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EUA Newsletter 21   29 November 2013

Report from 8th European Quality Assurance Forum: ‘Working together to take quality forward’

Last week’s 8th European Quality Assurance Forum (EQAF) brought together more than 400 higher education stakeholders from 50 countries to discuss the latest developments and trends in quality assurance (QA).

 

Photo: © Dick GillbergThis year’s edition, held at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, focused on the theme “Working together to take quality forward”. Therefore, over the three days, the majority of the plenary and parallel sessions discussed how both individuals and organisations can better understand the role that quality assurance plays in their daily lives, get involved and work together.

 

The opening keynote on quality in higher education by Mats Alvesson from Lund University, and the panel discussion on working together in QA with representatives from different QA stakeholders (including teachers, employers, students and governments) both provoked lively discussions.

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Photo: © Dick Gillberg

News from the EUA Secretariat

John Smith will step down as EUA’s Deputy Secretary General for Research and Innovation on his retirement at the end of 2013. John Smith, who has had a long career in European science and administration policy, has worked at EUA since 2004 as Deputy Secretary General where he has led the association’s activities in the fields of research and innovation.
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Policy and Projects News

EUA and HUMANE explore university management in times of funding changes

EUA and HUMANE, the Heads of University Management and Administration Network in Europe, co-organised last week (22-23 November) an open seminar at the University of Aveiro (Portugal) dedicated to the challenging question “how to fund universities efficiently”.
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EUA Research Policy Working Group (RPWG) focuses on research infrastructures

At its meeting on 21 November 2013, the RPWG gave particular attention to EU policy development concerning research infrastructures. In its contributions to the debate on Horizon 2020, EUA has emphasised that research infrastructure development and access are important matters for EUA’s university membership and that many universities run and host research infrastructure facilities.
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EUA contributes to two Lithuanian Presidency research events

EUA recently participated in two international events held under the Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the EU, which focused on human resources for research including researchers’ careers and gender equality issues.
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Events News

Registration open for EUA-CDE Workshop in Izmir, Turkey (23-24 January 2014)

The EUA Council for Doctoral Education (EUA-CDE) will hold its next Thematic Workshop from 23 to 24 January 2014 at Dokuz Eylül University, Izmir, Turkey. The theme of the event is “Outcomes of Doctoral Education – Mindset, Research, Innovation”.
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News from Brussels

European Parliament approves long-term EU budget and programmes for education (Erasmus+) and research and innovation (Horizon 2020)

Last week during its Plenary Session in Strasbourg, members of the European Parliament (EP) approved the next long-term EU budget (multiannual financial framework) for 2014-2020, which includes the next EU programmes for research and innovation (Horizon 2020) and for education (Erasmus+). In separate votes, MEPs also approved the different legislative packages for Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+, paving the way for both programmes to begin as planned in 2014.
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Brussels in Brief: Updates on EU developments in education and research

Earlier this week, the Education, Youth and Culture Committee of the Council of the EU (which brings together education ministers) met in Brussels. During the education part of the meeting, they adopted conclusions on the: “global dimension of European higher education” and “effective leadership in education”. Meanwhile, the European Commission announced that, together with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), it was launching a new online self-assessment tool for universities to measure how entrepreneurial they are.
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