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Newsletter Edition 240 – 4/2021
NEWS FROM ACA

Important news on inclusion

This month, ACA published the second article in the ACA Think Pieces series on Inclusion in International Higher Education: European Perspectives & Insights. The piece, titled Bridging the structural gaps in supporting inclusive mobility, is authored by the distinguished Christina Bohle,...
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Diku: how has COVID-19 affected internationalisation of HE in Norway?

The Norwegian Agency for International Cooperation and Quality Enhancement in Higher Education (Diku) – ACA’s Norwegian member organisation – has published a new report on how international education and research collaborations have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. The purpose...
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DAAD’s new funding programme tackling climate and healthcare issues

The DAAD has launched a new programme to fund eight interdisciplinary ‘Global Centres’ to tackle global challenges. Half of these eight centres will conduct research into climate issues and the other half will research and teach on healthcare issues and...
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NAWA’s support to students and scientists from Belarus and the Ulam programme

The Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange (NAWA) will manage three support programmes for students and scientists from Belarus on behalf of the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education. NAWA will grant scholarships for academics from this country in...
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DAAD and OeAD: support for students and researchers at risk

ACA’s members DAAD and OeAD have started two very valuable initiatives supporting students (DAAD) and researchers (OeAD) at risk and with a refugee background. DAAD’s new Hilde Domin scholarship programme is intended to enable threatened students and doctoral candidates who...
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Icelandic launch of next generation EU programmes managed by Rannis

Rannis serves Icelandic citizens as a one shop stop for all EU programmes in the fields of education, youth, culture and research. With a view to raise public awareness of these programmes and enhance synergies between them, a quadriple opening...
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CMEPIUS: launch of Erasmus+ and events

During the last two months, all main CMEPIUS activities were connected to launch of new Erasmus+ programme and call for 2021. National agency delivered online presentations of opportunities for higher education institutions (over 120 participants for every event) and offered...
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EUROPEAN POLICY

EU public consultation on micro-credentials open till 13 July

On 20 April 2021, the European Commission opened a public consultation on micro-credentials for lifelong learning and employability to hear the views of citizens, governmental and non-governmental organisations as well as of education, training and employment stakeholders. The recovery from...
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New climate targets for EU27 and greening of higher education and mobility

On 21 April, the Council’s and the European Commission’s negotiators reached a provisional political agreement on the European Climate Law that will enshrine the EU’s commitment to reaching climate neutrality by 2050. The parties agreed to set in law a...
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NATIONAL EDUCATION AND THE GLOBAL CONTEXT

Canada: new pathway for permanent residence to 40 000 international graduates

Earlier this month, the Canadian Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Marco E. L. Mendicino, announced an innovative pathway to permanent residence for 40000 international graduates who “actively contribute to Canada’s economy”.  This new pathway is part of a wider initiative...
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THE Impact Rankings 2021

Times Higher Education (THE) has issued the third edition of its Impact Rankings evaluating universities against the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This year’s table which includes 1117 universities from 94 countries/regions is topped by the University of Manchester....
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The Academic Freedom Index: signs of decline in most countries

The second edition of the Academic Freedom Index (AFi) has been published. In comparing the latest research with comparable results from a year ago (ACA March 2020), there are signs of decline in many countries. The survey showed the largest...
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What makes foreign graduate students stay in Finland?

The most recent EUROSTUDENT VII study issued  on 19 April 2021 examined the living conditions, studies, social background and livelihoods of students in higher education. One of the articles in the EUROSTUDENT VII series sheds a light on the reasons...
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PUBLIC TENDERS AND CALLS FOR PROPOSALS IN THE EU

HEI INITIATIVE: Innovation Capacity Building for Higher Education. Call for proposals

As part of HEI Initiative: Innovation Capacity Building for Higher Education, the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) has announced a Pilot Call for Proposals, inviting higher education institutions to design activities that will improve their entrepreneurial and innovation...
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Erasmus+ Programme: Call for proposals 2021

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

Public Funding Observatory 2020/2021: part 2

Bennetot Pruvot, E., Estermann T., Stoyanova, H. (2021). Public Funding Observatory 2020/2021: part 2. European University Association. The European University Association has published the second part of its annual Public Funding Observatory report, providing a detailed analysis of long-term university...
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Rethinking student-teacher relationships in higher education: a multidimensional approach

Tormey, R. (2021) Rethinking student-teacher relationships in higher education: a multidimensional approach. Higher Education. Student-teacher relationships play an important role in both teacher and student experiences in higher education and have been found to be linked to learning, classroom management,...
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Education and elitism: challenges and opportunities

Hughes, C. (2021) Education and Elitism: Challenges and Opportunities. Routledge. Education and Elitism discusses polemical debates around; privilege, private schools, elitist universities, equal access to education, and underlying notions of fairness. The overarching question that runs through the book is...
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Citizenship and lifelong learning monitor 2020

Frank, A. (2021) Citizenship and Lifelong Learning Monitor 2020: Civic Competences and Lifelong Learning for the Green and Digital Transitions, Is Europe Ready? Solidar, Brussels. The Citizenship and Lifelong Learning Monitor 2020, released by SOLIDAR Foundation is a research report...
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The making of early career higher education researchers

Aarnikoivu, M., Brankovic, J. (2021) The Making of Early Career Higher Education Researchers. Internationalisation of Higher Education. This article draws attention to the value of informal scholarly communities for early-career researchers in higher education studies. To this end, it provides...
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Learner relationships in global higher education

Killick, D., Foster, M. (2021) Learner Relationships in Global Higher Education. Routledge. Providing the academic community with a robust and highly practical insight into the importance of implementing relationship building into the learning environment and experiences of all students, underpinned...
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Maybe it will be different abroad: student and staff perspectives on diversity and inclusion in student exchanges

Allinson,K., Gabriels, W. (2021) Maybe it will be different abroad: Student and Staff Perspectives on Diversity and Inclusion in student exchanges. SIEM Research Report. Erasmus Student Network AISBL The cross-cutting objective of the SIEM (Social Inclusion and Engagement in Mobility)...
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DAAD: digital teaching in the wake of the corona pandemic

Due to the Corona Virus university teachers all over the world were faced with the challenge of converting their face-to-face courses to virtual formats within a very short time. In order to learn more about the situation of teachers, the...
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CONFERENCES

Events & Conferences

Conferences 4 May EPICURtalks: Teaching and Learning under the Conditions of Digitalisation and Digitality Online More info   6 May EUA-EUNIS webinar: Information security strategies for higher education institutions Online More info   7 May Implementing the Global Convention: An...
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Newsletter Edition 239 – 3/2021
NEWS FROM ACA

Czech Republic: MICHE national level report

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Preparations for Horizon Europe’s implementation

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

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

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

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

Socially responsive leadership in IHE post-pandemic

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Erasmus+ Programme: Call for proposals 2021

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

Approaches in learning and teaching to promoting equity and inclusion

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Events & Conferences

Conferences 8-9 April Applied Research International Conference on Education, Literature & Language London More info   13-14 April International higher education forum 2021: keeping higher education global Online More info   14- 20 April EARMA Digital conference Online More info...
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Newsletter Edition 238 - 2/2021
NEWS FROM ACA

ACA’s upcoming Think Pieces – final Covid-19 reflection and NEW inclusion-focused series

In the spring of 2020, ACA quickly responded to the emerging global pandemic by publishing The World After COVID-19: ACA Think Pieces, a periodical series of reflections from European thought leaders in higher education internationalisation about the impact of the...
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Towards needs-based support for mobile academics

ACA is looking for support to enhance assistance to mobile academics via a new study of personalised needs and experiences of international researchers and PhD students.  As pre-announced in January (ACA Newsletter – January 2021), ACA has launched an online...
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ACA webinar on the future of European higher education cooperation with the UK

On 10 February 2021, ACA organised an internal webinar for member organisations to exchange with Vivienne Stern, Director of Universities UK International (UUKi) on the future of cooperation in higher education and student mobility post-Brexit. This was an excellent opportunity to learn,...
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DZS presents its sustainability strategy

DZS has prepared its first strategy for sustainability. Social responsibility has long been among DZS' top priorities as a crucial part of the organization's values, but they now aim to ensure that these principles are portrayed in their operations and activities...
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Tell us how you engage with society!

We are currently mapping activities linking international aspects of higher education with society. We are interested to hear about all kinds of initiatives in different settings, varying from short-term projects to well established partnerships, both in education and research.  To...
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DAAD: new paper on sustainable mobility

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) has just presented its working paper on “Sustainable Mobility”. This document formulates lines of action to adapt internationalisation of higher education to protect climate. It provides a framework of orientation for future mobility to...
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Movetia: a kit for greener mobility

In line with the “Developing greener mobility” publication (See ACA Newsletter – April 2020), Movetia’s Higher Education Division has developed a kit intended for international relations offices in higher education institutions with a view to promoting mobility and reducing CO2...
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DZS: new initiative to promote international education programmes

DZS Ambassadors is a new initiative launched by the Czech National Agency for International Education and Research (DZS) to further promote opportunities for studying, volunteering, and working abroad. The ambassadors will share their first-hand experiences and knowledge to inspire and...
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New DAAD branch office in Colombia

The DAAD is strengthening its presence in South America. At the end of January 2021, a new DAAD branch office was opened in Colombia's capital Bogotá. The branch office also assumes regional responsibility for Peru, Ecuador and Venezuela. Germany is...
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New trainee joining the ACA team

Aicha Hefiela joined ACA this month as a trainee. She contributes to research-based policy advice by preparing policy notes for each thematic peer group meeting. She also contributes to the dissemination of research-based knowledge to non-academic organisations through developing sensitisation...
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EUROPEAN POLICY

Launch of Horizon Europe and the first ERC calls

On 2 February, the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the EU officially launched the Horizon Europe programme. Equipped with a budget of ca. EUR 95 billion, the ninth European Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2021-2027) is guided by...
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EP CULT Committee meeting – February highlights

On 24 and 25 February the CULT Committee met and voted, amongst others, on a resolution asking for a stronger European Union digital education policy leading to an inclusive access to digital education across the Member States. The Resolution comes...
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Scotland and Wales may not remain in Erasmus+ after UK’s withdrawal

After nearly 150 Members of European Parliament signed an open letter to the European Commission asking them to identify an avenue though which Wales and Scotland could re-enter the Erasmus+ programme, European Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen has determined...
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Council Resolution – new Strategic Framework for Education and Training 2030

On 18 February 2021, the Council of the European Union approved the new Resolution on a strategic framework for European cooperation in education and training towards the European Education Area and beyond (2021-2030). The framework sets 5 strategic priorities for...
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NATIONAL EDUCATION AND THE GLOBAL CONTEXT

Update of UK’s international education strategy

Earlier in February, the UK released a new International Education Strategy (IES). An update of the 2019 strategy was deemed necessary due to changed conditions - mainly COVID-19 and the consequences of the Brexit negotiations, which, on the UK’s insistence,...
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Italy’s new government features new leadership in education & research

The President of the Italian Republic, Georgio Mattarella, appointed former Head of the European Investment Bank Mario Draghi as Prime Minister of Italy on the 13 February 2021.  Draghi will lead a technocratic administration with broad national support in the...
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Digivision 2030: new Finnish digitalisation project

All Finnish higher education institutions jointly launched the Digivision 2030 project. In line with the Finnish common policies adopted for reforming continuous learning and with the strong support by the Ministry of Science and Culture, this project aims at restructuring...
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Enhancing digital dimension of international HE – good practice from Switzerland

In a constantly changing world in the grip of a pandemic, new exchange formats have been developed and proposed within higher education institutions. Agility and innovation are at the very heart of this transition, founded on greater accessibility to inter-cultural...
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Czech Republic: more international students, less short-term mobilities

With the global expansion of COVID-19 came the expectation of a negative impact that the pandemic is likely to have on the number of international students at Czech higher education institutions. However, the latest data from the Czech Ministry of...
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PUBLIC TENDERS AND CALLS FOR PROPOSALS IN THE EU

ERC Starting Grants

Researchers of any nationality with 2-7 years of experience since completion of PhD and a scientific track record showing great promise and an excellent research proposal can apply for this opportunity.  Applications can be made in any field of research, as the ERC's...
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DZS: call for International Higher Education Experts

The Czech National Agency for International Education and Research (DZS) is launching a call for experts for the Monitoring Internationalisation of Czech Higher Education (MICHE) project.    Under the auspices of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, DZS has...
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Work as an expert for the European Union  

Work as an expert for the European Union   The European Commission just published a call which invites interested professionals to register in the database of external experts.  The European Union Institutions appoint external experts to assist in the evaluation of...
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PUBLICATIONS

DAAD welcomes position paper of the German Council of Science and Humanities

The DAAD welcomes the position paper published by end of January 2021 by the German Council of Science and Humanities (WR) on impulses from the Corona crisis for the further development of the science system in Germany. The paper analyses...
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The HSI Monitor 2019/2020 - Focus on digitalisation and internationalisation

The Higher Education Internationality (HSI) Monitor 2019/2020 presents current indicators, trends and diagrams on the internationalisation of German higher education institutions. The aim of the joint project of the DAAD, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AvH), the German Research Foundation...
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DAAD - Career booster experience abroad

DAAD. (2021). Die Bedeutung von Auslandserfahrung für den Karriereerfolg von Hochschulabsolventen auf dem deutschen Arbeitsmarkt. DAAD. Bonn, Germany. Exchange semesters, research stays, and internships abroad make it easier for university graduates to enter and advance in the German labour market....
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The Impact of Virtual Exchange on Student Learning in Higher Education

EVOLVE Project - EVOLVE Project Team (2021). The Impact of Virtual Exchange on Student Learning in Higher Education: EVOLVE Project Report. This report presents the findings of one of the studies carried out by the Erasmus+ KA3 project EVOLVE. Situated...
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Towards a European graduate tracking mechanism

European Commission. (2021). Towards a European graduate tracking mechanism. Luxembourg, Publications Office of the European Union.  This report is published and disseminated within the Member States and other EEA countries, as well as to the relevant EU agencies. It is...
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Third European Education Summit: Event report

European Commission. (2021) Third European Education Summit: Event report. Luxembourg, Publications Office of the European Union.   This paper discusses the European commission adopted initiatives; the European Education Area Communication and the Digital Education Action Plan (2021-2027). This aims at; building...
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The Impact of COVID-19 on Erasmus Mundus Programs: Student and Practitioner Voices

Schueller, J. & Colus, F. (2020). The Impact of COVID-19 on Erasmus Mundus Programs: Student and Practitioner Voices.  The COVID-19 outbreak has disrupted international education across the globe, with many Erasmus programs postponed or interrupted. In Erasmus Mundus Joint Master's Degree...
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Toward Greater Inclusion and Success: A New Compact for International Students

Glass, C., A. Godwin, K., Matross Helms, R., (2021). Toward Greater Inclusion and Success: A New Compact for International Students. American Council on Education. Washington, USA. This paper explores the imminent rise in international student enrolment to Higher Education Institutions...
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Reshaping International Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

Nixon, P., P. Dennen, V., Rawal, R. (2021) Reshaping International Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. Routledge. This volume provides a broad examination of how technology and globalisation have influenced contemporary higher education institutions and how moves towards internationalisation within...
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EU-UK relations after Brexit: what the deal means for universities

EUA (European Universities Association). (2021) Briefing: EU-UK relations after Brexit: what the deal means for universities. EUA. Brussels, Belgium.  This briefing offers an overview of the implications that the new Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) coordinated by the EU and...
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CONFERENCES

Events & Conferences

ACA Events  4 - 5 March 2021  “What’s new in Brussels?”  Online   More information   Online Events  2 March 2021  Webinar: Protecting universities’ data, staff, and students during digital transformation  More information  2 March 2021  Erasmus Skills Webinars: The role of...
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Newsletter Edition 237 - 1/2021
NEWS FROM ACA

HARNO incorporates the Archimedes Foundation in Estonia

On 1 January 2021, the merger process behind the creation of the Estonian Education and Youth Authority (HARNO) was completed through the transfer of remaining activities – the Erasmus+ and the European Solidarity Corps agency – from the Archimedes Foundation,...
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Farewell to Dr. Dorothea Rüland – Secretary General of DAAD

After ten years at the helm of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) as its Secretary General, Dr. Dorothea Rüland will be retiring at the end of this month, following a culminating career of over four decades in international higher...
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UniWellS – all set to probe into mobility support services challenges and needs

      January has been a busy month for the UniWellS partners preparing the launch of a survey of mobile academics in Central-Eastern and South-Eastern Europe. Validated through a series of focus groups and interviews earlier this month, this...
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New dates for ACA’s “What’s New in Brussels?” – 4-5 March 2021

Since 2004, the Academic Cooperation Association (ACA) has hosted a successful start-of-the-year European Policy Seminar (EPS) for colleagues working in the field of the internationalisation of higher education - What’s New In Brussels? Recent developments in European policies and programmes....
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ACA kicks off new peer exchange platform for members 

ACA’s most recent General Assembly in November 2020 saw the launch of five new fora created for members to have a space for in-depth discussion of specific issues highly relevant to the field of international higher education in the coming...
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Norway partners with ACE on COIL

American Council on Education (ACE) has joined forces with the Norwegian Agency for International Cooperation and Quality Enhancement in Higher Education (Diku) in order to strengthen the resilience of partnerships among their respective higher education institutions (HEIs) in the context of...
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DAAD fosters student exchange with Israeli start-ups

The programme, which is named ´New Kibbutz´, offers students of all academic backgrounds and types of higher education institutions in Germany around 50 scholarships for internships of 2-6 months in several start-ups in Israel. ´New Kibbutz´ will be funded with EUR...
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New DZS Promotional Campaign

The new DZS Spot walks you through the world of international education. This clip showcases all areas of international education and cooperation DZS is involved in. The Czech National Agency for International Education and Research (DZS) isn’t just responsible for administration of Erasmus+ and...
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CZELO will connect Czech institution with Europe

In February DZS (Czech National Agency for International Education and Research) will open Czech Liaison Office for Education and Research in Brussels (CZELO). The office will follow in the footsteps of the Czech Liaison Office for Research, Development and Innovation which has been...
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EUROPEAN POLICY

UK update – no to Erasmus+, yes to Turing & search for creative solutions

At the end of December 2020 the news came that the UK and the EU failed to reach a compromise under the Withdrawal Agreement negotiations to secure UK’s participation in the Erasmus+ programme post-Brexit. Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced, contrary...
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European Parliament’s CULT committee unanimously backs Erasmus+ provisional agreement

Votes from all 29 members of European Parliament’s (EP) CULT committee have confirmed on 11 January the provisional agreement on the upcoming Erasmus+ programme that the EP and Council negotiators reached in December 2020. The 2021-2027 programme is worth EUR 26...
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Portugal’s EU Presidency agenda for higher education

Following the EU Presidency’s takeover on 1 January (see ACA Newsletter-Education Europe, December 2020), Portugal has started its work under three main priorities: a European recovery boosted by green and digital transition, a strategic autonomy of Europe and the implementation of...
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NATIONAL EDUCATION AND THE GLOBAL CONTEXT

Norway builds strong partnerships with Eurasian universities

Fridtjof Nansens Institute published the report on the implementation of the Eurasia programme in 2015-2021. This programme is managed by ACA’s member, the Norwegian Agency for International Cooperation and Quality Enhancement in Higher Education (Diku).   The portfolio of 62 projects,...
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Movetia update: Strong commitment for Switzerland's association to Erasmus+

Switzerland's association to the new generation of the Erasmus+ programme is strongly advocated by key stakeholders. Swiss parliament bodies such as the Foreign Affairs Committees and the Science, Education and Culture Committees as well as the Swiss Conference of Cantonal...
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Dramatic shift in U.S. international HE policy on day 1 of Biden presidency

U.S. Government policies regarding international higher education changed on the very first day of the new administration of President Joseph R. Biden.  On 20 January 2021, President Biden repealed a controversial travel ban policy established by former President Trump that...
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Political & programme update from the Finnish Ministry of Education and EDUFI

On Thursday 17 December 2020, the President of the Republic appointed Member of Parliament Jussi Saramo as Minister of Education.  Saramo is a member of Vasemmistoliitto (Left Alliance) which currently comprises part of the coalition government led by Prime Minister...
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Germany – More international students, fewer international first-year students

According to the snapshot survey published by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the total number of international students in Germany rose from approximately 319,000 students in the winter semester 2019/20 to approximately 330,000 students in the current winter semester,...
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German support to the European Universities initiative - second round

In January, 25 German higher education institutions (HEI) were selected for the second round of the German national support programme for the EU initiative "European Universities".  With the national accompanying programme "European University Networks (EUN) - national initiative", the German...
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PUBLIC TENDERS AND CALLS FOR PROPOSALS IN THE EU

Bologna Hub Peer Support project – Call for Higher Education Institutions

The project Bologna Hub Peer Support, funded by the Erasmus+ Programme and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, aims at fostering the implementation of the Bologna key commitments at higher education institutions (HEI) throughout the European Higher Education...
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PUBLICATIONS

The added value of internationalisation in vocational and higher education

Kommers, S., Jan Hobbes, H., van Gaalen, Adinda. (2020) The added value of internationalisation in vocational and higher education. Nuffic. The Hague.  This analysis presents an overview of studies currently being conducted on the added value of internationalisation in vocational...
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Reimagining Academic Career Assessment: Stories of innovation and change

Saenen, Bregt et al. (2021) Reimagining Academic Career Assessment: Stories of innovation and change. European Universities Association.   This report and the accompanying online repository bring together and analyse case studies in responsible academic career assessment. Gathered by EUA, together with...
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Eurydice - National Student Fee and Support Systems in European Higher Education

Eurydice. (2020). National Student Fee and Support Systems in European Higher Education 2020/21. Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union. This report presents a comparative overview of the main features of national student fee and financial support systems in European...
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Tackling racial harassment in higher education

Universities UK. (2020) Tackling racial harassment in higher education. November 2020. Universities UK.  This report is a new set of recommendations designed to decisively tackle racial harassment as part of efforts to address racial inequality in UK higher education.  The...
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Facts and Figures on the academic mobility in Germany and worldwide

DAAD. (2020). Facts and Figures on the academic mobility in Germany and worldwide. DAAD, Bonn.  The research paper “Wissenschaft weltoffen” - a central source of information on student and researcher mobility - is now available in English. In five chapters,...
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New DAAD impulse paper on German-Russian academic cooperation

DAAD. (2020). New DAAD impulse paper on German-Russian academic cooperation. DAAD, Bonn.  With the impulse paper "The German-Russian Roadmap: Potentials - Challenges - Cooperation Experiences", the DAAD compiles and evaluates experiences from different scientific disciplines and looks at the framework...
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CONFERENCES

Events & Conferences

ACA Events  4 - 5 March 2021  “What’s new in Brussels?”  Online   More information  22 April 2021  Innovation through internationalisation. How international cooperation and mobility foster innovation in higher education  Zürich, Switzerland  More information    Conferences  4 February 2021  Progressing...
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