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EUA Newsletter 22   18 December 2013

Universities in the European Research Area (ERA): EUA publishes MoU progress report and reaffirms commitment to ERA goals

In July 2012, the European University Association (EUA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the European Commission DG Research and Innovation, and a Joint Statement with the Commission and four other European stakeholder organisations (EARTO, LERU, NordForsk and Science Europe), committing the signatories to working in partnership towards achieving the European Research Area (ERA) goals.

 

EUA was last week (13 December) invited by the European Commission at a meeting of the stakeholder organisations (SHOs) to present the main results of its activities carried out in the framework of the MoU and which have been submitted to the EC in an EUA progress report. Actions taken by EUA in the context of the MoU concern topics where universities’ own initiatives are already helping to overcome the identified barriers and bottlenecks to achieving the ERA, and where EUA has been working with its membership to promote wider “take-up” and development of good practices already in place. These actions cover issues such as doctoral education, research careers and mobility, university-industry collaboration, cross-border cooperation and the development of open access to publications and data.
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University leaders from Europe and Latin America gather in Colombia for second major bi-regional university association conference

Approximately 120 university leaders and members of national university associations from 32 countries gathered in Cartagena, Colombia, from 2 to 4 December for the second major bi-regional conference of the ALFA PUENTES project entitled “A Europe-Latin America Partnership for Innovative, Responsive and Sustainable Universities”.
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Policy and Projects News

EUA publishes first findings from DEFINE project on 'funding efficiency' measures

As part of the “Designing strategies for efficient funding of higher education in Europe (DEFINE)” project, EUA has been collecting information and data from national rectors’ conferences/university associations on the different public funding modalities and efficiency measures (including performance-based funding, concentration measures and excellence schemes) in place in Europe and their impact on universities.
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Events News

Reminder: Call for presentations for EUA Annual Conference 2014 (deadline 6 January)

EUA has published a call for presentations from EUA member institutions for three working groups during its next Annual Conference. The conference “Changing landscapes in learning and teaching” will take place at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) in Belgium from 3 to 4 April 2014.
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News from Brussels

EC launches Horizon 2020 with first calls for projects

Following the recent approval of the Horizon 2020 research programme (2014-2020) by the European Parliament and Council of the EU (member states), the European Commission has published on 11 December the first calls for proposals under Horizon 2020.
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European Commission unveils details for Erasmus+

The European Commission last week unveiled more details about the new Erasmus+ Programme including information regarding the first calls for proposals and a detailed programme guide. Following its adoption by the European Parliament and the Council of the EU, the programme will now officially start in January 2014 and will provide funding for activities in the fields of education, training, youth and sports until 2020.
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Jean-Pierre Bourguignon appointed as next ERC President 

The European Commission has announced this week (17 December) that Professor Jean-Pierre Bourguignon has been appointed as the next President of the European Research Council (ERC). Professor Bourguignon, a mathematician and French national, will take over in his new role as of 1 January 2014, replacing Professor Helga Nowotny. His term of office will be limited to four years, renewable once, and the EC noted he would be the first ERC President to be based in “Brussels, in a new reinforced role where he will devote most of his time to the job”. More information, including a biography, is available on the EC website.

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