At the recent EUA Council meeting, held at the Université libre de Bruxelles prior to the EUA Annual Conference on 3 April, a number of important policy issues and developments were discussed including the proposed revision of the European Data Protection legislation. During the meeting, six new institutions were also welcomed as EUA members.
EU Data Protection legislation
In 2012, the European Commission proposed a major reform of the EU legal framework on the protection of personal data. The proposed Data Protection Regulation, which is of particular concern to universities as it covers the use of personal data in research, is currently going through the co-decision process. The European Parliament has recently voted on its amendments to the Commission proposal and the Council of the EU (member states) is expected to define its position later this year. There have been concerns raised by a number of non-commercial research organisations, including universities/university associations, that the European Parliament’s proposed amendments could have a negative impact on research using personal data, including in the area of health.
Following a discussion on the topic, EUA Council members endorsed the statement which is published on the Wellcome Trust website: “Protecting health and scientific research in the Data Protection Regulation (2012/0011(COD)) Position of non-commercial research organisations and academics”. More...
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”.
Presentations from the conference are now available on the conference website. More...
On 3 and 4 April at the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research of the University of Manchester, key stakeholders from universities and research and technology organisations (RTOs) were invited to a focus group to debate the possible future of the European Research Area.
The focus group was organised in the framework of the VERA project (Forward Visions on the European Research Area) funded by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Programme. The VERA FP7 research project, run by a consortium of institutes across Europe, had developed four scenarios on the future of European research governance which formed the basis for the workshop debate. More...
At its meeting on 20 March 2014, the EUA Research Policy Working Group (RPWG) gave particular attention to the topic of open access to scientific publications.
The RPWG invited Professor Bernard Rentier – Rector, Université de Liège, Belgium – to share his views and experience. He highlighted the importance of “green” open access to scientific publications (a type of open access), and building strong institutional open access repositories and internal policies for researchers’ self-archiving of publications, as a response to the increasing costs of subscriptions to scientific publications and the need to respect the freedom for researchers to publish in journals of their choice.
The subsequent discussion, which also took account of Horizon 2020 developments, confirmed that key open access issues for universities. More...
CEEMAN, an international management development association, is organising its “International Management Teachers Academy” in Bled, Slovenia, from 8 to 20 June 2014.
The programme targets management educators and looks to provide an “opportunity for young faculty to develop their curricula, course design, teaching materials and particularly teaching skills and methods”.
For more information about the programme, please see the CEEMAN website. More...
The Second BRIDGE event, Best Practices in EU-Russia University Collaboration, is taking place at Lappeenranta University of Technology, Finland, from 3 to 4 June 2014.
BRIDGE 2014 will serve as a forum for academic and other specialists to discuss various perspectives on the future of the EU-Russian higher education sector. The main target audience “consists of managers and staff responsible for international cooperation at European and Russian universities”.
To register, please click here. The deadline for registration is 2 May 2014.
For more information, please visit the website. More...
The First Turkish Arab Congress on Higher Education will be held in Istanbul from 26 to 28 April 2014, “with the aim of constituting a better cooperation between Turkish and Arab Universities”.
The event is hosted by Istanbul Medeniyet University and Istanbul University in partnership with the Association of Arab Universities.
To find out more or to see the programme, please visit the event website. More...
Last month, the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) Governing Board elected its next chairman while the European Research Council has published details of the number of proposals submitted in the ERC Starting Grant competition – the first one under the Horizon 2020 programme.
ERC Starting grant competition
The European Research Council has announced that a total of 3 272 proposals were submitted in the 2014 European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant competition – the first one under the new EU Framework Programme Horizon 2020 – which closed on 27 March. In this call, the distribution by the three ERC domains was as follows: 1 494 proposals were submitted in “Physical Sciences and Engineering”, 1 030 in “Life Sciences” and 748 in “Social Sciences and Humanities”. For more information, please click here. More...
The Academic Cooperation Association’s (ACA) Annual Conference “Europe in the world. Higher education developments across the globe" will take place in Bordeaux, France, from 15 to 17 June 2014.
Co-organised with the Agence Europe-Education-Formation France, the conference will focus on issues such as the “relative attractiveness of European higher education on a global scale”; “present and future key issues of European and global higher education”; and “recent trends in major non-European countries and regions around the world”.
EUA Secretary General, Lesley Wilson, is due to speak at the conference.
For more information, please visit the conference website. More...
Confédération générale du travail Force ouvrière et autre [Portage salarial]
« Le Conseil constitutionnel a été saisi le 6 février 2014, par le Conseil d'État d'une question prioritaire de constitutionnalité posée par la CGT-FO et la Fédération des employés et cadres FO. Cette question était relative à la conformité aux droits et libertés que la Constitution garantit du paragraphe III de l'article 8 de la loi n° 2008-596 du 25 juin 2008 portant modernisation du marché du travail.
L'article 8 de la loi du 25 juin 2008 est relatif au portage salarial. Son paragraphe III prévoit qu'un accord national interprofessionnel étendu peut confier à une branche professionnelle la mission « d'organiser » le portage salarial par un accord de branche étendu. Le Conseil constitutionnel a jugé ce paragraphe III contraire à la Constitution. D'une part, il a relevé que ce paragraphe III confie à la convention collective le soin de fixer des règles qui relèvent de la loi. D'autre part, le Conseil a jugé que cette méconnaissance, par le législateur, de sa compétence dans la détermination des conditions essentielles de l'exercice de l'activité économique de portage salarial ainsi que dans la fixation des principes applicables au « salarié porté » affecte par elle-même l'exercice de la liberté d'entreprendre ainsi que les droits collectifs des travailleurs.
Afin de permettre au législateur de tirer les conséquences de la déclaration d'inconstitutionnalité, le Conseil constitutionnel a reporté au 1er janvier 2015 la date de l'abrogation du paragraphe III de l'article 8 de la loi du 25 juin 2008.
Les mesures prises avant cette date en application des dispositions déclarées contraires à la Constitution ne peuvent, avant cette même date, être contestées sur le fondement de cette inconstitutionnalité…. »