06 février 2011

Quality and Renewal - administrative support for excellence in teaching and research

http://www.mruni.eu/mru_lt_dokumentai/apie_mru/naryste_organizacijose/humane_1.gifThe 7th HUMANE study trip: Uppsala University, Sweden, 17th -21st of May 2011 Quality and Renewal - administrative support for excellence in teaching and research
Context, strategy and practices of the University of Uppsala will be presented. Group sessions and group work will focus on:
- The strategy of Uppsala University to be one of the best universities in Europe
- The realization of the strategy
- The integral role of the University’s administration in achieving excellence
- The relation between the central and departmental level
- Uppsala’s way to incorporate innovation
The programme will start with a warming-up session on Tuesday 17 May at 20.30 hrs and will end on Friday night 20 May. During the welcome meeting, participants will introduce themselves and will be informed about the programme. Sub-groups will be established and assignments distributed. Ann Fust, university director, will provide an introduction to the Swedish higher education system.

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European universities diversifying income streams

http://www.eua.be/images/logo.jpgEUA Brussels reception to launch new study on ‘European universities diversifying income streams’ (22 February 18h-20h30)
On the evening of 22 February 2011, EUA will organise a reception in Brussels to present its major new study on ‘European universities diversifying income streams’. As part of EUA’s series 'Towards financially sustainable universities', this report will provide an overview of the status of income diversification in European universities. It also identifies the conditions and success factors needed to implement income diversification strategies that help sustain the academic mission of higher education institutions.
The event will feature keynote speeches by Professor Maria da Graça Carvalho, Member of the European Parliament, and Mr Jordi Curell, Director at the European Commission’s Directorate General for Education and Culture, who will share their institutions’ views on university funding. The conclusions of the study (the outcome of the EC-supported EUDIS project) will then be presented by EUA's Thomas Estermann, author of the report. The event will be hosted by the Representation of the Free State of Bavaria to the European Union. See also Towards Financially Sustainable Universities II: Diversifying Income Streams.

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EUCEN: Current Projects

European Observatory of Validation of Non-Formal and Informal Activities. Leonardo da Vinci project (Action: Networks). 133980-LLP-2007-BE-LVW.

Volunteering and Lifelong Learning in Universities in Europe. Socrates programme. 14173-LLP-1-2008-1-UK-GRUNDTVIG-GNW.

A Lifelong Learning University Model for Europe. Project number: 504635-LLP-1-2009-1-BE-ERASMUS-EMHE.

On-line Consumer Education. A EUCEN project for the Directorate General for Health and Consumer Protection (DG SANCO) of the European Commission.

Collaboration On Modern(izing) Policies and Systematic Strategies on LLL. Lifelong leraning Programme. Transversal-Programme: Key Activity 1 (ECET - Part B). Project number: 167200-LLP-1-2009-1-BE-KA1-KA1ECETB.

Shaping Inclusive and Responsive University Strategies. Project number: 502784-LLP-1-2009-1-BE-ERASMUS-EMHE.

Bridges between Research and Practice in ULLL - Call DG EAC/41/09. Grundtvig. Multilateral networks.

Network for integrating Virtual Mobility and European Qualification Framework in HE and CE Institutions. Reference: 143748-PT-KA3NW. KA3.

Implementing ULLL through training and development - Call DG/41/09. Multilateral Projects - KA4.

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Developing Networking Architectures for LLL Universities

http://www.eucen.eu/themes/eucen/images/small_logo.pngThe DNA-LLLU project
Global rankings, excellence contests, Ivy-league University initiatives- the portfolio of instruments pressuring Higher Education institutions in Europe to be among the "Best" in order to attract highly skilled staff, motivated students and sufficient levels of funding seems to grow annually, despite recession and economic crisis phenomenon's.
But what are the indicators and benchmarks to measure "excellence and outstanding performance" and how does this effect and intermingle with regional and national funding policies?
The DNA-LLLU project emphasizes a different understanding of excellence, helping higher education institutions developing coherent strategies in the field, prioritizing the systematic development of collaboration models on all levels (local-international), reaching out to other sectors and encompassing the dispersed Universities activities and services. Taking into account the diversity of learning cultures, the evolutionary history and environmental conditions for both the University and key stakeholders on the one hand and drawing attention to one of the recommendations from the BeFlex Plus Project on the importance of developing coherent strategies in 'networked universities' on the other hand, the project’s process is two folded:
* In the first year, the project will explore scenarios and gravity centers of the "Networked University" depending on the institutional strategies and profiles as well as on the specific surrounding conditions of the environment. In a methodological frame, the project’s partners will
1) set up a working group, identify and involve several representative external stakeholders and
2) organize strategy workshops addressing key questions for the analysis of the specific profile of the institution and its partnerships and relationships with its environment in the field of ULLL and
3) analyse and adapt to own national/regional reality cases of good practice.
* In the second year of the project the Universities will develop the distinctive profile and coherent strategy of their 'Networked-LLLU', including a precise roadmap and implementation plan for the future realization of the "Networked LLLU".
Thus, the DNA-LLL project will illustrate how concepts and implementation scenarios of a Networked University can contribute to reinforcing the core vision throughout the EC: Making LLL a reality.

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Observal: European Observatory of Validation of non-formal and informal activities

http://www.eucen.eu/2000site/projects/OBSERVAL/imgOBSERVAL/OBSERVALogo3.jpgExplore & find out what diversity on validation practices on non-formal and informal learning throughout the European member states exists. 
Final Report of Observal, January 24, 2011. 
The European Observatory on validation practices of non formal and informal learning in European countries is the key product of the OBSERVAL project which is funded by the Leonardo da Vinci programme and coordinated through EUCEN (European University Continuing Education Network).
Together with partner experts from 24 countries of the European Union representing the different educational sectors (higher education, vocational education and training, adult education) the project has produced and collected different materials and documents which are now available and accessible via the Observatory.
The Observatory addresses its resources to a large range of actors (decision makers at national and institutional level, social partners, human resources managers, people in charge of validation,…) facilitating materials which are usually confidential or limited in use and dissemination outside of the context where they have been produced. The presented diversity on the state of play, good practices and procedures concerning the validation of non-formal and informal learning throughout the European member states helps to deepen the understanding and allows comparison to an extent which wasn’t as easily possible before.
Doing so, the Observatory offers a platform for exchange, contributes to the ongoing and future debate in Europe on validation of non-formal and informal learning and shows new pathways for the realisation of an European Lifelong learning Area. For more information, please contact Oliver Janoschka at EUCEN: oliver.janoschka@eucen.org.

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VIRQUAL newsletter 4

http://virqual.up.pt/sites/default/files/fourseasons_logo.pngNetwork for integrating Virtual Mobility and European Qualification Framework in HE and CE Institutions
The project of this network proposes to help educational and training institutions to achieve Virtual Mobility and to guarantee EQF implementation through e-learning, aiming at finding specific obstacles in institutions and proposing concrete and innovative solutions. It will promote cooperation and joint work among partner organizations and will link with related initiatives. It will address other educational networks to help the dissemination of the results.
The project is organized in twelve workpackages that cover all activities of the project. The core group is composed by four subject interest groups (SIG) that address the main objectives of the network. Each SIG will research the selected themes, looking for what has been done and proposing answers for the research questions. Each SIG will also look for potential collaboration with other projects and initiatives that are working in similar areas.
Reference: 143748-PT-KA3NW, Duration: 3 years, Key Activity 3: ICT / network, Financed by: European Commission - Lifelong Learning Programme.
The January 2011 newsletter of the project VIRQUAL is out now. The newsletter includes information about Task force 2 and Task force 3.

Task force 2 - A comprehensive analysis of the EQF implementation in Europe compiling 32 country reports on EQF/NQF implementation, at levels 5 to 8.  Additionally, the situation of e‐learning in what concerns legislation and practice in each of the 32 countries was also reported. This task force is also organising a series of Webinars on the general theme of e-learning and EQF but each focusing in different topics, such as Virtual Mobility, Learning Outcomes and e-Assessment and EQF and recognition of competences.
Task force 3 - How can we support teachers and curriculum developers defining, writing, or choosing high quality learning outcomes? How can we contribute to a global architecture of learning outcomes / competences? What is a useful classification system for learning outcomes / competences? Task 3 is answering these questions by creating a web.bsed database: the ILO repository. One of the fundaments of its data structure is the classification of learning outcomes according to EQF which distinguishes knowledge, skills and competences. Direct link to the newsletter - http://virqual.up.pt/. We hope you enjoy it and decide to join the network via the project website!

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