EUA Newsletter 5 8 March 2013

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EUA Newsletter 5 8 March 2013

EUA presents new report on quality assurance in doctoral education
EUA last week published a new report that analyses the development of quality assurance processes (internal and external) for doctoral education in European universities. Based on quantitative information gathered from a survey of over 100 universities across Europe and qualitative information collected during a series of focus groups and a workshop, the report is the outcome of the two-year EC-supported ARDE project led by EUA.
The report and project findings were presented to HE and research stakeholders in Brussels on 26 February at a breakfast event hosted by the Permanent Representation of Ireland to the EU in Brussels.
Thomas Jorgensen, one of the report authors, told the audience that the project had shown that doctoral education is being managed more professionally (in particular with the establishment of doctoral schools) and that institutions are giving more attention to accountability and quality enhancement.
The ARDE project highlighted, for example, that universities have set up, or are setting up internal quality processes at doctoral level including mechanisms for monitoring time-to-degree and completion rates, and guidelines for admission, supervision and the thesis. These processes also focus on the quality of the research environment and seek to engage different stakeholders. The ARDE project survey revealed that almost 90% of respondents had written procedures/regulations for admission of candidates and 91% systematically monitored progress of candidates.

First Joint EUA - JRC expert meeting to discuss the role of universities in Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialisation
On 21 and 22 February 2013 at the premises of the European Commission – Joint Research Centre (IPTS) in Sevilla (Spain) a group of experts on regional-university cooperation in research and innovation debated the potential roles that universities could further develop to enhance their contribution in developing their national/regional “Smart Specialisation Strategy” (S3) for maximising the use of the EU regional funds for research and innovation activities.

Call for participation: EUA surveys the impact of rankings within universities
With the aim of conducting the first pan-European study of the impact and influence of rankings on European universities, EUA has recently launched a new project entitled “Rankings in Institutional Strategies and Processes” (RISP).

Conference announcement: First Arab-Euro University Conference on Higher Education, Barcelona, Spain 30-31 May 2013
The University of Barcelona (UB), in collaboration with the Association of Arab Universities (AARU) and EUA, will organise the First Arab-Euro University Conference on Higher Education from 30 to 31 May 2013 in Barcelona, Spain. The conference, hosted by UB, will consider specific themes in Arab-European collaboration and compare recent higher education developments in both regions, including internationalisation.

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First Joint EUA - JRC expert meeting to discuss the role of universities in Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialisation On 21 and 22 February 2013 at the premises of the European Commission – Joint Research Centre (IPTS) in Sevilla (Spain) a group of experts on regional-university cooperation in research and innovation debated the potential roles that universities could further develop to enhance their contribution in developing their national/regional “Smart Specialisation Strategy” (S3) for maximising the use of the EU regional funds for research and innovation activities. Read more Call for participation: EUA surveys the impact of rankings within universities With the aim of conducting the first pan-European study of the impact and influence of rankings on European universities, EUA has recently launched a new project entitled “Rankings in Institutional Strategies and Processes” (RISP). Read more Events News Conference announcement: First Arab-Euro University Conference on Higher Education, Barcelona, Spain 30-31 May 2013 The University of Barcelona (UB), in collaboration with the Association of Arab Universities (AARU) and EUA, will organise the First Arab-Euro University Conference on Higher Education from 30 to 31 May 2013 in Barcelona, Spain. The conference, hosted by UB, will consider specific themes in Arab-European collaboration and compare recent higher education developments in both regions, including internationalisation. Read more News from Brussels Brussels in Brief: Updates on EU developments in education and research At the end of February, the European Commission announced the creation of a Science and Technology Advisory Council that will provide advice to the EC President. Meanwhile, ministers attending the Council of the EU meeting reached a political agreement on a recommendation addressed to EU member states on establishing "youth guarantee" schemes. Read more

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