29 juin 2014

Report from the Second Arab-Euro Higher Education Conference

LogoMore than 250 participants, including 150 Arab and European university leaders, gathered from 10-12 June for the Second Arab-Euro Conference on Higher Education (AECHE) in Amman, Jordan. The conference, on the topic “Strengthening Arab-Euro University Collaboration: The importance of regional mobility”, was hosted by the Princess Sumaya University for Technology (PSUT) and organised jointly by the Association of Arab Universities (AARU), the European University Association (EUA) and the University of Barcelona.
During the concluding session of the conference, reference was made to the declaration of the Third EU–League of Arab States Foreign Affairs Ministerial Meeting in Athens, Greece, which took place at the same time, and which welcomed AECHE “as a forum of co-operation between European and Arab higher education institutions”. Ministers underlined that “better understanding between people will be facilitated through exchanges between their youth, and co-operation between their higher education institutions and research centers”.
More information on the AECHE event is also available on the conference website. More...

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Final DEFINE Focus Group in Nuremberg examines ‘excellence schemes’

LogoOn 11 and 12 June, the Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg hosted a Focus Group bringing together university practitioners from several European countries in the framework of the EUA-led DEFINE project.
Participants presented and reflected on the characteristics of national funding mechanisms focusing on “excellence” in higher education and research. While certain “excellence schemes” have received significant attention across Europe, as for instance the German Initiative of Excellence, the discussions confirmed EUA findings that such schemes often differ in terms of their focus, size and processes.
The key points from the Focus Group will be presented in a report, to be released in the second semester of 2014, and will also be included in the overall analysis to be released at the 2nd EUA Funding Forum. The event will take place at the University of Bergamo on 9 and 10 October 2014 and will bring together the European higher education funding community to discuss strategies for efficient and sustainable funding of higher education in Europe. Registration for the event is currently open. More...

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Doctoral education - Thinking globally, acting locally: EUA-CDE Annual meeting

LogoHow do universities think globally and act locally? And how are they responding to global trends and challenges in the practical management of doctoral education? These were the underlying questions that more than 200 delegates from Europe and beyond gathered to discuss at the 7th Annual Meeting of the EUA-Council for Doctoral Education (EUA-CDE), hosted by the University of Liverpool from 19 to 20 June 2014.
Several possible responses to these questions were discussed and highlighted during the event, including the setting up of joint programmes, using e-supervision and finding ways to make international doctoral candidates feel welcome. The meeting also featured broader keynote speeches, giving the view of current developments from universities outside Europe (the US, Malaysia and Australia) and from non-university stakeholders. More...

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Brussels in Brief: updates on EU developments in education and research - June 26, 2014

LogoThe European Commission has earlier this month published a new communication on research and innovation as “sources of renewed growth" and released a new report on cost-sharing in higher education. Meanwhile, the European Research Council (ERC) has published details on the number of proposals submitted for its Consolidator Grants competition.
New EC communication on R + I as sources of renewed growth
Earlier this month, the European Commission published a new Communication entitled "Research and Innovation as sources of renewed growth". More...

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‘Marking twenty years of the Institutional Evaluation Programme’, Brussels, 18 September 2014

LogoEUA’s Institutional Evaluation Programme (IEP) is celebrating its twentieth anniversary this year, a milestone that will be marked by an event in Brussels. Hosted by the Representation of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia to the European Union, the event will take place on Thursday 18 September 2014, from 14.30 until 17.30, and will be followed by a drinks reception.
The event will include contributions from institutions that have been evaluated by IEP as well as those who have been involved with the Programme in a range of capacities. More...

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CRUE-CYD Foundation Smart Specialisation event, Madrid, Spain (14-15 July 2014)

LogoThe Spanish Rectors’ Conference (CRUE) and the CYD Foundation will organise, from 14 to 15 July in Madrid, a meeting on the role of the university in smart specialisation strategies for innovation.
Further information is available in the draft programme and the registration form on the CRUE website. More...

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EMMA Project - multilingual MOOC platform

LogoTwelve universities and companies in eight European countries are running a project called EMMA (European Multiple MOOC Aggregator). Supported by funding from the Competitiveness and Innovation Programme Framework Programme of the European Union, the EMMA project is described as a 30-month pilot action that will provide access to MOOCs in “different languages and supported by automatic transcription”.
According to the project website, the first EMMA MOOCs are due to go live in September 2014 and are provided by universities in Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and the UK on subjects such as business management, social innovation and cultural heritage, and climate change.
It also notes that “EMMA will operate in two main modes: as an aggregator and hosting system of courses produced by European universities and as a system that enables learners to construct their own learning paths using units from MOOCs as building blocks”. Once operational, EMMA will be open for other providers who wish to make their MOOCs available in multiple languages and across borders.
For more information please visit the project website: http://europeanmoocs.eu/. More...

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UIL adds 12 African countries to the Global Inventory of National Qualifications Frameworks (NQFs)

The UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) contributes to the Global Inventory of National Qualifications Frameworks (NQFs). This inventory is prepared by two EU agencies, namely the European Training Foundation (ETF) and the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop), and two UNESCO units, namely UNESCO’s section for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (UNESCO-TVET) and UIL. More...

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International conference on non-formal adult education

On 19 to 28 May 2014 experts from Africa, Asia and Germany met at the International Conference on Non-formal Adult Education in Wuppertal, Germany.  The primary objective of this meeting was to generate recommendation-based action plans concerning adult education.
The event was organized by the United Evangelical Mission (UEM), a faith-based global communion of churches in Africa, Asia, and Germany that work together to promote adult education within a lifelong learning perspective through a variety of institutions and projects. Angela Owusu-Boampong, Programme Specialist at UIL, delivered a presentation on CONFINTEA and lifelong learning. The presentation outlined global issues concerning adult education and presented the CONFINTEA process including the second Global Report on Adult Learning and Education (GRALE). This resulted in a discussion about several UIL activities currently underway in countries at the Conference.
Results from discussions regarding conceptual issues for practitioners working in the field of adult learning and education will be submitted to the UEM to inform their biannual general assembly. More...

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UIL contributing to Second Conference of the ESREA Network on Policy Studies

The Second Conference of the European Society of Research on the Education of Adults (ESREA) Network on Policy Studies in Adult Education entitled, Interrogating Sustainability in Adult Learning Policy: European and Global Perspectives took place from 18 to 20 June 2014 at the University of Aalborg in Denmark. Around 50 participants, predominantly university professors and researchers from Europe and other regions gathered to analyse how sustainability is – and could be – integrated into policies for adult learning.
UIL contributed to a panel on literacy with a presentation by Ulrike Hanemann, highlighting key findings of the second Global Report on Adult Learning and Education (GRALE 2), and to a paper session with a presentation by Chripa Schneller on the Impact on Distance Education on Adult Learning (IDEAL) project. Both presentations were well received by the conference participants.
The European Society of Research on the Education of Adults (ESREA) Network on Policy Studies in Adult Education is one of the 12 active networks of ESREA and is holding a conference every two years since 2012. The conference proceedings and papers will be published and all information will be available on http://www.esrea2014.learning.aau.dk. More...

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