Edition 129 - January 2012

News from ACA

Guest article by Eva Egron-Polak, Secretary General, International Association of Universities

ACA 2012 Annual Conference: Tie it all together in Helsinki!

Higher education institutions are often criticised for carrying out their work in ‘silos’, where... (+more)

ACA releases Study on European and national mobility policies (ENPMOB)

ACA is pleased to announce that work has recently been completed on its Study on European and nation... (+more)

Nuffic turns 60!

This month, ACA’s Dutch member, the Netherlands Organisation for International Cooperation in High... (+more)

New DAAD President presents the objectives of her tenure

On 1 January, Professor Margret Wintermantel started her tenure as President of the German Academic ... (+more)

EU ASEMUNDUS project goes networking in Bangkok and Seoul

Five ACA members – from Austria (OeAD), Estonia (Archimedes Foundation), Germany (DAAD), the Nethe... (+more)

IIE unveils study on US students seeking degrees abroad

The Institute of International Education (IIE), ACA’s associate member from the United States, has... (+more)

SIU: A new name and new tasks in the New Year!

In December, ACA’s Norwegian member, SIU, announced a slightly modified name – the Norwegian Cen... (+more)

ACA’s “What’s new in Brussels?” seminar delivers key insights once again

ACA’s signature January event, a European Policy Seminar entitled What’s new in Brussels? Recent... (+more)

Agence 2e2f to mark ERASMUS’ silver anniversary far and wide

Agence Europe-Education-Formation France (2e2f), one of ACA’s two French members and a national ag... (+more)

European Policy

The Danes hold the EU Presidency until mid-2012

On 1 January 2012 Denmark took over from Poland the Presidency of the Council of Ministers of the Eu... (+more)

Education and training for “Europe 2020”: Joint report of the Council and the Commission

In late December, the European Commission released the draft Joint Report of the Council and the Com... (+more)

Happy birthday, ERASMUS!

2012 marks the “silver anniversary” of the ERASMUS Programme—the largest and most well-known s... (+more)

National Education and the Global Context

A centre focused on internationalisation in higher education opens in Milan

Although it is hard to dispute that internationalisation is a topic of central importance in Europea... (+more)

Spain: Post-election developments and challenges ahead

On 22 December 2011, nearly one month to the day after the resounding victory of Spain’s conservat... (+more)

UK: Rising student numbers overseas, falling student application numbers at home

Two new sets of data out of the UK present interesting information in terms of student numbers in th... (+more)

French government complements the 31st May circular with more details: Marche arrière?

On 12 January, three French ministers responsible for the interior, employment and higher education ... (+more)

Scotland: A boost for higher education funding

Late December brought official word from the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) on the planned investmen... (+more)

Poland KNOWs it! The government launches programme for leading national research centres

In January 2012, the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education announced the first round of th... (+more)

An emerging US ‘blueprint’ for college affordability and accessibility?

Just a few days after alluding to critical higher education cost and investment issues in his annual... (+more)

China’s first attempt to track changes of the Chinese study abroad market

China’s first attempt to track study abroad trends estimates that more than 350 000 Chinese studen... (+more)

South Africa launches public debate on post-secondary education

Dr. B. E. Nzimande, South Africa’s Minister of Higher Education and Training, presented earlier th... (+more)

Germany: BAföG hits a record

The German Federal Minister of Education and Science (BMBF), Annette Schavan, recently presented the... (+more)

Two “champion universities” are created in a series of mergers in France

Following the previous pioneering fusion of three French universities – Louis Pasteur University, ... (+more)

South Korea: Focus on foreign student programmes

As a result of a nation-wide assessment of international student programmes at 347 schools in South ... (+more)

Brazilian youth are “on the move” as Science Without Borders enters second phase

Brazil’s Science Without Borders programme, launched just last summer (see ACA Newsletter – Educ... (+more)

Pan-African University: When a dream comes true…

January 2012 heralds a new stage in higher education cooperation on the African continent as the Pre... (+more)

Chile: New minister - old problems?

Following a cabinet reshuffle in the last days of 2011, Chile has found itself with a new education ... (+more)

US: Movement on standards and certifications for higher education professionals

There are recent developments worth noting with regard to quality assurance in two professional area... (+more)

Online programmes and green campuses: What next?

While many long-standing rankings have already become an established part of the higher education la... (+more)

Public Tenders and Calls for Proposals in the EU

Call for proposals — EACEA/42/11 — Erasmus Mundus 2009-2013 action programme

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

Still open: 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: 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)

Publications

Multinational colleges and universities: Leading, governing, and managing international branch campuses

Lane, J. E., & Kinser, K. (Eds.). Multinational colleges and universities: Leading, governing, a... (+more)

International branch campuses: Data and developments

Lawton, W., & Katsomitros, A. International branch campuses: Data and developments. The Observat... (+more)

Higher education in Portugal 1974-2009: A nation, a generation

Neave, G., & Amaral, A. (Eds.). Higher education in Portugal 1974-2009: A nation, a generation. ... (+more)

Two British Council reports: Next generation UK and The global skills gap

Next generation UK. British Council, London, 2011. Pages: 103.The global skills gap. British Council... (+more)

2012 Global R&D Funding Forecast

Battelle, Advantage Business Media. 2012 Global R&D Funding Forecast. Cleveland, OH and Elk Grov... (+more)

Multinational undergraduate team work

Escudeiro, N. F., & Escudeiro, P. M. (Eds.). Multinational undergraduate team work. IOS Press, A... (+more)

What is college for? The public purpose of higher education

Lagemann, E. C., & Lewis, H. (Eds.). What is college for? The public purpose of higher education... (+more)

College learning and democracy’s future

The National Task Force on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement. A crucible moment: College lear... (+more)

Hard times, college majors, unemployment and earnings: Not all college degrees are created equal

Carnevale, A. P., Cheah, B., & Strohl, J. Hard times, college majors, unemployment and earnings:... (+more)

Virtualization of universities: Digital media and the organization of higher education institutions

Pfeffer, T. Virtualization of universities: Digital media and the organization of higher education i... (+more)

Conferences

Upcoming international events

Upcoming ACA events: 23 March 2012Internationalisation audits. Assessing and improving institutiona... (+more)