COMMITMENTS MADE AT THE HEARING OF ILIANA IVANOVA
Commissioner-designate for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth Iliana Ivanova appeared before the European Parliament on 5 September to answer questions put by MEPs from the Committees on Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) and on Culture and Education (CULT). During the hearing, she made several commitments, including for example on the European Education Area, research, and university alliances.
THE UK JOINS HORIZON EUROPE AS AN ASSOCIATE MEMBER
On 7 September, The European Commission and the United Kingdom reached a political agreement on the UK’s participation in Horizon Europe, the EU’s research and innovation programme. As of 1 January 2024, researchers and organisations in the UK will be able to participate in Horizon Europe and have access to Horizon Europe funding. “The EU and UK are key strategic partners and allies, and today’s agreement proves that point. We will continue to be at the forefront of global science and research,” said European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen.
UASIMAP FLAGSHIP REPORT PUBLISHED
Applied universities are an important part of cities and regions, closely linked to economic and social life. They provide firms with locally relevant practice-based research and highly skilled graduates. They engage with communities in urban and rural areas. They contribute to the governance and development strategies of cities and regions. This was known already, but not how to measure and strengthen impact. The UASiMAP project has developed a framework for self-assessment and benchmarking that is presented in a Flagship Report.
INCLUSIPHE MAPPING REPORT PUBLISHED
All students must feel welcome in student engagement and representation in order to reflect barriers and challenges for making higher education institutions adapt and change. This report is the first step and the basis for addressing the related challenges in making Professional Higher Education more inclusive. It is the result of an iterative and multi-approach research conducted in the first half of the year 2021 and providing the basis for the next steps of the InclusiPHE project. Together, we can make a difference!
AIRinVET SURVEY ONGOING
The AIRinVET project team invites you to participate in this survey to help them better understand the mindset and barriers surrounding applied research activities. The survey is available in English, Dutch, Spanish and German, and it only takes 10 minutes! Responses are accepted until 30 September.
SECOND FORUM OF EUROPEAN UNIVERSITY ALLIANCES
On 14-15 September, Secretary General John Edwards represented EURASHE at this high-profile event in Barcelona, organised by the Spanish Presidency of the EU. The topics addressed included, among others, the development of a European Degree Label for joint degree programmes and the global dimension of EUAs. Margaritis Schinas, Vice-President of the European Commission for Promoting our European Way of Life, delivered the opening speech.
EURASHE ATTENDS EUCEN POLICY TALKS 2023
The discussion verted on the contributions of HEIs to promoting synergies with other sectors and collaborating towards more inclusive life-long learning, meeting societal and labour market needs and boosting civil participation.
FORUM ON VOCATIONAL EXCELLENCE 2023
The Forum brought together education and training providers, governments and businesses to discuss the role of Centres of Vocational Excellence (CoVEs) in promoting innovation and upskilling in education curricula. EURASHE’s John Edwards participated in the event as moderator of the workshop titled “CoVEs – Cooperating between different levels of education in regions”.
EUROPEAN EDUCATION & INNOVATION SUMMIT
In the European Year of Skills, Cedefop, Eurofound, EU-OSHA, the ETF and ELA in partnership with the European Parliament and the European Commission (DG-EMPL) came together on 20 September to share their insights on current and future skills needs.
CREATIVE EUROPE PAPER PUBLISHED
The paper “EU funding programmes 2021-2027 in culture, media, education, youth and sports: first lessons, challenges and future perspectives” analyses implementation of the Creative Europe programme 2021-2027, with a specific focus on cultural diversity, innovation and European cohesion.
12TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON AIR TRANSPORTATION – INAIR 2023
The Estonian Aviation Academy, member of the Estonian Rectors’ Conference of UAS, is organizing the 12th International Conference on Air Transportation – INAIR 2023, scheduled to be held from November 15th to 17th, 2023, at the Estonian Aviation Academy in Tartu, Estonia. INAIR has established itself as one of the premier events in the field of air transportation, bringing together experts, researchers, and professionals from around the world to exchange ideas, insights, and innovations in the realm of aviation.
4TH EUROPE IN DISCOURSE CONFERENCE
The Hellenic American University announces the 4th International Europe in Discourse Conference on 26-28 September 2024 in Athens, Greece. The conference is an open call to political analysts, communication experts, diplomacy and security experts, public leaders, historians, economists and policymakers from a variety of fields to engage with the Conference themes and submit a contribution along the formats accepted.
AI-POWERED NEXT GENERATION OF VET
Algebra University College is the lead partner of the AI-powered Next Generation of VET (AI4VET4AI) project. Science is clear: artificial intelligence (AI) will be a key driver of human development in the 21st century. There are currently a number of AI-based solutions available, but their adoption and implementation in a wide range of industries is lacking. There are two main reasons for this: on the one hand, there is a shortage of experts who understand the value and potential of AI solutions, and on the other hand, there is a lack of trust in AI solutions. The AI4VET4AI project addresses Europe’s need for a workforce with the knowledge and skills in AI and its applications and promotes the development of AI skills among teachers and students in secondary and higher vocational education and training.
EUROPEAN COMMISSION PUBLIC CONSULTATION
The Commission has launched a public consultation on the areas of youth and education and training. All European citizens are invited to contribute.
EURASHE membership webinar
On October 6, join us online to know how better to use your EURASHE membership, or why your institution should join. This is your opportunity to become a more active EURASHE member or assess whether your institution should consider applying for membership.
CoARA Brokerage event
There is still an opportunity to present ideas for potential Working Groups to this event, taking place on 16 October. Registrations are open until 13 October.
As part of the Erasmus+ project “Boosting Inclusion of Students Activities in Research Activities” (BLIST), a European comparative study is being carried out to identify the best practices for encouraging the participation of higher education students in research projects and/or services. The goal is to develop a range of tools aimed at strengthening the capacity of higher education institutions (HEIs) to integrate students into research activities. Responses are accepted until 15 October.
EUROPE STRENGTHENS RESEARCH AND INNOVATION COOPERATION WITH AFRICA
The European Commission looks to extend the Arise funding scheme for early career researchers in Africa, as France’s Research Institute for Development leads talks on a new research alliance.