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Newsletter Edition 239 – 3/2021
NEWS FROM ACA

Czech Republic: MICHE national level report

The report “Institutional Level Recommendations for Enhancing Internationalisation in the Czech Republic” was released at the end of February 2021 under the framework of the Monitoring Internationalisation of Czech Higher Education (MICHE) project, the latter funded by the Ministry of...
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ACA members report continued challenges due to the Covid-19 pandemic

On Friday, 12 March, ACA convened a meeting of the Covid-19 Impact Thematic Peer Group (TPG). This TPG is a forum for ACA members which meets regularly to share the current state of affairs in their countries about the pandemic...
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ACA launches new “Think Piece” series for 2021 on inclusion in IHE

Following 2020’s successful run of ACA’s “Think Pieces” series The World after COVID-19, exploring the consequences on the international higher education sector, ACA has launched a new series of reflections from thought leaders around Europe on the theme of inclusion in...
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What’s new in Brussels? – Key takeaways

On the 4-5 March 2021, the Academic Cooperation Association hosted its first ever fully virtual European policy seminar“What’s New in Brussels? Recent developments in European policies and programmes.” The goal of the event was to offer a birds-eye overview of...
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New frontiers for research on Erasmus+ staff mobility opened by new ACA study

The first exploratory study based on the survey data of mobile staff captured in Erasmus+ Participant Report was released jointly by ACA and nine Erasmus+ national agencies (see the list below). The study, covering the reference period 2014-2019, offers both...
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Last but not the least, STUDY IN ACAdemy visited Latin America

On 24 March, the STUDY in ACAdemy online marketing webinar series visited Latin America, a region  Czech universities have identified as of high interest. Despite Zoom fatigue and COVID lockdown, the webinar was attended by an enthusiastic crowd of 40+...
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Study in Europe Webinar Series and Online Community

Over 55 participants from the national agencies of 23 different countries took part in the first webinar of the Study in Europe 3 webinar series organized by ACA on March 19. The webinar aimed at taking stock of the impact...
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DAAD promotes academic freedom and academic exchange

On occasion of the publication of the latest Academic Freedom Index (AFi), the DAAD calls on politics, science and society to stand up for more academic freedom in Germany and worldwide. The index of the Berlin think tank "The Global...
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Two new DAAD Centres of Excellence in Africa

Two additional centres of excellence with a focus on resource management have been selected by the DAAD: “Promoting Academic Capacities for Sustainable Agricultural Resources Use in West Africa (Pro-RUWA)”, run by University Kassel, and “Sustainable Operations for Resource Management and...
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DZS: Third annual CZEDUCON conference to take place in June

Czeducon, forum on international higher education, will be held on June 15 – June 17, 2021. This third annual conference organised by the Czech National Agency for International Education and Research (DZS), bearing the subtitle (Un)prepared for Change? was originally...
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EDUFI: Third follow-up recap on the impact of Covid-19 on HE student mobility

EDUFI (Finish National Agency for Education) has continued collecting data on the impact of COVID-19 to outgoing and incoming student mobility to Finland during spring semester 2021. The recent study states that the Finnish higher education institutions also had to...
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DAAD: Baltic science network mobility programme for research internships

The Baltic Science Network Mobility Programme for Research Internships (BARI) is aimed at scientists in the Baltic Sea region. It offers doctoral researchers from the fields of life sciences, photon and neutron science and welfare state the opportunity to recruit...
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Dr Kai takes up office as DAAD Secretary General on 1 April

The German Science Manager Dr Kai Sicks takes up the post as Secretary General of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) on 1st of April. He replaces Dr Dorothea Rüland, whose term of office at the world's largest academic exchange...
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EUROPEAN POLICY

Preparations for Horizon Europe’s implementation

As Horizon Europe is just one step away from its formal adoption, pending the European Parliament’s approval of the Council’s position adopted on 16 March, the European Commission is preparing for its implementation. On 16 March, the Commission adopted its...
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Erasmus +: Launch of the new work programme and programme guide

On 25 March, the European Commission launched its much-awaited Erasmus+ programme 2021-2027. Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, presented the new Erasmus + programme and the Work Programme 2021. This has also marked the publication...
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Parliament’s forthcoming report on the EEA

On 15 and 16 March, the European Parliament’s (EP) Committee on Culture and Education (CULT) held its firstexchange of views on the forthcoming own-initiative report "European Education Area: a shared holistic approachto education, skills and competences". This report is among...
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What’s next for the European Universities Initiative?

As 41 European Universities are trialing their new ambitious partnerships, the European Commission is preparing for the roll-out of the European Universities Initiative (EUI) under the budgetary period 2021-2027. For this purpose, the Commission is engaging in a series of...
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NATIONAL EDUCATION AND THE GLOBAL CONTEXT

Socially responsive leadership in IHE post-pandemic

Institute of International Education’s (IIE) latest publication – Socially Responsive Leadership for Post-Pandemic International Higher Education: Theoretical Considerations and Practical Implications – discusses major challenges in the implementation of internationalisation activities in higher education institutions (HEIs) after the Covid-19 pandemic...
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OeAD: Additional funding for APPEAR, higher education cooperation programme

APPEAR is a joint programme of the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) and OeAD with the aim to implement its strategy for support of higher education and research for development on an academic institutional level in the ADA’s southern priority countries...
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Australia: Borders remain closed for international students

Australia’s borders will be remained closed for international students until 17 June. Quarantine facilities provided by the Government are reserved for Australian citizens returning home and international students will not be able to make use of these until at least...
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Wales: New International Learning Exchange programme to replace Erasmus+

The Welsh Government has presented a new international learning exchange programme. It will enable learners and staff, both from Wales and those who come to study or work in Wales, to benefit from international exchanges in a similar way to...
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QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021

The QS in partnership with Elsevier has launched the world university rankings by subjects in 2021 earlier this month.   1 440 universities across 85 locations, covering 51 subjects in total were included in this year’s QS subject ranking. Among all...
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Ireland temporarily allows non-EEA graduates learning remotely to access work visas

Since 2017, third level graduates from non-EEA countries who have been awarded a degree from a recognised third level education institution in Ireland may remain in Ireland for a period after their studies for the purpose of seeking graduate-level employment....
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Finland: Working life diversity programme

The aim of the programme is to ensure that companies and organisations benefit from diversity and that immigrants are able to find employment matching their skills and advance in their careers. The programme is strongly linked with the Government’s objective...
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PUBLIC TENDERS AND CALLS FOR PROPOSALS IN THE EU

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

Approaches in learning and teaching to promoting equity and inclusion

EUA. (2021) Approaches in learning and teaching to promoting equity and inclusion. Brussels, Belgium. This 2020 EUA Learning & Teaching Thematic Peer Group paper  explores how universities can best support inclusion and equity and accommodate the different backgrounds, needs and...
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EUniQ pilot evaluations

The main aim of the EUniQ project is to develop and test a Framework for the Quality Assurance of European Universities. This Framework has been developed by the EUniQ project partners in consultation with European Universities. The Framework has been...
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The science of citizen science

Vohland, K. et al. (2021). The Science of Citizen Science. Springer. Cham, Switerzland. This open access book discusses how the involvement of citizens into scientific endeavors is expected to contribute to solve the big challenges of our time, such as...
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The quality evaluation and enhancement of UK transnational higher education provision 2021-22 to 2025-26

QAA. (2021) The Quality Evaluation and Enhancement of UK Transnational Higher Education Provision 2021-22 to 2025-26. Transnational education (TNE) is education delivered in a country other than the country in which the awarding institution is based. It can be delivered...
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Impact assessment for institutionalised European partnerships under Horizon Europe

European Commission. (2021) Impact assessment for institutionalised European partnerships under Horizon Europe. Luxembourg, Publications Office of the European Union. This Impact Assessment Study intends to assist with the preparation of the European Partnerships under Horizon Europe. Its primary objective is...
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Higher education's response to the Covid-19 pandemic

Council of Europe. (2021) Higher education's response to the Covid-19 pandemic - Building a more sustainable and democratic future. Council of Europe Higher Education Series No. 25. Public health was the immediate concern when the Covid-19 pandemic struck in Asia, then...
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A global approach to research, innovation, education and youth

EUA. (2021) A global approach to research, innovation, education and youth. Brussels, Belgium. This EUA policy input aims to inform the upcoming European Commission Communication on a global approach to research, education, innovation and youth. Expected in April, the Communication...
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Reimagining the higher education student

Brooks, R. and O´shea, R. (2021) Reimagining the Higher Education Student. Constructing and Contesting Identities. Routledge. Drawing on the perspectives of scholars and researchers from around the world, this book challenges dominant constructions of higher education students. Given the increasing...
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Advancing the UN Sustainable Development Goals through education abroad

The Forum of Education Abroad. (2021) Advancing the UN Sustainable Development Goals through Education Abroad. Carlisle, USA. These guidelines serve to direct the education abroad sector toward social, economic, and environmental sustainability by connecting the Standards of Good Practice for...
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Women in higher education: has the female advantage put an end to gender inequalities?

UNESCO IESALC. (2021) Women in higher education: has the female advantage put an end to gender inequalities?  UNESCO. Paris, France. In this report, UNESCO IESALC reviews some available global data on the topic of women in higher education, taking into...
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Soft power in the European Union’s strategic partnership diplomacy: the Erasmus Plus programme

Ferreire-Pereira, L. and Mourato Pinto, J. (2021) Soft Power in the European Union’s Strategic Partnership Diplomacy: The Erasmus Plus Programme. In: Ferreira-Pereira L.C., Smith M. (eds) The European Union's Strategic Partnerships. The European Union in International Affairs. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham....
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Future of Cooperation with the United Kingdom - Ten theses

The UK's withdrawal from the EU and the "Erasmus+" programme has profound implications for the international exchange and cooperation relations of German universities. The DAAD presents ten theses on how academic relations with partner institutions in Britain can be shaped...
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Funding your research in Germany

An updated version of the DAAD brochure on funding opportunities for international researchers "Funding your research in Germany" has been published. The brochure presents a selection of funding programmes for German and foreign academics run by the most important research...
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CONFERENCES

Events & Conferences

Conferences 8-9 April Applied Research International Conference on Education, Literature & Language London More info   13-14 April International higher education forum 2021: keeping higher education global Online More info   14- 20 April EARMA Digital conference Online More info...
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