How should universities respond when academic freedom is under threat?

Posted in Governance and administration on May 13th, 2017 by steve

“When European university leaders met last month for the annual European University Association conference in Bergen, Norway, top of the agenda was university independence and academic freedom. The focus on autonomy was timely …” (more)

[Paul Boyle, Times Higher Education, 13 May]

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European universities call for immediate rethinking of Trump’s executive order

Posted in Governance and administration on February 1st, 2017 by steve

“The European University Association (EUA) is deeply concerned by the executive order issued by US President Donald Trump and its immediate and unnecessary consequences on international researchers, university faculty and students …” (more)

[Trinity College, 31 January]

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Where the President got it wrong

Posted in Teaching on April 12th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“In his recent speech to the EUA, President Higgins said the following: ‘The challenge we face is that we must confront an erroneous a prevalent perception that the necessary focus of higher education must be on that which is utilitarian and immediately applicable ..'” (more)

[educationandstuff, 12 April]

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President Higgins: Universities facing ‘intellectual crisis’

Posted in Governance and administration on April 8th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Universities are under increasing pressure to produce graduates solely for the labour market and face an ‘intellectual crisis’ over their role in society, President Michael D Higgins has said. Speaking at the annual conference of the European Universities Association in NUI Galway, Mr Higgins said higher education has a crucial role to play in laying the foundations of a society that is more inclusive, participatory and equal …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 8 April]

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Third level intellectual progress needed – Higgins

Posted in Governance and administration on April 7th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“President Michael D Higgins has said universities must drive social and intellectual development, instead of focusing solely on economic requirements. President Higgins was speaking at the annual conference of the European Universities Association, which is being held at NUI, Galway …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 7 April]

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Impact of the Economic Crisis on European Universities

Posted in Governance and administration on March 30th, 2016 by steve

EU“Across Europe, countries have implemented different policies and practices to deal with the economic crisis of 2007. Those policies and practices, in consequence, have different impacts on the higher education sector. Many reports by the European University Association (EUA) have presented such results …” (more)

[Research on Higher Education in Ireland, 30 March]

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Big is beautiful for merging universities

Posted in Governance and administration on November 25th, 2015 by steve

EU“Universities across Europe are talking about merging or forming alliances like never before. Almost 100 mergers have taken place since the beginning of the century. The European University Association (EUA), representing universities in 47 countries, is mapping this changing landscape with an interactive merger map …” (more)

[Nic Mitchell, BBC News, 25 November]

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Universities must do more to help refugees, says European University Association

Posted in Governance and administration on November 4th, 2015 by steve

EU“Universities across Europe have been urged to do more to admit refugee students. At a meeting of the European University Association’s Council on 23 October, the presidents of 33 national organisations for university leaders adopted a statement on refugee students and academics …” (more)

[Jack Grove, Times Higher Education, 4 November]

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EUA interactive tool for university mergers | Hedda

Posted in Governance and administration on October 8th, 2015 by steve

EU“Earlier this year, EUA produced a report outlining the variety of merger processes in Europe. The report highlighted horizontal and vertical mergers, and emphasized their spread as a policy solution in Europe since the year 2000. The report examined over 100 merger processes in 47 European countries …” (more)

[Higher Education Development Association, 7 October]

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TTIP and higher education policy

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 26th, 2015 by steve

International“The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership Agreement (or TTIP) is a comprehensive trade treaty between the between the European Union and the United States. TTIP covers all industrial sectors and ways of supplying goods and services across borders …” (more)

[Udi Datta, Wonkhe, 26 June]

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Growth of doctorates changes global research landscape

Posted in Research on June 15th, 2015 by steve

International“Huge increases in the number of students graduating from university with PhDs are occurring in countries around the world, delegates attending a conference on doctoral education were told …” (more)

[Jan Petter Myklebust, University World News, 12 June]

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Mergers are all the rage in Europe

Posted in Governance and administration on May 7th, 2015 by steve

EU“University mergers are on the rise in Europe, according to a new report from the European University Association. The research reveals that there were 55 mergers between 2009 and 2014, up from 25 in the five preceding years …” (more)

[Holly Else, Times Higher Education, 7 May]

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False barriers are hindering innovative research

Posted in Research on May 3rd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Fostering favourable conditions for research and innovation is one of the key things that Europe has to get right – at the institutional level of universities, at government level, and at EU level. But what do we have to do to ensure that pathways to research are open and supported, so that we get innovative products and services, engaged and dynamic entrepreneurs, and growth and competitiveness on the continent? …” (more)

[Patrick Prendergast, University World News, 1 May]

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Mergers should not be driven by cost saving – EUA

Posted in Governance and administration on April 25th, 2015 by steve

EU“Cost saving should not be the primary goal behind university mergers, the European University Association, or EUA, has warned in a new report. The academic mission must take precedence at all times, it says …” (more)

[Brendan O’Malley, University World News, 24 April]

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U-Multirank exceeds all expectations

Posted in Governance and administration on March 6th, 2015 by steve

EU“EUA has published an exciting new report on the first experiences of U-Multirank of some of its member institutions. U-Multirank, as I’ve noted here before, is the European Commission commissioned (at significant expense) non-ranking ranking of universities …” (more)

[Paul Greatrix, Wonkhe, 6 March]

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Why women fail to take an equal share of top posts in academia

Posted in Governance and administration on February 19th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The issue of gender equality in Irish universities has attracted much public attention in recent months. The under-representation of women in senior academic positions is, and continues to be, a prevalent trend within the higher education sector …” (more)

[Catherine McGuinness, Irish Times, 19 February]

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Widespread opposition to cuts in EU research budget

Posted in Research on February 16th, 2015 by steve

EU“Europe has been struggling with financial crisis in recent years. One of the latest initiatives has been the introduction of EFSI – European Fund for Strategic Investments …” (more)

[Hedda, 15 February]

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Universities at risk under free trade agreements

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on February 7th, 2015 by steve

EU“Academic unions and university associations around the world have long expressed concern that the spread of free trade and other commercial agreements between nations was likely to profoundly impact on their higher education systems …” (more)

[Geoff Maslen, University World News, 4 February]

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Horizon 2020 funding raid a ‘great concern’

Posted in Research on January 23rd, 2015 by steve

EU“A group of European research and education organisations have expressed their ‘great concern’ over plans to take funds from the Horizon 2020 budget to provide money for a strategic investment fund …” (more)

[Holly Else, Times Higher Education, 23 January]

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New Report Shows Growing Importance of Rankings

Posted in Governance and administration on November 13th, 2014 by steve

EU“The European Universities Association in partnership with the French Rectors’ Conference, Dublin Institute of Technology and the Academic Information Centre in Latvia, has produced a report that assesses the impact of university rankings on the decision making processes and strategies of European higher education institutions …” (more)

[IREG Observatory on Academic Ranking and Excellence, 9 November]

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