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EUA Newsletter 1   14 January 2013

A very Happy New Year from everyone at EUA!

EUA wishes all its newsletter readers a very happy and successful 2013. We have a number of exciting events and project-related activities planned for the next months.


These events, listed below, include EUA’s Annual Conference in April that will focus on the global engagement of European universities. EUA members are also encouraged to attend the EUA General Assembly prior to the main conference, which includes the election of three new members to the EUA Board. 


  • 17-18 January 2013: The 6th EUA Council for Doctoral Education (EUA-CDE) Workshop * (event exclusively for EUA-CDE members)
    Interdisciplinary Doctoral Programmes
    Hosted by Politecnico di Torino, Turin, Italy
  • 26 February 2013: Launch and presentation of the ARDE (‘Accountable Research Environments for Doctoral Education’) project Final Publication
    Hosted by the Permanent Representation of Ireland to the EU, Brussels, Belgium (More information to follow)
  • 11-12 April 2013: EUA Annual Conference/General Assembly
    European Universities – Global Engagement
    Hosted by Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium
  • 18-19 June 2013: EUA-CDE Annual Meeting
    Hosted by Warsaw University, Warsaw, Poland (More information to follow)
  • 21-23 November 2013: The 8th European Quality Assurance Forum
    Hosted by the University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden (More information to follow)

More information on all EUA’s events will be published in the newsletter and/or the EUA events website.


In terms of its policy work, over the coming months EUA will continue to ensure that the voice of universities is heard in European level policy debates on key issues that impact both at national level on the work of national university associations and for the association’s individual member universities.


Of particular importance will be the ongoing debate on the EU Budget (Multiannual Financial Framework – MFF – 2014-2020) and the proposed long-term programmes for research (Horizon 2020) and education and training (Erasmus for All). EUA has written to EU Heads of State and Government with a statement on behalf of its Council and Board underlining the need to increase investment in the education and research programmes. In parallel to the debate on the overall MFF, EUA will continue to provide input while the European Parliament and Council of the EU continue negotiations on the different elements of Horizon 2020 and Erasmus for All.


EUA underpins all its policy work and activities with a wide range of projects that focus on the collection and analysis of data, comparative reflection on policy development, and the identification of examples of good practice. At the end of last year, EUA launched a series of new projects covering a wide range of topics including university rankings, university autonomy, funding, quality assurance and internationalisation in doctoral education.


The project section of our website contains information about all of our ongoing projects and relevant opportunities for members to participate in.

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