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EUA Newsletter 2   26 January 2015

Annual Conference 2015: Registration open! 

EUA is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the Annual Conference 2015 that will take place at the University of Antwerp, Belgium, on 16 and 17 April 2015. 

Entitled “European Universities in Research and Innovation - People, Policies and Partnerships”, this year’s conference will focus on the role of universities in research and innovation. Members are also encouraged to attend the EUA General Assembly prior to the main conference where the new EUA President and five new board members will be elected.

A Poster Session on “University research: For the benefit of society” will enable universities to showcase examples of how their research findings have contributed to the advancement of knowledge and society at large. EUA is thus looking for poster contributions showing how university-based research in any discipline (for example, developments in biology and health care, energy and the environment, information technology for society, preservation of cultural heritage, etc.) can benefit society. The call for posters  is open until 30 January 2015.

The Hot Topic session in the afternoon of the second day will look at Energy Research and Education. The session will aim to engage universities in a dialogue on their role in this area through the newly-launched FP7 UNI-SET project, whose objective is to mobilise European universities’ research, innovation and educational capacities in the energy field.

Photo: © Vincent Jauniaux

Policy and Projects News

ERA Stakeholders Joint Statement on the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI)

CESAER, EARTO, EUA, LERU and Science Europe, members of the European Research Area Stakeholder Platform, are expressing their great concern regarding the European Commission’s proposed regulation for the new European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) in a joint statement released on 23 January 2015.

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IEP concludes evaluations of higher education institutions in Montenegro and presents system review report

Following the recent completion of the coordinated evaluations in Romania, EUA’s Institutional Evaluation Programme (IEP) has finalised another national external evaluation exercise. In 2013 the Ministry of Education in Montenegro commissioned IEP to carry out coordinated evaluations of higher education institutions in the country during the course of 2014.

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EUA takes part in FAIR project

EUA takes part in a new project aimed at developing institutional recognition procedures. The kick-off meeting of the Focus on Automatic and Institutional Recognition (FAIR) project took place in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, on Tuesday 20 January 2015. The event was organised by the Dutch organisation for international cooperation in higher education EP-Nuffic, which manages the project on behalf of the Dutch Ministry of Higher Education

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'Rankings in Institutional Strategies and Processes’ (RISP) – French report launch

On 21 January EUA published the French version of the report relating to the ‘Rankings in Institutional Strategies and Processes’ (RISP) project. The publication, launched at an event hosted by one of the project partners, the French National Rectors’ Conference (Conférence des presidents d’université - CPU) in Paris, outlines the results of this pan-European study of the impact and influence of rankings on European higher education institutions.
Events News

EQAF 2016: Call for host

Since its launch in 2006, the European Quality Assurance Forum (EQAF), co-organised by EUA, ENQA, EURASHE and ESU, has become the premier event for quality assurance (QA) in Europe with over 400 participants from across Europe and beyond. 

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EMOOCs 2015: Call for proposals

The Third European MOOCs Stakeholders Summit, will be held from 18 to 20 May 2015 at Université catholique de Louvain campus in Mons, Belgium. EUA is chairing the programme committee of the Institutional Policies Track of the conference and is therefore inviting its members and partners to submit proposals for contributions, in one of the four sessions: strategies, changes in learning and teaching, collaboration with industries and communities, and policy horizon.

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News from Brussels

Brussels in Brief: Updates on EU activities

The European Commission has published its third edition of the European Research Area newsletter. Its December edition focuses on gender in research and highlights the report on Gender Equality Policies in Public Research, which is based on a survey of the Helsinki Group on Gender in Research and Innovation.

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Member and Partners News

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