LogoEUA is launching four new projects on key issues identified by its members: quality assurance, the impact of university rankings, higher education funding, and internationalisation in doctoral education.
These projects, detailed below, will build on EUA’s recent work in each of these areas. Further details on specific activities to be carried out in the context of these projects, and how members can become involved, will be published on the project websites and in the EUA newsletter.

  • Rankings in Institutional Strategies and Processes (RISP) will build on EUA’s work on institutional development and its ongoing review of international university rankings. The project aims to carry out the first pan-European study on the impact and influence of rankings and similar transparency tools on the development strategies of European universities. RISP will also develop recommendations on how rankings and transparency tools can be used to promote institutional development while identifying ‘potential pitfalls’ that universities should avoid.
    The project will be carried out in partnership with the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), the French Rectors’ Conference (CPU) and the Academic Information Centre (AIC) in Latvia. Visit the project webpage for more information.
  • Designing Strategies for Efficient Funding of Higher Education in Europe (DEFINE) will provide data and recommendations to support the development of strategies to increase the efficiency of higher education funding (at the institutional and system level). The goal is to determine good practice, challenges and the impact of funding efficiency measures, such as performance-based mechanisms, institutional mergers and other concentration measures, and excellence schemes.
    The DEFINE project is carried out in collaboration with CIPES, the Centre for Research in Higher Education Policies, University of Oxford, Aalto University, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg and Copenhagen Business School. Visit the project webpage for more information.
  • Promoting Quality Culture (PQC) will follow up and build on the recently completed EUA-led project Examining Quality Culture in higher education institutions. This showed that while the majority of universities in Europe have built up quality assurance systems, those in charge of managing quality processes at universities feel the need for further capacity building on how to incentivise all stakeholders (students, academic and administrative staff) to take on responsibility for quality.
    The project will be carried out in partnership with the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA), the University of Duisburg-Essen, the University of Lisbon and the University of Zagreb. Visit the project webpage for more information.
  • Framework for the Internationalisation of Doctoral Education (FRINDOC): the aim is to develop a statement of good practice and an online tool to aid universities to plan and implement internationalisation and mobility strategies for doctoral education. It is intended as a comprehensive strategic tool for self-evaluation of internationalisation of doctoral programmes enabling universities to attain a united picture of strategic goals, capacity and possibilities to implement the right structures for their particular profile.
    The project will be carried out in collaboration with Imperial College London, Stellenbosch University, the University of Bergen, the University of Camerino, and the University of Hong Kong. Visit the project webpage for more information.
The RISP, DEFINE, and PQC projects are supported by funding from the Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Commission. FRINDOC is co-funded by the Erasmus Mundus Programme.