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EUA Newsletter 12   19 June 2015

EUA hosts round table on higher education in the European Neighbourhood Policy

On 17 June, EUA hosted a public event targeting the Brussels policy community on ‘Higher Education in the framework of the European Neighbourhood Policy’. This round table was prompted by an ongoing EU consultation on the revision/re-orientation of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP – deadline 30 June). With several members in the Eastern Neighbourhood region and extensive collaboration with universities in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, EUA has a keen interest to support policy dialogue regarding the important transversal role of higher education in the ENP. 


The event opened with a statement by Emma Udwin, Deputy Head of Commissioner Hahn’s Cabinet, European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations. She focused on the EC’s attempt to respond to the specific and very different needs of individual neighbourhood countries, but also underlined that in return they would expect that consideration is given to the EU’s core interests, namely questions of governance, human rights and rule of law. She also stressed the importance of academic exchange and institutional partnerships as part and parcel of the ENP’s emphasis on people-to-people exchanges, given their high potential for deepening and sustaining political and social transformations in neighbouring countries. Finally, she called for greater opportunities for creating better relationships between young people, including virtual exchanges.  


Ambassador Andris Pelss, who spoke on behalf of the Latvian Presidency, emphasised the need for more active relations with the countries of the Neighbourhood Region in order to achieve an area of shared stability. In this respect, education was of the utmost importance as it contributed to building civil society and to a more vibrant democracy. Referring to the example of his own country, he highlighted that study courses are taught in Russian and English, and there is a special programme targeting civil servants from the Neighbourhood Region.
Policy and Projects News

International Doctoral Education: registrations open for FRINDOC Launch event

EUA has opened registrations to participate in the final conference of the FRINDOC project (Framework for the Internationalisation of Doctoral Education), which will be hosted by Imperial College London (UK) on 24-25 September 2015. The event will focus on institutional structures supporting international doctoral education. It will see the launch of the FRINDOC online tool and the FRINDOC statement. 

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EUA launches DOC-CAREERS II project report

EUA has recently published a report with the outcomes of the DOC-CAREERS II project – Promoting Collaborative Doctoral Education for Enhanced Career Opportunities (2009-2012). The DOC-CAREERS II project built on the first DOC-CAREERS project (2006-2009) and sought to further test and validate the main results of the first project, as well as to involve universities, their business partners and doctoral candidates with a view to collect “full stories” of collaborative doctoral experience.

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UNI-SET Universities Survey on energy research and education 

Universities can participate in the energy mapping of the European Platform of Universities in Energy Research and Education (EUA-EPUE) until 15 July. The goal is to gather information from at least 350 universities on existing energy-related Master, Doctorate and Research programmes by this deadline.

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Events News

HE stakeholders in Western Balkans gather for EUREQA events

University representatives and other higher education stakeholders from Kosovo and Bosnia and Herzegovina gathered together at national level events to discuss European approaches to quality assurance and other higher education issues relevant to their national contexts. The events took place in the framework of the EUREQA project (Empowering universities to fulfil their responsibilities for quality assurance), which is coordinated by EUA and supports universities in the Western Balkans in developing their internal quality assurance systems.

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Call for contributions: 10th European Quality Assurance Forum, London

The 10th European Quality Assurance Forum (EQAF) will take place in London from 19 to 21 November 2015, hosted by the Quality Assurance Agency and UCL Institute of Education. The Forum organisers, ENQA, ESU, EUA and EURASHE, have opened a call for contributions from QA practitioners in higher education institutions and quality assurance agencies, students, and researchers in the field. Two types of contributions are sought: papers and workshops.

News from Brussels

European Research Council celebrates its 5000th researcher

The European Research Council (ERC) has celebrated its 5000th grantee through a series of events in Brussels this week. Eight years after its launch, the ERC marked this significant milestone on 16 June, through a debate in the European Parliament and a symbolic awarding of the grant.

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Fourth issue of the ERA newsletter

The European Commission has published the fourth edition of the European Research Area (ERA) newsletter which can be viewed on the EC website. The issue focuses on the topics that will be addressed during the conference ‘A new start for Europe: Opening up to an ERA of Innovation’ to be held in Brussels on 22-23 June 2015.

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