European universities have always had a wide range of international contacts and academic collaboration with partner institutions around the world. However, with the consolidation of the EHEA came the realisation that Europe is increasingly attractive globally, both as a study destination and as a partner for exchange. In parallel, the global race for talent has accelerated, and European universities have increasingly focused on positioning their education and research offer internationally. Today, ‘internationalisation’ beyond Europe has become a strategic goal of European governments and universities. Priority has been placed on mobility of students and staff, cross-border partnerships for both teaching and research and a general internationalisation of teaching learning approaches.
A 2013 EUA membership survey indicates that most European universities have thought strategically about internationalisation, have an internationalisation strategy in place, and/or want to enhance and improve that strategy.
EUA supports institutional development of internationalisation through a variety of projects and memberships services.It is also actively engaging in global policy dialogue between Europe and other world regions, a feature of the EUA International Agenda.
EUA International Agenda
In 2006 EUA launched its International Agenda, which puts high emphasis on policy dialogue and partnership between European universities and global partners beyond Europe’s borders.