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At the General Assembly of the European University Association (EUA), held during the EUA 2011 Annual Conference in Aarhus Denmark in mid April, EUA members elected Professor Maria Helena Nazaré as their new president. Professor Nazaré will start on this post in March 2012 and will serve in this position for three years. Professor Nazaré, who formerly served as Rector of the University of Aveiro, in Portugal, will thus become the organisation’s first female president.
Concurrently, EUA elected three new board members, who will serve on the organisation’s board from 2011 until 2015. They are: Esther Giménez-Salinas, Rector of Ramon Llull University, Barcelona, Spain; Vaclav Hampl, Rector of the Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic; and Kristin Ingolfsdottir, Rector of the University of Iceland. Lauritz B. Holm-Nielsen, Rector of the Aarhus University, Denmark and Margret Wintermantel, President of the German Rectors’ Conference, Germany had been re-elected as Board members.
During the conference, EUA also unveiled the first issue of the Journal of the European Higher Education Area. The journal continues the efforts of the predecessor Bologna Handbook of EUA and focuses on issues of institutional strategies and practices related to the implementation of Bologna Process reforms. The first edition of the journal features articles on the Bologna bachelors and doctorates, qualification frameworks, socially inclusive higher education, student-centred learning and the Open Method of Coordination. The journal will be issues quarterly in print and online and will include 6-7 articles per edition, covering a wide range of issues related to learning and teaching in higher education. The editorial board is composed of: Michael Gaebel, Jürgen Kohler, Lewis Purser, Lesley Wilson, Howard Davies, and Gisela Schurings. The forthcoming issues are planned to be thematic ones. By way of example, issue 3 will be dedicated to professional recognition in Europe.