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EUA Newsletter 3 - 23/02/2018

Step up and simplify EU investment in research and innovation: a call for action

As part of its campaign for sustainable, sufficient and simple funding for universities, EUA invites all members and stakeholders in higher education and research and innovation to reach out to policy makers about the need to invest further in Research and Innovation at the European level.

The next financial period for the EU will start in 2020 and the discussions will be tough. On Friday, 23 February, the heads of state or government of the member states meet to discuss the broad directions of the future multiannual financial framework.  Although the European added value of investment in higher education and research and innovation has been acknowledged by many – European Commission, European Parliament and Member States – there will be difficult choices to be made, in a context marred by Brexit, security threats and reluctance to increase the overall EU budget. It is therefore of utmost importance to convince public authorities of the value of further investment in Research and Innovation, to ensure a positive outcome for the next Framework Programme. To support its members, EUA releases a series of arguments (as a leaflet and as a series of individual postcards) that can be freely used for dissemination by all members. 

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Education Ministers ready to boost future Erasmus+ and enhance cooperation

The European University Association (EUA) welcomes the willingness of EU Member States to significantly increase the budget for the future Erasmus+ programme after 2020. This broad support for a strong future programme is the main outcome of the Education Council meeting on 15 February 2018 where Ministers discussed the mid-term evaluation of the current Erasmus+ programme presented by the European Commission. 
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Open Access: EUA 2016-2017 survey results released, new survey launched

EUA has published its Open Access Survey Report 2016-2017. It tracks European universities’ progress towards Open Access by looking at the degree to which they have implemented institutional policies and practices in the field. At the same time, EUA is launching its 2017-2018 Open Access Survey
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EUA presents key success factors for maximising the effectiveness of smart specialisation strategies for regional development

EUA has published a policy position on Smart Specialisation (RIS3). Approved by the Association’s Council on 26 January, EUA developed the paper in collaboration with its Expert Group on Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialisation. The document presents key messages from the university sector for maximising the effectiveness of smart specialisation strategies for regional development, with a view to defining the priorities for the post-2020 period. It provides recommendations for further actions relevant to policy-makers at regional, national and European levels.
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EUA participates in ACE event on improving degree attainment and equity

The American Council on Education (ACE) organised an international exchange on how to improve outcomes for underserved students through research, policy and the dissemination of good practices. ACE invited higher education, policy and business leaders to the event in Washington, D.C. on 2-4 February 2018.
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TandEM – EUA kicks off new project partnership on migrant and refugee integration in Southern Europe

The TandEM project (Towards Empowered Migrant Youth in Southern Europe), led by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) in partnership with EUA and COREIS Italiana, was officially launched on 12 February 2018 at a kick-off meeting in Rome. The project aims to improve higher education integration of third country nationals (TCNs), and to contribute to making societies in Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Malta and Spain more socially inclusive.
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EUA  highlights funding challenge at Eurasia Higher Education Summit

The Eurasian University Union held its 2018 Higher Education Summit in Istanbul from February 14-16. EUA participated in the event that gathered higher education institution leaders, educational service providers and academics interested in developing cooperation with the Eurasian region. 
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Registration and Call for Contributions open for the 11th EUA-CDE Annual Meeting

Registration for and the call for contributions to the 11th EUA-CDE Annual Meeting “Excellence through diversity: Doctoral education in a globalised world” are now open (for EUA-CDE members only, please consult here if your institution is a member). The event will be hosted by the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia on 7-8 June 2018.
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Register now: EUA Energy Clustering Event, 21-22 March 2018 

Registrations are now open for the EUA event “European Universities for a Clean Energy Future: Interdisciplinary Education, Training and Research”, hosted by the University of Lorraine (Nancy, France) on 21-22 March 2018. The event is co-organised by the EUA Energy and Environment Platform (EUA-EPUE), EIT InnoEnergy and the University of Lorraine.
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The Energy Challenge - Why Policymaking Needs Universities

Open Access 2016-2017 EUA Survey Results

Coherent policies for Europe beyond 2020: maximising the effectiveness of smart specialisation strategies for regional development

Taking simplification of EU Funding to the next level - The university perspective

EUA input to EU consultation on mutual recognition

Energy Research and Education at European Universities

Breakfast event: Enhancing Quality through Innovative Policy and Practice
Fondation Universitaire, Brussels, Belgium
27 February

EUA webinar: Enhancing quality: from policy to practice
28 February

Energy Clustering Event
Université de Lorraine, Nancy, France
21 - 22 March

The Transformation of Doctoral Education: Why it Matters for Europe
Royal Flemish Academy of Sciences and Arts, Brussels, Belgium
28 March

EUA 2018 Annual Conference
University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
5 - 6 April
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