Bologna Ministerial Conference. It discusses implementation, learning and teaching, digitalisation and academic and civic values in an assertive and detailed way.
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European Commission launches further proposals for European Education Area

On 22 May, the European Commission published the second education package including further proposals for the creation of a “European Education Area”. EUA issued a response welcoming the latest proposals on cross-border cooperation and recognition.
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Impactful simplification in Horizon Europe: EUA report calls for more trust and flexibility

In the run-up to the Commission proposal for Horizon Europe’s rules for participation, universities call for effective simplification of EU funding management. This is reflected in a new report from EUA that calls for more trust and flexibility. 
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Diversity, equity and inclusion: new EUA publication features university case studies

EUA has published an edited volume showcasing universities’ strategies and approaches towards diversity, equity and inclusion. The Association has also published a series of video interviews with university leaders on the topic.
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InHERE: policy dialogue participants call for national and European support for refugee integration

The inHERE project partner Campus France organised a policy dialogue on 22 May in Paris, on the eve of the Bologna Ministerial Conference, to discuss measures to support higher education institutions in integrating refugee students and researchers. 
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European Innovation Council: EUA calls for broad design to benefit society

As the European Commission prepares to launch its proposal for Horizon Europe, EUA proposes a broad and comprehensive design of the European Innovation Council to benefit society.
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Horizon Europe should aim for a sustainable energy future

The EUA Energy & Environment Platform (EUA-EPUE), the European Energy Research Alliance (EERA) and InnoEnergy have published a position on why sustainable energy research, innovation and education should be a top priority for Horizon Europe.
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EUA Energy and Environment Platform at EUSEW 2018

The EUA Energy & Environment Platform will organise an Energy Talk on "Interdisciplinary Education, Training and Research at European Universities” during the EU Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW) in Brussels. 
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EQAF 2018 Call for Contributions

Quality assurance stakeholders are invited to contribute to the 2018 European Quality Assurance Forum (EQAF) by submitting a paper or a workshop proposal. The deadline for contributions is 24 July. EQAF will take place in Vienna, Austria on 15-17 November.
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IEP registration open until 2 July 2018

The registration period for the 2018-2019 round of the Institutional Evaluation Programme (IEP) is open until 2 July. IEP offers comprehensive, improvement-oriented institutional evaluations conducted by a team of experienced higher education leaders. 
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EUA 2017 Annual Report

A sustainable energy future at the centre of Horizon Europe

Universities' Strategies and Approaches towards Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Erasmus post-2020 proposal: new policy goals need even more investment

European Education Area: EUA welcomes latest proposals on cross-border cooperation and recognition

Designing the European Innovation Council for the benefit of society: Recommendations from European universities
11th EUA-CDE Annual Meeting - Excellence through Diversity: Doctoral education in a globalised world
University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia
7 - 8 June 2018

4th EUA Funding Forum - Frameworks that empower, universities that deliver
Ramon Llull University, Barcelona, Spain
18 - 19 October 2018

13th European Quality Assurance Forum - Broadening the scope of QA
WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business) and AQ Austria, Vienna, Austria
15 - 17 November 2018
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