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Newsletter Edition 235 - 11/2020
NEWS FROM ACA

ACA – Autumn 2020 General Assembly highlights 

ACA hosted, like most associations these days, its autumn General Assembly in an online format, on 26 and 27 November 2020, in line with COVID-19 related restrictions in place in many countries. The meeting was presided over by ACA President Ulrich Grothus.   In additional to the typical agenda items (membership fees, exchange...
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Save the date: ACA’s “What’s new in Brussels?” – 28-29 January 2021, online 

ACA’s flagship European Policy Seminar “What’s new in Brussels? Recent developments in European policies and programmes”, will take place online on:  28 January 2021 (13:30 – 17:00 CET) and on   29 January 2021 (09:00 – 13:00 CET).    The year 2021 will mark a new stage in European higher education. Not only will it kick...
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DAAD recommendations for the development of academic exchange with Belarus  

On 6 November, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) published recommendations on the development of academic exchange with Belarus. In the impulse paper, the DAAD suggests maintaining and expanding academic exchange in the current situation, in order to keep channels...
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A facelift of the ACA Secretariat – new colleagues joining the team 

Following the retirement of ACA’s long-term Director Bernd Wächter, and the start of Irina Ferencz as ACA’s new Director in September 2020, several new staff members also joined the ACA team this autumn.  Veronika Kupriyanova joined the Secretariat in the role of Senior Policy Coordinator, with core responsibilities over policy...
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STUDY IN ACAdemy Webinar #2: Online marketing and recruitment in S.E. Asia  

On November 18, more than 45 colleagues participated in the online training of STUDY IN ACAdemy series co-organized by ACA and DZS as part of the Study in Czech Republic initiative. The Webinar #2 featured a combination of contextual knowledge based on Robert Coelen’s 25 years of experience in international education and Jan-Frederic...
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Movetia’s first Hackathon: innovative ideas for tomorrows education 

The nexHack Edtech lasted 48 hours, with 130 participants from 45 different countries. No fewer than 23 innovative projects were submitted. The aim? To create a digital solution designed to meet the challenges of higher education, internationalisation and digitisation.  Organised by the Swiss national Agency Movetia in collaboration...
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ACA contributes to EU policy exchanges on lessons learnt from COVID-19 

In November, the ACA Secretariat staff attended several EU policy events focused on the impact of COVID-19 on higher education and contributed to the discussions with the related evidence shared by ACA members.   The Secretariat presented the latest information on the impact of the pandemic on the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA) and other mobility programmes at a dedicated stakeholder...
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UniWellS kick-off meeting: ACA, SAIA and NAWA embarks on a new project supporting welcome services 

The ACA Secretariat and two ACA members – the Slovak Academic Information Agency (SAIA) and the Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange (NAWA) – started work on the UniWellS project (see ACA Newsletter – October 2020 edition) aimed to support internationalisation of higher education through professionalising services for mobile academic staff. Coordinated by SAIA, this EU-funded Erasmus+ project targets incoming...
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The Achievements and the Impact of the CEEPUS Programme in Hungary

The CEEPUS programme (Central European Exchange Programme for University Studies) celebrated its 25th anniversary in the academic year 2018-2019. On this occasion, the Hungarian coordinator of the programme, Tempus Public Foundation commissioned a study, which seeks to look back upon...
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CARe Project Coming to an End

With the successfully completed EU Online Talk, the Horizon2020 funded CARe project, which supports labour market integration of researchers with refugee background, is slowly coming to its official end in December 2020. Nevertheless, the connections established in the framework of the project will be strongly fostered and the project’s results...
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EUROPEAN POLICY

European Commission and Committee of Regions: Joint Action Plan 

European Commission’s (EC) Directorate Generals for Education and Culture, Research and Innovation and Joint Research Centre have published a joint action plan together with the Committee of Regions (CoR). It will cover four priority areas of collaboration with 26 concrete actions aimed at increasing the...
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2020 Education & Training Monitor Launched

On 12 November 2020, Commissioner Mariya Gabriel launched the Education & Training Monitor 2020. This is the ninth year of the Monitor, which yields twenty-seven detailed country reports regarding the status of education and training, allowing for a pan-European comparison....
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EU’s budget saga: new top-up for Erasmus+ and Horizon Europe, but still pending final approval  

On 10 November, the European Parliament budget negotiators and the Council Presidency reached a compromise outlining a political agreement on the EU’s long-term budget (Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) 2021-2027).   In the compromise, Parliament obtained EUR 16 billion on top of the package agreed by heads of state or...
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EHEA Ministerial Conference and Rome Communiqué: spotlight on inclusive, innovative and interconnected European Higher Education Area

The EHEA Rome 2020 Ministerial Conference took place in virtual format on 19 November. The Conference proceedings were opened by the Minister for Universities and Research, Prof. Gaetano Manfredi, and by the European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, Mariya Gabriel, followed by the participation...
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NATIONAL EDUCATION AND THE GLOBAL CONTEXT

Norway – White Paper on student mobility sets ambitious goals 

On 30 October 2020, the Norwegian Minister for Higher education and Research, Henrik Asheim, presented a White Paper on student mobility entitled A World of Opportunities: International student mobility in higher education, drafting national policy until 2027.    The ambitions outlined in the policy document, which is to be further discussed in the Norwegian Parliament, are...
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Canada joined Australia, UK and Taiwan in sheltering Hong Kong youth  

Following Australia and the United Kingdom (UK), Canada announced on 12 November a number of measures to support Hong Kong residents, including young activists being arrested and convicted for actions in peaceful protests that are not considered an offence in Canada. The Canadian measures will fill the gap of the UK’s...
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Biden has won the Presidency: How will this impact international students at American HEIs?

Votes in the United States of America are still being counted after 3 November’s elections, but it is clear now that Joseph R. Biden has won and is preparing to take office on 20 January, 2021. During the election campaign...
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Wissensschaft weltoffen 2020 – Germany remains a desirable destination as a study location 

In late in November, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) came out with the 2020 edition of Wissenschaft weltoffen, a publication modelled on Open Doors of the Institute of International Education (IIE) on international mobility into and out of the US started in the 1950s. The information and data contained in Wissenschaft weltoffen 2020 refer to academic mobility into and out of Germany during the 2019/20 academic year. The data were collected in the first semester of the academic year, so the...
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Academic Freedom in the Spotlight

Strengthening academic freedom in European policies and national legislation is becoming ever more relevant as a reaction to numerous reports on individual pressures, discriminatory administrative practices and political decisions targeting higher education community in many countries worldwide. The recent Rome Ministerial Communique highlighted the importance of fundamental values...
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PUBLIC TENDERS AND CALLS FOR PROPOSALS IN THE EU

H2020 Green Deal Call

The European Commission has decided today to launch a €1 billion call for research and innovation projects that respond to the climate crisis and help protect Europe's unique ecosystems and biodiversity. This Green Deal Call differs in important aspects from...
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PUBLICATIONS

European Higher Education Area: Challenges for a New Decade 

Curaj, Adrian,  Deca, Ligia and Pricopie, Remus, Ed.  (2020) European Higher Education Area: Challenges for a New Decade. Springer. Bucharest, Romania  This open access book highlights the major outcomes of the fourth edition of the Future of Higher Education – Bologna Process Researchers Conference (January 2020), which has...
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The European Higher Education Area in 2020: Bologna Process Implementation Report 

European Commission/EACEA/Eurydice (2020). The European Higher Education Area in 2020: Bologna Process Implementation Report. Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union.   This 2020 Bologna Process Implementation report has been prepared for the EHEA Ministerial Conference in Rome, Italy, on 19 November 2020, on...
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Enhancing a thought-out Policy and Framework on Inclusive Mobility across Europe (EPFIME) Project Publishes Final Report & Good Practice Booklet 

Van Hees, Valérie and Montagnese, Dominique. (2020). Making mobility programmes more inclusive for students with disabilities Inclusive Mobility - Research Report. Support Centre Inclusive Higher Education (SIHO).  On the 9th of November the EPFIME research report was launched by the Support Centre Inclusive Higher Education (SIHO) and the Flemish Ministry for Education and Training.  The EPFIME project is a 2-year project co-funded by Erasmus+ KA3 Support to Policy reform "Support to the implementation of EHEA reforms - 2018-2020".  The...
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CONFERENCES

Online Events

ACA Events   28 and 29 January 2021   ACA European Policy Seminar: "What’s new in Brussels? Recent developments in European Policies and Programmes" More information     22 April 2021 Zürich (TBC) Innovation through internationalisation. How international cooperation and...
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Newsletter Edition 234 - 10/2020
NEWS FROM ACA

CARe: EU-level Online Talk is announced, and the country guides are published!

Reaching the final phase of the CARe project, which supports researchers with refugee background in their integration to the European labour market, the consortium is delighted to publish CARe Country Guides and organise a number of CARe Online Talks. The...
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ACA – embarking on new projects this autumn

From November, the ACA Secretariat will start to work on the UniWellS – Supporting internationalisation of HE through professionalising services for mobile academic staff – project, which strives to contribute to exactly what the title says – the establishment and...
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Study in the Czech Republic initiative Webinar Series kicked off with enthusiasm

On Friday 23 October, ACA and DZS jointly kicked off the Study in the Czech Republic initiative webinar series with some 35 participants from around 20 Czech higher education institutions (HEIs). Funded by the STUDY IN initiative of DZS, the...
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Study in the Czech Republic Initiative Supported Its Media Ambassadors with a Workshop on Rhetoric Skills

Last week, the Czech National Agency for International Education (DZS) organized a workshop to give a boost to presentation and rhetorical skills of Media Ambassadors of the Study in the Czech Republic initiative. There international university students are not just the faces...
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DAAD tenders international centres for climate and health research

The DAAD is tendering a total of eight interdisciplinary “Global Centres” to tackle global challenges, such as climate, health and pandemic issues. The centres are to be established in the countries of the Global South. German higher education institutions can...
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VLUHR International new branding and communication strategy

Over the last couple of months, VLUHR International (formerly known as Flanders Knowledge Area), implemented its new branding and communication strategy. The website was launched in May and the websites Students on the move as well as International VLUHR are now...
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Impact of Covid-19 on student mobility in Finland: number of outgoing students 25 % compared to year before

The Finnish National Agency for Education (EDUFI) has collected Finnish higher education institutions’ estimates of the number of international student mobilities implemented during the autumn semester 2020. According to the HEIs’, more than 2,300 foreign exchange students will come to...
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EUROPEAN POLICY

Europe expected to tie research funding to gender equality action

The European Commission looks set to usher in a system of linking research grant awards to efforts to promote gender equality.  In a 30 September communiqué titled “A new ERA for research and innovation ,” the Commission highlights that “women remain...
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European Court of Justice strikes down “lex CEU”

Back in 2017, Hungary’s Parliament passed an amendment to the country’s higher education law (see ACA Newsletter article of April 2017) requiring foreign universities operating in Hungary to run teaching programmes in their ‘home country’ as well. The bill was...
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Policy report on the “2030 Vision” is published

A long-awaited policy report “Towards a 2030 Vision on the Future of Universities in Europe” was published in October 2020.  This independent study report by the Centre for Strategy & Evaluation Services LLP (CSES) identifies the needs and priority challenges...
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NATIONAL EDUCATION AND THE GLOBAL CONTEXT

EUROSTUDENT VII - national results in Finland

The new EUROSTUDENT VII study examined the living conditions, studies, mobility, social background and livelihoods of students in higher education. Over 7 000 students in higher education responded to the survey carried out in spring 2019 in Finland, the national...
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New global engagement index for UK universities launched

Education Insight unveiled a new tool for British universities for international recruitment. This new asset has the objective of measuring the strengths and weaknesses of UK Higher education institutions. The Global Engagement Index uses 30 new measures (such as student...
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UK – annual snapshot the international dimensions

UK universities thrived in international education in the academic year 2018/19, despite the uncertainties surrounding Brexit, according to the International Facts and Figures 2020 report released by Universities UK this month. The numbers of international degree-seeking students continued to rise...
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Results of General Election in New Zealand Will Likely Lead to Continued Restrictions on International Student Mobility

The landslide victory of New Zealand’s Labour Party in October’s general election will allow them to form a majority government without a coalition partner.  While the Labour Party may wish to restore mobility for international students at New Zealand’s higher...
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Universities Wales adopts strategy to strengthen Wales’ research competitiveness

On the 6th of October Universities Wales announced that it will implement the recommendations of a new study into the region’s research competitiveness.  The report highlights the potential for a significant loss of revenue with the Welsh higher education sector...
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Internationalisation of Universities of Applied Sciences (UAS.International)

For the first time, the Universities of Applied Sciences in Germany will receive additional support to further build up their level of internationalisation. To this end, the DAAD has selected 31 model projects in its "UAS.International" programme, which now receive...
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New German Centre for Research and Innovation in San Francisco

DAAD has announced the expansion of its network of German Centres for Research and Innovation (DWIH) through the establishment of a sixth location in San Francisco. With this new location, the network will be able to enlarge its IT and...
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Bonn Declaration marks important step for freedom of scientific research

On October 20, EU research ministers confirmed at a Ministerial Conference on the European Research Area (ERA), organised by the German EU Presidency in Bonn, the freedom of science. The signatories to the “Bonn Declaration on Freedom of Scientific Research”...
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PUBLIC TENDERS AND CALLS FOR PROPOSALS IN THE EU

Call for Tender: Coordination of the External Evaluation of EQAR

EQAR is looking for suitable organisations or experts to serve as coordinator of what will be EQAR’s second external evaluation. EQAR’s first external evaluation took place in 2010/2011 and was coordinated by a Steering Group working under the auspices of...
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PUBLICATIONS

Teichler Ulrich "The Development of a Promoter of Higher Education Research"

Teichler, Ulrich, Hoschulforschung, was sonst? Rückblick auf ein Wissenschaftlerleben; Budrich Academic Press, Opladen, Berlin & Toronto, 2020. This newsletter usually restricts its reviews of publications to texts in the English language. Only rarely and in very particular cases do we...
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The DAAD’s contribution to the 2030 Agenda

The DAAD has a new area on its website focusing on sustainability and how the DAAD is contributing to overcoming global challenges – in accordance with the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals – by promoting international cooperation worldwide....
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Erasmus+ Insights 2020 by DAAD

The National Agency for EU Higher Education Cooperation within the DAAD published its first English-speaking compilation of articles and interviews on main topics for EU university cooperation, funded projects and the German NA DAAD. This edition was supported with funding...
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Ableism in academia

Ableism in Academia provides an interdisciplinary outlook on ableism that is currently missing. Through reporting research data and exploring personal experiences, the contributors theorise and conceptualise what it means to be/work outside the stereotypical norm. The volume brings together a...
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2nd GUNi International Conference on SDGs: Higher Education & Science Take Action

After a successful first edition of the International Conference on SDGs: Actors and Implementation, GUNi held the second edition of the GUNi International Conference on Sustainable Development Goals: Higher Education and Science Take Action on the 5th and 6th of March...
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The impact of social unrest and the pandemic on student mobility in Chile

This study is a joint initiative between Learn Chile’s member higher education institutions (HEIs) and the Council of Rectors of Chilean Universities (CRUCh), the purpose of which is to determine the impacts of social unrest and the global COVID-19 pandemic...
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CONFERENCES

Conferences

ACA Events 22 April 2021 Innovation through internationalisation. How international cooperation and mobility foster innovation in higher education Zürich, Switzerland More information     Conferences
 
 3 November 2020

 EUA  webinar : European support for researchers at risk - launch...
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Newsletter Edition 233 - 9/2020
IN FOCUS

An ERA talent pipeline? Strengthening researchers’ careers through internationalisation

by Ulrich Grothus, ACA President. In the context of the European Research and Innovation Days 2020, I recently had the privilege to represent ACA at a roundtable on the “European Research Area Talent Pipeline”. The roundtable was moderated by Director-General...
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NEWS FROM ACA

CARe: Useful resources to be shared throughout the autumn

This autumn already is and will continue to be very exciting as we are getting into the final phase of the CARe project, which aims to support researchers with a refugee background in 10 European countries. The activities involve dissemination...
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9 in 10 foreign students recommend studying in the Czech Republic

The Czech National Agency for International Education (DZS) released results of a research conducted among foreign university students in the Czech Republic. It was focused on the evaluation of life and study quality in the Czech Republic. A representative sample...
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‘Solidary with Belarus’ – NAWA Scholarships for Students, Scientists and Teachers

The Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange (NAWA) is going to support students, scientists and teachers with scholarships as part of the government initiative ‘Solidary with Belarus.’ Together with the Conference of Rectors of Academic Schools in Poland (CRASP), NAWA...
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A New NAWA Initiative: the Ulam Programme – Seal of Excellence

The Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange (NAWA) joins the group of European institutions that recognise the recipients of the Seal of Excellence certificate under Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Individual Fellowships. NAWA is also announcing the Ulam Program – Seal of...
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Hybrid approach for universities and other news for higher education in Slovenia

The Ministry for Education, Science and Sport has released guidelines for the start of the new academic year and they recommend a so-called hybrid approach, meaning that if the minimum standards set by The National Institute for Public Health can...
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Measuring the economic impacts of inbound higher education mobility, a research summary

The Tempus Public Foundation (TPF) is continuously studying the trends and impact of inbound student mobility in Hungary. The surveys primarily focus on the role of Stipendium Hungaricum Scholarship Programme in changing trends of international student mobility but nowadays increasing...
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Taking stock of the Swiss mobility scheme

Switzerland left the Erasmus+ programme in 2014. In order to maintain mobility with Europe, it created the Swiss-European Mobility Programme SEMP for the higher education sector. In its newest publication, Movetia examines the state of play in the field of...
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EUROPEAN POLICY

Hot off the press –communications from the European Commission

After a slight disappointment by Ursula von der Leyen not recognising education and research as fundamental to EU’s future sustainability in her State of the Union 2020 speech, the just published Communications on European Education Area (EEA), European Research Area...
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New Pact on Migration and Asylum: responsibility and solidarity

A week after Von der Leyen’s State of the Union speech, which highlighted migration as one of the key challenges the EU will need to address in the coming years, the European Commission presented its new Pact on Migration and...
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EU Digital Education Action Plan

The European Commission has just published the long-awaited Digital Education Action Plan 2021-2027, a vision of modernised and quality technology-supported education and training for the future or in the Commission’s words: a plan of “Resettling education and training for the...
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EU Council agrees position on EU Budget 2021 and Horizon Europe package

On 9 September, the EU ambassadors agreed within the Budget Committee on the Council's position on the 2021 draft EU budget. In total, the Council's position for next year's budget amounts to EUR 162.9 billion in commitments and EUR 164.8 billion in payments....
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EU anti-racism action plan 2020-2025

On 18 September, the European Commission (EC) published a new EU anti-racism Action Plan (full title: A Union of equality: EU anti-racism action plan 2020-2025) and put forward an ambitious set of measures and actions until 2025 for actors at all levels...
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Other news on Research within the EU

Winners of the Horizon Impact Award 2020 Between 22 and 24 September 2020, the European Research and Innovation Days were organised as an online event, continuing their objective of encouraging the conversation and enacting real change. During the online event,...
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EMN-OECD inform: impact of COVID-19 on international students in EU and OECD member states

European Migration Network (EMN, DG HOME) and Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) have recently published a joint report looking into the effects of COVID-19 on international students’ admissions, stays, academic, financial and legal status, tied to the measures...
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NATIONAL EDUCATION AND THE GLOBAL CONTEXT

OECD releases 2020 edition of Education at a Glance

This month, the Directorate of Education and Skills of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) released the 2020 edition of its landmark publication Education at a Glance. The publication series, started in 1996, provides a rich set of...
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French law on research has entered the parliamentary process

The French law on research (Loi de programmation pluriannuelle de la recherche LPPR) that has drawn a fair amount of criticism (see both of our previous articles here and here) has been voted in by the French National Assembly, the...
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Ireland: Evaluation of Responses of Higher and Further Education Sectors to COVID-19

ISBN 9780367023188, october 30 2020, Routledge, 284 Pages, 3 B/W lllustrations Located within the global changing contexts of higher education in the 21st century, this book examines the reform of the teaching and learning practices in Vietnamese universities under the...
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UK: Early opening of new international student immigration path

The UK is opening its new points-based immigration system on 5 October 2020 instead of January 2021. According to a Home Office statement “The new student route improves on the previous Tier 4 route by making it more streamlined for...
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PUBLIC TENDERS AND CALLS FOR PROPOSALS IN THE EU

Coronavirus response: Erasmus+ calls to support digital education readiness and creative skills

Following the revision of the Erasmus+ 2020 Annual Work Programme announced earlier in August, the two new calls were launched on 25 August 2020. They each provide EUR 100 Million to respond to the educational challenges resulting from the COVID-19...
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PUBLICATIONS

Students' Experiences of Teaching and Learning Reforms in Vietnamese Higher Education

ISBN 9780367023188, october 30 2020, Routledge, 284 Pages, 3 B/W lllustrations Located within the global changing contexts of higher education in the 21st century, this book examines the reform of the teaching and learning practices in Vietnamese universities under the...
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The Routledge International Handbook of Student-Centered Learning and Teaching in Higher Education

ISBN 9780367200527, Published July 29, 2020 by Routledge, 694 Pages 75 B/W Illustrations The Routledge International Handbook of Student-Centered Learning and Teaching in Higher Education aims at offering an overview of the fundamentals of SCLT (Student-Centered learning and teaching) and...
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CONFERENCES

Conferences

ACA Events 22 April 2021 Innovation through internationalisation. How international cooperation and mobility foster innovation in higher education Zürich, Switzerland More information     Conferences
 
 1 October 2020 Shaping Europe - Strengthening Europe: Ideas for Europe In the framework...
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Newsletter Edition 232 - 8/2020
IN FOCUS

Hello Goodbye : Bernd Wächter’s swan song

‘Hello goodbye’ was the title of a well-known song by the Beatles. Paul McCartney, the author, said it was about ‘duality’. The song went through my head when thinking about the changes ahead in the ACA Secretariat. After almost 22...
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NEWS FROM ACA

ACA on EEA consultation: coordination, cooperation, continuity

In response to the European Commission’s public consultation on the European Education Area (EEA), ACA has made its contribution after an internal consultation process with the members. As an association of national actors supporting internationalisation in higher education (Erasmus+ NAs, EURAXESS BHOs...
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Upcoming: CARe Online Talks

As part of the CARe project, the CARe consortium is organising a series of 11 CARe Online Talks in the period September-November 2020. The series will comprise one country-specific Online Talk per project country, looking into the national labour market...
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New DAAD scholarship programme „Leadership for Africa”

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) has launched a new scholarship program "Leadership for Africa" to enable young talents from countries with high numbers of refugees to pursue a master's degree in Germany. Funded by the Federal Foreign Office (FFO),...
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Slovenia: new APIKS study by CMEPIUS

CMEPIUS  published the APIKS study that captures the behaviour, perceptions and satisfaction of academic staff in Slovenia with academic profession and conditions of academic work. The data was collected in 2018 based on a survey instrument developed jointly within the...
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Hungary: 3rd higher education conference for foreign affairs associates by TPF

In 2020 October, in an unusual way, The Tempus Public Foundation (TPF) organizes the third higher education conference for higher education staff members working in the field of foreign representation and internationalization. TPF Study in Hungary Division aims, among other things,...
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Estonia: important changes at Archimedes Foundation

From the 1st of August 2020, there has been a structural change in Archimedes Foundation. Archimedes Foundation continues to support education, training, youth and sport as the coordinator of both the Erasmus+ and the European Solidarity Corps programmes. The Euroguidance...
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EUROPEAN POLICY

Erasmus+: Additional EUR 200 million for Covid-19 related measures

The European Commission has published the revised annual work programme 2020 of the Erasmus+ programme. It adds up an additional EUR 200 million to boost digital education, skills development and inclusion through creativity and the arts as a strong response...
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NATIONAL EDUCATION AND THE GLOBAL CONTEXT

Measures for a successful winter semester 2020/21 in Germany

Despite the corona pandemic, interest in Germany as a place to study and research remains high. According to current plans, the coming winter semester will start later than usual - at the beginning of November - and will consist of...
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Plans for the start of the academic year in Slovenia

The new school and academic year is approaching fast, therefore Slovenian schools and higher education institutions are busy with preparations especially considering the situation with covid-19 pandemic. All educational sectors except tertiary will start their school year "normally" meaning physically...
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Global survey shows changing opinion on value of degrees

According to the latest Global Learner Survey from Pearson, a British-owned education publishing and assessment service to schools and corporations, conducted in June 2020, three out of four people believe education will be fundamentally affected by the pandemic. While in...
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Spike of cases of Covid-19 in reopened US colleges – institutional responses

While numbers appear to show a drop of COVID-19 cases in the US, the reopening of universities and colleges remains an issue. Indeed, as some universities have started to reopen, cases have spiked brutally:  The University of Notre-Dame reported 58...
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ARWU: The usual suspects in the lead

Shanghai Jia Tong University just published the 18th edition of the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU). This global ranking was originally developed on request of the Chinese government to be able to measure the progress of the quality of...
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Australia and Canada: Responses to international student mobility uncertainties

One of the biggest questions in international higher education these days is how international student mobility flows will further develop in the context of the continued COVID-19 pandemic, and how different countries and higher education systems will respond to the...
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US presidential elections: the candidates’ take on education

One may wonder what’s in store for higher education, in the upcoming US presidential elections of 3 November 2020, which opposes Democratic party candidate Joe Bidden and his running mate Kamala Harris to Republican party candidate President Donald J. Trump...
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UK and France: consequences of different exams at the end of high school

While France had decided from the start to take the grades from the previous semesters to count for the high school graduation grade, leading to a higher number of incoming university students than before (in an environment that is already...
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PUBLIC TENDERS AND CALLS FOR PROPOSALS IN THE EU

European policy experimentation

This call for proposals will support transnational cooperation projects in the implementation of the European Union policy agendas on Education and Training, including sector-specific agendas such as the Bologna and Copenhagen processes. The general objective of this call for proposals...
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PUBLICATIONS

DAAD’s Annual Report 2019 and Strategy for 2025

The DAAD has now published its annual report 2019 as well as its strategy for 2025 in English. Both publications have been announced in earlier editions of this newsletter. The annual report 2019 is available here. The strategy 2025 is...
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Influences of research and teaching nexus on academic satisfaction

The article exploring the teaching-research nexus and its effect on the satisfaction of academics in Croatia and Slovenia based on the data collected through a large-scale international comparative survey on Academic profession APIKS 1 was published in the Higher Education...
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COVID-19 Effects on US Higher Education Campuses, Report 3

The Institute of International Education (IIE) is studying the effects of COVID‐19 (coronavirus) on global student mobility on U.S. higher education campuses. Our aim in this series is to provide more information about the effects that COVID‐19 has had on...
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Corruption in Higher Education

The lack of academic integrity combined with the prevalence of fraud and other forms of unethical behavior are problems that higher education faces in both developing and developed countries, at mass and elite universities, and at public and private institutions....
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CONFERENCES

Conferences

ACA Events   4 November 2020 Innovation through internationalisation. How international cooperation and mobility foster innovation in higher education Zürich, Switzerland More information   Conferences
 
 21-22 September 2020 2020 EUA Funding Forum (Online) More information   29 September 2020...
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Newsletter Edition 231 - 7/2020
NEWS FROM ACA

ACA Reflection Paper on synergies through internationalisation

The objective of enhancing synergies between education, research and innovation has recently gained in prominence within the EU, national and institutional policy and programme agendas. To contribute to this critical evolving conversation, ACA – as a unique type of stakeholder...
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PROFFORMANCE – for quality teaching and learning

How European and national policy documents define the role of 21st century higher education teachers? How policy objectives affect their profession, how these goals can be translated into their everyday practice? What do society, the university management, and their stakeholders...
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News from DAAD and Germany

News from Germany DAAD, DFG and HRK call for improvements to the new EU Budget In a joint press communication, the DAAD, the DFG (German Research Foundation) and the HRK (German Rectors’ Conference) call for improvements to the EU budget...
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Czech Erasmus+ projects in times of coronavirus

Currently, the Czech universities are preparing the mobilities for the upcoming semester. Based on the information provided by the institutions, planned trips are being cancelled in only about 10-20 % of cases. All Czech universities are planning to admit foreign...
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OPH publishes piece on Impact of Covid-19 on higher education student mobility in Finland

During the spring semester of 2020, EDUFI (Finish National Agency for Education) collected data on international student mobility and COVID-19 impact on students coming from or going to Finland. Concerning outgoing student mobility, according to the study published by OPH...
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TPF : Stipendium Hungaricum recipients for the academic year 2020/2021

The Stipendium Hungaricum scholarship programme was established by the Hungarian Government in 2013 to promote the internationalisation of the Hungarian higher education and to attract top foreign students from all around the world who can establish personal and professional attachments...
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EUROPEAN POLICY

Cuts to Horizon and sacrifice of Erasmus: is the EU recovery plan a fan favourite?

On 17-21 July 2020 EU leaders agreed on a recovery package and the 2021-2027 budget to help rebuild after the pandemic, as well as supporting green investment and digital transition.The package agreed upon combining the multiannual financial framework (MFF) and...
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EC public consultation on European Education Area

On 22 July, the European Commission launched a public consultation which is to contribute to the upcoming communication on the European Education Area (EEA), originating from the 2017 Communication “Strengthening European Identity through Education and Culture”, presented at the 2017...
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European skills agenda 2020-2025

In early July the European Commission presented the “European Skills Agenda for sustainable competitiveness, social fairness and resilience”, for the period 2020-2025. With the view to post-COVID economic challenges and creation of jobs demanding new skills, the renewed vision is...
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European Universities Initiative - 24 new consortia selected

The results of the second call for European Universities Alliances came out this month. 24 new consortia were selected in the pilot phase of the initiative with an ambitious aim of reshaping European higher education is the next decade. They...
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NATIONAL EDUCATION AND THE GLOBAL CONTEXT

US: Increased pressure and worry for international students

As Europe wonders wether or not to go back into confinement and universities are preparing for an online semester, higher education in the US (and the re-opening of universities) has become even more controversial: Following announcements of “intents” (“if safe”)...
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With Brexit approaching student mobility faces incoming challenges

With the end of the transition getting closer and the UK still in need to agree on the terms and conditions for future relationships with the EU, Erasmus participation in Brexit Britain is certainly considered to be in danger. As...
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While the Coronavirus impacts universities, Pakistan’s old blasphemy law continues to be a historic threat to researchers and professors

In Pakistan, blasphemy laws imply a potential death sentence for anyone who insults Islam…and have increasingly been used as a justification for the killing or arrest of professors for many years now. The laws date from 1860 and were expanded...
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Hong Kong, China: EU and other international responses triggered by the ‘national security law’

As a response to the draconian “national security law” imposed on Hong Kong by Beijing, which practically overrides Hong Kong’s mini constitution – the Basic Law, the US, Canada, Australia, the UK and New Zealand have suspended their respective extradition...
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To go or not to go? Study abroad plans of Dutch students in 2020/21

A report recently released by Nuffic in The Netherlands sheds light on the study abroad plans of Dutch students and pupils in the academic year 2002/21, contouring some not so positive, yet expected, trends in international education. The brief report...
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PUBLIC TENDERS AND CALLS FOR PROPOSALS IN THE EU

French Higher education ministry posts call for projects on “Hybridisation of training”

Considering the current sanitary crisis and its impact on going back to school in 2020, it is necessary to rethink the entirety of teaching methods to allow for students success, not used to those forms of teaching, and to allow...
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European policy experimentation

This call for proposals will support transnational cooperation projects in the implementation of the European Union policy agendas on Education and Training, including sector-specific agendas such as the Bologna and Copenhagen processes. The general objective of this call for proposals...
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PUBLICATIONS

Bologna 20th anniversary conference proceedings

Noorda, S., Scott, P. and Vukasovic, M. (Ed.) (2020) Bologna Process beyond 2020: Fundamental values of EHEA, Bologna, Bonomia University Press, SBN: 978-88-6923-493-4. This volume brings together the paper contributions prepared to mark the 20th anniversary of the Bologna Process,...
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Report – Graduate tracking policies and practices in EU and EEA

Beadle, S. et al (2020) Mapping the state of graduate tracking policies and practices in the EU Member States and EEA countries, Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union. This study, written by ICF in association with 3s Unternehmansberatung and...
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PhD Life: The UK student experience

A new report published by The Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) suggests that PhD students work 50% more than undergraduates, among other key findings by Bethan Cornell, who uses previously unpublished data from Nature and the Wellcome Trust to uncover...
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UK Universities and China : Universities should redouble their engagement with China while reaffirming their commitment to free intellectual enquiry

The Higher Education Policy Institute  has published a collection of essays on the challenges and complexities of the relationship between UK universities and China. The publication includes topics such as self-censorship, the importance of UK-China scientific research and the recruitment...
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Community engagement in higher education: trends, practices and policies

This timely report argues (based on a comprehensive review of the literature) that universities play a crucial role in responding to societal needs, and can further enhance their societal impact at local, national and international levels through community engagement. The...
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CONFERENCES

Conferences

ACA Events   4 November 2020 Innovation through internationalisation. How international cooperation and mobility foster innovation in higher education Zürich, Switzerland More information   Conferences
 
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Creating, balancing and managing a career in academia 

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Newsletter edition 230 6/2020
NEWS FROM ACA

Vacancy Notice – Senior Policy & Project Coordinator

The Academic Cooperation Association (ACA) is searching for a dynamic, innovative and highly-motivated Senior Policy & Project Coordinator, to join its vibrant Brussels-based Secretariat (team of six) for a stage of new strategic development and organisational enhancement. Job description The...
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Labour market conditions for researchers with refugee background

Within the framework of the CARe project, implemented by ACA (coordinator), DAAD and EDUFI, three reports have just been published, the result of the 10 focus groups and the employer survey, conducted in the period June 2019 – February 2020....
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Eberbach statement by ACA and DAAD

ACA and DAAD are proudly announcing the Eberbach statement on “European Values in Higher Education” – written and signed by a number of scholars and academic policy makers. In 2019, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) together with the Academic...
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News from DAAD

DAAD’s expectations for Germany’s EU presidency: Education and Science for a strong Europe In a press release from 24 June, the DAAD outlined its expectations towards the German EU Presidency. During the six-month presidency, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)...
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TPF: Scholarship Programme for the Hungarian Diaspora

In May 2020 the Hungarian Government introduced a new scholarship programme that aims to support Hungarian diaspora communities all over the word. The scholarship programme is intended for those individuals of Hungarian origin living outside of Hungary who wish to...
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VLUHR project Study in Flanders

Over the last couple of months VLUHR International (formerly known as Flanders Knowledge Area) worked hard to put ‘Study in Flanders’ on the international map with the creation of a new corporate identity and a brand-new website www.studyinflanders.be.   The...
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NAWA: STER Programme and open call for proposals for Chair

STER  Programme — Internationalisation of doctoral schools in Poland Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange (NAWA) announced recruitment in the STER Programme. The programme is addressed to Polish institutions that run doctoral schools and have experience in admitting foreigners to...
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News from CMEPIUS

As national agency for Erasmus+ programme in the last few months, CMEPIUS was dealing with two main tasks – Call 2020 and responding to pandemic measures. In Call 2020, CMEPIUS successfully distributed 98% of KA103 funds (66 projects, 3405 mobilities)...
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Autumn semester abroad: where will it be possible?

Given the lack of clarity as to when it might be possible to travel again and resume in-person tuition at institutions throughout Europe, the European University Foundation and the Swiss National Agency  Movetia and the University of Porto are launching...
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DSZ : Study in the Czech Republic Facebook Live Sessions

As many other institutions in the internationalisation field, the Study in the Czech Republic initiative has also had to widely reorganize its agenda due to the covid-19 pandemic and direct its promotional activities to the virtual world. Next to participating...
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EUROPEAN POLICY

Controversial appointment of Federica Mogherini as rector of the College of Europe

The Italian politician Federica Mogherini has been appointed rector of the College of Europe in Bruges.  She will take office on 1 September 2020. Mogherini served as the Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy from November 2014...
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Recovery plan for Europe and its implications for Erasmus+

In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and the economic and social consequences it might bring, the European Commission has put in place a proposition for a major recovery plan for Europe. The objective is to help protect and create...
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European Migration Network: 2019 Annual Report on Migration and Asylum

The European Migration Network (EMN) has published its annual report on migration and asylum state of play and developments in the EU Member States (MS) based on the available data for the year 2019. As every year, the report provides...
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European Court of Justice rules on Hungary’s Law on restrictions imposed on NGO’s

In 2017, Hungary put in place a law on “foreign financing” which forced NGOs to publicly declare foreign donations in the name of “civil organisations transparency”. Such organisations had to register officially with authorities as organisations receiving financial support from...
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Education and Research in the upcoming Germany EU Council presidency

Germany will take over from Croatia the presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU) on 1 July 2020. While most policy areas were revamped in the light of the recent global pandemic, education and research are in principle...
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Public consultation on a New Digital Education Action Plan

The European Commission (EC) recently launched an EU-wide open public consultation for its forthcoming new Digital Education Action Plan, which aims to cover, amongst others, also the EU's education and training experience during the Coronavirus crisis. The consultation aims to...
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NATIONAL EDUCATION AND THE GLOBAL CONTEXT

News from Germany

Germany to assume the EU Council Presidency on 1 July From 1 July to 31 December 2020, it is Germany's turn to take over the rotating presidency of the European Council. The Presidency’s defining task - under the slogan "Together...
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QS and THE World University Rankings of the year released

Both QS and THE released their World University Rankings of the year (2021 and 2020 respectively), among other sub-rankings, this month. Despite the mediated impression of the rise of Asia challenging the West, the top 25 spots of the two...
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2020 edition of U-Multirank released

On 9 June 2020, the 7th edition of U-Multirank was released showcasing, amongst others, that although the majority of participating higher education institutions recognised, even pre-COVID-19, the strategic importance of online teaching, and 60% of them reported online learning provisions in their strategic...
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2020 GEM Report - Inclusion and education: all means all

Within its remit to assess progress towards achieving the 10 targets of SDG 4 (Sustainable Development Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all), the 2020 edition of UNESCO’s Global Education Monitoring (GEM)...
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French law on research back in the spotlight despite pandemic

The French law on research (« Loi de programmation pluriannuelle de la recherche ») is back in the spotlight. The law commonly known as “LPPR” was already the subject of unrest in the research community back in March (See March 2020 Newsletter)....
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Implications of online education in Africa

As of 8 June, Africa has recorded more than 88 000 confirmed cases of COVID-19  and many governments of the continent have taken the decision to close schools and higher educations institutions, which have had to rethink their methods and...
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UK: Universities not decolonising their curriculum

In light of recent developments around the Black Lives Matter movement, higher education institutions (HEIs) around the world are being asked to review their practices regarding racial issues and especially colonialism at various levels. These include administrative practices, hiring practices...
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Hong Kong: another wave of brain drain expected from Beijing-imposed national security law

In a resolution  adopted on 19 June by 565 votes to 34, with 62 abstentions ,  the European Parliament voted in favour of bringing China before the International Court of Justice over its decision to unilaterally introduce a controversial national...
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USA sets out Visa measure against graduate students from China

Not for the first time measures targeting Chinese students have been taken by the US. An executive order was issued on 29 May 2020, becoming effective on 1 June 2020. The new measures target graduate students and post-doctoral researchers for...
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PUBLIC TENDERS AND CALLS FOR PROPOSALS IN THE EU

European Youth together

European   Youth   Together"   projects aim   to   create   networks   promoting   regional partnerships,  to  be  run  in  close  cooperation  with  young  people  from  across  Europe (Erasmus+  programme  countries).  The  networks  would  organise  exchanges,  promote trainings  (for  instance  for  youth  leaders)  and  allow...
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Call for partnerships with african HE : French "partnership with the african HE" programme

The French National Research Agency (ANR) launches the first call on « Partnerships with the African Higher Education », funded by the French Development Agency (AFD), in the context of the « Bienvenue en France » strategy hold by the...
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Enhancing the Attractiveness of European Higher Education: Study in Europe

The selected contractor will provide a range of professional services and expertise that together will contribute to raising the visibility and attractiveness of European higher education.If Europe is to remain highly attractive as a destination for internationally mobile students against...
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European policy experimentation

This call for proposals will support transnational cooperation projects in the implementation of the European Union policy agendas on Education and Training, including sector-specific agendas such as the Bologna and Copenhagen processes. The general objective of this call for proposals...
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French Higher education ministry posts call for projects on "Hybridisation of training"

Considering the current sanitary crisis and its impact on going back to school in 2020, it is necessary to rethink the entirety of teaching methods to allow for students success, not used to those forms of teaching, and to allow...
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PUBLICATIONS

Landmark report on the last decade of UK postgraduate education provides an indication of what is to come after Covid-19

The Higher Education Policy Institute (www.hepi.ac.uk) is publishing a landmark report, Postgraduate Education in the UK (HEPI Analytical Report 1) by Dr Ginevra House, which has been produced with the kind support of the British Library. Looking at how the...
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Report suggests further falls in the wellbeing of university staff

A new report has shown a further rise in the number of university staff seeking counselling and support for mental health issues. The publication, Pressure Vessels II, by the Higher Education Policy Institute, is a follow-up on a report first...
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Progress on Open Science: EUA contributes to final report from the Open Science Policy Platform

The Open Science Policy Platform (OSPP) published its final report “Progress on Open Science: Towards a Shared Research Knowledge System” on Thursday, 28 May. As member of this high-level advisory group to the European Commission, EUA contributed the perspective of...
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Implementing the 2030 Agenda at Higher Education Institutions: Challenges and Responses

Looking at the 2030 Agenda from a higher education perspective, its main strength is that it has given us the opportunity to once again shed light on the essentiality of embedding certain values and practices in the main missions of...
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CONFERENCES

Conferences

Events happening online Initial date: 29-30 June 2020 Going Global London, UK Update : the British Council has made the decision to cancel this year’s Going Global conference. Instead, a limited amount of digital content has been released throughout June...
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Newsletter Edition 229 - 5/2020
NEWS FROM ACA

Rannís : How to move an international conference to Zoom in 17 days – Lessons learned from Arctic Science Summit Week 2020

When the first confirmed cases of COVID-19 were discovered in Iceland at the end of February and authorities started hinting at restrictions on public gatherings, it became clear to the organisers of the Arctic Science Summit Week 2020 (ASSW) that their conference,...
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News from the Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange

NAWA supports foreign students with a webinar series Within 30 March, 2020 and 6 May, 2020 NAWA conducted a series of “COVID-19 webinars” that were part of their response to the coronavirus pandemic related challenges. Since they have recognized demand...
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Grażyna Żebrowska is the new Director General of NAWA

On 8 May, Grażyna Żebrowska was appointed the new Director General of NAWA, Poland’s ACA member. Dr Żebrowska is a physicist by training. She obtained her PhD from the University of Rennes 1 (France) and the University of Gdánsk (Poland)....
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Webinar on greener mobility

More environmentally-responsible mobility within the higher education sector! No fewer than 150 stakeholders in the education sector from Switzerland and throughout Europe interested in this topical issue participated in the “Making Higher Education Institutions’ exchange and mobility greener” webinar organised...
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Movetia activities report 2019 and statistics

For the past three years, the national agency Movetia has been promoting exchange, mobility and cooperation in all areas of education and training and has grown quite spectacularly. In 2019, Movetia supported more than 26,000 mobility projects in all education...
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DZS : Interest in international cooperation projects and Erasmus+ during the pandemic

International cooperation projects enjoy extraordinary interest by Czech schools This year, DZS registered an unprecedented increase in interest in Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps international programmes - despite the Covid-19 pandemic. In the area of higher education, DZS registered 95%...
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DAAD publishes its annual report 2019

DAAD has published its annual report 2019. On the occasion of its publication, the organisation has emphasised the importance of international collaboration in times of the Corona-pandemic. The funding of long-term academic cooperation programmes allows the development of scientific networks, which...
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DAAD study shows more and more refugees succeed in entering German higher education institutions

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) has published a third study in the framework of a publication series set-up in cooperation with the German Centre for Higher Education and Science Research (DZHW). The study shows that more and more refugees are successfully...
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ACA Secretariat: new project initiatives started this month

As of this month, the ACA Secretariat started coordinating a new project – A comparative analysis of Erasmus+ staff mobility flows – as well as contributing, in an expert capacity, to two important initiatives – PROFFORMANCE and PLAR4SIMP. The first project is based on Erasmus+...
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ACA Think Pieces: The world after COVID-19

The last months have changed our lives in an unprecedented way. We have lived a slow life, a life short of direct human contact. Travelling has become a rare activity and, outside of one's own country, often impossible. Cities, usually...
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EUROPEAN POLICY

Education not spared: attempted cyberattacks at Erasmus+ beneficiaries

According to Politico, the European Commission (EC) has confirmed it recently become aware of fraudulent activities against the recipients of Erasmus+ grants: the attempted cyberattacks on beneficiaries were made via phishing emails as cybercriminals tried to con grant recipients into making...
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New focus on selection process at European Research Council following Mauro Ferrari’s resignation

Following the sudden departure of the ERC’s president Mauro Ferrari in April and a debate it caused, several high profiled actors within the European scientific community are now asking for improvements in the selection process for his replacement. Antoine Petit, president of ...
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COST Action Chairs call for funding “remediated networking” in COVID times and beyond

As a mobility-intensive programme for networking researchers across Europe, COST Action activities were seriously affected by COVID-19. The COST Association was quick in enabling spending on online networking tools as a small-scale emergency response to bridge the mobility gaps. A group...
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Video conference of ministers of education, 18 May 2020

On 18 May 2020, the Croatian Presidency organised the third informal videoconference of Ministers of Education on the implication of the current pandemic for education and training. The discussion takes place as gradual lifting of containment measures is happening across the...
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Horizon Europe Implementation Strategy – First Draft

The European Commission published the first draft of the Horizon Europe Implementation Strategy. It provides the framework for designed rules and processes across the entire programme and project life cycle. As stated in the press-release, this documents is a „a...
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Horizon programmes and COVID-19

According to the latest seven-year budget proposal from the European Commission, Horizon Europe will be one of the programmes in the next Multi Annual Financial Framework (MFF) that will not see a reduction. Mariya Gabriel, commissioner in charge of science and...
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Revised 2021-2027 EU budget: recovery plan for Europe, less for education and research

On 27 May, the European Commission (EC) put forward a revised EUR 1.1 trillion EU budget for the 2021-2027 period. The EU budget powering the recovery plan for Europe includes a EUR750 billion recovery package to deal with the aftermath...
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NATIONAL EDUCATION AND THE GLOBAL CONTEXT

Scientific study shows timely closure of educational centres in Iran prevented more than 22 000 deaths

According to a report in Iran Front Page, the results of a scientific study show that the timely closure of educational centres in Iran has helped to prevent more than 22 000 deaths caused by the coronavirus. Following the beginning of...
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Australia and New Zealand reopening universities

The fact that international students represent a big source of income for Universities in Australia and New Zealand is certainly known: in 2019, the Australian Bureau of Statistics figures showed that international education contributed AU$37.6 billion (App. EUR 22 billion)...
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US: Universities not planning to abandon online learning anytime soon

While university researchers have warned that Australia’s school students are facing a decline in performance due to online learning, such issues have not deterred universities in the United States from staying online at least one more semester. US universities emptied...
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Norway kick-starts ratification wave of UNESCO Global Recognition Convention

On 7 May 2020, the Norwegian government became the first to ratify the UNESCO Global Recognition Convention (GRC), setting Norway to become the first country to have officially joined the GRC once the ratification has been handed in to the...
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Swiss students launch a petition for the association of Switzerland to Erasmus+ 2021-27

The Swiss Student Union (VSS-UNES-USU) and the Swiss youth forum, together with other organisations, have launched a petition, which asks the Federal Council to take the necessary measures for the participation of Switzerland in the next Erasmus+ Programme 2021-27. The reasons underpinning the...
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German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) provides interim aid for students in financial distress due to the COVID-19 pandemic

The coronavirus crisis poses a financial challenge for many students. Two-thirds of German students and three-quarters of international students in Germany work in addition to studying. Many of them have lost their jobs because of the crisis, causing them financial...
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PUBLIC TENDERS AND CALLS FOR PROPOSALS IN THE EU

Enhancing the Attractiveness of European Higher Education: Study in Europe

The selected contractor will provide a range of professional services and expertise that together will contribute to raising the visibility and attractiveness of European higher education. If Europe is to remain highly attractive as a destination for internationally mobile students against...
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European policy experimentation

This call for proposals will support transnational cooperation projects in the implementation of the European Union policy agendas on Education and Training, including sector-specific agendas such as the Bologna and Copenhagen processes. The general objective of this call for proposals...
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PUBLICATIONS

EUA – The impact of the COVID-19 crisis on university funding in Europe

In a new briefing – The impact of the Covid-19 crisis on university funding in Europe – Thomas Estermann, Enora Bennetot Pruvot, Veronika Kupriyanova and Hristiyana Stoyanova of the European University Association (EUA) explore the expected economic impact of the new coronavirus...
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From Emergency Response to Planning for Future Student Mobility

The masters report in IIE COVID-19 Snapshot Series is now out. The second survey opened on 16 April 2020 and focused on the effects of COVID-19 on US Higher education institutions’ emergency response and planning for future student mobility. While...
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Understanding Student Mobility in Europe : An interdisciplinary Approach

Understanding Student Mobility in Europe interprets student mobility in European higher education through an active dialogue between disciplines, voices and variables of interest. Providing the conceptual, methodological, pedagogical and empirical foundations, this book advances readers’ understanding of the student exchange experience,...
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Refugees and Higher Education : Trans-national Perspectives on Access, Equity and Internationalization

Refugees and Higher Education provides a cross-disciplinary lens on one American university’s approach to studying the policies, practices, and experiences associated with the higher education of refugee background students. The focus is not only on refugee education as an issue of...
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At the Margins of Academia : Exile, Precariousness, and Subjectivity

Published on 18 May 2020 by Brill, this publication ponders if displaced and emigrated academics are “at risk” or “in reserve”. Are political oppression of dissident scholars and economic precarization of academic workforce separate phenomena, or two sides of the same...
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CONFERENCES

Conferences

Disclaimer: Due to the current Covid-19 outbreak, many conferences have either been postponed or transfered online. Below are updates on the upcoming events and how the virus is impacting conferences. Events maintained at the initial date 29 September 2020 Creating,...
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Newsletter Edition 228 - 4/2020
NEWS FROM ACA

Past and present uncertainties for Erasmus+ and Horizon Europe

As governments across Europe are putting all efforts on fighting the pandemic, a contingency plan (or several of them) seems to be the only solution for the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF), the next seven-year EU budget due to run starting...
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ETS Offers At-Home Solutions for TOEFL iBT ® Test and GRE ® General Test Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

At-home tests provide a convenient, flexible and safe option for testing while test centers are closed Princeton, N.J. (April 2, 2020) – ETS, a global leader in educational measurement and learning solutions, announced today that the TOEFL iBT® Special Home Edition...
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Movetia: Developing greener mobility

How can the number of international mobility opportunities be increased while reducing the resulting environmental footprint? By creating the handy “Greener Mobility best practices: Let’s get inspired!” document, the National Agency Movetia examine the issue of more environmentally-friendly mobility in the...
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Working Conditions in Time of Pandemic : Story of the Czech National Agency for International Education

At the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak, all organizations were dealing with the dilemma of how to continue functioning. This was also true for the Czech National Agency for International Education (hereafter, DZS). After a month of working in the emergency state,...
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COVID-19 Pandemic: International Study Programmes in the Czech Republic Strike Back

The first moment the Czech National Agency for International Education (DZS) had to deal with bigger issues related to the COVID-19 outbreak  was as early as February when the epidemic hit China, but at that time, there were only a few Czech...
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IIE project Atlas analysis of previous health crises on international students

COVID‐19 Effects on US Higher Education Campuses The Institute of International Education (IIE) is studying the effects of COVID‐19 (coronavirus) on global student mobility on U.S. higher education campuses. Our aim in this series is to provide more information about...
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DAAD: new measures to mitigate the impact of the corona crisis, call for “green talents” and more

New measures to mitigate the impact of the corona crisis for students and higher education institutions in Germany Winter semester 2020/2021 at German universities starts later, summer semester 2020 as planned At the beginning of April, the Standing Conference of...
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EUROPEAN POLICY

Research on hold as all resources focused on Covid-19 Research

In the midst of the current crisis, research has been put on hold while scientists are redeployed into areas critical for research on the current pandemic or, for those medically trained, assigned to the care of patients. Across Europe, universities and labs are either...
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Open letter by NA Directors to the European Commission

In the midst of the COVID-19 health crisis, and while expecting long-lasting effects on international higher education activities, the directors of the Erasmus+ national agencies (NAs) for education and training (many of them ACA members) signed an open letter to the European Commission....
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Education ministers informally exchanged plans on distant learning and managing academic calendars their respective member states

Corona virus has interrupted most of the planned activities in European policy making, including the working plan of the Croatian presidency of the EU which entered its second half this month. In this light, Croatian Presidency organised the second informal video...
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EU Science chief resigns in protest of COVID-19 response

On 7 April 2020, Mauro Ferrari, president of the European Research Centre (ERC) resigned after only three months at his post. Opposing statements soon followed with Professor Ferrari publishing a statement in the Financial Times while the ERC published afterwards a statement refuting his claims....
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Past and present uncertainties for Erasmus+ and Horizon Europe

As governments across Europe are putting all efforts on fighting the pandemic, a contingency plan (or several of them) seems to be the only solution for the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF), the next seven-year EU budget due to run starting...
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NATIONAL EDUCATION AND THE GLOBAL CONTEXT

More obstacles in joint research projects with China

The EU and China pledged to spend up EUR 630 Million on joint research projects over 2016-2020 through the EU-China Co-Funding Mechanism (CFM), with the EU putting in EUR 500 Million from Horizon 2020 and the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology...
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Australia - HE relief package to mitigate impact of the COVID-19 crisis

With the spread of the current epidemic, Australia’s higher education sector is suffering: with most foreign students leaving (and with them the fees and living expenses they pay) the nation is losing one of its largest sources of income. UNSW Sydney...
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Canada eases immigration rules to allow incoming students to begin studies online

In the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, governments around the world have put in place new measures as well as eased some of them to take into account the specific legal situation of the incoming international students in their respective countries. In...
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New ministers of education in Poland and Slovakia

Poland Poland has the new minister of Science and Higher Education Wojciech Murdzek from the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party. Murdzek has a background in electrical engineering which he studied at Wroclaw University of Science and Technology and a...
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Inequality in online learning leads students to strike or log off

The coronavirus crisis and the confinement has led to inequalities between students when it comes to internet access. In Chile, students have gone on an unprecedented online strike for equality. Students of Universidad de Chile and Universidad San Sebastian have put...
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Major international exams suspended

In the context of the current crisis, major international examinations are being suspended.  Such is the case for the International Baccalaureate (IB) and international A levels, due to the disruption following the COVID-19 pandemic. National end-of-school/school-leaving exams usually required for entering university are also...
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THE Impact Rankings 2020 : Results announced

THE’s University Impact Rankings was launched last year and is « the only global rankings to document evidence of universities impact on society, rather than just research and teaching performance »  and includes tables on the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). More...
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PUBLIC TENDERS AND CALLS FOR PROPOSALS IN THE EU

European policy experimentation

This call for proposals will support transnational cooperation projects in the implementation of the European Union policy agendas on Education and Training, including sector-specific agendas such as the Bologna and Copenhagen processes. The general objective of this call for proposals...
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The European Union programme for education, training, youth and sport

This Call aims at accrediting those HEIs located in eligible countries which have operational capacity to take part in next Programme’s activities, such as learning mobility of individuals and/or cooperation for innovation and good practices. Prior to the publication of...
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PUBLICATIONS

EUA Survey: Perspective on the sector and future of the European Universities Initiative

As decisions are being taken regarding the funding of EU programmes amid a global pandemic, in early 2020 EUA conducted a survey gathering responses from 219 higher education institutions (HEIs) from 34 systems in Europe on the topic of international...
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Impact of COVID-19 on credit-mobile students – ESN report

A recently-released report by the Erasmus Student Network (ESN) – Student Exchanges in Times of Crisis – sheds light on the evolving impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on credit-mobile students in Europe, and on their specific mobility experiences. The report builds on an online survey that...
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CONFERENCES

Conferences

Disclaimer: Due to the current Covid-19 outbreak, many conferences are being either postponed or transfered online. Below are updates on the upcoming events and how the virus is impacting conferences. Events maintained at the initial date 20-21 May 2020 EURASHE...
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Newsletter Edition 227 – 3/2020
IN FOCUS

Can universities have a determining role in sustainable development?

As noted in an article from the Brookings Institute (Can leading universities be engines of sustainable development? A conversation with Judith Rodin) universities are increasingly interested in contributing to the UN sustainable development goals through but also beyond educating. If...
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NEWS FROM ACA

DAAD offers flexible solutions for its scholarships in light of Corona crisis

The DAAD offers its scholarship holders flexible options, such as the cancellation (prior return home), postponement, suspension or continuation (with online courses) of the scholarship. Some individual programmes had to be suspended in spring/summer 2020. The DAAD provides regularly updated...
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DZS:Influencers and media ambassadors promote internationalisation in Czech Republic

Honest Guide Student MeetUp Czech National Agency for International Education joined forces once again with internationally renowned Czech infuencers Janek Rubeš and Honza Mikulka and their Honest Guide and organized a special MeetUp for international and Czech students! The event...
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Information concerning the activities undertaken by the Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange regarding COVID-19

In connection with the spreading SARS-CoV-2 virus and the suspension of didactic classes at universities by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education (from 12 March until at least 25 March 2020), Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange, as the...
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ETS launched Research grants and the deadline is coming up

ETS is pleased to announce the TOEFL® Committee of Examiners (COE) 2021 Research Grant Programs. Full details about the three grant programs are available using the links below. TOEFL COE Research Program TOEFL COE research grants are intended to support...
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Study in Europe Nigeria fair – postponed to autumn 2020

Due to the global corona virus outbreak, the Study In Europe fair that was initially scheduled to take place in Lagos, Nigeria, on 28 March 2020 had to be postponed. The Study in Europe consortium – formed of Campus France...
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ACA’s and members’ response to the COVID-19 outbreak

The global health crisis caused by the COVID-19 outbreak is undoubtedly impacting the world of higher education in an unprecedented manner, challenging amongst others, core international education activities that we used to take for granted – physical international student and...
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CMEPIUS: a new initiative launched to help students abroad come back home and the new website of the APIKS research project published

In Slovenia due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all educational institutions have been closed since 16 March 2020. Some universities still deliver courses online through distance learning, but not all of them. In cooperation with Slovenia’s Ministry of Education, Science and...
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ACA’s 2030 Vision of the future of research and education in Europe

ACA is involved in the ongoing consultation process on the 2030 Vision of Universities in Europe which is to inform and shape policy developments in revitalising the European Research Area (ERA). The consultation will result in a policy report which...
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EUROPEAN POLICY

Horizon’s open access publishing platform and discussions on how to work with open access beyond EU

While the negotiations on the upcoming Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) and, subsequently, Horizon Europe’s budget have been put on hold due to the COVID-19 situation, the activities in open science, one of Horizon Europe’s most praised aspects, are well under...
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EU Programmes affected by Covid-19 outbreak

The current COVID-19 epidemic, whose impact is felt worldwide, has consequently added to the delays in the EU programmes, including Erasmus+, Horizon 2020 and Creative Europe. Many EU members states are now on lockdown: Italy since 9 March 2020, Spain...
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H2020 support for the European Universities Initiative

After months of anticipation and healthy speculation, the newly-updated yearly Work Programme for Horizon 2020, and specifically the Science with and for Society (Swafs) component sheds light into the type of support foreseen by DG RTD for the research and...
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EAIE reports on the response by European HEIs to the COVID-19 outbreak

A new publication authored by Laura E. Rumbley, of the European Association for International Education (EAIE) gives first insights into the response of European higher education institutions (HEIs) to the COVID-19 outbreak, as well as into the latter’s evolving impact...
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NATIONAL EDUCATION AND THE GLOBAL CONTEXT

Germany: Corona and the return of the “eternal student”

Germans have, for most of the time, perceived their students as slow. They appeared in no hurry to graduate. Thus, the term “eternal student” was coined. As an effect of the new culture of slowness which the Corona virus has...
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Covid-19 : Germany promises no disadvantages for BAföG recipients due to corona crisis while digital solutions are offered for education institutions

In Germany, most regions have decided to postpone the start of lectures and closed universities and schools for several weeks. As far as possible, digital teaching-learning services shall be made available to teachers and students. The German federal ministry for...
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Cyber threats in higher education

The latest wave of cyberattacks at universities in Europe is raising a question of how higher education institutions can work collectively to fend off such threats in the future. In the past few months alone several universities in the Netherlands,...
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Upcoming French law on research encounters mass opposition from researchers

On the 1st of February 2019, the minister of higher education and research in France – Frédérique Vidal – announced a new draft law on research, under the title of Loi de programmation pluriannuelle de la recherche (LPPR). According to...
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Expansion of atypical degrees in France help students in career orientation

In 2018 France released Parcoursup, an application process designed to allocate undergraduate students to different programs, which now allows student to register to diplomas such as the PaRéo diploma (Passport to Succeed and Get Oriented). Indeed, as is the case...
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PUBLIC TENDERS AND CALLS FOR PROPOSALS IN THE EU

Rights, Equality And Citizenship Programmes (REC)

A programme which could be useful for professionals working in higher education on issues such as inclusion, equality and human rights. Eight calls for proposals are open in various domains. The Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme contributes to the further...
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European Policy Experimentations

This call for proposals will support transnational cooperation projects in the implementation of the European Union policy agendas on Education and Training, including sector-specific agendas such as the Bologna and Copenhagen processes. The general objective of this call for proposals...
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Nordic co-operation projects involving Northwest Russia and the Baltic Sea Region

The Nordic Council of Ministers has earmarked DKK 10 Million [app. EUR 13 Million] for projects involving co-operation in the Baltic Sea Region and North-West Russia. A new call for applications with deadline 27 April 2020 has now been opened....
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PUBLICATIONS

Annual report on sexism in Higher education in France: a focus on Engineer schools.

Since January 2017, the Haut Conseil à l’Égalité (HCE) in France publishes an annual report on sexism in the country. One part of the 2020 report is focused on sexism in higher education, particularly in top-ranking higher education establishments. The...
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Permanent contracts and job satisfaction in academia: evidence from European countries

Temporary contracts are increasingly being used in academia. This is a major concern for non-tenured researchers, since weak job security may hamper job satisfaction. This paper presents an empirical analysis of the role of academic tenure for job satisfaction of...
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New BMBF publication: “Digital Change through Education, Research and Innovation – Global Competition and International Guidelines”

The new publication “Digital Change through Education, Research and Innovation – Global Competition and International Guidelines” addresses digital technologies which today influence all areas of human lives and are a priority on the agenda for research, development and innovation. The...
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New report and methodology for assessing Academic Freedom

This report introduces the Academic Freedom Index (AFi), a new time series and near-global dataset on several dimensions of academic freedom. It calls on decision-makers in higher education and foreign policy, university administrations, research funding organisations, advocacy groups, and parliaments...
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CONFERENCES

Conferences

Disclaimer: Due to the current Covid-19 outbreak, many conferences are being either cancelled or postponed. Below are updates on the upcoming events and how the virus is impacting conferences. Events not postponed 16-17 April 2020 EUA General Assembly and Annual...
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Newsletter Edition 226 – 2/2020
NEWS FROM ACA

Internationalisation in higher education for society (IHES)

We would like to draw your attention to the major publication that just came out. The publication, commissioned by German ACA member DAAD, is entitled Internationalisation in higher education for society. It has been authored by Uwe Brandenburg, Managing Director...
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Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange (NAWA) is pleased to announce opening of the three calls for proposals addressed to international students!

Poland My First Choice scholarship programme aims to encourage young talented people from the countries listed below to pursue studies at the best Polish HEIs.  The Programme offers an opportunity to pursue full-time second-cycle studies at public and private HEIs...
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CMEPIUS: promotion of internationalisation in North Macedonia

The vast majority of CMEPIUS activities during the last couple of months were focused on promotion of Erasmus+ 2020 Call with different seminars, workshops and webinars. In February, Slovenian universities (Ljubljana, Maribor, Primorska and Nova Gorica) together with CMEPIUS and...
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DAAD: New mobility programme for research internships in the Baltic Sea Region

BARI, short for “Baltic Science Network Mobility Programme for Research Internships”, enables PhD candidates to recruit BA and MA students to do a research internship for up to three months in their research project. The BARI programme provides students with...
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CARe project activities: upcoming reports

The ACA-led Horizon2020 CARe project (Career Advancement for Refugee Researchers in Europe) is in its second year of implementation. The first year was marked by a number of relevant data collection activities and the results of these efforts will be...
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Yves Flückiger is the new President of swissuniversities

Yves Flückiger, the Rector of the University of Geneva, is the new President of swissuniversities. He was elected by the General Assembly on 6 February. His initial term will last until January 2023. Fleckiger succeeds Michael Hengartner, who became the...
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EUROPEAN POLICY

Trump Administration finds fault with the EU’s terms for participation in Horizon Europe

Horizon Europe, the next EU research framework programme worth about EUR 94 billion and spanning the years from 2021 to 2027, is to expand the international reach of EU research. Apart from 16 neighbouring countries, the European Commission is also...
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Council Resolution on education and training in the European Semester

Education ministers of the EU member states have adopted a Resolution on education and training in the European Semester. The resolution calls for appropriate involvement of education ministers in the European semester, a cycle of economic and fiscal policy coordination...
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Overview of the European Research Area

The European Research Area and Innovation Committee (ERAC) has published a noteworthy overview of the past, ongoing and future policy activities regarding the European Research Area (ERA), titled ERAC Opinion on the future of the ERA. The Opinion outlines and...
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SPHERE report: ICM of disadvantaged students from Partner Countries

The SPHERE consortium has recently finalised a report contracted by the European Commission which looks into the implementation of EC policies under Key Action 107 specifically with regards to disadvantaged students. Titled Erasmus+ International Credit Mobility – a study of...
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NATIONAL EDUCATION AND THE GLOBAL CONTEXT

ERC-funded project suspended by Italian court

Italy’s highest administrative court has put on hold a project funded by the prestigious European Research Council (ERC), as Timed Higher Ed reports. The Lightup Project, which involves experiments with small monkeys, attempts to find out how to overcome damage...
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The Most International Universities in the World 2020 as ranked by THE

Hong Kong and Switzerland are recommended by the Times Higher Education (THE) for prospective students looking for the “most international environments” to study. The City University of Hong Kong, a former polytechnic university, tops this ranking. Together with Hong Kong...
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Fulbright Programme threatened by major cuts in 2021

The US government has issued its proposal for the budget of the overall 75 educational, professional and cultural exchange programmes of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), as The PIE News reports. According to the proposal, expenditure for...
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UK: Another new minister for education and possible split of higher education and research responsibilities

For the first time since 2010, the UK government is likely to split the education and research portfolios. After the sacking of Chris Skidmore, who was the minister for both universities and science, the two portfolios will probably be allocated...
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UK: updates on funding schemes

The UK government is looking to simplify the application process for their research grants. UK’s governmental agency Research and Innovation (UKRI) will start streamlined application processes on two programmes – a GBP 10 million (around EUR 11 million) New Horizons...
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Coronavirus: a threat to the internationalisation of higher education?

First in China, later in other parts of Asia and now increasingly everywhere in the world, the Coronavirus is affecting public life. It also impacts on higher education in general and on internationalisation in particular. Chinese higher education, especially in...
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PUBLIC TENDERS AND CALLS FOR PROPOSALS IN THE EU

Rights, Equality And Citizenship Programmes (REC)

A programme which could be useful for professionals working in higher education on issues such as inclusion, equality and human rights. Eight calls for proposals are open in various domains. The Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme contributes to the further...
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Centres/Networks of European research and innovation

The aim of the call is to enhance the evidence base and provide sound policy and technological options in order to develop adapted governance structures at various relevant levels. The call addresses the very foundations of governance and democracy by...
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European Policy Experimentations

This call for proposals will support transnational cooperation projects in the implementation of the European Union policy agendas on Education and Training, including sector-specific agendas such as the Bologna and Copenhagen processes. The general objective of this call for proposals...
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PUBLICATIONS

New DAAD study „Internationalisation in Higher Education for Society“ (IHES)

The DAAD has commissioned a study on “Internationalisation in Higher Education for Society”, a field that so far has been rarely the focus of research. In its abstract, the authors (Uwe Brandenburg et. al) explain: “The social responsibility component of...
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Encyclopedia of International Higher Education Systems and Institutions

This reference source covers all higher education themes in a comprehensive, accessible and comparative way. It maps the field for the twenty first century reflecting the massive changes that have occurred and the challenges ahead for future research. It provides...
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Higher Education, Pedagogy and Social Justice

This book explores how the concepts of social justice, diversity, equity and inclusion can be understood within the context of higher education. While terms such as these are often in common use in universities, they are not always used with...
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Major Challenges Facing Higher Education in the Arab World: Quality Assurance and Relevance

This book focuses on two issues that need to be addressed as a matter of urgency by universities in the Arab region, namely conducting independent assessments of the quality of their teaching, research, administration, governance, and planning; and determining the...
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CONFERENCES

Conferences

8 March 2020 ECUI: The Future of European Universities Brussels, Belgium More information 22-24 April 2020 IHES conference 2020 - Making a difference Prague, Czech Republic More information 20-21 May 2020 EURASHE Annual Conference Plovdiv, Bulgaria More information 24-29 May...
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Newsletter Edition 225 – 1/2020
NEWS FROM ACA

Mobility Monitoring – Facts & Figures on Swiss Higher Education Mobility

The Swiss-European Mobility Programme (SEMP) has been promoting the mobility of students and staff at Swiss institutions of higher education within Europe since 2014. Prior to this, Switzerland participated in the European programme as an associated country. Movetia’s latest publication,...
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NAWA: Three calls for proposals!

At the beginning of the new year, the Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange (NAWA) is pleased to announce opening of the three calls for proposals addressed to international scientists and students! 1. The Ulam Programme allow both recognised and...
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DAAD: Many exciting news and a survey

European survey on internationalisation of teacher education The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and Diku Norway will further promote the topic of internationalisation of teacher education in 2020. To this end, the two organisations have jointly issued a survey on...
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Joybrato Mukherjee new President of DAAD

On 1 January 2020, Professor Joybrato Mukherjee became the new President of DAAD, the German Academic Exchange Service. In this capacity, he succeeds Professor Margret Wintermantel, formerly the President of the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK) and the University of Saarland....
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EPS1 What’s new in Brussels? Wrap-up

ACA’s 62nd annual What’s new in Brussels? seminar traditionally took place at the beginning of the year to inform the international higher education audience of professionals in the upcoming years. Our keynote speaker Robert Coelen pointed out some key challenges...
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EUROPEAN POLICY

Croatian presidency – priorities and events

Croatia took over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU) at the beginning of January, in a crucial period for the EU, with, amongst others, the finetuning of Erasmus+ and Horizon Europe programmes currently on hold because...
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European-African Cooperation

Aiming for an overview of academic cooperation between EU and Africa, the European Parliament’s in-house think-tank published a well-rounded briefing. The document outlines the implementation of three elements of EU-Africa academic cooperation, namely the measures taken under the Erasmus+ programme,...
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European Research Council - Slight re-arrangments of the peer-review system

European Research Council is slightly re-arranging its peer-review system by adding two panels in order to transition the funding schemes from the current Horizon2020 programme to the upcoming Horizon Europe. Currently, ERC has evaluation panels in three broad scientific fields....
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Mariya Gabriel’s long-term goals – the European Knowledge Strategy and narrowing the gaps

In a recent interview with Science Business, the EU Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, Mariya Gabriel, announced that she aims to have a more pragmatic approach on the further development of R&D, innovation and education policies in...
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NATIONAL EDUCATION AND THE GLOBAL CONTEXT

Northern Ireland – local and international students and a new cross border initiative

According to the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), who handle a vast majority of admissions in the UK, Northern Ireland had a higher proportion of young people starting university in 2019 than England, Scotland or Wales. According to the...
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UK – new innovation funding body and a new visa regime for researchers

Next to an existing agency for funding research and innovation - Innovate UK, the UK government is looking to establish a new funding body specifically aimed at “blue skies, high-reward, research in artificial intelligence and data.” Without having more details,...
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George Soros launched an Open Society University Network (OSUN) with USD 1 billion endowment

On 23 January 2020 George Soros announced, in Davos at the World Economic Forum, the launch of the Open Society University Network (OSUN) with USD 1 billion and invited other philanthropists to contribute. The network aims to promote the values...
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Government reshuffling in Austria, Italy and Spain: The New, the Old and the Divided

Austria, Italy and Spain have newly appointed, or re-appointed, ministers responsible for education. And by no means is all calm waters from academia to ministerial seats. Some of the stir stems from suspected politically driven reshaping of ministerial portfolios or...
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New Campus of Turkish-German University in Istanbul

On January 24, Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel and Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan opened the new Campus of the Turkish-German University in Istanbul. Founded in 2008, the Turkish-German University stands in the long tradition of Turkish-German relations and is the...
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Germany: science communication

Germany’s Federal Minister of Education and Science, Anja Karliczek, published a policy paper related to enhancing the dialogue between science and society. The Grundsatzpapier Wissenschaftskommunikation announced that all future research projects to be funded by the Federal Ministry of Education...
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PUBLIC TENDERS AND CALLS FOR PROPOSALS IN THE EU

Erasmus+ KA3: Social inclusion and common values: The contribution in the field of education and training

Proposals should address one of the following specific objectives: a) Enhancing the acquisition of social and civic competences, fostering knowledge, understanding and ownership of values and fundamental rights; b) Promoting inclusive education and training and fostering the education of disadvantaged...
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Erasmus+ Programme: Call for proposals 2020 — EAC/A02/2019

2020 is the last year of the current European Union programme for mobility and cooperation in education, training, youth and sport. The expected budget of over €3 billion, an increase of 12% compared to 2019, will provide even more opportunities...
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European Universities: Second Call for proposals

This action aims to encourage the emergence by 2024 of some twenty 'European Universities', consisting of bottom-up networks of universities across the EU which will enable students to obtain a degree by combining studies in several EU countries and contribute...
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KA1: Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees

Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees are high-level integrated international study programmes delivered by consortia of higher education institutions that award full degree scholarships to the best master students worldwide. The specificity of these joint degrees lies in their high degree...
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Horizon 2020: Societal Challenges

A call for project proposals, addressing Europe’s societal challenge in a changing world, across 24 different topics is open for application as of 5 November 2019 until 12 March 2020. It makes available €178.00 million in total for projects working...
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Capacity Building in the field of higher education 2020

This action contributes to the development of sustainable and inclusive socio-economic growth in Partner Countries and should ensure development and EU external actions objectives and principles, including national ownership, social cohesion, equity, proper geographical balance and diversity. Special attention will...
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Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme (REC)

A programme which could be useful for professionals working in higher education on issues such as inclusion, equality and human rights. Eight calls for proposals are open in various domains. The Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme contributes to the further...
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PUBLICATIONS

International Higher Education and Public Diplomacy: A Case Study of Ugandan Graduates from Chinese Universities

Rapid extension of international students in China increased rapidly with the backing of public diplomacy. How are these graduates contributing to Chinese foreign policy in various contexts? This article presents a case study which explores the experiences of international study,...
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International Handbook of Universities 2019

International Association of Universities published their annual International Handbook of Universities which provides detailed information on Education Systems and higher education institutions that offer at least a four-year degree or a four-year professional diploma. This means the following information: For...
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Erasmus+ Annual report

The 2018 annual report on Erasmus+, published today, shows that over the last three decades, more than 10 million people have participated in what turned out to be a life-changing experience for many of them. The Erasmus+ programme continues to...
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EUA: Brexit – what now for universities?

Following statements in January 2020 by the British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, that the United Kingdom will continue to participate in Erasmus+ post-Brexit, the European University Association (EUA) issued a new briefing note – Brexit – what now for universities?....
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European Journal of Higher Education – special issue on the Bologna Process “External Dimension”

The European Journal of Higher Education published a special issue on "Twenty Years of the Bologna Process – reflecting on its global strategy from the perspective of motivations and external responses". The eight articles (and editorial) in this special edition...
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CONFERENCES

Conferences

13 February 2020 EUF: Erasmus Goes Digital Luxembourg More information 13-14 February 2020 EUA: 2020 European Learning and Teaching Forum Utrecht, Netherlands More information 3 March 2020 EUA: INVITED project final conference Brussels, Belgium More information 8 March ECUI: The...
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