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EUA Newsletter 17   4 October 2013

New EUA survey focuses on mapping institutional practices related to e-learning

EUA this week launches a new online survey that aims to map capacities for e-learning at European universities and assess their perceptions regarding its general impact on learning and teaching.

 

EUA invites both its member universities and other European higher education institutions to take part in this survey, the second half of which is dedicated to the topic of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), given that relatively little information exists on their growth at the European level.

 

The results of the survey will be published by EUA and used to devise measures for supporting and providing networking opportunities for higher education institutions committed to or interested in the topic. Importantly, the information gathered will also be used to inform European higher education policy debates.

 

The survey can be accessed here until 31 October.

Policy and Projects News

EUA welcomes European Commission Communication on ‘Opening Up Education’

The European Commission has published on 25 September a new Communication “Opening up Education: Innovative teaching and learning for all through new Technologies and Open Educational Resources”, which seeks to set out a European agenda for stimulating high-quality, innovative ways of learning and teaching through new technologies and digital content.
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PQC project: Universities and quality assurance agencies come together to discuss quality culture

EUA and ENQA, together with other project partners, recently (11-13 September) organised a workshop for staff both from EUA member universities and quality assurance agencies to explore the role QA agencies could or should play in promoting quality culture within higher education institutions.
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European Commission publishes ERA progress report

On 23 September the European Commission published a European Research Area (ERA) “progress report”. The report follows the EC’s 2012 Communication “A Reinforced European Research Area Partnership for Excellence and Growth” which states that the Commission would develop an ERA monitoring mechanism to monitor ERA policy reforms and their implementation, to provide transparency to Council, the European Parliament and the scientific community. The ERA Progress Report takes account of activities being undertaken by EUA and other European Stakeholder organisations in the framework of the voluntary Memoranda of Understanding and Joint Statement on the ERA signed with the European Commission.
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Events News

8th European Quality Assurance Forum: early-bird registration open until 18 October

The 8th edition of the European Quality Assurance Forum (EQAF), entitled “Working together to take quality forward”, will take place at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, from 21 to 23 November 2013.

 

More details on the programme, as well as abstracts of papers and workshops to be presented at the Forum, are now available on the EQAF website. EUA – together with its partners ENQA, ESU and EURASHE – would like to inform newsletter readers that the deadline for the early-bird registration fee is 18 October 2013. After this date, late registration fees will apply. To register please visit the EQAF website.

News from Brussels

Brussels in brief: Updates on EU developments in education and research

Directors General for Higher Education recently met in Vilnius to discuss a number of issues related to higher education funding. Meanwhile, at  last week’s Competiveness Council meeting, research ministers from across the EU held a policy debate on the state of the Innovation Union strategy and on the steps forward towards the completion of a common European Research Area (ERA). Finally, the European Research Council (ERC) has joined an international partnership supporting arXiv, one of the major scientific repositories in the areas of physics and mathematics, which is operated by Cornell University Library (US).
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