The development of technology considerably changes major characteristics and even the philosophy of education. Distance learning and e-learning have become a part of daily life and penetrate into conventional educational establishments. OER and MOOCs, as well as emerging smart education challenge existing educational systems. The kaleidoscope of approaches, techniques, breakthroughs and gaps in education make sharing experience and promoting cooperation a vital necessity at international, regional, national, local and institutional levels.
THEME OF THE ICDE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE 2014: Connecting the World through Open, Distance and e-Learning
- distance education: the economic, technological, pedagogical and social outlook
- open, distance and flexible learning for reduction of the gap between formal education and work
- e-learning in a conventional educational establishment: challenges and possibilities
- distance and smart education: narrowing or widening digital and cognitive gaps?
- quality and standards of educational provision in distance settings; social and cultural diversity and linguistic plurality; educational tradition and innovation – where does the balance lie?
- open, distance and e-learning as a field for cooperation at international, regional, interregional, national, local and institutional levels.
Working languages are Russian and English. Simultaneous interpretation will be provided at all plenary and selected parallel sessions.
The Magna Charta Observatory of Fundamental University Values and Rights is a non-profit organisation based in Bologna, founded by the University of Bologna and the European University Association (EUA).
The Magna Charta Observatory aims to gather information, express opinions and prepare documents relating to the respect for, and protection of, the fundamental university values and rights laid down in the Magna Charta Universitatum signed in Bologna in 1988 by 388 Rectors of worldwide main universities.
The Observatory may work together or in agreement with other national, European or international organisations pursuing similar or compatible aims.
Celebrations of the 25th Anniversary of the Magna Charta Universitatum.
Since 1999, EUA has been publishing the Trends reports, with a view to feeding an institutional perspective into European higher education policy discussions, and improving exchange and networking among European universities and support for them. The principal method is a questionnaire sent to European higher education institutions, which is complemented by other research methods, including focus groups, visits to universities, interviews, and questionnaires to other stakeholders. The resulting reports are designed to present reliable, longitudinal information about how the European Higher Education and Research Areas are being developed across the continent. Over time, EUA’s Trends reports have become crucial sources of information and reference works for policy makers and the higher education community alike.
The Trends 2015 Report is currently under preparation, and will be published in time for the Bologna Ministerial meeting in Yerevan, Armenia, in spring 2015. Compared to previous Trends reports, it places greater focus on learning and teaching, including e-learning and MOOCs.
The institutional questionnaire was launched in January 2014. If you think your institution may be interested in participating in the Trends 2015 survey, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information. Please note that the questionnaire is aimed at the institutional leadership of higher education institutions.
More information on the Trends 2015 survey can also be downloaded here.
The Trends Series
The first Trends report, produced for the Ministerial meeting in Bologna in 1999, described the state of European higher education, and provided a rationale for the development of a European Higher Education Area. The second report, produced for the Prague Ministerial Conference in 2001, was an update of national developments and extended the geographical coverage in Europe.
Trends III, prepared in 2003 for EUA’s Higher Education Convention in Graz and for the Berlin Ministerial Conference, was the first report to introduce the perspective of higher education institutions in the analysis, based on a questionnaire that gathered over 800 institutional replies. This report raised several questions and challenges regarding the nature of institutional implementation, many of which were explored in greater depth through a series of institutional site visits undertaken for both the Trends IV and the Trends V reports (with additional focus group discussions).
The same methodology – combining a survey questionnaire, institutional site visits and focus group discussions – was used again for the Trends VI (2010) report, which examined a decade of Bologna reforms in the context of other changes that have affected higher education, whether through international, European or national developments.
For more information on and links to past Trends reports, please click here.
Who we are
EUA Solutions is a new tailored service created to assist a wide range of higher education institutions and stakeholders on particular issues. Designed to complement EUA’s existing membership services, EUA Solutions is based on a flexible, on-demand approach to specific requests from universities, decision-makers and national authorities seeking support for change processes and policy development.
At the core of our competitive advantage lies a unique combination of strengths:
- In-depth sector knowledge: extensive expertise in shaping European policies in higher education and research;
- European perspective: the largest, most comprehensive university network in Europe, representing over 800 institutions;
- Peer-to-peer approach: a wide network of internationally experienced higher education experts.
The services offered under the EUA Solutions brand range from thematic analyses and strategic studies to consultancy and specialised expert advice in key areas of focus. For more details about what we offer, please click here.
The methodology is adapted as required to fit the specificities of the assignment, and to lead towards collective and individual solutions for systemic or institutional change. For more details about how we work, please click here.
EUA would like to remind universities that its Trends 2015 survey will be open until 30 April. The online survey, sent to the heads of all EUA member universities in January, aims to map changes in learning and teaching in European higher education institutions, and to provide a comprehensive overview of the most important developments in the European higher education landscape over several years.
The results of Trends 2015, the 7th in the series of EUA’s flagship Trends projects, will be published in a report, which will be presented to European Higher Education Ministers at the next Bologna Ministerial Conference in Armenia in 2015.
As this is an institutional questionnaire, only one response per institution will be accepted. EUA encourages all members to take part in the Trends 2015 survey. Universities which require further information on the Trends survey or did not receive the questionnaire should email email@example.com.
More background on the current and past Trends projects can be found here.
Organised jointly by the Princess Sumaya University for Technology (PSUT), EUA, University of Barcelona and the Association of Arab Universities (AARU), it will bring together university representatives from Europe and the Arab world to discuss higher education development trends in both regions, particularly with regard to student and staff mobility and its relevance in intra-regional and bi-regional cooperation. Themes that will be covered include:
- Internationalisation through regional cooperation and mobility programmes
- The role of student and staff mobility in educating the citizens and employees of tomorrow
- The development, management and strategic interest of joint degrees
- The role of leadership in building institutional partnerships and incentivising student and staff mobility. More...
EUA is pleased to announce the launch of “EUA Solutions” that will offer universities the opportunity to commission tailor-made services in a wide range of strategic areas related to higher education.
EUA Solutions will offer a variety of services ranging from thematic analyses and strategic studies to consultancy and specialised expert advice on particular issues such as internal quality assurance, organisation of doctoral schools, internationalisation, Bologna implementation, communication, lifelong learning and student tracking. EUA Solutions will also offer support for decision-makers and national authorities for policy development in higher education.
While each activity will be tailored to specific requests, the methodology used will generally be based around three core elements: background material provided by the commissioning organisation presenting and analysing the current situation; a site visit carried out by a team of European experts, selected from the wide EUA network for their knowledge and experience in the target area; and a comprehensive written report with specific recommendations.
Designed to complement EUA’s existing membership services, EUA Solutions’ services will be carried out on a non-profit, full costing basis therefore the cost of each activity will depend on the exact requirements of the exercise.
More information is available on the EUA website.
EUA would also like to inform members attending next week’s EUA Annual Conference, and who might be interested in finding out more about EUA Solutions, that it will be possible to ask questions at the EUA Solutions information desk/stand in the registration area of the Conference venue.
The Faculty of Education of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and the Interacademic Group for Bilingualism and Multiculturalism in Education and Society “Polydromo” are organising the 3rd “Crossroad of Languages and Cultures” Conference from 30 to 31 May 2014.
The conference, which takes place at the university, aims to investigate “language borders and transcend issues of bilingualism and code-switching”. The two thematic axes of the conference are: “bi/multilingualism and translanguaging in education”; and “language policies in education”.
For more details on how to register, please see here.
For general information about the conference, please visit the website.
HE stakeholder organisations proposal for revised 'Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the Higher Education'
The E4 Group (European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA), European Students’ Union (ESU), European University Association (EUA), European Association of Institutions in Higher Education (EURASHE)), in cooperation with Education International (EI), BUSINESSEUROPE and European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education (EQAR) have on 18 March published a joint proposal for a revised version of the “Standards and Guidelines for quality assurance in the European Higher Education Area (ESG)”.
The Colloquium is an intensive one-week residential programme, designed for “European professors and educators seeking to integrate more effective, appropriate and interactive approaches, and practical skills in teaching entrepreneurship”.
Applications are open until 30 April 2014.
For more information, please visit the EFER website.