EUA Newsletter 16 | 09/10/2015
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EUA presents first interactive map of university mergers

Mergers and concentration processes are on the rise in the university sector. Close to 100 cases over the past 15 years have been listed by the European University Association. They now feature in EUA’s University Merger Tool,, the first interactive online map of the institutions borne out of these processes.

merger toolWhether mergers/clusters are part of large-scale restructuring of the higher education and research landscape or a response to local challenges, public authorities as well as university leaders and managers need to overcome similar issues. The University Merger Tool intends to support them by helping to identify previous cases of interest, and thus foster the exchange of experiences and good practice across borders. 

The tool includes not only a series of mergers but also some of the most significant strategic clustering processes, where universities and other higher education institutions have joined together under an umbrella “community” or “association”. As a pilot, the website also allows users to give feedback and contribute to the development of a unique database.

The University Merger Tool is best used in conjunction with EUA’s analysis of the phenomenon, available in the recently released report "Designing Strategies for Efficient Funding of Universities in Europe (DEFINE)". Both tool and publication are outcomes of the joint work of EUA and its project partners with the guidance of an expert steering committee. The Centre for Research in Higher Education Policies (CIPES, Portugal), carried out transversal research contributing to the overall analysis and feeding into the academic discourse. Aalto University (Finland), the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (Germany), and Copenhagen Business School (Denmark), shared their first-hand experience in the matter and helped to structure the analysis. Finally, the University of Oxford (UK) explored possible lessons from previous reforms in the healthcare sector.

The DEFINE project has received the support of the Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Union (2012).

Policy and Projects News

FRINDOC final conference in London 

On 24-25 September 2015, Imperial College London hosted the final conference of FRINDOC, a three-year project coordinated by EUA in partnership with the University of Hong Kong, Stellenbosch University, Imperial College London, the University of Bergen and the University of Camerino with the financial support of the European Commission. 
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First meeting of the EUA Expert Group on Science 2.0/Open Science

On 24-25 September 2015, the Expert Group on Science 2.0/Open Science met in Brussels for the first time. The Expert Group on Science 2.0/Open Science was set up by decision of the EUA Council in January 2015, in order to expand the work of EUA’s Open Access taskforce, which operated between 2012 and 2014, and to take account of the implications of the Science 2.0 tools and Open Science for universities.
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Events News

EUA Annual Conference 2016: Call for Presentations

EUA’s Annual Conference 2016 on the theme “Bricks and clicks for Europe: building a successful digital campus” will take place on 7-8 April 2016 at the National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG). In the framework of the conference, EUA has launched a call for presentations for three Working Group sessions.
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EUA Webinar: The ESG 2015 – consequences for universities

On Wednesday 28 October, EUA will hold a webinar “The ESG 2015 – consequences for universities”. The webinar will take place at 14.00-15.00 and is open exclusively to EUA members. In May 2015, Bologna ministers adopted the revised version of the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area, which provides a common framework for internal and external quality assurance (QA) systems.
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Registrations open for EUA-CDE focus group on the postdoc stage

On 13 November 2015, the EUA Council for Doctoral Education (EUA-CDE) is organising a focus group on the postdoctoral stage. The event is hosted by Aarhus University, Denmark. The focus group will attempt to identify existing or potential good practices for using postdoc positions for the benefit of institutions and researchers alike, particularly in relation to changing career patterns of early stage researchers. Places will be filled on a first-come-first-served basis.
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UNI-SET project and EUA-EPUE platform presented at the SET-Plan Conference

EUA’s work in the energy field and in particular the progress of EUA’s UNI-SET project was presented at the annual SET-Plan Conference which took place on 21-22 September in Luxembourg. This year’s conference was entitled “Research, innovation and competitiveness for the Energy Union” and aimed to launch a European debate on the new SET-Plan communication and the next steps for its implementation in accordance with the ‘Energy Union’.
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Brussels News

Horizon 2020: simplification never ends

On 25 September, Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research and Innovation, met key stakeholders on the topic of simplification in the Horizon 2020 programme. In the meeting, EUA put forward the views of universities and provided input to important matters such as the funding model, low success rates and management processes. EUA is looking forward to a constructive dialogue on simplification and sustainability of EU funding programmes with the EU institutions.
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EU launches Science4Refugees initiative

The European Commission has launched the Science4Refugees initiative to help refugee scientists and researchers find suitable jobs that both improve their own situation and put their skills and experience to good use in Europe's research system.
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Members and Partners News

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