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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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La Leru détaille les activités d'innovation de ses membres et leurs liens avec les entreprises

La Leru (Ligue des universités européennes de recherche) souhaite "établir un réseau collaboratif de classe mondiale pour l'échange de connaissance, les entreprises et l’innovation", selon les mots de Stephen Caddik, vice-président "entreprises" de l’University College London et responsable de la communauté "entreprise et innovation" de la Leru. Il s’exprime dans un communiqué, le 21 mai 2014, à l’occasion de la publication d’une brochure fournissant des informations sur les opportunités en termes de réseaux d’entreprises et d’innovation des 21 membres de la Leru (1). Pour chacun d’eux, la brochure recense les moyens et initiatives en matière de transfert et de valorisation, ainsi qu e les principales activités et partenariats avec les entreprises. (...) - AEF, par Anne Roy - Le mercredi 28 mai 2014 - dépêche n°481106

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Press release: Alain Beretz new Chair of LERU

Press release: Alain Beretz new Chair of LERU | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

As of 17 May 2014, Prof. Alain Beretz (President of the University of Strasbourg) is the new Chair of the League of European Research Universities (LERU). Elected by the LERU Rectors in November last year, Beretz takes over from Prof. Bernd Huber (President of the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München), who has been LERU’s Chair since 2008. (...) - LERU : League of European Research Universities, 17 May 2014

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Big changes in student mobility needed, says LERU

Big changes in student mobility needed, says LERU | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Europe’s top research universities are pushing for more structured forms of student mobility, to build on the achievements of the Erasmus exchange programme, which they say is reaching its limits. Newer forms of ‘networked’ and ‘embedded’ student mobility are needed.

These forms of student mobility will be costly and will possibly require difficult decisions and commitments from institutions, governments and the European Commission, says the League of European Research Universities, or LERU, which represents the top 21 research-intensive universities in Europe. (...)  - University World News, by Alan Osborn,02 May 2013, Issue No:270

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LERU: Broaden the (financial) horizon !

When the Heads of State and Government meet later this week to discuss the global EU budget 2014-2020 (MFF), the Rectors of the League of European Research Universities (LERU) urge them to take the hard decisions needed to secure Europe’s future economic prosperity and competitiveness against an extremely challenging internal and external environment. (...) Press release, LERU, 03 February, 2013

 

 

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Creative arts and research-intensive universities: a crucial partnership

At first sight the creative arts and research-intensive universities may not seem what you would call “a match made in heaven”. Yet, a new briefing paper published by the League of European Research Universities argues that university strategy and cultural policy can form a crucial partnership and that investing in the field of creativity provokes additional benefits for the institutions, their staff and students. (...)  - LERU : League of European Research Universities

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Georgina Binns's curator insight, November 8, 10:48 PM

Some interesting initiatives here to engage creative arts within the university environment

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Alain Beretz, nouveau président de la ligue européenne des universités de recherche (LERU)

Alain Beretz, nouveau président de la ligue européenne des universités de recherche (LERU) | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Le 17 mai dernier, Alain Beretz, président de l'Université de Strasbourg a pris la présidence de la Ligue européenne des universités de recherche (LERU). Élu en novembre 2013 par les présidents de la LERU, il succède au professeur Berndt Huber, président de l'Université Ludwig-Maximilians de Munich qui présidait la LERU depuis 2008. (...) - Université de Strasbourg, 05/06/2014

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LERU universities want an ERA of change after the EU elections

LERU universities want an ERA of change after the EU elections | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

The League of European Research Universities (LERU) urges the EU’s political leaders to set ambitious and concrete goals for the next legislature: use smart investment in research and innovation (R&I) as a winning investment for Europe’s future, help Europe power up economically, and build a better society for its citizens. To succeed, we need new mechanisms, incentives and rewards to harness the strengths of the EU’s R&I policies and programmes and forge smarter links with those of the member states. (...) - Press release LERU (League of European Research Universities), 19 May 2014

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Europe: Mobility initiatives

Report calls for schemes to boost student exchanges across Europe.

 

A university coalition is proposing schemes to expand student mobility. In International Curricula and Student Mobility, out on 25 April, the League of European Research Universities in Leuven, Belgium, argues for networked mobility — in which one university sets up student exchanges with others — and embedded mobility, in which several universities create a curriculum and exchange students and teachers. Each would involve more students than Erasmus, the existing European exchange programme, says Bart De Moor, vice-rector of international policy at the Catholic University of Leuven and co-author of the report. - Nature 497, 278 (2013), 08 May 2013

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Ranking-system doubts

Research institutions opt out of European Union's rankings scheme.

Members of the League of European Research Universities (LERU) do not plan to support the U-Multirank university ranking system launched last month by the European Union (see Nature 494, 273; 2013). LERU, which is based in Leuven, Belgium, and represents 21 universities across the continent, objects to what it calls a lack of reliable and objectively verifiable data in U-Multirank, problems in comparing institutions between countries, the temptation for universities to change policies or practices to improve their rankings and the burden on universities to collect data, says Kurt Deketelaere, secretary-general of the league. He says that such problems plague all existing university ranking systems, and notes that LERU pulled out of a U-Multirank advisory group in 2010 because its concerns were not addressed. “Since then, we have not seen any evidence of a substantive change of course which could lead us to revisit that decision,” says Deketelaere. Individual member universities can still participate in the programme if they choose, he says, but he notes that none has opted to join so far. -

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Don Westerheijden's curator insight, March 8, 2013 5:41 AM

Nature's description of the situation is objective: LERU was part of the advisory group of U-Multirank but recanted. From my (U-Multirank team) perspective, there must have been an commnication problem, because I think my colleagues did try to get the best (reliable, valid and wherever possible verified) data base for it, and tried to communicate that with participants and advisory group. How to get back to better relations between LERU and U-Multirank?

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LERU on gender equality: We know the facts, it’s time to act!

LERU on gender equality: We know the facts, it’s time to act! | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

It will come as news to no one that fewer women than men hold top positions at universities and research institutions, and that women are more likely to leave a career in research. This has been well documented, but concrete measures to counteract the phenomenon are still lacking. For this reason, the League of European Research Universities recently published recommendations to improve gender balance. Simone Buitendijk, Vice-Rector of the University of Leiden (Netherlands) and joint author of the paper, talks about what we know, what’s still holding us back, and, most importantly, what we can do about it. (...) - by Abby Tabor, MyScienceWork blog, 29 November 2012

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