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European student union's warning over Bologna dream

The European Students’ Union, or ESU, has warned that the Bologna process, which seeks to harmonise and reform higher education across the continent, is in danger of becoming obsolete because of uneven implementation and poor follow-up of commitments by many European countries. (...) - University World News, by Nic Mitchell, 10 July 2015 Issue No:375

 

 

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Essay on what's next for European higher education

This month was significant for European higher education, with the Bologna Process Ministerial Conference on May 14-15 in Yerevan, Armenia. This was the ninth conference since June 1999, when the European ministers responsible for higher education signed the Bologna Declaration, which paved the way for the most intense intergovernmental cooperation in higher education policy in the world. (...) - InsideHigherEd, by Manja Klemenčič and Paul Ashwin, May 26 2015

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University leaders gather to debate impact of research on society

University leaders gather to debate impact of research on society | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Around 400 university leaders and representatives from the European higher education sector will gather on Thursday 16 and Friday 17 April 2015 at the Annual Conference of the European University Association (EUA). The conference – entitled “European Universities in Research and Innovation: People, Policies and Partnerships” – will explore the role of research and innovation [...] - EU Reporter, April 13, 2015

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[Europe] Different approaches to fees for international students

All Nordic countries offer free higher education to their citizens. Traditionally, international students have also been able to study for free in this region but in 2006 Denmark introduced tuition fees for international students coming from outside the European Union and the European Economic Area. (...) - University World News, by Agnete Vabø and Jannecke Wiers-Jenssen, 03 April 2015 Issue No:361

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European research head defends plan to tap Horizon 2020

European research head defends plan to tap Horizon 2020 | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

LONDON—The head of the Horizon 2020 research budget tried today to blunt criticism of a plan to take €2.7 billion from the European Commission’s research budget and put it into an investment fund for economic recovery.

During a visit here, Carlos Moedas assured the Royal Society’s Paul Nurse and other scientific leaders that the idea would spur research as well as innovation. (...) - Science, by Erik Stostad, 23/03/2015

 

 

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Trust in science and scientists is not eroding in Europe

Trust in science and scientists is not eroding in Europe | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The state of confidence and seeking reassurance of continued trust of science and scientists in society is the subtext of much consideration and concern. (...) EuroScientist Webzine, 25/02/2015

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European University Association raises concerns about possible trade deals

European University Association raises concerns about possible trade deals | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
Trade Anxiety

 

European higher education leaders are concerned that two trade agreements currently being negotiated could cast doubt on the ability of national and regional governments to determine the character of their higher education systems.

At issue are the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), for which negotiators from the European Union and the United States entered their eighth round of talks this week, and the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA), which is being negotiated between 23 World Trade Organization members, including the E.U. and the U.S. (...) - @insidehighered, by Elizabeth Redden,

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Europe: Stakeholders discuss university funding futures

More than 200 representatives from universities, national ministries, funding agencies, EU institutions and student bodies from more than 30 countries across Europe met earlier this month to consider university funding issues.

Held at the University of Bergamo in Italy, this was the second funding forum for the European University Association, or EUA, the organisation representing universities and national rectors’ conferences in 47 European countries. (...) - University World News, 15 October 2014

  

  
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[Open letter - Petition for European Researchers] They have chosen ignorance

[Open letter - Petition for European Researchers] They have chosen ignorance | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Scientists from different European countries describe in this letter that, despite marked heterogeneity in the situation of scientific research in their respective countries, there are strong similarities in the destructive policies being followed. This critical analysis, highlighted in Nature and simultaneously published in a number of newspapers across Europe, is a wake-up call to policy makers to correct their course, and to researchers and citizens to defend the essential role of science in society. (...) - Euroscience, 2014

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Facts on tenure track in Europe’s research universities

Universities in three out of 10 European countries do not have an academic tenure track – France, Spain and the United Kingdom – while in seven countries three basic tenure models have been implemented since the turn of the century, according to a survey by the League of European Research Universities, LERU.

The models – in Belgium, Finland, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland – are outlined in a paper on “Tenure and Tenure Track at LERU Universities: Models for attractive research careers in Europe” launched on Tuesday 2 September. (...) - University World News, by Jan Petter Myklebust, 03 September 2014 Issue No:333

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Decision looms on future of E.U. science advice

Decision looms on future of E.U. science advice | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Green groups criticize current adviser—and her office.

 

A row has erupted over the job of chief science adviser to the European Commission, a post created in 2012. Jean-Claude Juncker, the new commission's president-elect, must decide whether to keep the post; nine nongovernmental organizations have called on him to scrap it because they are angered by the support of the current science adviser, Anne Glover, for genetically modified organisms. Many scientific organizations want to keep the position. But even Glover's supporters admit that her position has problems—including a tiny budget and an ill-defined mandate—that the new commission, set to take office in November, needs to fix. (...) - by Kai Kupferschmidt, 31 July 2014

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Former Polish PM to lead European Parliament's research committee

Former Polish PM to lead European Parliament's research committee | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Jerzy Buzek, a chemical engineer, was elected by acclamation.

BRUSSELS—Following the E.U. elections in May, the European Parliament's research committee has gotten itself a high-profile chair—at least in Brussels circles. Jerzy Buzek, a conservative politician from Poland and a former chemical engineering professor, presided over the European Parliament from July 2009 to January 2012 and was prime minister in his country from 1997 to 2001. (...) - by Tania Rabesandratana, Science, 10 July 2014

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E.U. medicines agency relaxes data-sharing rules

E.U. medicines agency relaxes data-sharing rules | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Researchers remain concerned about other possible restrictions.

Academics breathed a cautious sigh of relief when the European Medicines Agency (EMA) announced yesterday that it would soften controversial draft rules to open clinical trial data to public scrutiny. In particular, the agency says it will let researchers “download, save and print the trial data for academic and non-commercial research purposes.” A previous plan would have allowed them only to view data on their computer screens. (...) - by Tania Rabesandratane, Science, 13 June 2014

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Horizon 2020: Surge in applications but low success rate

Up to the end of February 2015, after 14 months, Horizon 2020, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation 2014-20, had received 45,000 applications. This represents a large surge in the number of applications.

The success rate for applications was 14% to 15% on average, while in Framework Programme 7 (2007-13), the predecessor of Horizon 2020, the success rate was between 19% and 22%. In some of the sub-programmes of Horizon 2020, notably in the Health Sciences and in Future and Emerging Technologies, or ‘FET Open’, the success rate for applications was down to between 2% and 3%. (...) - University World News, by Jan Petter Myklebust, 19 June 2015 Issue No:372

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Taux de succès des ANRs en 2014 et 2015: <10%, on est bien loin des stats de Horizon 2020...

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[Europe] Bologna progress report says ‘much more to be done’

Much more needs to be done to harmonise Europe’s higher education system, according to a new report into the state of implementation of the Bologna Process across the European Higher Education Area, or EHEA.

This reportprovides strong evidence that quality assurance continues to be an area of dynamic evolution that has been spurred on through the Bologna Process and the development of the EHEA. (...) -  University World News, by Brendan O’Malley, 21 May 2015 Issue No:368

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The Pros and Cons of U-MultiRank

The Pros and Cons of U-MultiRank | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
For its second edition in 2015, U-Multirank compared 1,200 higher education institutions from 83 countries, up from 850 schools in 2014. This European Union-funded tool presents itself as an alternative to traditional rankings. U-Multirank faced heavy criticism in its first year. One year later, opinions are still mixed. (...) - EducPros, by Marie-Anne Nourry, Translated by Nina Fink, 10/04/2015

 

 

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Big legal win for academic free speech in Europe

Big legal win for academic free speech in Europe | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

University staff must be free to criticize senior management and expose wrongdoing without fear of dismissal or disciplinary action, the European Court of Human Rights has ruled. (...) - THE via @insidehighered, by Jack Grove, March 20, 2015

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Does the European Researchers Charter deserve its birthday cake?

Does the European Researchers Charter deserve its birthday cake? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

On the 3rd of March 2015, university heads from around Europe will gather in Brussels to celebrate the 10th birthdayof the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers . A decade after the charter’s launch, it boasts over 600 signatories. EuroScientist examines if anything has really changed for scientists since its introduction; and whether the charter has fulfilled its mission. The verdict is somewhat disappointing. This is especially true at a time where scientists need protection from precarious research positions and need better structured career paths. (...) - EuroScientist Webzine, by Fiona Dunlevy, 03/03/2015

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Excellence: EU research plan may widen gaps

The success of the European Union (EU) Research and Innovation programme depends on achieving critical mass among member states and optimizing each state's research contribution (see also M. Żylicz Nature 517, 438; 2015). This could be difficult, given the wide variation in each state's willingness to participate and in their… (...) - Nature 518, 167 (12 February 2015) doi:10.1038/518167c

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Opening up recruitment for researchers in Europe

Anybody trying to make a career in research will be only too aware of the long-term obstacles that lie ahead of them. Continual assessment and subjection to scrutiny have become prerequisites for sustaining any research career, be it through mandatory research assessment exercises or necessary applications for new grants and sources of funding.  (...) - University World News, by Diana Jane Beech, 06 February 2015 Issue No:353

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Europe: Scientists protest cuts, study shows HE funding divide

As scientists across Europe campaign against “vicious” budget cuts, the European University Association published a report last Friday highlighting long-term funding cuts in a majority of countries – some as high as 40% – and an “evolving geographical divide” in terms of higher education investment that it warns is harming Europe’s global competitiveness. (...) - University World News, by Karen MacGregor, 11 October 2014 Issue No:338

  

  
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Progress, problems with researcher mobility in Europe

There has been significant progress in alleviating obstacles to mobility for researchers in Europe – but advances have been uneven and challenges remain in some countries in the areas of recruitment, researcher skills, working conditions and career opportunities – says a Deloitte Consulting report prepared for the European Commission.

The third annual report of a three-year study includes for the first time a composite index of European Union research excellence compared with that of other major economies, which it says can be seen as a proxy for the attractiveness of Europe for researchers. (...) - University World News, by Karen MacGregor, 26 September 2014, Issue No:336

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Universities warn against cuts to EU research funding

The European University Association, or EUA, has warned the Council of the European Union against making “considerable cuts” to proposed funding for research and innovation, including to the major framework programme Horizon 2020.

In a press statement last Thursday, the EUA said it understood that the Council of Minister’s position – to be formally adopted in September – recommended reductions in research and innovation payments.(...)  - University World News, 30 August 2014 issues 332

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[Europe] Record 270,000 study abroad through Erasmus in a year

A record 270,000 students obtained European Union grants to study or train abroad in 2012-13, according to statistics released by the European Commission last Thursday. The most popular destination countries were Spain, Germany and France.

“Countries sending the highest number of students as a proportion of their graduate population were Luxembourg, Liechtenstein, Finland, Latvia and Spain,” according to a commission press release.  (...) - University World News, 11 July 2014 Issue No:328

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[Europe] More university-business collaboration needed – Study

The business sector should be more involved in designing higher education curricula and universities should work more closely with industry partners to promote entrepreneurship, mobility between business and academia and lifelong learning. There should also be more assessment and better monitoring of university-business collaborations and programmes.

These were some of the conclusions reached by the authors of a recently released report prepared for the European Union by Cardiff University, in association with Newcastle University and Imperial Consultants.(...) - University World News, by Peta Lee, 03 July 2014 Issue No:327

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