03 mars 2012

Horizon 2020 and the Modernisation of European universities

http://www.eua.be/images/slogan.gifEUIMA Project Final Event: Horizon 2020 and the Modernisation of European universities - Dialogue with European policy makers, Brussels, Belgium (10 May 2012).
For the past two years EUA has conducted a major project (entitled EUIMA “European Universities Implementing their Modernisation Agenda”), a coordination action funded under the 7th Research Framework Programme of the European Commission.
The project addresses two key elements of the modernisation agenda for European universities: the sustainability of university funding, financial management and development of full costing (EUIMA-Full Costing) and the development of appropriate measurement tools and indicators for the assessment of university-based fundamental research and collaborative research with external partners reflecting the diversity of university missions (EUIMA-Collaborative Research).
A transversal focus running through the project has aimed at identifying future human resource and management development requirements. EUA has undertaken extensive research on these key elements through many workshops, study visits, case studies and consultations that bring a substantial volume of empirical evidence to underpin its findings and recommendations.
This final event of the project presents these main findings and recommendations and connects them in a timely manner to the current European policy process on the development of Horizon 2020 and its Rules of Participation and the European Research Area (ERA) policy framework. EUA has been strongly involved as a European stakeholder in the consultations on the development of Horizon 2020 as well as in the “simplification” debate, submitting several position papers on behalf of its membership.
Presentations will be made by key contributors to the EUIMA project (both from universities and external partners/agencies). Invited participants will be those who have contributed to the project’s main activities, European policy makers from the relevant European Commission Directorates General, European Parliament (ITRE and CULT Committees) and the European Council (Member State Permanent Representations in Brussels), and other major European stakeholder organisations including science/research policy journalists.
If you would like to participate in the event and receive an invitation, please send an email to euima@eua.be. For more information about the event, click here.

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18 février 2012

EUA gives evidence to House of Lords (UK) Committee on the modernisation of higher education in Europe

http://www.eua.be/images/logo.jpgEUA Secretary General Lesley Wilson was invited to give evidence before the UK’s House of Lords Consumer Protection and Social Policies EU Sub-Committee, on the subject of the EU’s contribution to the modernisation of Higher Education in Europe, on 2 February.

The Committee is conducting the inquiry as a response to the European Commission’s recent communication on the subject and aims to establish whether the initiatives outlined by the Commission are the most appropriate to fulfil its supportive role in higher education or whether there are other ways in which the EU might add value in this area.
The initiatives cited by the Committee include the new “U-Multirank” tool, an analysis of the impact of different funding approaches on student mobility and on the diversification and efficiency of higher education systems, a proposal for a European Masters level student loan, a strengthening of synergies between EU and intergovernmental processes (mainly the Bologna Process/European Higher Education Area), support for the internationalisation of higher education, the placing of higher education at the centre of innovation, job creation and employability, and a strengthening of the long-term impact and complementarity of EU funding.
During her evidence, Lesley Wilson was quizzed on a number of issues including how beneficial the Bologna Process has been for European higher education institutions, what the major challenges will be in the coming decade, the importance of collaborative research, the success of Erasmus and how to increase participation, university rankings, the mobility of researchers, and whether enhancing the EU’s contribution to research, education and innovation will help European universities retain their competitive edge over the US and China.
Among other things, she stressed the achievements of the Bologna Process and the Erasmus Programme, how they have transformed European higher education, as well as remaining challenges. She also underlined the added value of EU investment in higher education and research and emphasised in particular the need to promote the mobility of researchers further.
The House of Lords had previously invited four British university leaders to give evidence as part of the same inquiry. EUA understands that the Committee is due to publish a report later in the year.

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20 novembre 2011

Modernisation and employability at heart of new higher education reform strategy

http://www.guni-rmies.net/img/logo.gifAs part of Europe's strategy for jobs and growth, the European Commission presented on september 20th a reform strategy to boost graduate numbers, improve teaching quality and maximise what higher education can do to help the EU economy emerge stronger from the crisis.
The strategy identifies priority areas where EU countries need to do more to achieve shared education objectives and sets out how the European Union can support their modernisation policies. EU-level initiatives will include a multi-dimensional university ranking which will better inform students about the courses which are best for them and an 'Erasmus for Masters' loan guarantee scheme for students taking a full degree course abroad.
The European Union has approximately 4,000 universities and other higher education institutions and more than 19 million students. In recent years the number and variety of higher education institutions, as well as student numbers, have substantially increased. But funding, governance structures and curricula have often failed to keep pace. Higher education is not performing well enough to provide Europe with enough people with the right kinds of skills to create jobs and growth. And worldwide, Europe's competitors, especially the emerging economies, are rapidly increasing their investment in higher education.
Speaking at the launch of the strategy, the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, Androulla Vassiliou, said: "Higher education is a powerful driver of economic growth and opens doors to better living standards and opportunities for people. It is also the best insurance against unemployment. Even so, too many graduates struggle to find jobs or quality work. We need to reform higher education – and vocational education – so that we equip our young people with the skills they need to reach their potential in terms of development and employability."
Many EU countries are prioritising the modernisation of their higher education systems; but the potential of European higher education institutions to contribute to Europe's prosperity and fulfil their wider role in society remains underexploited. This is why education is at the heart of the Europe 2020 strategy, which has set a target for 40% of Europe's young people to have a higher education qualification by the end of this decade (33.6% in 2010).
The Commission's reform strategy has been shaped by analyses, studies and consultations with higher education institutions, teachers, researchers, students, businesses, trade unions, governments and international bodies. It is accompanied by a Commission staff paper that examines recent developments in European higher education systems and by the study 'Modernisation of higher education in Europe: funding and the social dimension' that examines trends in funding higher education and policies for opening up access to higher education (IP/11/1037). For further information visit: http://ec.europa.eu/.

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09 octobre 2011

La modernisation et l’aptitude à l’emploi au cœur de la nouvelle stratégie de réforme de l’enseignement supérieur

http://europa.eu/rapid/images/logo-europa.gifBruxelles, le 20 septembre 2011 - Dans le cadre de la stratégie européenne pour l’emploi et la croissance, la Commission européenne a présenté aujourd’hui une stratégie de réforme visant à accroître le nombre de diplômés, à améliorer la qualité de l’enseignement et à optimiser la contribution de l’enseignement supérieur à l’économie européenne, afin qu’elle sorte renforcée de la crise. La stratégie recense les domaines prioritaires dans lesquels les pays de l’UE doivent accentuer leurs efforts pour atteindre les objectifs communs en matière d’éducation et définit la façon dont l’Union européenne peut soutenir leurs politiques de modernisation. Parmi les initiatives à l’échelle de l’UE figurent un classement pluridimensionnel des universités, qui aidera les étudiants à mieux choisir des études adaptées, ainsi qu’un dispositif de caution de prêts étudiants, dans le cadre d’Erasmus for Masters, destiné à ceux qui préparent un cycle d’études complet à l’étranger.
L’Union européenne compte près de 4000 universités et autres établissements d’enseignement supérieur et plus de 19 millions d’étudiants. Au cours des dernières années, le nombre et la diversité des établissements d’enseignement supérieur, ainsi que les effectifs étudiants, ont considérablement augmenté. Il reste que, souvent, le financement, les structures de gestion et les programmes d’études n’ont pas emboîté le pas à ces évolutions. Les résultats de l’enseignement supérieur n’ont pas suffi à doter l’Europe des effectifs suffisants, possédant les compétences adéquates, pour créer des emplois et de la croissance. Et, à l’échelle mondiale, les concurrents de l’Europe, notamment les économies émergentes, augmentent rapidement leurs investissements dans l’enseignement supérieur.
S’exprimant à l’occasion du lancement de la stratégie, la commissaire européenne à l’éducation, à la culture, au multilinguisme et à la jeunesse, Mme Androulla Vassiliou, a déclaré: L’enseignement supérieur est un puissant moteur de croissance économique et il permet aux individus d’accéder à de meilleures conditions de vie et à de nouvelles possibilités. Il est aussi la meilleure des assurances contre le chômage. Pourtant, un trop grand nombre de diplômés peine à trouver un emploi ou un travail de qualité. Nous devons réformer l’enseignement supérieur – et la formation professionnelle – afin de doter nos jeunes des compétences dont ils ont besoin pour réaliser leur potentiel en matière de développement et d’aptitude à l’emploi.
Contexte

Les domaines prioritaires dans lesquels des réformes doivent être mises en chantier comprennent:
- augmenter le nombre de diplômés, attirer un plus large échantillon de la société vers l’enseignement supérieur, et réduire le nombre de décrochages en cours d’études;
- améliorer la qualité et la pertinence de l’enseignement supérieur, afin que les programmes d’études répondent aux besoins des individus, du marché du travail et des carrières de l’avenir, et stimuler et valoriser l’excellence dans l’enseignement et la recherche;
- offrir aux étudiants de nouvelles possibilités d’acquérir des compétences supplémentaires grâce aux études ou à la formation à l’étranger, et encourager la coopération transnationale en vue d’améliorer les performances de l’enseignement supérieur;
- former un plus grand nombre de chercheurs, en vue de préparer le terrain pour les industries de demain;
- renforcer les liens entre l’éducation, la recherche et les entreprises pour favoriser l’excellence et l’innovation;
- veiller à l’efficacité du financement – en conférant plus d’autonomie à la gestion de l’enseignement supérieur et en investissant dans une éducation de qualité pour répondre aux besoins du marché du travail.
De nombreux pays de l’UE donnent la priorité à la modernisation de leurs systèmes d’enseignement supérieur; mais la capacité des établissements d’enseignement supérieur européens à contribuer à la prospérité de l’Europe et à remplir un plus grand rôle dans la société demeure sous-exploitée. C’est pour cette raison que l’éducation est au cœur de la stratégie «Europe 2020», qui se donne pour objectif de compter 40% au moins de jeunes européens titulaires d’un diplôme de l’enseignement supérieur d’ici la fin de la décennie (contre 33,6% en 2010).
En juillet, la Commission a formulé pour le prochain budget pluriannuel de l’UE (2014-2020) des propositions qui prévoient des hausses substantielles en faveur de l’éducation, de la formation et de la jeunesse (+73%) et également de la recherche (+46%), reconnaissant ainsi leur rôle essentiel dans le soutien à la croissance. Le projet de réforme pour la modernisation de l’enseignement supérieur orientera les dépenses prioritaires des programmes de l’UE vers le soutien aux réformes.
La stratégie de réforme de la Commission a été façonnée par des analyses, des études et des consultations auprès d’établissements d’enseignement supérieur, d’enseignants, de chercheurs, d’étudiants, d’entreprises, de syndicats, de gouvernements et d’organismes internationaux. Elle s’accompagne d’un document de travail des services de la Commission, qui examine les dernières évolutions des systèmes européens d’enseignement supérieur, et de l’étude Modernisation of higher education in Europe: funding and the social dimension [Modernisation de l’enseignement supérieur en Europe: financement et dimension sociale], qui analyse les tendances en matière de financement de l’enseignement supérieur et les politiques d’ouverture de l’accès à l’enseignement supérieur IP/11/1037.
Pour de plus amples informations:
MEMO/11/613 – Modernisation de l’enseignement supérieur – faits et chiffres.
MEMO/11/615 – Une stratégie de l’UE pour moderniser l’enseignement supérieur – questions et réponses.
Communication: EU strategy for modernising higher education.
Statistiques – document de travail des services de la Commission sur les évolutions récentes des systèmes européens d’enseignement supérieur.
Étude Eurydice: Modernisation de l’enseignement supérieur en Europe: financement et dimension sociale.
Commission européenne: Enseignement supérieur.
Propositions de la Commission en faveur de l‘éducation, de la formation et de la jeunesse dans le prochain budget de l’UE: IP/11/857.

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The Modernisation Agenda in the EU

http://uv-net.uio.no/wpmu/hedda/files/2011/08/fb-bg-240x300.pngRecently the European Commission published a new communication on higher education – The Higher Education Modernisation Agenda. The agenda is a follow-up to the 2006 Modernisation Agenda, and also closely linked to ET2020 – The strategic framework for European co-operation in education and training from 2009.
This marks yet another major document in the expanding European agenda in the area of higher education – an area where European activities have throughout history been clearly legally constrained. However, recent years have witnessed a significant increase in activity, and education has now become one of the “key areas” in Europe 2020, the EU’s growth strategy for the coming decade.
At the launch of the Modernisation Agenda, the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, Androulla Vassiliou, argued that:
Higher education is a powerful driver of economic growth and opens doors to better living standards and opportunities for people. It is also the best insurance against unemployment. Even so, too many graduates struggle to find jobs or quality work. We need to reform higher education – and vocational education – so that we equip our young people with the skills they need to reach their potential in terms of development and employability.
The main areas for activity include:
- increase number of graduates
- focus on quality and relevance (knowledge, core competences)
- strengthen the “knowledge triangle” (education, research and business)
- governance and funding to support excellence
In addition to these activities, there is a multitude of various streams of activity and various instruments (Erasmus Masters Degree Mobility Scheme, U-Multirank, etc).
This puts focus on some of the arguments regarding higher education – the view on higher education is quite instrumental, with focus on economic growth and employability, and it also refers to an urgent and eminent need to reform higher education. There is a clear argument for more focus on the links to industry, the ability to produce excellence. However – it is less clear in these arguments why and according to what kind of evidence there is an assumption that higher education as it is does not function appropriately.
The communication itself does go a bit further into presenting some statistics that is to show that European higher education needs reform. However, to a great extent the document also repeats the already typical EU rhetoric – there is  a need for reform, higher education is under-performing, and there is an available ‘solution’ that with great certainty can fix the existing problems. And the mantra that gets repeated is one of great hopes and dire current state of affairs: “the potential of European higher education institutions to fulfil their role in society and contribute to Europe’s prosperity remains underexploited“.
This increased focus on education in Europe was already visible in the new budget proposed in July 2011 that market significant increase both in terms of education and research. While European activities most certainly have not replaced national interests, this renewed strong focus from Europe will have some implications on the future of higher education in Europe. What exactly they will be remains to be seen.

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10 août 2011

Modernisation of Higher Education

http://www.kslll.net/images/logo.pngAims and Objectives
Higher education plays an essential role in society, creating new knowledge, transferring it to students and fostering innovation. Europe has around 4,000 higher education institutions, with over 17 million students and 1.5 million staff. Some European universities are amongst the best in the world, but overall potential is not used to the full. Curricula are not always up-to-date, not enough young people go to university after finishing school and not enough adults have ever attended university. European universities often lack the management tools and funding to match their ambitions.
The work of the Cluster on Modernisation of Higher Education focuses on exploring ways to support the modernisation of higher education.
The April 2005 Communication 'Mobilising the brainpower of Europe: enabling universities to make their full contribution to the Lisbon Strategy' sets out the key challenges and areas of work. The activities of the Cluster focus around identification and dissemination of areas of good practice with respect to higher education quality, governance and funding.
The key outputs of the Cluster include the Compendium of Good Practices in Modernising Higher Education (see Compendia of good practice section) and thematic reports, with key policy conclusions summaries on themes identified as of particular interest for peer learning.
Background
The main reform areas for the modernisation of universities are:
Curricular reform

Firstly profound curricular renovation, with more differentiation in courses, admission criteria and teaching/learning processes, would be needed in order to cope with the diversity of learners, to enhance mobility, recognition and employability. Curricular reform would need to encourage the emergence of excellence and raise Europe’s attractiveness. The rich diversity of European higher education also needs a minimal degree of organisation at European level, in particular through the implementation of the Bologna reforms and the establishment of a European Qualification Framework.
Governance reform

Secondly universities would need more autonomy, within the national framework, in order to fulfil their tasks. Both system and institutional management need modernisation as an indispensable factor for success. Good internal and external quality assurance and a European articulation of QA systems would be part of this reform.
Funding Reform

Thirdly higher and more efficient funding is needed, through targeted investment in quality, innovation and reforms, in order to enable universities to undertake the necessary change/reforms and to convince stakeholders of the value of what they get in return.
Participants
20 countries:
Belgium (BEfr and BEnl), Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Greece, Spain, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Malta, the Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Iceland, Norway, Croatia.

Structural development of higher education institutions

Background.

Around the turn of millennium the rectors of Finnish universities insisted in more autonomy, even though Finnish universities already were pretty autonomous in comparison to many countries. Simultaneously, it was noticed that the demographic development of Finland challenges higher education institutions. Namely the younger age groups were decreasing and the population is drawn by a few growing regions.
These were the circumstances under which the new higher education and science policy initiative of structural development originated. The dual higher education system is being restructured by the means of organisational, disciplinary and regional prioritisation and profiling of institutions.

Organisations have merged and condensed their network of operational units. This in turn has led to savings that can be used to enhance the quality of education, research and other tasks of higher education institutions. The work is done in the higher education institutions reflecting the needs of the surrounding society. The Ministry of Education and Culture provides dedicated funding and maintains as a main funding body of the higher education institutions the power to steer the entirety of the higher education sector.
Context:  the initiative has been developed in response to the Government resolution 07/04/05 on the development of  the public research system and overarching policy objectives defined at EU level (Modernisation of higher education, Lisbon strategy).
Aims and targets

The quality, efficiency and effectiveness of all higher education institutions is strengthened by choices of profile and priorities. The higher education system reflects the need of regions, the country and the international education and research community. All higher education institutions in Finland have the option to operate internationally. The size and locations of the higher education system meets the needs of the society. Education takes into account both the quantitative and qualitative needs of the working life.
Useful web links:
Examples of restructured HEIs: http://www.aalto.fi/en/ (a university formed by a merger of three universities, combining design, economics and technology).http://www.tamk.fi/en (a polytechnic formed by a merger of two polytechnics located in the same town).

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19 juin 2009

Victoires de la modernisation de l’État, l’Amue sélectionnée avec Sifac

illustration sifacL'Amue avec sa nouvelle offre applicative de gestion financière et comptable, SIFAC, a été sélectionnée dans le cadre de la Victoire du Service, catégorie fonction publique d'État.
L’Amue fait partie des 36 nominés aux victoires de la modernisation de l’État dans le domaine « victoires du Services » avec la mise en place de son logiciel Sifac. Ces victoires récompensent les actions des différents acteurs publics engagés dans le programme de réforme de la fonction publique.
Parmi les 35 autres nominés on retrouve le CNRS, victoire de la Simplification, pour son action sur la dématérialisation des achats. La liste des nominés a été présentée par André Santini, secrétaire d’État chargé de la fonction publique, à l’occasion de la conférence de presse de présentation des rencontres de la modernisation de l’État et des acteurs publics qui aura lieu les 6, 7 et 8 juillet 2009.

illustratie sifacDe EUAM met de nieuwe reeks van applicatie management en de financiële boekhouding SIFAC, werd geselecteerd als onderdeel van de Victory Service, klasse van State Civil Service.
Het EUAM is een van de 36 kandidaten voor de overwinningen van de modernisering van de Staat op het gebied van "overwinningen van diensten" met de introductie van de software Sifac. Meer...

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