EUA Newsletter 15 | 25/09/2015
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DEFINE – Strategies for funding of Europe’s Universities

Participants from national and regional representations and Brussels-based stakeholders in research and education gathered on 23 September at the Representation of the Free State of Bavaria to the EU to discuss strategies for efficient funding of universities in Europe. The event was the final milestone of the three-year DEFINE project which looked at funding reforms and restructuring of university systems across Europe.  

define event imageToday, universities indeed face a challenging and complex financial situation, with public sources becoming scarce in many systems and traditional modes of funding being questioned and transformed. Across Europe, initiatives that aim to restructure and rationalise the institutional landscape through performance-based funding, mergers and so-called excellence schemes, are becoming more frequent. 

Thomas Estermann, EUA Director for Governance, Funding and Public Policy Development, presented the outcomes of the DEFINE project, where EUA and its partners had mapped the use of these tools in Europe and had also explored the impact on university management, activities and missions, and the higher education system as a whole. 

During the discussion with university representatives, panellists pointed to important challenges institutions have to face due to the changes in public funding modalities. Thomas Schöck, former Head of Administration of the Friedrich Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg in Germany, pointed to the rigid costs structures of comprehensive universities which make it very difficult to adjust to funding changes. Raphael Zorrilla, Deputy Head of Administration of the Carlos III of Madrid in Spain, highlighted the negative effects of funding mechanisms that privilege research activities over teaching.
The full analysis, together with other examples of the impact of funding frameworks on universities as well as recommendations to policy makers and universities, are assembled in the final publication “Designing strategies for efficient funding of universities in Europe”, which was launched at the event. 
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Policy and Projects News

Researchers Welcome – EUA Statement on Visa directive

Europe needs talented students and researchers in order to achieve its goals for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. For this reason, the European University Association (EUA) welcomes the initiative to revise the Directive on the conditions of entry and residence of third-country nationals for the purposes of research, studies, pupil exchange, remunerated and unremunerated training, voluntary service and au pairing. European universities require talent in order to sustain their high level of teaching and research, both in order to keep Europe at the forefront of global knowledge creation and to train highly qualified workers for the knowledge-intensive industries on the continent.
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Change through exchange – ATHENA final event discusses role of universities in the Eastern Partnership

On 15 September, EUA organised the ATHENA project final event “Fostering university autonomy in the Eastern neighbourhood” in Brussels. The event brought together 80 participants from ATHENA partner universities, ministries and missions of Armenia, Moldova and Ukraine to the European Union as well as representatives from the EU institutions and other Brussels-based stakeholders. On this occasion, Thomas Estermann, Director for Governance, Funding and Public Policy Development at EUA, presented the outcomes of the three-year project. 
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Second phase of UNI-SET Universities Survey on energy research and education

EUA’s "European Platform of Universities in Energy Research & Education (EUA-EPUE)" has launched the second phase of its survey to continue gathering information on university research and education programmes at Master and Doctorate level in the field of energy. The survey is part of the UNI-SET project on “Mobilising the research, innovation and educational capacities of Europe’s universities in the SET-Plan”. The second phase of the survey was launched last week and will be open until 30 November 2015. 
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Events News

EQAF 2015: register now to secure your place

Early-bird registration for the 10th European Quality Assurance Forum (EQAF) is open until 5 October 2015. Registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, so register now to secure your place for this year’s Forum, which will take place in London, UK, on 19-21 November 2015, hosted by the Quality Assurance Agency/UCL Institute of Education. EQAF is the main European event for quality assurance (QA) in higher education.
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U-B Tool Workshop held at the Coneeect symposium on Entrepreneurship Education

EUA has recently conducted a workshop on its U-B Tool (Assessment Tool for University-Business Collaborative Research Partnerships) on the occasion of the Coneeect symposium on Entrepreneurship Education held in Berlin on 10-11 September. The symposium “Next Step into the Future of Entrepreneurship Education” was organised by Coneeect, an international network of higher education institutions that promotes excellence in entrepreneurship education.
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Brussels News

European Commission consultation on the European Charter for Access to Research Infrastructures

On 11 September, the European Commission launched an online consultation on the European Charter for Access to Research Infrastructures. The Charter defines non-regulatory principles and guidelines that can be used, on a voluntary basis, in the definition of rules and conditions for access to research infrastructures. The Charter was developed by a working group coordinated by the European Commission and with the collaboration of the ERA Stakeholders (EUA, CESAER, EARTO, LERU, NordForsk, Science Europe), ESFRI and e-IRG.
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Members and Partners News

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