Edition 128 - December 2011

News from ACA

A presidential changing of the guard – welcome, Sijbolt Noorda!

At its 1 December meeting in Brussels, ACA’s General Assembly dealt with a particularly important ... (+more)

ACA welcomes new members from Poland and Switzerland

ACA happily announces the addition of two new members as of December 2011. Both the Fundacja Rozwoju... (+more)

DAAD and IIE: Prizes awarded and received!

Two members of ACA – the Institute of International Education (IIE) and the German Academic Exchan... (+more)

2012 events at ACA take shape

As 2011 draws to a close, ACA is looking enthusiastically towards an exciting line-up of activities ... (+more)

ACA Newsletter – Education Europe 2011 year in review

As in previous years, ACA’s newsletter coverage of European and global higher education developmen... (+more)

European Policy

Horizon 2020 - a new “mega framework” for research and innovation

On 30 November 2011, the European Commission presented legislative proposals for a decision by the E... (+more)

EU budget 2012

Previously, ACA has reported on the progress of the EU budgetary process from both the annual (EU bu... (+more)

The European Commission evaluates the state of the Innovation Union

Last year saw the launch of “Innovation Union”, one of the seven flagship initiatives of the Eur... (+more)

Eurypedia – the European Encyclopaedia on national education systems

The Eurydice Network, a well-known European-wide information provider on education, has recently lau... (+more)

Europe beyond 2050

Late in November, the Socio-economic sciences and humanities unit of the European Commission held a ... (+more)

National Education and the Global Context

Australia: “Super-ministry” announced, and new tuition fee levels under consideration

Australia’s prime minister, Julia Gillard, announced a significant cabinet reshuffling in Sydney o... (+more)

Russia simplifies the recognition of foreign academic qualifications, diplomas and degrees

On 5 December 2011, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed into federal law amendments to national... (+more)

UK – new funding announced for innovation and research

On 8 December, the UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) made public a new set of ... (+more)

French Prime Minister closes the chapter on the circular of 31 May 2011

Amidst heated debate and student protest, France's Prime Minister François Fillon has stepped in to... (+more)

New funding for quality teaching in Germany

In December, the German Federal Minister of Education and Science Annette Schavan and the State Mini... (+more)

South Africa: Prominent role for higher education in new National Development Plan

Last month, the National Planning Commission of South Africa unveiled its National Development Plan:... (+more)

Ireland: Expanding abroad, contracting at home?

Late November brought the announcement of a new initiative designed to expand higher education linka... (+more)

US: 2012 federal budget represents a mixed bag for higher education

An unusual Saturday vote for the US Senate on 17 December 2011 capped a difficult period of negotiat... (+more)

US: And the winner is…

On 19 December, the much-anticipated results of the unprecedented “Applied Sciences NYC” initiat... (+more)

Leiden University (re)launches a (new) global university ranking

Although some news outlets are reporting that Leiden University has launched a ‘new’ university ... (+more)

China: Alternative university entrance paths for Hong Kong students and the talented

China is easing the entrance of Hong Kong secondary school graduates into 63 selected mainland unive... (+more)

New higher education leadership in Egypt

December has seen the appointment of a new Higher Education Minister in Egypt. Dr. Hussein Moustafa ... (+more)

UK: Lessons learned from LSE and Libya

The London School of Economics (LSE) wrapped up an uncomfortable period in the spotlight this year w... (+more)

Public Tenders and Calls for Proposals in the EU

ERC Advanced Investigator Grant Call for Proposals (ERC-2012-AdG)

In November, the European Commission published call for proposals for the ERC Advanced Investigators... (+more)

Call for proposals EACEA/38/11 - 2011 EU ICI-ECP Programme for Joint Mobility Projects (JMP) and Joint Degree Projects (JDP)

On 30 November 2011, the European Commission’s Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency... (+more)

Still open: Call for proposals: FP7-PEOPLE-2012-ITN—Marie Curie Initial Training Networks (ITN)

The European Commission published on 20 July a call for proposals for Marie Curie Initial Training N... (+more)

Still open: Call for proposals: ERC-2012-Support-1 – “Gender aspects in career structures and career paths”, Coordination and Support Action

On 12 October, the European Research Council (ERC) published a call for proposals under the Seventh ... (+more)

Still open: Call for proposals: FP7-PEOPLE-2012-IRSES—Marie Curie

The European Commission published on 20 July 2011 two calls for proposals under the People work... (+more)

Still open: ERC Synergy Grant call for proposals – ERC-2012-SyG

Building on it successful support for individual researchers, the European Research Council (ERC) ha... (+more)

Still open: Tempus IV – 5th call for proposals EACEA 25/2011. New EU funding for Tempus programme

On 4 November 2011, the European Commission’s Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency ... (+more)

Still open: Call for proposals: Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP) 2012

The Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) of the European Commission launched ... (+more)

Publications

Developing strategic international partnerships: Models for initiating and sustaining innovative institutional linkages

Sutton, S.B., & Obst, D. (Eds.). Developing strategic international partnerships: Models for ini... (+more)

EU-DRIVERS European regional innovation platform: Two recent reports

EU-DRIVERS is a three-year EU-funded structural project in the Lifelong Learning Programme developed... (+more)

Emerging skills and competences: A transatlantic study

Shapiro, H., Lauritzen, J.R.K., & Irving, P. Emerging skills and competences: A transatlantic st... (+more)

Study on the (potential) role of qualifications frameworks in supporting mobility of workers and learners

Study on the (potential) role of qualifications frameworks in supporting mobility of workers and lea... (+more)

Weaving success: Voices of change in African higher education

Lindow, M. Weaving success: Voices of change in African higher education. IIE, New York, 2011. ISBN-... (+more)

The ACPET Journal for Private Higher Education

The Australian Council for Private Education and Training (ACPET) – the national industry associat... (+more)

Smarter spending: Reforming federal financial aid for higher education

Gillen, A. Smarter spending: Reforming federal financial aid for higher education.  Center for ... (+more)

Courageous learning: Finding a new path through higher education

Ebersole, J., & Patrick, W. Courageous learning: Finding a new path through higher education. Hu... (+more)

Refugee education: A global review

Dryden-Peterson, S. Refugee education: A global review. UNHCR, Geneva, 2011. Pages: 104. This newes... (+more)

Increasing diversity in international careers: Economic challenges and solutions

Belyavina, R., & Bhandari, R. Increasing diversity in international careers: Economic challenges... (+more)

Conferences

Upcoming international events

Upcoming ACA events: 20 January 2012What's new in Brussels? Recent developments in European policie... (+more)