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EU COMMISSION INCREASES HORIZON FUNDING

The Commission has adopted an amendment to the 2023-24 Horizon Work Programme of Horizon Europe, mobilising previously unallocated Horizon Europe funding to increase the 2024 budget by nearly €1.4 billion to a total of €7.3 billion.

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EURASHE CONFERENCE: LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER

Registrations to our Annual Conference are closing this Sunday 5 May. In the video below, EURASHE President Hannes Raffaseder lists some of the reasons to join us in St. Pölten this year. Hurry hup and get your ticket before it’s too late!

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EURASHE Projects

WIN4SMEs PROJECT KICKS OFF IN HAMBURG

The WIN4SMEs project aims to enhance workplace innovation in SMEs by fostering skilled workforce, entrepreneurship, and knowledge transfer. EURASHE colleagues John Edwards and Jakub Grodecki travelled to Hamburg to represent the Association during the kick-off event.

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ATHENA TRANSNATIONAL REPORT PUBLISHED

The ATHENA project team has published the findings from its first work package. Overall, these findings demonstrate that Accessibility and Universal Design are present in the curricula of certain universities, albeit in limited and diverse forms.

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BWSE FOR2030 POLICY RECOMMENDATIONS

The recommendations published by the BWSE FOR2030 project tackle issues and suggestions concerning the inclusivity, innovation, and interconnectedness of the EHEA. These challenges and recommendations emerged from three Peer Learning Activities (PLAs) conducted in 2023.

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Representation

XC BFUG

XC BFUG MEETING: NEWS REGARDING THE LEARNING AND TEACHING GROUP

The Learning and Teaching Group report was officially adopted during the latest BFUG meeting. EURASHE, Ireland, and France co-chaired the group over those years. The report explores the implementation of the recommendations set forth at the 2020 Rome Conference of Ministers. These recommendations are vital for enhancing higher education learning and teaching within the EHEA. We would like to thank all the members of the group and the co-chairs involved in this endeavour.

As we move into the next cycle of the Bologna Process during next month’s Tirana Ministerial Conference, learning and teaching will play a crucial role. In light of recent advancements in online education and generative AI, emphasising Student-Centred Learning (SCL) and the development of staff and academic careers, we are poised to see significant transformations that will further elevate the quality and effectiveness of higher education. It will be crucial to find a way to collaborate and develop through which the policy will meet the practice, where higher education institutions together with national authorities will together develop further the answers to the challenges ahead.

IAU SITE VISIT

On the 3rd and 4th of April, EURASHE attended the International Association of Universities (IAU) Institutional Site Visit at Utrecht University, which focused on Open Science. 23 delegates representing Universities and Associations from 20 different countries gathered to exchange perspectives on Open Science and to learn about how Utrecht University became a pioneer in implementing Open Science principles. 

Transitioning towards Open Science is a collaborative effort that demands substantial cooperation and necessitates both intra- and inter-institutional leadership. We would like to express our gratitude to Utrecht University and the International Association of Universities (IAU) for arranging this insightful site visit! 

Over the past few months, EURASHE has been examining the significance of Open Science in an Applied Science context. To accomplish this, EURASHE established a Task Force on Open Science, which aims to examine how Applied Higher Education Institutions can benefit from Open Science practices and how the scientific process can be improved through the implementation of such practices. The findings will be summarised in the form of a statement and presented at the EURASHE Annual Conference.

Policy

TACKLING SKILLS AND LABOUR SHORTAGES IN EUROPE

The European Commission recently presented an action plan to work in partnership with Member States to address skills and labour shortages. Highlights include the financing of new projects on activating NEETs and co-financing more CoVEs, with 100 new ones created by 2027.

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Our members

MQRIC Symposium

MQRIC NATIONAL SYMPOSIUM

The MQRIC within the MFHEA hosted The National Symposium held in conjunction with the ERASMUS project “Road to Automatic Recognition of Higher Education Access Qualifications (ARAQUA)” on 23 April 2024. This preliminary step towards implementation of Automatic Recognition of Higher Education Access qualifications in Malta and the EU presented a great deal of applicable policy information, project goals, and ultimately recommendations and suggestions on implementation (which solicited a great deal of stakeholder engagement).

Further information will continue to be shared on the MFHEA website and through a mailing list. For inclusion on the mailing list regarding Automatic Recognition, please send an email request to [email protected]

SYNHERA INFORMATION DAY ON EU FUNDING

On 25th April, SynHERA organised an information day about EU funding programme for research for UAS, in the frame of the Belgian Presidency of EU Council.

About 100 people participated among teachers/ researchers, research coordinators and students. The programme presentation alternated with testimonials of projects coordinators sharing their experience and good practices on EU projects management. In the afternoon we presented our Erasmus+ partnerships cooperation project Boosting incLusion of Students In research acTivities (BLIST) in particular our benchmark results on current practices of students’ inclusion in research activities.

STEELCASE SURVEY ON HIGHER EDUCATION ECOSYSTEMS

Steelcase is currently undergoing a research project to better understand the higher-education ecosystem in France, Germany, the UK and North America. The survey is designed to assess changes in space, technology, and pedagogy, as well as identify the needs and priorities of Decision-makers & Educators have in learning spaces.

The survey should take no longer than 13 minutes. All efforts have been made to ensure anonymity and the aggregated data will be kept for a maximum period of 3 months when the research period is over.

For more information, contact Georgeta Macovei, Steelcase Learning Consultant at [email protected]

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U!REKA RECTORS MEET IN BRUSSELS TO DISCUSS CLIMATE AND SKILLS

U!REKA European University alliance’s rectors met in Brussels on 15-16 April 2024 to address the alliance’s shared goals and actions for accelerating the European path to climate-neutrality.

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Upcoming opportunities

MAXIMISE IMPACT THROUGH EFFECTIVE PARTNERSHIP MANAGEMENT COURSE

Unlock the secrets to effective partnership management with UIIN’s upcoming training course, Maximising Impact Through Effective Partnership Management, running from June 13-27.

Dive into strategies for communication, relationship management, and evaluation to create mutually beneficial connections and proactively address challenges. Join a cohort of higher education innovators and gain the skills to navigate strategic partnerships confidently. Experience dynamic workshops and engaging fireside chats with experts and experienced practitioners from around the world. Get in touch with UIIN to take advantage of the discounts to UIIN’s community and training opportunities offered exclusively to EURASHE members.

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PORTALEGRE POLYTECHNIC UNIVERSITY INTERNATIONAL WEEK

The Portalegre Polytechnic University will hold a new edition of the International Week, this time between 6 and 10 May 2024.

During this week, several participants from international partner institutions of this University will meet. According to their area of work, participants will develop teaching sessions for students and/or participate in training events and meetings with the various departments and sections of Portalegre Polytechnic University of their interest.

Besides the work sessions, the Portalegre Polytechnic University visitors will have the opportunity to get to know some of the most representative places of the region and visit relevant companies and institutions.

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Upcoming events

Summer Cocktails 2024

SAVE THE DATE: EURASHE SUMMER COCKTAILS

The academic year is not over yet, but we are already thinking about our plans for the summer! We are excited to invite you for a soirée at the EURASHE Summer Cocktails, the ultimate social gathering for the Higher Education Community. 

Join us on 3 July at Le Phare du Kanaal in the centre of Brussels to connect with colleagues, share experiences, and celebrate the end of the academic year with a few drinks and finger food. Take advantage of this fantastic opportunity to expand your network and enhance your knowledge of the Higher Education sector. We look forward to seeing you there!

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FEDE WEBINAR ON INTERCULTURALITY

As part of the 61st anniversary celebrations and to mark World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development, the Federation for European Education (FEDE) is organising a webinar entitled ‘Interculturality from the Standpoint of Ambassadors’ on Tuesday 21 May from 2PM to 5PM (Paris time). It is an exceptional opportunity for listening the opinion and experience of 18 Ambassadors to the Council of Europe and UNESCO, or of their countries overseas.

The webinar will be in French and English with simultaneous interpretation.

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MANUFACTURING SOLUTIONS CONFERENCE

EURASHE Member Technological University of the Shannon (TUS) is hosting this high-level event on 11-12 June, bringing leading technology suppliers together to promote easy transfer of technology between suppliers and the industrial landscape. Take a look at the invited speakers here.

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FMOS 2024

FMOS RESEARCH CONFERENCE

The American Institute of Applied Sciences in Switzerland is hosting the second edition of its FMOS Research Conference, which will take place on June 7th and 8th, 2024. Focused on Finance, Marketing, and Operations for Sustainable Business, the conference will be conducted virtually. 

We invite all scholars, researchers, professionals, and enthusiasts interested in the fields of finance, marketing, and sustainability to join us for this insightful event. Whether you are seeking to expand your knowledge, network with industry experts, or contribute to the topic of sustainable business practices, our conference offers a valuable platform for engagement and learning. Don’t miss this opportunity to gain valuable insights, exchange ideas, and connect with like-minded individuals.

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Highlights

EU COMMISSION EVALUATIONS PUBLISHED

The European Commission recently published results from the evaluations of Europass and the European Qualifications Framework. The results confirm the positive impact of these two key EU initiatives fostering transparency and a common understanding of qualifications and skills across Europe in the education and employment sectors.

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EAIE BAROMETER ON THE STATE OF INTERNATIONALISATION IN EUROPEAN HIGHER EDUCATION

The EAIE Barometer provides an insight into the state of internationalisation in European higher education from the perspective of professionals working in the field of internationalisation in the European Higher Education Area (EHEA).

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