Universities central to Europe’s recovery from pandemic

Posted in Governance and administration on September 28th, 2020 by steve

“Universities should be at the heart of building a ‘more resilient and healthier’ Europe, higher education leaders were told by the European commissioner responsible for education and research. Speaking at an open online session of the 2020 Funding Forum hosted by the European University Association (EUA) on 22 September, Mariya Gabriel said it was time to admit that the coronavirus pandemic had changed the way we teach, learn and do research forever …” (more)

[Nic Mitchell, University World News, 25 September]

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Former UCC president appointed as head of European University Association

Posted in Governance and administration on April 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The former President of UCC Michael Murphy has been appointed as the first ever Irish President of the European University Association (EUA). He was announced as head of the body following an election by representatives of all member universities and national rectors’ conferences during the EUA’s General Assembly at the Sorbonne University in Paris …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 11 April]

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Underfunded Irish universities are ‘systems in danger’

Posted in Governance and administration on February 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“On Tuesday 29th January, the Director of Governance and Funding for the European Universities Association (EUA), Thomas Estermann said at a seminar organised by the Irish Universities Association (IUA), that despite the increase in funding to Irish universities in 2017 and 2018 after a decades of cuts, ‘the long-term sustainability of the higher education system in Ireland remains an issue …'” (more)

[Dylan O’Neill, University Observer, 19 February]

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‘Trends 2018: Learning and teaching in the European Higher Education Area’

Posted in Research on December 6th, 2018 by steve

“The EUA is pleased to present Trends 2018: Learning and teaching in the European Higher Education Area. This flagship report gathers data from more than 300 higher education institutions in 48 European countries. Trends 2018 examines how learning and teaching at European higher education institutions evolves in the context of changing demands, technological and societal development and European- and national-level policies and reforms …” (more)

[T&L, 6 December]

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Rising numbers and cuts to funding push universities into ‘danger zone’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on September 18th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The twin pressures of funding cuts and growing student numbers sees Ireland’s university system classed as being in the ‘danger’ zone, according to an analysis by the European Universities Association (EUA). Ireland is rated with Iceland and Croatia as in the most perilous position in terms of public funding, in a review of 34 European countries and regions in the EUA Public Funding Observatory 2017 report …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 18 September]

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Gulf in funding between European university sectors ‘is widening’

Posted in Governance and administration on December 15th, 2017 by steve

“The European university funding divide is getting wider, with many countries in Southern, Central and Eastern Europe failing to repair cuts to public spending made since the financial crisis despite an economic recovery, and so falling further behind better-funded systems in the north …” (more)

[David Matthews, Times Higher Education, 12 December]

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University public funding recovery is ‘slow and fragile’ says EUA

Posted in Governance and administration on December 14th, 2017 by steve

“A European University Association analysis of public funding has revealed that many countries in Europe have failed to repair cuts made to higher education since the financial crisis, despite experiencing economic recovery. Spain, Italy and Ireland were among those with lower levels of direct public funding in 2016 than in 2008 …” (more)

[Kerrie Kennedy, The PIE News, 14 December]

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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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