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Newsletter Edition 247 - 11/2021
NEWS FROM ACA

Autumn 2021 General Assembly

ACA had the pleasure to organise this year’s autumn general assembly in a hybrid format, on 3 November 2021, with participants joining online from all over Europe and in person, at the University of Zürich. The meeting was presided over...
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OeAD celebrates its 60th anniversary

The people on the picture shown are from left to right: Jakob Calice (Managing Director OeAD), Barbara Weitgruber (Chairwoman Strategy Advisory Board OeAD, BMBWF), Federal Minister Heinz Faßmann (BMBWF), Elmar Pichl (Chairman Supervisory Board OeAD, BMBWF). Photo credit: OeAD/APA-Fotoservice/Rastegar Austria's...
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DAAD and NAWA partner to expand academic contacts

The Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange (NAWA) and the German Academic Exchange Services (DAAD) have recently signed a cooperation agreement, letting German and Polish students apply for scholarships and do research in either country. The goal of this agreement...
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Swiss-European Mobility Programme (SEMP): 2022 call

The Swiss Programme for Erasmus+ for higher education, called Swiss-European Mobility Programme – SEMP, gives the possibility to higher education institutions to support mobility and cooperation opportunities both, for students and teaching & administrative staff. The Swiss programme, re-implemented in...
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Innovation through internationalisation

Roughly 18 months after its originally planned date, ACA and its members Movetia and swissuniversities have successfully hosted a hybrid event, called ‘Innovation through internationalisation - How international cooperation and mobility foster innovation in higher education’. Taking place in Zürich,...
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DAAD and EDUFI: collaboration with HEIs in the Global South

The DAAD and the German Rectors' Conference (HRK) are celebrating 20 years of the Dialogue on Innovative Higher Education Strategies (DIES) programme, which aims to support the development of higher sector in the Global South. This programme has been financed...
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DAAD, DZHW – Study and Research in Germany 2021

Since 2001, our member The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the German Centre for Higher Education Research and Science Studies (DZHW) publish annually a report about the latest Facts and Figures on the International Nature of Study and Research in Germany...
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Applications open for the Hungarian Diaspora Scholarship

The Hungarian Diaspora Scholarship Programme is now accepting applications for higher education studies starting in the academic year 2022-23. The programme aims to support those who wish to rediscover and reconnect to their Hungarian heritage and want to improve their...
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2021 International Education Summit Report

In October, several international higher education agencies published a statement and the report to support mobility and international education after the 2021 International Education Summit. The statement suggests that international academic exchanges and collaboration are essential in ensuring a successful...
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More support for Afghanistan and students at risk

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AvH) and the DAAD are expanding their support for Afghan students and researchers with funding from the Federal Foreign Office. The DAAD can initially use four million euros for this purpose, the AvH one million...
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EUROPEAN POLICY

EU Budget 2022 deal: Horizon Europe and Erasmus+ get extra EUR 135 million

On 15 November, the European Parliament and the European Council reached an informal political agreement on the EU Budget for 2022, shortly before the deadline of the conciliation period. The agreement is for commitments of EUR 169.5 billion, and payments...
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Erasmus+ work programme 2022 and calls for proposals

On 8 November, the European Commission published the Erasmus+ work programme for 2022, with the overall budget of EUR 3.895 billion. This number does not account for the latest increase of EUR 35 million negotiated by the European Parliament (for...
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New Pact and governance framework for the ERA approved

On 15 November, the Council adopted Conclusions on the governance of the European Research Area (ERA) and a Pact for research and innovation (R&I) in Europe. As expected from the draft unveiled by the Slovenian Presidency in September (for more...
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The Digital Europe Programme

The Digital Europe Programme (DIGITAL) is a new EU funding programme focused on bringing digital technology to businesses, citizens and public administrations. At first, the Digital Europe programme will be implemented through four work programmes, providing funding in the areas...
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NATIONAL EDUCATION AND THE GLOBAL CONTEXT

New Finnish roadmap for high-skilled migration

The roadmap published this autumn aims to improve Finland’s position in the global competition for international talents and compiles measures to make Finland an attractive country for skilled and competent people and their families. The objective is to double the...
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UK transnational education on the rise in 2019/20

2019 and 2020 have seen historically high numbers of UK’s HEIs providing Transnational Education (TNE). According to a report from the Universities UK for this period, 156 HEIs (82.9%) have delivered TNE degree programmes, reaching a total of 453,350 students....
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Canada's new outbound mobility scheme

A USD 95 million (EUR 84 million) study and work opportunity programme for outbound students across Canada, named  Global Skills Opportunity (GSO) programme has recently been launched – following some pandemic related delays - and is expected to fund 124 projects...
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Enrolment numbers for US colleges drop again

The US’ National Student Clearinghouse Research Centre has published new data that shows how enrolment at US colleges and universities is predicted to fall by 500.000 undergraduate students in the new academic year, a decline of 3.2%. Considering that enrolment...
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Teachers Plus project empowers refugee teachers

Almost 100 refugee teachers will start teaching at schools in North Rhine-Westphalia enabled through the “Lehrkräfte Plus” – Teachers plus project. The project is a one-year qualification programme that prepares refugee teachers for teaching in schools in North Rhine-Westphalia. It...
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Australia and Japan: new international students' travel rules

Starting 1 December, Australia will reopen its borders for vaccinated students with a valid visa, easing the path for international students to get back to Australia. A joint statement signed by the prime minister, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Minister for...
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India offers new opportunities for study to African students

During the India-Africa Higher Education and Skill Development Summit in New Delhi, which took place in late October, Indian ministers unveiled their plans to expand collaboration with Africa in the field of higher education and to support African students in...
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PUBLICATIONS

The impact of Covid-19 on European higher education

EUA (2021). The impact of Covid-19 on European higher education. Brussels, Belgium.   To address the different sanitary measures required by different national governments, EUA conducted a snapshot survey of its national rectors’ conference members to create an overview of...
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Scenarios for the integration of Virtual Exchange in Higher Education

Beaven, Ana, Pittarello, Sara, & van der Heijden, Casper. (2021). Scenarios for the integration of Virtual Exchange in Higher Education. Zenodo.   UNIMED has recently published a report in the framework of the FRAMES project, aimed at teaching and administrative staff...
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Next steps for teaching and learning: moving forward together

National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (2021). Next Steps for Teaching and Learning: Moving Forward Together. Dublin, Ireland.   On 10 November 2021, Simon Harris TD, Ireland’s Minister for Further & Higher Education, Research,...
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International mobility amongst PhD students

Janka Willige and Frank Dölle (2021). Internationalität der Promotion in Deutschland. DAAD. Bonn, Germany.   About one third of doctoral students in Germany go abroad during their doctoral studies and the majority of international doctoral candidates in the country are...
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The Knowledge for Change Global Consortium

Hall and Tandon (2021). The Knowledge for Change Global Consortium. New Delhi, India.   Dr Budd Hall and Dr Rajesh Tandon, chairmen of the UNESCO Chair in Community Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education, have launched a new...
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ASEM National Equity Policies in Higher Education 2021

Asia-Europe Foundation (2021). ASEM National Equity Policies in Higher Education 2021. Singapore.   The Asia-Europe Foundation has published a report that examines the various approaches, used by governments across Asia and Europe, to support students from all social backgrounds and...
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CONFERENCES

Events & Conferences

DAAD - Higher Education in Emergencies 30 November 2021 More Information International students, culture, and marketisation in higher education 2 December 2021 More Information IHES Virtual Conference 8-9 December 2021 More Information EUA Webinar III: Risk assessment for international partnerships...
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