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Newsletter Edition 241 – 5/2021
IN FOCUS

ACA Strategic Summit 2021 – highlights

On 6 May 2021, ACA hosted its first annual Strategic Summit, a high-level event bringing together over 40 leaders from 24 internationalisation funding agencies (many of them ACA members) from Europe and the United States. The distinguished participants discussed issues...
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NEWS FROM ACA

ACA's inclusion agenda: May updates

In case you’ve missed it, on 28 May we published the May Think Piece on Supporting higher education institutions to develop strategic plans for more inclusive mobilities, authored by Valérie Van Hees, Coordinator, and Dominique Montagnese, Inclusive mobility expert, both from the Support Centre for...
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Sneak peek into UniWELiS findings on support needs and services for mobile academics

Earlier in May, the ACA team presented preliminary findings of a large-scale study on the needs of international researchers, lecturers and PhD students in support services combined with the analysis of the existing institutional approaches to offering personalized assistance to...
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DAAD's upcoming seminar on micro-credentials in the EHEA

In the wake of an increased speed of technology progression, society and the labor market demand increasingly complex skills. The disruptive nature of certain technologies can quickly devalue once-acquired knowledge and enforce reskilling and upskilling efforts. In this context, education...
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What's new in the Czech Republic Alumni programme

Fostering cooperation and relations with international alumni is one of the priority tasks of the Czech National Agency for International Education and Research (DZS) in the field of supporting the internationalization of Czech higher education. Through its Czech Republic Alumni...
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New Team Finland Knowledge programme launched by EDUFI

The purpose of the newly launched Team Finland Knowledge (TFK) programme is to create and strengthen cooperation between Finnish higher education institutions and selected the target regions and to design new operating models for cooperation. The programme funds educational cooperation...
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The state of Finnish science diplomacy and development needs evaluated

A report on the state of Finnish science diplomacy and development needs provides a broad overview of science diplomacy globally and discusses key arenas and actors relevant to Finland. The report identifies current challenges and discusses the potential of anticipatory...
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Diku: new Director General for the new Directorate for Higher Education and Skills

On 21 May new Director General, Mr Sveinung Skule, was appointed for the new Directorate for Higher Education and Skills that Diku will merge into as from 1 July 2021. The new directorate will consist of the Directorate for Internationalization...
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EUROPEAN POLICY

Formal adoption of EU research, education and culture programmes

Two regulations of the European Parliament and of the Council were published on 28 April 2021 and 20 May 2021, respectively, marking the final adoption of the Horizon Europe and Erasmus+ programmes (“Regulation (EU) 2021/695 of the European Parliament and...
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EC publishes an Inclusion and Diversity Strategy for Erasmus+

A joint Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps Inclusion and Diversity Strategy has recently been published to support the implementation of the Inclusion and Diversity, currently a top horizontal priority in the two programmes. These implementation guidelines aim to establish common...
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EU’s Global Approach to Research and Innovation

On 18 May 2021, the Commission adopted a Communication on its Global Approach to Research and Innovation, Europe's strategy for international cooperation in a changing world. With this document, the EU aims to take a leading role in supporting international...
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Council greenlights the full roll-out of the European Universities Initiative

On 17 May 2021, the Council adopted conclusions on the European Universities initiative (EUI) - Bridging higher education, research, innovation and society: paving the way for a new dimension in European higher education. Following the two pilot calls in 2019...
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NATIONAL EDUCATION AND THE GLOBAL CONTEXT

World Bank support for Ukrainian universities

On 5 May 2021 the World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors approved a USD 200 million project, “Ukraine Improving Higher Education for Results”, which will help boost the quality, efficiency and transparency of the Ukrainian higher education system. The project...
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Finland cuts public funding for research as of 2023 

Earlier this month, the Finnish Government published the public finance plan for 2022-2025. The Minister of Education and Culture announced its plans to cut science budget by EUR 35 million from 2023 on, as part of the EUR 370 million...
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ACE study on impact of Covid-19 on US colleges and universities

The American Council on Education (ACE) has published the second part of its survey on Covid-19. This survey analyses college and university presidents’ responses to the challenges caused by the pandemic. The first part of the survey was published in...
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Spanish recovery and resilience plan: spotlight on universities

In May 2021, the Conference of Rectors of Spanish Universities (CRUE) presented its plan for the participation of universities in the recovery and resilience mechanism to the Government. The aim of this plan is to include Spanish universities in the...
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Dutch universities under pressure

Dutch universities expect more registrations for the Bachelor’s programmes in the coming academic year. Forecasts show that the numbers of applications will increase by around 5%. Last year the number of registrations grew by 13%. The number of students has...
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Norwegian strategy for international cooperation on research and higher education

Against the backdrop of Covid-19 and the climate crisis, international cooperation within research, innovation and education is more important than ever. The renewed Norwegian Panorama Strategy, therefore, comes timely. "Panorama" is the government's strategy for cooperation on research and higher education...
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Erasmus+ remains attractive for German students despite Covid-19

German students are going abroad in the context of the Erasmus programme, wherever this is possible during the COVID-19 pandemic. 8,765 students embarked on a stay abroad in the international summer semester (starting in January 2021), according to the preliminary...
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PUBLIC TENDERS AND CALLS FOR PROPOSALS IN THE EU

Call for applications for the selection of members of the EIC Board

The European Innovation Council (EIC) launched a call for expression of interest for the new EIC Board. Under the Horizon Europe legislation, the Board will advise on the EIC strategy, work programme and thematic portfolios in order to maximise the...
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Erasmus+ Programme: Call for proposals 2021

The first call of the new Erasmus+ programme has been published. This call for proposals covers the following actions of the Erasmus+ Programme: Key Action 1 Learning mobility of individuals, Key Action 2 - Cooperation among organisations and institutions, and...
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PUBLICATIONS

Mainstreaming the social dimension in the EHEA. Country and HEI SD profiles

Austrian Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research (BMBWF), and OeAD. (2021). Mainstreaming the Social Dimension in the EHEA. Country and HEI SD profiles. The publication provides country and HEI profiles from seven members of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) (in...
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Digital-age innovation in higher education. A do-it-yourself approach

Natriello, G. (2021). Digital-Age Innovation in Higher Education. A Do-It-Yourself Approach. Routledge. This book recounts the creation, development, and growth of an innovation unit within a major university. This single case study follows the development of the EdLab at the...
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International student inclusion and success: public attitudes, policy imperatives, and practical strategies.

Matross, R., Spreitzer, S. (2021) International Student Inclusion and Success: Public attitudes, policy imperatives, and practical strategies. American Council on Education. In an increasingly interconnected world, the value of international students’ presence and participation in higher education has gained wide...
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International higher education scholarships and fellowships for social justice: the role of foundations

Talha-Jebril, S., Martel, M. (2021) International Higher Education Scholarships and Fellowships for Social Justice: The Role of Foundations. Institute of International Education. This paper explores philanthropy's role in funding international scholarship and fellowship programmes committed to reducing long-standing disparities in...
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Socially responsible higher education. International perspectives on knowledge democracy

L. Hall, B., Tandom, R. (2021). Socially Responsible Higher Education. International Perspectives on Knowledge Democracy. Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands. Socially Responsible Higher Education: International Perspectives on Knowledge Democracy shares the experiences of a broadly representative and globally dispersed...
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Education and youth in post-Covid-19 Europe – crisis effects and policy recommendations

Van der Graaf, L., Dunajeva, J., Siarova, H., Bankauskaite, R. (2021) Education and Youth in post-Covid-19 Europe – Crisis Effects and Policy Recommendations. European Parliament, Policy Department for Structural and Cohesion Policies, Brussels. The COVID-19 mitigation measures in Europe caused...
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CONFERENCES

Conferences

Conferences 1-2 June Lifelong Learning Lab – National Training for Education Stakeholders Online More info   2 June Social Sciences and Humanities in Horizon Europe: diving into the opportunities Online More info   1-4 June NAFSA 2021 Online More info...
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