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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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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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