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EUA Newsletter 12   14 June 2013

New EUA Public Funding Observatory report and online tool outline trends in higher education funding in Europe

 

EUA this week (10 June) releases the latest edition of its Public Funding Observatory report which monitors the impact of the economic crisis on universities and identifies trends in public funding to higher education institutions across Europe since 2008.

 

The report is launched in tandem with a new interactive online tool which provides a range of data for 23 European systems* and allows the user to look at developments in recent years in a customised way. Detailed country sheets with data for each system can also be downloaded.

 

The latest EUA update provides a new analysis of the pressures that many countries face in terms of funding for higher education institutions, in particular by taking account of the impact of inflation and changes in student numbers.

 

The report confirms that while no system has been left completely unaffected by the crisis, there is still a risk of a widening gap in terms of university funding between different parts of Europe. Many countries in eastern and southern Europe still appear to be more affected by the crisis than many countries in northern and western Europe although there are notable exceptions.
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Horizon 2020: Funding rules are crucial for sustainability of Europe’s universities

The latest edition of EUA’s public funding observatory highlights that in countries where cuts are taking place, funding for infrastructure has been one of the most affected areas and it is likely that this trend continues. Ageing facilities and equipment will necessarily trigger increasing costs for institutions and deteriorate teaching and research environments.
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Policy and Projects News

EUA Annual Report 2012 now available

EUA’s Annual Report 2012 is now available on the EUA website. The online publication gives an overview of all EUA’s activities, including policy work, projects and events, together with a breakdown of EUA’s governing bodies, financial statements and membership development in 2012.
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Reminder: EUA survey on the impact of rankings within universities (new deadline 19 July)

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), in partnership with the Dublin Institute of Technology, the French Rectors’ Conference and the Latvian Academic Information Centre.
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Report from the Fifth European University-Business Forum, Brussels (4-5 June 2013)

Organised by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Education and Culture, the fifth edition of the University-Business Forum focused on the theme “University-Business Cooperation: Strategic partnerships for Innovation and Growth; From dialogue to Partnership”. The U-B Forum featured high-level plenary sessions with representatives from business and higher education, DG Education and Culture, policy makers and other stakeholders.
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Around Europe: EUA participates in Spanish Meeting on European research programmes and smart specialisation

The Spanish Rectors’ Conference (CRUE) co-organised with the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (MINECO) an information and debate event in Madrid, 10 June 2013, on “European Programmes: Opportunities for the participation of Spanish Universities”. The event gathered over one hundred rectors, vice-rectors and other high-level representatives from the Spanish university sector and policy makers.
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Events News

Dates for the diary: upcoming EUA events

EUA has a number of events planned over the next months. Further details will be published through the newsletter and/or website, but please find below a list of dates already confirmed.
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News from Brussels

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

At the end of last month, the Council of the EU adopted conclusions on: “Enhancing and Focusing EU International Cooperation in Research and Innovation: a Strategic Approach”. Meanwhile, the European Commission has adopted recommendations to EU member states, which aim to provide guidance to governments on how to boost their growth potential, increase competitiveness and create jobs in 2013-2014. Finally, the EC has also announced that Montenegro has joined the Lifelong Learning Programme.
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