EUA Newsletter 17 | 26/10/2015
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Refugee students welcome

EUA calls upon policy makers and higher education institutions in Europe to enable refugee students to gain access to higher education. During its last meeting on 23 October in Brussels, the EUA Council adopted a statement on refugee students and academics.

Universities and European governments should support the following action:

  • Ensuring the broad provision of information on the various educational opportunities open to refugees; 
  • Developing foundation and bridging courses and specific programmes (propaedeutica) that allow refugees to acquire the necessary skills for entering higher education;
  • Providing language teaching as a key element of societal integration and a prerequisite for successfully completing a study programme;
  • Guaranteeing access to education for school age children;
  • Waiving or shortening ‘waiting periods’ to enter higher education and to qualify for student financial support and benefits; 
  • Offering access to higher education also for non-recognised refugees;
  • Ensuring flexible conditions, procedures and processes for the recognition of degrees and diplomas, periods of study and prior learning, in line with the Lisbon Recognition Convention;
  • Offering funding support for refugee students and scholars and ensuring that additional means are made available for higher education institutions that engage in this process in the form of bursaries, grants and structural support measures, both from national funding sources and from Erasmus+, Horizon 2020 and the European Social Fund.

EUA calls on the EU and EU member states to demonstrate leadership and accept responsibility for managing the ongoing refugee crisis.
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Policy and Projects News

EUA underlines the importance of preserving rare disciplines in Europe

The EUA Council discussed the topic of rare and emerging disciplines in Europe at its meeting in October. Council members considered how threatened disciplines can best be preserved and maintained, in view of the fact that they are both crucial for scientific development and often of major importance for Europe’s cultural heritage.  
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New EUA interview series gives the floor to university leaders

EUA has launched a series of interviews “University Leaders’ Perspectives: governance and funding”, which is a new style that gives university leaders the opportunity to express their views on current issues in the field. With this series of interviews, EUA follows up on the 2nd Funding Forum held one year ago in Bergamo, Italy.
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The European Atlas of Universities in Energy Research & Education is now online

EUA presents the first European Atlas of Universities in Energy Research & Education, a compendium of European university-based Master, Doctorate and Research Programmes. The Atlas has been developed by the EUA energy platform, the “European Platform of Universities in Energy Research & Education” (EUA-EPUE).
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New members as of 2016

On the occasion of last week’s EUA Council meeting in Brussels, EUA welcomed four universities as individual full members, ten as associate members and two new affiliates. 

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Events News

9th Thematic EUA-CDE Workshop: Call for Presentations

The EUA Council for Doctoral Education (CDE) has published a Call for Presentations for the 9th CDE thematic workshop to be held at Delft University, the Netherlands, on 20-21 January 2016, entitled “Doctoral Supervision – practices and responsibilities”. The workshop will look at the supervisor-supervisee relationship, institutional practices and how to engage with supervisors. 
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AECHE Thematic Conference on “The Networked University” links Arab and European universities in Al Gouna, Egypt

The AECHE Thematic Conference “The networked university: opportunities and challenges for Higher Education between the Arab World and Europe” brought together over 150 participants from European and Arab countries. The conference took place on 10-12 October at the Campus of the Technical University of Berlin in Al Gouna, Egypt.
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Brussels News

EUA: EU Parliamentarians get ready to defend budget for research and education

EUA welcomes the European Parliament’s recent move to reinforce the 2016 EU budget for research and education. In mid-October the Committee on Budgets adopted a motion defending EU funding for research and education in the negotiations on the 2016 budget. The text explains the amendments voted by the Committee at the end of September. 
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ERC 2016 grant competition for mid-career researchers opens

The European Research Council (ERC) has opened the next competition for its Consolidator Grants. More than 600 million Euro is earmarked for an estimated 335 grants. The deadline for submission of research proposals is 2 February 2016. ERC Consolidator Grants are designed to support excellent individual researchers who have 7 to 12 years of experience since the completion of their PhD, and are consolidating their own independent research team. 
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Members and Partners News

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