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EUA Newsletter 10   17 May 2013

Universities as key actors in the European Research Area: EUA moves ahead with Implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding

One of the important areas of EUA’s current work is consolidating the role of universities as key actors in European research and innovation and in delivering a strong European Research Area (ERA). For this reason, in July 2012, EUA signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the European Commission DG Research and Innovation, and a Joint Statement with the Commission and four other European stakeholder organisations (EARTO, LERU, NordForsk and Science Europe), committing the signatories to working in partnership towards achieving the ERA goals.

 

Photo © European Union, 2013Actions taken by EUA in the context of the MoU concern topics where universities’ own initiatives are already helping to overcome the identified barriers and bottlenecks to achieving the ERA, and where EUA has been working with its membership to promote wider “take-up” and development of good practices already in place. These action lines, therefore, focus on issues such as doctoral training, research careers and mobility, university-industry collaboration, cross-border cooperation and the development of open access to publications and data.

 

Since the signing of the MoU last year EUA has been actively taking forward three priority action lines through a variety of initiatives. Following preparatory work within the EUA Council, the national rectors’ conferences and at the EUA Annual Conference in Ghent, EUA has recently disseminated questionnaires to its membership focusing on the identification and characterisation of institutional policies on doctoral training, research careers and mobility, and the national policy and legislative frameworks.

 

The results of these questionnaires will not only develop EUA’s contribution to the dialogue with other stakeholders on the European Research Area policy implementation, but will also help EUA to further enhance its services to its membership. The surveys will be open until mid-June and we have encouraged and look forward to a good response from our members.
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Policy and Projects News

Reminder: EUA survey on the impact of rankings within universities

EUA is currently conducting the first pan-European study of the impact and influence of rankings on European universities, in the framework of a project entitled “Rankings in Institutional Strategies and Processes” (RISP), and in partnership with the Dublin Institute of Technology, the French Rectors’ Conference and the Latvian Academic Information Centre.
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Joint quality assurance in the Andean Community: Lesson learned by Europe and for Europe?

On 2 and 3 May in Quito, Ecuador, EUA joined representatives of rectors’ conferences and QA agencies from Colombia, Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador at a focus group aimed at assessing the outcomes of a pilot project for joint programme evaluation in the region. The initiative, launched by CONSUAN (the Andean regional rectors’ council) and supported by ALFA PUENTES, an EUA-coordinated European Commission co-funded project, aimed at stimulating dialogue on quality assurance approaches in the region and providing a platform for agencies and associations to work together around the issues of degree recognition and higher education quality enhancement.
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EUA Platform of Universities in Energy (EPUE) participates in SET-Plan Conference under the Irish EU Presidency (May 7-8, 2013)

Since its launch during the Belgian EU Presidency at the Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan) Conference (Brussels, 15 November 2010), the EUA-EPUE (the European Platform of Universities Engaged in Energy Research, Education and Training of the European University Association) has been active in promoting the role of universities in research and education and in setting up the basis for the engagement of the university sector in policy processes in the field of energy.
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IAU Global Meeting of Associations focuses on Institutional Diversity in Higher Education

EUA’s Secretary General Lesley Wilson took part in the 5th Global meeting of Associations that was organised by the International Association of Universities (IAU) in Salford, UK at the end of last month, and was hosted by EUA member the University of Salford and the Northern Consortium (NCUK).
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Events News

Call for contributions: 8th European Quality Assurance Forum, Gothenburg, Sweden (21-23 November 2013)

The 8th European Quality Assurance Forum (EQAF) will take place at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, from 21 to 23 November 2013. Through a mix of plenary and parallel sessions, the 2013 EQAF, entitled “Working together to take quality forward”, will combine practice-oriented or research-based discussions that will take place in the paper sessions and workshops with presentations of current developments in quality assurance. This year the Forum will specifically explore how both individuals and organisations can better understand the role that quality assurance can play in their daily lives, get engaged and work together to take quality forward.
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