21 février 2015

The future of the Bologna Process

LogoThe Yerevan Conference in May this year will conclude another round of the Bologna Process. Given the Bologna Follow-up Group’s role in finalising documents that will be adopted by Ministers, the discussion on the future of the Process is particularly high on EUA’s agenda.
It’s good news that the host for the next round (2015-2018) has already been decided: in 2018 Ministers will gather in Paris, probably at the Sorbonne, where it all began, back in 1998.
The following documents have been finalised by the BFUG, but would yet have to be adopted by the Bologna Ministers at the Yerevan Conference in May this year:  

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EUA-CDE Workshop on Regional Engagement and Doctoral Education

LogoOn 22-23 January, around 80 delegates gathered in Marseille at Aix-Marseille University for the 8th EUA-CDE thematic workshop to discuss the role universities play in developing their regions. The event was based on the premise that, as well as ensuring local employers have a pool of skilled candidates who can facilitate an exchange of knowledge with society, universities are also in a good position to establish initiatives and dialogue with regional authorities.
Finally, the workshop also formed part of the consultation process of the new EUA-CDE policy initiative, The Shape of Things to Come, which is identifying the challenges doctoral education will likely face in the future and examining how it can be used to help develop universities and society at large. The policy document will be published in 2016.
The presentations from the 8th EUA-CDE Workshop are now available here. More...

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EUA 2nd Funding Forum general report

LogoFollowing EUA’s second Funding Forum, held at the University of Bergamo in October 2014, General Rapporteur Liviu Matei authored an analytical summary of the discussions, highlighting the main elements debated by the 250 stakeholders participating in the event.
The report also considers how the topic of university funding has evolved since the first Forum held in 2012, in a context of enduring financial constraints for the sector in many parts of Europe. More...

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Senate Review on the Treaty Making Process - submission due 27 February

By Jen T. Kwok (NTEU National Office). The Senate Committee for Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References is conducting an inquiry into the Commonwealth’s treaty-making process, in light of the growing number of bilateral and multilateral trade agreements Australian governments have entered into or are currently negotiating.The closing date for submissions is 27 February 2015 and it will report on 18 June 2015. For more details about the Inquiry follow the link. More...

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Reviewing the role of paper reviewers

By Jen T. Kwok (NTEU National Office). JOURNAL editors soon find out how collegiate their colleagues are when they try to find someone to review a paper. It is a lot of work but, as Mathieu O’Neil has discovered, sometimes an editor can wait months only to get back a useless paragraph.
Amid the emerging debate over whether and how the work of journal editors and reviewers needs to be better recognised, Dr O’Neil’s Journal of Peer Production takes a radically transparent approach. He and his fellow editors don’t just publish the views of reviewers, who can remain anonymous, they also publish the original work before it was reviewed. It provides a window on how significant that contribution has been. More...

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Australia cannot afford the risks of private sector tertiary education

By Courtney Sloane (NTEU National Office). The latest evidence of widespread rorting and poor quality of qualifications delivered by private providers under Victoria’s fully contestable VET market shows opening Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) to private providers in higher education is too high a risk. More...

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Pyne's higher education reforms cannot be justified, even on his terms

By Courtney Sloane (NTEU National Office). The Abbott Government now has no choice but to drop its unfair higher education policies, the NTEU said today in response to NATSEM analysis showing the higher education reforms would add to the size of the budget deficit. 
“Even on their own terms of cutting budget expenditure the government cannot justify these unfair and unprecedented reforms,” said Jeannie Rea, NTEU National President. More...

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Abbott must now dump unfair university changes

By Courtney Sloane (NTEU National Office). Tony Abbott must now turn his energies to dumping his unfair higher education changes, the NTEU said today. 
Despite lying about his intentions to change higher education funding arrangements before the election, his government is pushing forward with the most drastic changes in over a generation. 
“70% of the public are against $100,000 degrees, cuts to funding and public funds going to dodgy private providers,” said Jeannie Rea, NTEU National President. More...

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Government's research cuts lead to Australian brain drain

By Courtney Sloane (NTEU National Office). The Abbott Government’s cuts to research and plans to deregulate university fees are already forcing our best and brightest overseas, the NTEU said today.
Speaking in response to ABC reports that researchers are being forced to look overseas for work, NTEU National President Jeannie Rea said that it was the government’s cuts to research and higher education that were making Australia unappealing to its best researchers. More...

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