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EUA Newsletter 15   6 September 2013

Update on the next long-term EU funding programmes for research and innovation (Horizon 2020) and education (Erasmus+) (2014-2020)

Following the political agreements reached in June on the next long-term programmes for research and innovation (Horizon 2020) and education and training (Erasmus+), preparations are now underway for the formal adoption of the Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+ legislative packages by the European Parliament and Council, which is likely to take place in the coming weeks. The overall budget framework for 2014-2020 (Multiannual Financial Framework) must also be formally approved so that both programmes can begin as planned at the beginning of 2014.


Horizon 2020 is the Common Strategic Framework for EU Research and Innovation, which from 2014 will cover all research and innovation funding currently provided through the Framework Programme for Research (FP7), the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP) and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT).


It is divided into three main pillars: (1) Excellent Science, to boost top research in Europe through competitive funds provided by the European Research Council, the Research Infrastructures and Future and Emerging Technologies programmes/activities and the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions; (2) Industrial Leadership, to foster industrial leadership to speed up the development of technologies that will support business and innovation, including for SMEs; (3) Societal Challenges, to fund research in areas of major societal concern, such as health, climate change, food, transport, energy and demographic change and well-being.
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EUA Council for Doctoral Education welcomes three new members to Steering Committee

The European University Association (EUA) is pleased to announce that its Board has recently appointed three new members for the Steering Committee of the EUA Council for Doctoral Education (EUA-CDE) to replace outgoing members. The new members are Jean-Dominique Polack (University Pierre and Marie Curie), Michael Fuller (University of Plymouth) and Václav Hampl (ex-officio EUA Board member, Charles University in Prague).
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In Memoriam: Professor Lucy Smith

EUA is deeply saddened to learn of the recent death of Professor Lucy Smith, former Rector of the University of Oslo (Norway). Professor Smith served as a member of the negotiating team working on the merger that enabled the creation of EUA in 2001, and then became one of EUA’s two first Vice-Presidents (together with Professor Georg Winckler) for the period 2001-2005.
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Policy and Projects News

Update on the revision of the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area (ESG)

The Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance (ESG) in the European Higher Education Area were adopted by the European Ministers for Education in Bergen in 2005. Since then, the ESG – prepared by the E4 Group (ENQA, ESU, EURASHE and EUA) – have underpinned the development of both institutional and national/regional QA systems in Europe.
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Events News

Dates for the diary: upcoming events

EUA has a number of events planned over the next months. Further details of events that EUA is organising/co-organising are available through the EUA newsletter and/or website, but please find below a list of dates already confirmed.
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