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EFSI Agreement is a ‘mixed bag’ for Universities and Research

On 29 May the European institutions announced that they reached an agreement on the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI) in the last round of the so-called “trilogue” discussions. The new financial instrument, which aims to boost growth and jobs in the EU, will be backed by a guarantee partly financed from the EU budget. (...) - EUA, 5 June 2015

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A €2,2 Billion Budget Cut in the next European Research Program Horizon 2020

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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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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: 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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‘Changing Landscapes in Learning and Teaching’: Report from the EUA Annual Conference

‘Changing Landscapes in Learning and Teaching’: Report from the EUA Annual Conference | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Around 350 university leaders and representatives from the higher education sector gathered last week (3-4 April) for the EUA Annual Conference, hosted by the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) in Belgium. The theme of this year’s conference was “Changing Landscapes in Learning and Teaching”.(...) - EUA, 08/04/2014

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University funding cuts

European universities suffering financially after recession, says report.

 

Public funding for universities in some European countries has dropped precipitously from 2008 to 2012 as a result of the global recession, leading to weakened research capacity and risking a 'brain drain', says a report by the European University Association (EUA), released on 10 June. Of 20 nations studied, 13 had less funding for universities in 2012 than in 2008, with the greatest cuts affecting Greece, Ireland, Lithuania and Hungary. “The prospects are dim,” says Thomas Estermann, head of the EUA's governance, autonomy and funding unit. “If these trends continue, it will be much more difficult for researchers thinking about where they want to start their careers.” (...) - Nature, 498, 529 (2013)

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Horizon 2020: Funding rules are crucial for sustainability of Europe’s universities

Horizon 2020: Funding rules are crucial for sustainability of Europe’s universities | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The latest edition of EUA’s public funding observatory highlights that in countries where cuts are taking place, funding for infrastructure has been one of the most affected areas and it is likely that this trend continues. Ageing facilities and equipment will necessarily trigger increasing costs for institutions and deteriorate teaching and research environments.

 

It is therefore of crucial importance for the financial sustainability of Europe’s universities that, in addition to national funding schemes, the future European funding programmes, in particular the Horizon 2020 programme currently being negotiated at EU-level in the “trilogue” negotiations, provide funding rules that cover the costs for university research infrastructure in an adequate way. (...) - EUA, June 14, 2013

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Are university rankings too powerful?

A new report by the European University Association, or EUA, on global university rankings confirms what most higher education leaders will have known for some time – the dramatic growth in the number and scope of rankings tables in recent years has begun to shape the ways in which higher education is developing worldwide.

The EUA report, Global Universities and their Impact – Report II, says that besides increasing the pressure on universities – and the risk of overburdening them – the rankings “are also now beginning to impact on public policy making”. (...) - University World News, by Alan Osborn, 13 April 2013, Issue No:267

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Europe: EUA reviews strategies for higher education mobility

A European University Association review that set out to examine mobility strategies at European universities stumbled across the persistent problem of gathering reliable and comparable data on mobility, designed a set of tools to alleviate it and in the process compiled a most interesting snapshot of the current state of affairs in Europe.(...) - University World News

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European commission leader plans to push international and gender diversity to promote research

European commission leader plans to push international and gender diversity to promote research | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Gender Balance and Research Excellence

 

Improving “gender balance” in research to help drive up the quality of work produced is among the top priorities for the European Union’s new commissioner for research, science and innovation.

Carlos Moedas outlined his plans for the post, including a new visa program for researchers from countries outside the E.U., at the European University Association’s annual conference in Antwerp, Belgium. (...) - InsideHigherEd, by Holly Else for Times Higher Education, April 23, 2015

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Universities urge MEPs to reject hefty research cuts

The European University Association, or EUA, has called on the European Parliament to reject a plan that would make deep cuts in European research.

The EUA, representing 850 universities with 17 million students, has written to Members of the European Parliament, or MEPs, urging them to block European Commission proposals to cut €2.7 billion (US$3 billion) from the European Research Area budget, particularly in research and innovation under Horizon 2020 (...) - University World News, by Brendan O’Malley, 13 February 2015, Issue No:354

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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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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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Roumanie : 3 types d’universités

La Roumanie a rejoint l’Union Européenne le 1er janvier 2007. Elle compte 22 universités ; certaines ont des partenariats avec des universités françaises. Trois d’entre elles ont été évaluées en 2013 par l’Institutional Evaluation Programme (IEP) de l’European University Association (EUA). Et pendant ce temps-là, la France tergiverse sur l’organisation de son système d’évaluation des universités : Ne pas lire le rapport sur le HCERES. (...) - Blog Histoires d'universités, 03/02/2014

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EUA report reveals higher education funding pressures

The latest edition of the European University Association’s Public Funding Observatory has revealed pressures faced by many countries in funding higher education institutions, specifically regarding the impact of inflation and changes in student numbers.

“While no system has been left completely unaffected by the crisis, there is still a risk of a widening gap in terms of university funding between different parts of Europe,” says the EUA, which released the report with a new interactive online toolfor 23 European systems. (...) - University World News, by Peta Lee, 15 June 2013 Issue No:276

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[Vidéo] Des universités européennes en manque de fonds

L'enseignement supérieur européen est dans une mauvaise passe : d'un côté, les étudiants s'estiment victimes de l'austérité, de l'autre, les frais de fonctionnement sont toujours plus élevés. L'Union européenne est en dessous de la moyenne de l'OCDE en matière de financements public et privé des universités et leur dotation est au coeur de la bataille budgétaire au Parlement. Autre tendance : le partage des coûts. De plus en plus d'Etats membres augmentent les droits d'inscription. (...) - The network - euronews, 19/04/2013

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Scientists wanted

Emerging regions have robust collaborations, but need more researchers.

Researchers are in demand in east Asia, Latin America and southern Africa — regions not considered traditional scientific powerhouses — where doctoral-degree holders tend to leave academia for government or the private sector, says a report. CODOC — Cooperation on Doctoral Education Between Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe, published on 4 October by the European University Association (EUA) in Brussels, examined international collaboration across fields at universities to assess efforts to build research capacity. It documents ample international collaboration at universities in east Asia and an increasing number in Brazil and Mexico, but notes the need for more research investment in southern Africa to expand such efforts. Thomas Jørgensen, head of the EUA's council for doctoral education and author of the report, says that increasing collaboration hasn't made it any easier to retain academic faculty members at universities in the three emerging regions. But early-career scientists who are willing to leave their home countries can find posts that match their research specialities, he says. “The need for early-stage researchers is desperately there,” adds Jørgensen. - Naturejobs,

Nature 490,573(2012), 24 October 2012

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