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Beyond 2010: prophetic visions and prosaic expectations at the ACA Annual Conference

ACA’s Annual Conference Beyond 2010: European Higher Education in the Next Decade, which was held on 15-17 June 2008 in the charming city of Tallinn, drew an audience of some 300 stakeholders and policy-makers in higher education world-wide and was not only in this respect a big event. Carried out in cooperation with ACA’s Estonian member, the Archimedes Foundation, and with the support of the Lifelong Learning programme of the European Union, the conference featured highlights such as David Coyne’s (Director of DG Employment at the European Commission) insightful perspective on the employability of students, as well as challenging presentations by Rolf Tarrach, Rector of the University of Luxembourg, Jan Sadlak, Director of CEPES/UNESCO, and Neil Kemp, former Director of Education UK at the British Council, to name a few.

ACA would like to thank its high-calibre cast of speakers, the Archimedes team, the European Union and, above all, the participants, for helping to create this top quality event. A special thanks goes to ACA President Sir Peter Scott whose term is coming to an end in late 2008 and whose thoughts on where European higher education should be headed will be remembered long after the earmarked date.

Beyond 2010 there is hope - and beyond 2008 there is the ACA Annual Conference 2009 in cooperation with the Polish Perspektywy Education Foundation, which will take place on 14-16 May 2009 in Warsaw. For more information on the theme and the programme, please visit ACA's website or contact the secretariat at Tel. +32 2 513 22 41 - Fax +32 2 513 17 76.