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EUA Newsletter 7   5 April 2013

EUA-CDE Second Global Strategic Forum on Doctoral Education: Access, inclusion & quality are vital elements of global research community

The EUA Council for Doctoral Education (EUA-CDE) recently organised its Second Global Strategic Forum on Doctoral Education which brought together approximately 30 invited senior university representatives from some of the most prominent research universities on each of the world’s continents.

Photo: © Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) 

Hosted by Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) in Ireland from 20-22 March 2013, the meeting enabled participants to discuss the emerging global system of doctoral education with research-intensive universities increasingly operating at a global level.


The forum also highlighted a number of common developments in relation to doctoral education. On all continents, the number of doctoral graduations has risen sharply in recent years in order to meet the demands of expanding higher education sectors, capacity-building efforts in universities and increasingly knowledge-dependent private and public sectors. In addition, universities are becoming more globally oriented. Research-intensive institutions, in some countries are building networks of alliances, joint programmes and branch campuses, increasingly detaching themselves from national systems and priorities and engaging in a global competition for talent and resources.


The outcomes of the meeting, published in the form of a statement, on the EUA website, highlight that current developments present great potential benefits in terms of expanding the frontiers of knowledge but also pose certain risks. 
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photo: © Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT)

New round of Institutional Evaluation Programme launched

The registration period for the 2013/2014 round of EUA’s Institutional Evaluation Programme (IEP) is now open until 4 July 2013.

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Policy and Projects News

EUA’s involvement in Horizon 2020 debate intensifies with pace of negotiations

EUA maintains its commitment to inform and advise European policy makers about the views of the university sector in the Horizon 2020 programme negotiations. Last week, EUA co-organised a discussion session convened by the Permanent Representation of the Czech Republic to the EU and gathering a group of representatives of the member states on the topic of research funding through the upcoming Horizon 2020 programme.

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New publication: Collection of selected contributions from the 7th European Quality Assurance Forum

The European Quality Assurance Forum (EQAF) has been organised by the E4 Group (ENQA, ESU, EUA and EURASHE) since 2006. The 7th Forum, held at Tallinn University, Estonia, in November 2012 attracted around 400 participants, thus confirming the Forum’s role as the main annual discussion platform for all interested parties in the field of European quality assurance (QA). A collection of selected contributions from the Forum is now available in a new publication.
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Events News

Reminder: First Arab-Euro University Conference on Higher Education, Barcelona, Spain 30-31 May 2013

The University of Barcelona (UB), in collaboration with the Association of Arab Universities (AARU) and EUA, will organise the First Arab-Euro University Conference on Higher Education from 30 to 31 May 2013 in Barcelona, Spain. The conference, hosted by UB, will consider specific themes in Arab-European collaboration and compare recent higher education developments in both regions, including internationalisation. More information on the programme and registration, which is open until 19 April, is available here
News from Brussels

Brussels in Brief: updates on EU developments in education and research

Last month, the European Commission put forward proposals for new rules covering non-EU nationals coming to the EU for studies, scientific research and other exchanges. It has also published the 2013 edition of the Innovation Union Scoreboard.

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