EUA Newsletter 18 | 6/11/2015
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Public Funding Observatory 2015: diverging funding trends in Europe

EUA recently launched its annual Public Funding Observatory, which is composed of an overview report and an updated online tool.

Public Funding ObservatoryThis year’s edition records worrying signals from Northern Europe, a region that has so far kept up investments in higher education and research. Concerns particularly relate to Denmark and Finland, where new governments have embarked on cost-cutting programmes for the sector.

The 2015 Observatory also confirms the highly contrasted situation of universities throughout Europe, with continued disinvestment in the field in a number of countries, including, for instance, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Ireland, Serbia and Spain, while for others the main challenge is in keeping up financially with large increases in the student population (among which Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Germany). An increasingly common narrative is that of greater efficiency in a context of changing funding models. It is becoming more and more important for the university sector to demonstrate its contribution to society, as it is asked to deliver more with constrained or diminishing resources and show “value for money”.

In 2008, EUA started monitoring the impact of the economic crisis on universities and has since then collected the yearly funding figures for the sector with the help of its member national university associations. The Observatory covers 24 European countries, for which updated information features in the Public Funding Observatory online tool, allowing users to look in detail at country-specific developments. The report provides information on recent evolutions, analyses the long-term trends for the period 2008-2014, and addresses funding in the context of elements such as student numbers and inflation.

See EUA’s Public Funding Observatory report here.

Policy and Projects News

EFFECT, EQUIP and USTREAM – the three new EUA projects

As from November 2015 EUA will participate in three new projects funded under the European Commission’s Erasmus+ programme. EUA will coordinate the EFFECT (European Forum for Enhanced Collaboration in Teaching) project (2015-2018), which will facilitate the exchange of practices and experiences for teaching enhancement initiatives in different European countries, and assess the feasibility of establishing a European structure so as to continue beyond the duration of the actual project. 
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Events News

Registrations open for the EUA-CDE workshop

The EUA Council for Doctoral Education (CDE) has opened registrations for its 9th thematic workshop on “Doctoral Supervision – practices and responsibilities”. The workshop will be held at Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands, on 20-21 January 2016, and will address the supervisor-supervisee relationship, institutional practices and how to engage with supervisors.
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Next EUA webinar to focus on Trends 2015 – Learning and Teaching in European Universities 

The next EUA webinar will be an interactive discussion on the top 10 key findings of the report “Trends 2015 – Learning and Teaching in European Universities” and will take place on 25 November 2015, 14.00 CET. The Trends 2015 report, based on survey responses from 451 higher education institutions in 46 countries (48 higher education systems), presents the universities’ perceptions of the changes that have taken place in European higher education over the past five years, particularly in relation to learning and teaching. 
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Save the date – 1st UNI-SET Energy Clustering Event

EUA is organising the first UNI-SET Energy Clustering Event "Addressing the human resource challenge to build the future energy system". The event will take place on 24-26 February 2016 and will be hosted by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, Norway. 
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Deadline approaching: Call for Presentations for EUA Annual Conference 2016

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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Brussels News

EUA supports the “Science4Refugees” initiative

EUA supports the European Commission’s “Science4Refugees” initiative to help refugee scientists and researchers find suitable jobs. The EUA Council adopted a statement on refugee students and academics at the end of October. 
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Members and Partners News

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