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EUA Newsletter 13   28 June 2013

EUA’s first reaction to announcements regarding the next long-term EU Programmes (2014-2020) for research and innovation (Horizon 2020) and education (Erasmus+)

EUA welcomes this week’s announcements in relation to the political agreements for the next long-term EU programmes for research (Horizon 2020) and education (now called Erasmus+). These are crucial for European universities as they represent important developments in the negotiations enabling both programmes to begin as planned in 2014.

 

On Tuesday (25 June) an “informal deal” on a package of laws to establish the EU's next research and innovation programme, "Horizon 2020" (2014-2020), was reached by negotiators for the European Parliament and the Irish Presidency of the Council. On June 26, the Irish Presidency then announced that it had brokered an agreement on the new EU programme for education, training, youth and sport (to be called Erasmus+ rather than Erasmus for All).
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6th EUA-CDE Annual meeting: 'From Student to Researcher - are we on the right track?'

The Annual Meeting of EUA-Council for Doctoral Education (EUA-CDE), held at the University of Warsaw from 18 to 19 June 2013, sought to take stock of the developments in doctoral education over the last years. It focused on the question “are we on the right track?” keeping in mind the main goal of doctoral education – to cultivate the research mindset. Around 200 participants from across Europe participated in the conference.

 

© Roman KazaneckiIn the opening session, two different – but compatible – views were presented by Professor Francesc Xavier Grau, Rector of Rovira i Virgili University in Spain, and Professor Ernő Keszei, Vice-Rector of Eötvös Loránd University, Hungary.

 

Professor Grau underlined the benefits of establishing doctoral schools and the crucial role of doctoral candidates in technology transfer and innovation, while pointing to certain problems in the implementation of reforms. Professor Keszei, meanwhile, talked about how the core traditions of doctoral education were still essential to providing doctoral candidates with skills for careers in and outside academia.

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Photo: © Roman Kazanecki

Reminder: Registrations for Institutional Evaluation Programme still open

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

Smart Specialisation Strategy: a priority focus for RPWG activities

At its June 2013 meeting the EUA Research Policy Working Group (RPWG) agreed upon the final report and recommendations arising from its recent workshop on the role of universities in Smart Specialisation Strategies.
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Universities from Western Balkans exchange practices on internal quality assurance at EUREQA workshop

In the autumn of 2012, EUA launched a new project in the Western Balkans entitled “Empowering Universities to fulfil their responsibility for Quality Assurance” (EUREQA). The project aims to share with the universities from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo the considerable experience and knowledge of EUA and its partner universities in developing efficient internal QA systems adapted to different national and institutional contexts.
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EUA welcomes EU high-level group on modernisation of higher education report on quality of teaching and learning

On Tuesday 18 June, the EU high-level group on modernisation of higher education published and presented its first “report to the European Commission on improving the quality of teaching and learning in Europe’s higher education institutions”.
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Events News

European Quality Assurance Forum, Gothenburg, Sweden (21-23 November 2013)

The 8th European Quality Assurance Forum (EQAF) will take place from 21 to 23 November 2013 at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. Registration for this year’s  Forum, entitled “Working together to take quality forward”, will open early in July. More detailed information, including the preliminary programme, is also now available on the EQAF website: www.eua.be/eqaf-gothenburg

 

EQAF is co-organised by the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA), the European Students’ Union (ESU), EUA and the European Association of Institutions in Higher Education (EURASHE).

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