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Newsletter Edition 244 - 8/2021
IN FOCUS

IN FOCUS: Building trust with underrepresented student groups

ACA Think Pieces: Inclusion in International Higher Education: European Perspectives & Insights  At the start of this year, 2021, ACA prioritised learning more about and supporting inclusion in international higher education in the context of Europe. We decided to publish our insights...
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NEWS FROM ACA

DAAD: Schools for Artificial Intelligence 

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is expanding its range of funding opportunities related to artificial intelligence (AI). Funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) with around EUR 25 Million , the DAAD is supporting the establishment of three ‘Konrad Zuse Schools of Excellence in...
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Call to action for supporting Afghanistan’s scholars

Alongside numerous associations in international higher education, and its members DAAD, DZS, IIE and swissuniversities, ACA Secretariat has endorsed Scholars at Risk’s (SAR) urgent appeal to European Governments and EU Institutions to take action for a swift reaction in securing...
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Finland: Mobility gradually restarts

According to Finnish higher education institutions’ estimates, almost 2,300 students are leaving for international student exchanges or traineeships this autumn, whereas this time last year, only slightly over 700 exchanges ultimately went ahead. While this is a significant difference, it must be...
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DZS: Travelling festival promotes Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps

This year marks a new period for the Erasmus+ programme and the European Solidarity Corps programme. There are now more options than ever before to study, train, or volunteer abroad. The Czech National Agency for International Education and Research (DZS) is celebrating with a...
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Final countdown before Towards comprehensive mobility approaches

There are only a few days left to register for our upcoming Towards comprehensive mobility approaches: marrying the inclusion, sustainability and the digital agendas event. Scheduled for 8 September 2021, 09:30 – 12:30 CET in a hybrid format, the event will touch upon the essential...
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EUROPEAN POLICY

On the road towards a European Degree – ongoing feasibility assessment

Shortly before the summer break, the PPMI consultancy organised on behalf of the European Commission a workshop on the concept, nature and value-added of a European Degree. This workshop opened a series of discussions on the feasibility of the so-called European Degree, as underpinned by the December 2017...
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EU support for students from Belarus

The European Commission has issued a call for proposals to support students from Belarus studying in Czech Republic, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland. The EU4Belarus – SALT (Support for Advanced Learning and Training) call is funded through the “EU4Belarus: Solidarity with the people of Belarus” programme launched in October 2020. ...
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NATIONAL EDUCATION AND THE GLOBAL CONTEXT

France: new investments in social support for students

Prior to the start of the 2021/22 academic year, the French Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation issued a set of measures worth EUR 3.3 billion to improve social support for students. The support mechanisms this year will include   Freezing of registration fees  Revaluation of grants...
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Ireland: Support for incoming students

Ireland has announced its “Back to Campus” plans for the upcoming academic year. All Irish HEIs have joined forces in providing aligned Covid-19 guidelines for incoming students. Public health of students, staff and the wider community is an overarching priority...
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Towards the initial teacher training reform in the UK

The UK Department for Education conducted a consultation on the recommendations made by the expert advisory group in their initial teacher training market report presented in July 2021.   Following its commitment in the 2019 teacher recruitment and retention strategy, the UK government appointed a group of national experts in teacher training...
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ARWU 2021: How do European higher education institutions perform compared to 2017?

In August, ShanghaiRanking Consultancy issued the 2021 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU). ARWU is a research-based ranking listing the 1 000 top higher education institutions across the globe, calculated based on a series of R&D indicators, such as the number of alumni and staff winning Nobel Prizes and Fields...
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USA: Funding salaries at HEIs decreasing

The American Association of University Professors American Association of University Professors (AAUP) released its Annual Report on the Economic Status of the Profession, 2020–21, which outlines how years of unstable funding, combined with the impacts of the COVID‑19 pandemic, have created, in their...
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Belgium (finally) grants 12 months resident permits to international graduates

On 24 June, the Belgian federal parliament approved the bill transposing the EU directive 2016/801 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the conditions of entry and residence of third-country nationals for the purposes of research, studies, training,...
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UK student mobility post-Brexit – first results

Recent figures made public in the United Kingdom show first concrete prospects for incoming degree mobility and outgoing credit mobility, post-Brexit. On both counts, the initial figures are in line with expectations.   UCAS figures released in mid-August for undergraduate admissions to UK universities show not only...
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PUBLICATIONS

Resource-Strong Youth Receive Most SU 

Jackobsen, K. August 2021. Resource-Strong Youth Receive Most SU. The think tank DEA (Danish Society for Education and Business) published a report this month, which indicated that students from wealthier families receive most of the benefits from Denmark’s student funding scheme, compared to those for lower-income groups. Even though the...
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Current study plans of international student

QS, August 2021. Moving forwards: How vaccine passports, vaccine rollouts, and COVID-19 variants are shaping the study plans of international students. This report published by QS investigates the factors that are either facilitating or hampering the efforts of international students as they return to...
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Social and Economic Conditions of Student Life in Europe

Hauschildt, K., Gwosć, C., Schrimer, H., & Cras, F. August 2021. Social and Economic Conditions of Student Life in Europe.  The latest EUROSTUDENT report explores the social dimension of higher education and how it has played an important role in...
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CONFERENCES

Events

1 September 2021  Lotus Webinar series  More information  1-3 September 2021  HOW POWERFUL IS PLACE?  More information  3 September 2021  Equity in Education Workshop  More information  7 September 2021  M8 Alliance – UNICA EduLAB Webinar “The need for integration of migration health...
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