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Newsletter Edition 259-11/2022
IN FOCUS

Europe’s international HE and research cooperation in times of uncertainty – The quest for sensible openness

International cooperation in higher education and research has recently been challenged by unprecedented levels of uncertainty due to a growing number of diverse, overlapping and successive crisis situations (health, political, military, energy and environmental) pouring in with increasing speed, and...
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NEWS FROM ACA

ACA members continue discussions on EU policy, inclusion, and digitalisation

TPG European policies and programmes The TPG members addressed the mid-term evaluation of Erasmus+ and the final evaluation of its predecessor programme. DG EAC’s speaker Fadime Altinte presented the evaluation objectives and scope. The current programme will be evaluated against...
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Nordic comparative report on Erasmus+ students published

There are considerable differences from one Nordic country to the other when it comes to students’ motivations to go abroad with Erasmus+. While some students take part mainly to experience another country, culture and language, others use mobility to access...
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CZEDUCON 2022: Higher education experts meeting in Prague

The fourth annual CZEDUCON conference, a flagship event in the field of higher education under the Czech Presidency of the Council of the EU,  took place earlier this month, on 21-22 November 2022 in Prague. Organised by the Czech National...
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12th Central European Infoday held in Budapest

The 12th Central European Infoday was held in Budapest on 10-11 November 2022. The event –organised jointly by Erasmus+ National Agencies (NAs) from the four neighbouring countries—focused mainly on the international dimension of the centralised programmes in Erasmus+ supporting cooperation...
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Inauguration of the new Vietnamese-German university campus

The Vietnamese-German University (VGU) is recently relocated to newly built premises near Ho Chi Minh City, equipped with modern facilities for research and teaching. The VGU not only stimulates the modernisation of Vietnam‘s higher education and research landscape, but also...
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EUROPEAN POLICY

EU budget for 2023 and new calls for proposals in higher education and research

On 23 November, members of the European Parliament adopted the EU budget for 2023, following the end of ‘conciliation’ talks with the Council (see for more details ACA Newsletter – Education Europe, October 2022). In a deal with member states...
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European Education Area – quo vadis?

The European Commission recently published a report on Progress towards the achievement of the European Education Area: Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions, to...
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Towards more impactful and effective European Universities

In November, the Centre for Strategy and Evaluation Services discussed, via an online workshop, the preliminary findings of a study on the “necessity and the feasibility of a possible legal status for alliances of universities, such as European Universities”, together...
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NATIONAL EDUCATION AND THE GLOBAL CONTEXT

2023 budgets in Germany and Norway – international education ups and downs

On 25 November, the German Bundestag approved the 2023 state budget, including EUR 21.46 billion for education and research, with a record increase of EUR 891.1 million compared to last year. One of the main changes compared to the government...
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Student mobility reaching new heights in Finland

Figures released earlier this month by the Finnish Immigration Service show a record number – 7 060 – of first-time residence permits granted for the purpose of studies to applicants from outside the European Union, out of a total of...
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Croatia: New law enables joint studies with external accreditation

The new Croatian Law on Higher Education and Scientific Activity has entered into force on 22 October 2022. The new law intends to improve the legal and financial framework of the system of higher education. To this aim, it regulates...
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The role of higher education and research in climate action

Photo by Markus Spiske, retrieved from Pexels.com On 3 November 2022, leading higher education and research networks— CESAER, the European University Association (EUA), the International Sustainable Campus Network (ISCN), Science Europe, the Network of Universities from the Capitals of Europe...
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UK-Switzerland: new bilateral agreement for research cooperation

Earlier this month, a new research cooperation agreement was signed by the UK Minister of State for Science, Research and Innovation—George Freeman—along with his Swiss counterpart Guy Parmelin— Head of Switzerland’s Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research. The...
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EU-Turkey: First high-level dialogue on science, research, technology and innovation

On 15 November 2022, Commissioner Mariya Gabriel and Mustafa Varank—Minister of Industry and Technology of the Republic of Turkey—met in Brussels to launch the first high level dialogue on science, research, technology, and innovation. Two leaders agreed to deepen and...
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CONFERENCES

Events

What's New in Brussels? 2-3 February 2023 More information Lifelong Learning Week 2022 28 November- 2 December 2022 More information Moving Target Digitalisation 30 November- 2 December 2022 More information European Education Summit 1 December 2022 More information International Relations...
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Newsletter Edition 258- 10/2022
IN FOCUS

ACA Strategic Summit 2022 – highlights

The top leadership of ACA member organisations and a few high-level invited guests gathered in Brussels on 5 October for a full day of in-depth discussions, reflections, peer learning and joint forward planning in the framework of ACA’s 2nd Strategic...
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NEWS FROM ACA

Impact, impact, impact!

This month’s peer-to-peer exchanges between ACA members focused on two important but highly complex questions: How to assess the first achievements of the European Universities Initiative (EUI) to charter the way forward? And how to evaluate the impact of student...
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CZEDUCON 2022: Strategy and Policy in Higher Education

The Czech National Agency for International Education and Research (DZS) is organising for the fourth successful year, CZEDUCON 2022: International Conference on Strategy and Policy in Higher Education. The conference will take place on 21-22 November 2022 (lunch to lunch) in O2...
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Finnish HEI ICI programme provides effective results

Administrated by ACA’s member organization in Finland—Finnish National Agency for Education (EDUFI), the Higher Education Institutions Institutional Cooperation Instrument  (HEI ICI) supports cooperation projects between HEIs in Finland and HEIs in developing countries to strengthen and develop higher education. Between 2017...
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New Leadership in ACA Members

IKY appoints new director general and swissuniversities elect new president In August 2022, Professor Maria-Zoi (Marisa) Fountopoulou was appointed by the Greek Minister of Education and Religious Affairs to the position of the Director General of the State Scholarships Foundation...
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Fostering Europe’s attractiveness to global students and academics

How to continue making Europe more attractive to international students and researchers? This question was high on ACA’s agenda in October as part of the activities carried out under the Study in Europe and UniWeliS projects. Efforts focused on raising...
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NAWA: New calls for proposals are open!

Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange (NAWA)—ACA Member from Poland, has recently announced two new calls for its ongoing funding programmes, namely ‘Welcome to Poland’ and ‘Urgency Grants’. ‘Welcome to Poland’ is a funding programme administrated by NAWA to lend...
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Welcoming a new team member

The ACA Secretariat was reinforced with one new colleague joining the team on 10 October 2022. Ilker Bahar is ACA’s new Junior Communications Officer, taking over for Salome Dermati, whom we deeply thank for their valuable contribution to the team. Ilker’s main...
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IHES continues merging internationalisation and societal engagement

Earlier in October, partners of the Internationalisation in higher education for society (IHES) project met in Olomouc in person to discuss future steps and plans for the last year of the project. Hosted by the Faculty of Law of Univerzita...
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EUROPEAN POLICY

Calls for establishing a European scheme for students at risk

The Committee on Culture and Education (CULT) of the European Parliament held a debate on the topic of establishing a European funding mechanism supporting students at risk, hosted by MEP Sabine Verheyen on 24 October 2022. When addressing the MEPs,...
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ErasmusDays celebrated with over 6,000 local events

This year’s #erasmusdays were celebrated during 13, 14 and 15 October 2022 with a total of 6,297 local events taking place worldwide. The highlight of this year had been the #guesswherasmus challenge on social media where people were invited to...
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EU 2023 planning: budgetary negotiations and work programme

On 19 October, the European Parliament voted on its position on the 2023 EU budget. MEPs reversed almost all cuts made by the Council (over EUR 1.6 billion) thereby restoring the draft budget to the level originally proposed by the...
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NATIONAL EDUCATION AND THE GLOBAL CONTEXT

Birds eye: The release of 2022 statistical reports

Two flagship statistical reports in the field of (higher) education were released in October. The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has published Education at a glance 2022: OECD indicators. This annual publication provides data on the state of...
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Romania: New minister of education

On 3 October 2022, Dr Ligia Deca was appointed as Minister of Education in Romania, following the resignation of former minister, Sorin Cimpeanu. Ligia Deca is a known and respected figure in the international higher education community, having coordinated the...
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Iran: Mass student arrests and police violence on campus

Recently, mobilisation against Iranian regime spread to the universities and secondary schools, with class boycotts, sit-ins and campus rallies across more than 100 universities in the country. According to the news released by the Center for Human Rights in Iran,...
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A new Nordplus programme period

  The Nordic Council of Ministers is preparing a new Nordplus programme period for 2023–2027. There will be some minor changes in activities in some sub-programmes and unit cost rates will be increased. The Nordplus Higher Education programme will continue...
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Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2023

  On 12 October 2022, Times Higher Education (THE) announced the World University Rankings for 2023, a ranking list of top world universities, based on 13 key performance indicators, measuring universities’ performance in 4 areas: teaching, research, knowledge transfer and...
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CONFERENCES

Events

Erasmus+ World Wide Webinar 7-10 November 2022 More information TELIA Digital Hub 9 November 2022 More information Internationalization of the Curriculum 17-18 November 2022 More information 2022 European Quality Assurance Form 17-19 November 2022 More information CZEDUCON 21-22 November 2022...
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Newsletter Edition 257 – 09/2022
NEWS FROM ACA

How to collaborate in uncertain times?

Austria is discussing international collaboration ACA member OeAD held its annual higher education conference (Hochschultagung 2022) in Graz on 21-22 September, addressing the challenging topic “Internationalisation in Higher Education in Times of Crisis of Confidence”. The event gathered over 150...
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The Czech presidency is in full swing

The Czech Republic took over the presidency of the Council of the EU from France on 1 July 2022 (see ACA Newsletter – Education Europe, July 2022). The priorities of Czech presidency are set in response to current geopolitical challenges:...
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ACA voices @EAIE 2022

Earlier this month the ACA secretariat participated in the EAIE 2022 annual conference in Barcelona, where they met many colleagues from ACA member organisations and connected with old and new peers. The ACA members and the ACA Secretariat delivered a...
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Study in ACAdemy for NAWA staff

In September, NAWA and the ACA Secretariat organised a series of joint meetings and training activities aiming to raise NAWA staff members’ awareness about key EU policies and programmes in higher education and research. The ACA Secretariat held a meeting...
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PROFFORMANCE project enters a new phase

The international project aiming to develop a teaching performance assessment tool will continue as PROFFORMANCE+, with an enlarged set of partners, professional events and further development of PROFFORMANCE outputs planned in the next stage. As of September 2022, the PROFFORMANCE+...
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EUROPEAN POLICY

SOTEU 2022: What’s in it for higher education?

On 14 September, President Ursula von der Leyen delivered her, traditional for this time of the year, State of the Union speech. While her address has largely been marked by the war raging in Ukraine and Europe’s solidarity with the...
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European Digital Education Hub

Covid-19 imposed distance education measures revealed several structural issues related to digital education and broader weak spots in education systems that extend beyond contextual and sector-related issues. To address such issues, the Commission published the Digital Education Action Plan (2021-2027), which...
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EC: DIGITAL Europe Programme 3rd call is out

The new call under the DIGITAL Europe Programme, titled “Specialised education programmes or modules in key capacity areas,” was launched to support the development of bachelor's and master's courses for ICT and digital professionals. The programmes should be jointly designed...
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NATIONAL EDUCATION AND THE GLOBAL CONTEXT

BAföG: student aid reform in Germany

The German government has amended the German Federal Law on Support in Education (BAföG) regulating the country’s individual education and training grant scheme. The 27th amendment aiming to expand public aid for students was issued on 21 July and will...
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UK leaves European University Institute

UK-funded students enrolled at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence have been notified that the UK has ended their participation in EUI, after 44 years of collaboration. The interim arrangement will end in December 2022. This comes as a...
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Greece: “University protection groups” clash with protesters

In September 2022, police forces entered Greek university campuses for the first time since 1982, when the country’s higher education institutions (AEI) obtained the right for “academic asylum”. According to the July presidential decree (in Greek), the University Institutions Protection...
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CONFERENCES

Events

FRAMES Launch Event: Toolkit 29 September 2022 More information InterUni 2022 Forum for Internationalization of Higher Education 4 October 2022 More information Innovation Higher Education Conference 2022 19-21 October 2022 More information Workshop III: A Coalition for Advancing Research Assessment...
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Newsletter Edition 256 – 08/2022
IN FOCUS

ACA @ 32nd Annual EAIE Conference and Exhibition – Barcelona, Spain

From 13 to 16 September 2022, the 32nd Annual Conference and Exhibition of the European Association for International Education (EAIE) will take place in the vibrant city of Barcelona, Spain. This year’s conference theme "The future in full colour" will...
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NEWS FROM ACA

Capturing the institutional impact of Erasmus+ staff mobility

What is the institutional impact of Erasmus+ staff mobility? How can it be achieved and amplified? What are the key enablers and barriers to this process? These topical questions are raised in a new study conducted by the ACA Secretariat...
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Poland: New Director General of NAWA

Earlier in August, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki appointed Dr. Dawid Kostecki to the position of Director of the Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange (NAWA) – ACA’s member organisation in Poland. Dr. Kostecki holds a PhD in law and a...
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Train or plane?

Students strengthen their international competences by studying or doing an internship abroad. But student mobility is also associated with CO2 emissions. How do students in the Netherlands deal with this dilemma? How can institutions encourage students to deal with this...
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EDUFI becomes the SALTO centre for digitalisation!

The European Commission decided that the new SALTO Digital Resource Centre will be established at the Finnish National Agency for Education (EDUFI), a member of ACA. SALTO Digital is the first resource centre to operate not only in all educational...
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EUROPEAN POLICY

Results of the 2022 European Universities Erasmus+ call

On 27 July, the European Commission published the results of the 2022 Erasmus+ call for the European Universities Initiative (EUI). This call covered two topics supporting prior institutional cooperation (mainly for those alliances funded through the 2019 call) and new...
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Mid-term and final evaluation of the ongoing and past Erasmus+ programmes

On 28 July 2022, the Commission launched a call for evidence for the interim evaluation of the Erasmus+ 2021-2027 programme and the final evaluation of the 2014-2020 programme. This call represents the first step in assessing whether Erasmus+ is working...
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EU call for evidence: Digital skills – improving provision and enabling success

With the new norm resulting from the COVID-19 crisis, the need for the development of digital skills and relevant infrastructure has come to the forefront. Digital skills levels remain insufficient, with the digital divide persisting with regard to gender, socio-economic...
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EC guidelines for knowledge valorisation in research and innovation

On 9 August 2022 the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission adopted a proposal for a Council Recommendation on the guiding principles for knowledge valorisation. The intention is to increase social and economic value from knowledge and to...
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NATIONAL EDUCATION AND THE GLOBAL CONTEXT

Finland: renewed vision for international higher education and research

On 16 August, the national forum for internationalisation of higher education and research appointed by the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture presented a new vision for international activities to Minister Petri Honkonen. The vision builds on the preceding policy...
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A ‘Bologna Process’ for ASEAN countries?

The vision of harmonising the higher education systems of the 10 Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries has been advancing in the recent months, with the creation of a new road map listing several relevant steps to be taken in the...
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2022 Academic Rankings of World Universities

On 15 August the ShanghaiRanking Consultancy published the 2022 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU). Since 2003, ARWU has been presenting the world's top universities based on research and development (R&D) indicators that are divided in four main categories: quality...
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Horizon Europe: UK starts dispute resolution proceedings against EC

Earlier this month, the UK government started dispute resolution proceedings against the European Commission (EC) to “end persistent delays to UK’s access to EU scientific research programmes, including Horizon Europe”, as written in the statement from the UK government. This...
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US: Student loan relief plan

On 23 August, US President Joe Biden unveiled a three-part plan to address the increasing student debt in the country, which currently sits at USD 1.6 trillion. This has been one of his main campaign promises and has received additional...
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CONFERENCES

Events

32nd Annual EAIE Conference and Exhibition 13–16 September 2022 More information EPICUR Alliance FORUM 2022 14-16 September 2022 More information Anniversary of the Magna Charta Universitatum 14-16 September 2022 More information INNOVEIT Stockholm: Innovation in Higher Education 15 September 2022...
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Newsletter Edition 255 – 07/2022
NEWS FROM ACA

DAAD position paper on German foreign science policy

ACA member, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) has published a position paper on the further development of German foreign science policy in response to the massive upheavals in world politics. In it, the DAAD argues for the design and...
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DAAD Student Survey: Mobility abroad during COVID-19

ACA member, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) asked around 3.300 students about their experiences studying abroad during the COVID-19 pandemic. The student survey was conducted as part of the biennial surveys on the topic of "Recognition - (no) problem?"...
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Networking meeting of the European National Promotion Agencies 2023

On 13-14 June 2022 the French National Higher Education Promotion Agency, Campus France, hosted the annual Networking Meeting of the European National Promotion Agencies in Paris, to which ACA actively participated. A tradition initiated by the European Commission to build...
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Movetia funds 30 new international projects

After a three-year pilot phase and a one-year break, the Swiss International Programme has been finally re-launched. Of the 57 projects submitted in 2022, 30 were selected for funding, out of which 12 will contribute to the advancement of higher...
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Nuffic report on outbound student mobility in the Netherlands

In June 2022, ACA member Nuffic released a report titled "Dutch students’ plans to go abroad in 2022-2023," based on an original survey conducted in spring 2022. The 540 participants came from Dutch secondary education, vocational education and training (VET), and...
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NAWA: “Solidarity with Ukraine” programme updates

The Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange (NAWA), due to the war in Ukraine and in the sense of solidarity with the local academic and scientific community, has launched a call for applications for the "Solidarity with Ukraine" programme. The...
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EUROPEAN POLICY

Europe’s new ambition for innovation and deep tech talent

Designed in consultation with multiple innovation stakeholders, including universities, the New Innovation Agenda, issued by the European Commission on 5 July, builds on the prior significant work to help accelerate digital and green transition. It includes 25 dedicated actions under...
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Passing the baton: from the French to the Czech EU Council Presidency

The Czech Republic took over from France the presidency of the Council of the European Union on 1 July 2022. During its 6-month presidency, France organised more than 400 events and over 2000 meetings of EU officials, allowing thus concrete...
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Towards the EU budget 2023 – securing funds for Erasmus+ and Horizon Europe

On 13 July, ambassadors of member states to the EU agreed the Council's position on the 2023 EU draft budget. In total, the Council's position for next year's budget amounts to EUR 183.95 billion in commitments and EUR 165.74 billion...
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EHEA: New working group for quality assurance of European Universities

The Bologna Follow-up Group (BFUG) thematic peer group C on quality assurance (QA) established a new working group on QA of European Universities, aimed at investigating the implementation of an external QA framework for European Universities. This working group comes...
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Latest Competitiveness Council meeting

In the last meeting of the Competitiveness Council, that took place on 9-10 June 2022, the members of the Council discussed several issues relating to research. Depending on the agenda, the Competitiveness Council brings together Ministers responsible for trade, economy,...
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Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe: launch of evaluations to chart a way forward

On 1 July, the European Commission published two calls for evidence to prepare the final evaluation of Horizon 2020 and the interim evaluation of Horizon Europe, respectively. These calls are the first step of the evaluation process, aiming to support...
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NATIONAL EDUCATION AND THE GLOBAL CONTEXT

Spanish government presents new University System Law

In May 2022 the Minister of Universities of Spain, Joan Subirats and the Secretary General of Universities, José Manuel Pingarrón, presented the new University System Law (LOSU). If parliamentary approval is secured, this new law would come into effect as...
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UNESCO Transforming Education Pre‐Summit

The Transforming Education Pre‐Summit took place in Paris on 28‐30 June 2022. More than 150 Ministers of Education met with stakeholders to discuss key elements for transforming education ahead of the official summit, which is set to take place in...
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UK government’s Plan B for non-association to Horizon Europe

On 20 July, the UK government published a new report called "Supporting UK R&D and collaborative research beyond European programmes". This document explains how the UK will transition to a new R&D programme, if unable to associate to Horizon Europe,...
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Students return to China as COVID restrictions ease

In  spite of its long-held zero-covid strategy, the Chinese government has announced the limited repatriation of students from Pakistan, Thailand and Sri Lanka, who were enrolled in Chinese universities. Particularly Pakistan-China relations are of importance, given that more than 28.000...
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US: Confucius Institutes rebranding

In the last four years, Confucius Institutes (CIs) have rapidly closed down across the United States. Amid pressure from the FBI, the Department of State, Congress and state legislatures, colleges and universities have terminated their agreements  with these  language and...
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CONFERENCES

Events

OeAD Higher Education Conference 2022 22-27 September 2022 More information THE World Academic Summit 2022 10-12 October 2022 More information Innovation Higher Education Conference 2022 19-21 October 2022 More information IAU 16th General Conference 25-28 October 2022 More information Digitalisation...
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Newsletter Edition 254 – 06/2022
IN FOCUS

ACA’s Thematic Peer Group "New mobility formats" latest publication

When the COVID pandemic hit, student mobility was one of the areas most affected as found themselves unable to travel abroad for studies. This led to the ‘digital experiment’ of the last two years, which, while bringing forward many challenges...
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NEWS FROM ACA

ACA June 2022 General Assembly highlights

The Spring 2022 General Assembly of ACA took place online on 9-10 June 2022, under the chairmanship of ACA's President, Ulrich Grothus. This was the first formal General Assembly with the participation of new ACA members – Uni-Italia and SEPIE...
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ACA travels to Tarragona, Paris and Budapest

In June 2022, ACA has been active in two project meetings and a final conference. You can read bellow the short reports from the IHES, Study in Europe and PROFFORMANCE meetings and events, stretching from Tarragona, over Paris, to Budapest....
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Latest updates from ACA’s Thematic Peer Groups

ACA’s Thematic Peer Groups (TPGs) on EU Policies and Programmes, Widening Participation and Inclusion in HE and New Mobility Formats meet for the second time in 2022. The experts from ACA’s member organisations have discussed the latest developments in the EU...
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Study in ACAdemy: Priority Countries

On 22 June  2022, around 30 colleagues from Czech higher education institutions participated in the most recent webinar of the STUDY IN ACAdemy series co-organised by ACA and the Czech National Agency for International Education and Research (DZS), ACA’s Czech member organisation. The Webinar #13 addressed the...
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2021 DAAD annual report

The DAAD presented its annual report for 2021 in Berlin and reflected on the current year. According to the DAAD, 2021 heralded a return to normality in Covid-19 academic mobility, although at the same time the influence of geopolitics on...
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Nuffic support to Ukrainian students

The Netherlands is currently hosting thousands of refugees from Ukraine, many of whom are students. For this reason, Nuffic, the Dutch organisation for internationalisation in education, has launched a new information desk for Ukrainian refugee students. They can contact the...
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The Czech Republic Alumni programme accomplishes two milestones

The Czech Republic Alumni organized the first ever gathering of international graduates of Czech universities in the physical format. The Embassy of the Czech Republic in Stockholm hosted the Alumni Meetup Sweden, attended by 50 Swedish alumni of Czech universities,...
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New DAAD regional office in Georgia

The DAAD is expanding its global network. A new DAAD regional office opened in the Georgian capital Tbilisi. This office will cover Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan, and will provide information on academic exchange as well as counselling for students and...
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EUROPEAN POLICY

Pilot call for a European joint degree label and institutionalised EU cooperation instruments

The European Commission launched on 15 June 2022, under the Erasmus+ Programme, Key Action 3, European policy experimentation in higher education, a much-anticipated pilot call with two lots. The first is for testing a list of proposed criteria – 11...
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The Council: conclusions and recommendations

EU Ministers responsible for research adopted three sets of conclusions establishing political guidelines on international cooperation in the field of research and innovation, on the promotion of open science policies and on the implementation of European missions. The conclusions, following on from...
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EP: Resolution on inclusion in Erasmus+ 2014-2020

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have adopted  a resolution on the implementation of inclusion measures within Erasmus+ 2014-2020 based on the recently published implementation report by MEP Laurence Farreng of Renew Europe. The resolution notes with satisfaction the perception...
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Latest news about the HE sector in Ukraine

Association of Ukraine to Horizon Europe and the Euratom Earlier this month, the agreement associating Ukraine to Horizon Europe, the EU research and innovation programme (2021-2027) and the Euratom Research and Training Programme (2021-2025) entered into force, following its ratification...
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European Development Days 2022

The 15th edition of the European Development Days (EDD) - the biggest forum at European level to discuss current issues in international partnerships – was convened by the European Commission on 21-22 June 2022, in a hybrid format (online and...
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European Education and Innovation Summit

The Education and Innovation Summit took place on 23 July in a hybrid format, at the initiative of the European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, Mariya Gabriel. It brought together key actors in European education and innovation,...
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NATIONAL EDUCATION AND THE GLOBAL CONTEXT

G7 Science Ministers meet in Frankfurt

With Germany holding the G7 Presidency this year, the respective Science Ministers met this month, in Frankfurt, from 12 to 14 June 2022. The Ukrainian Minister of Science, Serhiy Shkarlet, was also invited to attend. The science ministers discussed current...
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Eastern and Southern Africa HE Centres of Excellence Project

Representatives of eight countries met in Nairobi in early June 2022 under the auspices of the Inter University Council for East Africa (IUCEA), a regional community institution that coordinates higher education (HE) developments. It was decided that Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi,...
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CONFERENCES

Events

Digitalisation in International Higher Education: Forward Looking Perspectives 8-9 November 2022 More information Reigniting and Reimagining Internationalisation of Higher Education in South Africa 24-26 August 2022 More information 32nd Annual EAIE Conference and Exhibition 13-16 September 2022 More information INNOVEIT...
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Newsletter Edition 253 – 05/2022
NEWS FROM ACA

What is “inclusive excellence” in global cooperation?

On 11 May 2022, ACA and co-organisers VLUHR international, CZELO|DZS, DAAD, and HK-Dir, had the pleasure to host “Inclusive Excellence” - a Global Approach for European Higher Education? in Brussels and online. Thanks to contributions from 19 panellists with representation...
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G7+ Partners Higher Education Summit & Berlin Declaration

On 3-5 May 2022, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) – one of the founding member organisations of ACA – hosted, in Berlin, the G7+ Partners Higher Education Summit 2022, with the title International Academic Cooperation amidst a World in...
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Study in ACAdemy: Joint programmes & English medium instruction

This year, ACA is continuing the successful collaboration with the Czech National Agency for International Education and Research (DZS) in the joint delivery of the STUDY IN ACAdemy webinar series. A new webinar entitled ‘’Designing and implementing sustainable joint programmes...
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A Dutch Micro-credentials pilot

Since October 2021, 32 Dutch higher education institutions – 10 universities and 22 universities of applied sciences – have been taking part in a national Micro-credentials pilot. It is led by the Flexible Education Zone, the Universities of the Netherlands and the...
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Movetia statistics on mobility

Movetia, the Swiss national agency promoting and supporting exchange, mobility, and cooperation activities in all education sectors, has inaugurated its newest website, a platform dedicated to statistics about mobilities. This new platform, stat.movetia.ch, enables a search by location, programme or...
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ERA: Reform of research evaluation

The Alliance of Science Organisations in Germany acknowledged the joint efforts of hundreds of academic organisations in Europe and beyond to advocate for responsible and quality-oriented research assessment. This engagement is particularly reflected in the involvement in the European Commission's...
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ACA welcomes new team member

The ACA Secretariat welcomed a new colleague joining the team on 3 May 2022.  Natalya Sharovatova is our new trainee working alongside other colleagues on conducting research projects, article writing and liaising with ACA members and other external organizations. Natalya...
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An update from the ENIS network

It’s been a busy spring for the ENIS network, which has been growing since its launch in October 2021, and now brings together over 200 researchers, practitioners and stakeholders to exchange on topical issues related to International Student Mobility (ISM),...
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EUROPEAN POLICY

EP’s CULT committee developments

The Committee on Culture and Education (CULT) of the European Parliament has adopted the implementation report on the “Inclusion measures within Erasmus+ programme 2014-2020”. Based on consultations with stakeholders and national agencies (NAs), the report elaborated on the implementation of...
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MSCA4Ukraine scheme announced

The European Commission has announced that part of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) will be dedicated to supporting displaced scientists from Ukraine. With a total budget of EUR 25 million, MSCA4Ukraine will provide fellowships for doctoral candidates and post-doctoral researchers....
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NATIONAL EDUCATION AND THE GLOBAL CONTEXT

UNESCO World Higher Education Conference 2022

The 3rd UNESCO World Higher Education Conference took place earlier this month in Barcelona from the 18 to 20 May 2022. It was an was an opportunity to activate a global conversation about the reinvention of what higher education will...
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THE Impact Rankings 2022

The fourth edition of the Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Rankings has been published, assessing the overall ranking of 1.406 universities from 106 different countries and regions. A considerably higher number of institutions - compared to 1.117 from 94 countries...
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Norwegian comment on EU HE key initiatives

In a written response to the European Strategy for Universities and the Council recommendation on building bridges for effective European higher education cooperation proposed by the European Commission on 18 January 2022, Norway’s Ministry of Education and Research  declared on 27 April that the...
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Iceland and Greenland sign new research partnership

The Greenland Research Council and the Icelandic Centre for Research (Rannís) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to support and increase opportunities for collaboration between their respective research communities. The scope of the agreement is comprehensive, as it aims to...
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Stay rate and employment of international graduates

The latest report by Nuffic maps the stay rate, labor market position and financial returns of international graduates in the Netherlands. Overall, between the academic years 2006-2007 and 2015-2016, a total of 138,640 foreign students graduated from Dutch higher education...
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France – new Minister for Higher Education and Research

On 20 May 2022, Sylvie Retailleau, President (since March 2020) of the Paris-Saclay University, was appointed as the new Minister of Higher Education and Research in France. She succeeds in this role Frédérique Vidal, who previously occupied this post since...
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CONFERENCES

Events

PROFFORMANCE final conference 16 June 2022 More information Webinar II: Fostering scientific literacy – universities and the future of science communication 14 June 2022 More information Link EDU-RES 2nd Multiplier Event 15 June 2022 More information International Conference on Advances...
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Newsletter Edition 252 – 04/2022
NEWS FROM ACA

ACA Members provide support to Ukrainian students and researchers

Following-up on the initial reactions from the higher education sector, ACA members continue to provide relevant information to Ukrainian students and researchers and issue further statements condemning the ongoing conflict. DAAD launched the website of the National Academic Contact Point...
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AMEUP becomes the SALTO centre for inclusion and diversity!

The European Commission (EC) has appointed the Agency for Mobility and EU Programmes (AMEUP) as SALTO resource centre. As such, it will  assist in promoting inclusion and diversity to agencies across 33 Erasmus+ programme countries in the field of education...
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The future of HE international cooperation

Join ACA and our Brussels-based members in the afternoon of 11 May in Brussels and online to discuss the outlooks of global cooperation for European higher education. The event is dedicated to the global dimension of the European Strategy for Universities (ES4U), aiming...
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PROFFORMANCE Final Conference

The conference is the closing event of PROFFORMANCE - Assessment Tool and Incentive Systems for Developing Higher Education Teachers' Performance. The project aims to support quality enhancement of Teaching and Learning at Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in the European Higher...
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New milestones in ACA Strategy process

Following the launch of the ACA Strategy development process last month, ACA members were busy this month with two main activities: responding to an internal consultation survey and participating in an online SWOT workshop on 22 April 2022, guided by...
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Developing resources for international academics

The Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange (NAWA) hosted a hybrid meeting of the UniWeliS project partners in its Warsaw headquarters on 7–8 April 2022. The partners presented the best from among 80 good practices in supporting academic staff’s mobility that...
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DAAD extends scholarship opportunities to young Afghans

The German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst – DAAD) has extended its support efforts through the Hilde Domin Programme that awarded 26 young Afghans with a full scholarship to complete undergraduate, postgraduate or doctoral studies in Germany. The majority...
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ACA welcomes new team member

The ACA Secretariat was reinforced with one new colleague joining the team on 11 April 2022. Salome Dermati is ACA’s new Junior Communications Officer, taking over for Carlo Prato, whom we deeply thank for his valuable contribution to the team.  Their...
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Micro-credentials as a tool for internationalisation

More than 150 German higher education institutions (HEIs) participated in the recent survey conducted by the DAAD’s Erasmus+ National Agency “Higher Education” (NA DAAD). A second study was conducted among German HEIs that form part of the EU initiative European...
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EUROPEAN POLICY

Advancing the ES4U with a base on Bologna commitments

Meeting in the framework of the Education, Youth, Culture and Sport Council (EYCS) on 5 April 2022, EU education ministers formally responded, as expected, to the higher education package launched by the European Commission (EC) in January this year, through...
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Russia and Belarus cease to be members of the EHEA

The Bologna Follow Up Group (BFUG) members and consultative members have decided to terminate membership of the Russian Federation and Belarus in the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) as of 11 April. The decision was made in the context of...
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NATIONAL EDUCATION AND THE GLOBAL CONTEXT

Wissenschaft weltoffen

The “kompakt” version of the annual Wissenschaft weltoffen report by DAAD and DZHW was recently published. While waiting for the full version of the report, we can preview some of the emerging and continuing trends. Key findings on international students...
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New report on study experience and well-being in the Netherlands

More than one thousand international students enrolled at Dutch higher education institutions participated in Nuffic’s survey, which was conducted in late 2021 and early 2022. The main goal was to assess students’ overall experience and state of well-being, as well...
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Comprehensive overview of global HE

World Higher Education: Institutions, Students and Funding is an attempt to produce the most comprehensive overview of global higher education (HE) by combining the in-depth approach of OECD and wide scope of UNESCO in international HE research. The study provides...
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Easier residence permit for studies or research

Good news for international students, wishing to study abroad in Finland: the Finnish government has just passed a new law on Friday, 15 April 2022, thus granting international students and their family members residence permits for the entire duration of...
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CONFERENCES

Events

ACA Event - Inclusive Excellence - a Global Approach for European Higher Education?  11 May 2022 More Information EUA webinar series: Universities and democracy: how to strengthen a crucial relationship 5 May 2022 More Information UNESCO World Higher Education Conference...
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Newsletter Edition 251 - 03/2022
IN FOCUS

UniWeliS report: Attracting and supporting global talent in Central-Eastern and South-Eastern Europe

In the context of the global competition for talent and limited resources, attracting and supporting highly-skilled international academics can be difficult for many higher education institutions. Universities in the Central-Eastern and South-Eastern Europe are no exception to this challenge. While...
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NEWS FROM ACA

HE support and responses to the war in Ukraine

Support measures Not long after the first troops crossed the Russian-Ukrainian border, the international higher education sector has mobilized overnight in supporting Ukrainian students and academics. The first reactions condemned Russia’s aggression on Ukraine and, almost immediately, support measures started...
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ACA working on a new Strategy in 2022

In early March, ACA excitingly launched the co-design process of its new organisational strategy, which will cover the period up to 2027. Foreseeing the active involvement of all ACA members through a series of co-design, co-writing and validation activities, the...
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Upcoming seminar: “Inclusive Excellence” – a Global Approach for European Higher Education?

How to deal with “inclusive excellence” in the global higher education context? ACA, DAAD, HK-dir, VLUHR International, and DZS-CZELO will discuss this important topic in a joint hybrid seminar organised on 11 May 2022, 13:00-17:00 CEST. Europe’s global role and...
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PROFFORMANCE: final event and way forward

The coordinators of the PROFFORMANCE project (Assessment Tool and Incentive Systems for Developing Higher Education Teachers' Performance) – Tempus Public Foundation (Hungarian Erasmus+ National Agency) and the Hungarian Ministry for Innovation and Technology – will hold the final conference on...
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Uni-Italia organisational updates

During the Uni-Italia Extraordinary Assembly that took place on 15 March at the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation an important statutory amendment was approved and a new board of directors was elected. Uni-Italia has been active for...
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Study in Europe webinar for promo agencies – Working with student ambassadors

As part of the Study in Europe project, ACA has been leading a number of webinars and networking meetings. In the most recent webinar, titled ‘Study in Europe webinar for promo agencies – Working with student ambassadors’ and held on 15...
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EUROPEAN POLICY

Work in progress: Common criteria for a joint European degree label

The European Commission gathered higher education stakeholders and experts to discuss possible common criteria for a joint European degree label to be piloted in 2022. The European Strategy for Universities adopted by the European Commission earlier this year emphasized the...
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Marseille Declaration - International Cooperation in Research and Innovation

On 8 March 2022, EU ministers for higher education, research and innovation presented the Marseille Declaration on international cooperation in research and innovation (R&I) at a conference, held in Marseille under the French Presidency of the Council of the European...
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EP: Strengthening citizenship education

On 15 March, the European Parliament’s Committee on Culture and Education (CULT) adopted a resolution that aims to restore European civic education in all stages of the educational system across Europe.  The discussions pointed to a lack of understanding in...
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NATIONAL EDUCATION AND THE GLOBAL CONTEXT

Updates to international travel rules for students in Japan, New Zealand, China and Malaysia

Previously this month, popular destinations for international studies, with formerly strict entry bans for students, announced their plans to slowly start allowing students to come back to continue their studies. Japan had initially planned to allow 5 000 individuals a...
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CONFERENCES

Events

ACA Event - Inclusive Excellence - a Global Approach for European Higher Education?  11 May 2022 More Information Making mobility programmes more inclusive 5 April 2022 More Information IAU - Qatar University: The importance of International cooperation in Higher Education...
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Newsletter Edition 250 - 02/2022
NEWS FROM ACA

Welkom terug, Nuffic!

ACA is delighted to welcome back Nuffic, the Netherlands Organization for International Cooperation in Higher Education, one of ACA’s founding members in 1993, and an active contributor to the association for many years. Created in 1952, Nuffic supports Dutch higher...
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Michal Uhl is the newly appointed Director of DZS

Michal Uhl was appointed the new Director of the Czech National Agency for International Education and Research (DZS) by the Minister of Education, Youth and Sports Petr Gazdík on 14 February 2022. Michal Uhl has been working for the Czech...
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DAAD’s new Community of Practice under the Digital Education Hub

DAAD has embarked on developing the European Digital Education Hub, together with several European partners and associates, including ACA. The aim of this initiative, planned under the European Commission's Digital Education Action Plan, is to coordinate and accelerate developments in...
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MICHE – European Universities Initiative through the national lens

At the end of January 2022, the Czech National Agency for International Education and Research (DZS) completed, on behalf of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport (MEYS) the first stage of a pilot project looking into the relevance and...
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Highlights of What’s new in Brussels? 2022

The 2022 edition of ACA’s flagship seminar – What’s new in Brussels? Recent Developments in European Policies and Programmes – took place on 3-4 February in hybrid mode, with most speakers present on-site in a studio in Brussels. This event...
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First round of insightful exchanges for ACA’s TPGs in 2022

The first round of the ACA Thematic Peer Groups (TPGs) meetings in 2022 provided the opportunity to discuss the groups’ plans and agendas for the current year. TPG Impact of Covid-19 The TPG members gave updates about the Omicron variant...
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IIE Open Doors data on international scholars in the U.S.

On 10 February, the Institute of International Education (IIE) released findings on international scholars from the Open Doors 2021 Report on International Educational Exchange. U.S. higher education institutions hosted more than 85 000 international scholars in 2020/21, a decrease of...
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Research and innovation 'Made in Germany' in Silicon Valley

The DAAD has established a new German House of Science and Innovation (DWIH) in San Francisco, extending its network to six locations: Brazil (São Paulo), India (New Delhi), Japan (Tokyo), Russia (Moscow) and the USA (New York, San Francisco). DWIH...
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Ulam NAWA Programme

In the era of rapid global changes – also in matters related to education and science – it is particularly important to exchange experiences, thoughts and good practices that make it possible to broaden research perspectives. The Ulam NAWA programme...
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EUROPEAN POLICY

New boost for Africa-Europe education and R&D collaboration

The sixth European Union (EU) - African Union (AU) Summit, held in Brussels on 17 and 18 February 2022, resulted in a joint vision of an expanded cooperation and renewed partnership, promoting solidarity, security, peace and sustainable economic development both...
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Guidelines for Inclusion of Researchers at Risk

European Commission has published a set of guidelines for inclusion of researchers at risk recommending ways to improve their recruitment in European HEIs. These guidelines provide recommended practices to Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) applicants and beneficiaries. The proposed measures relate...
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NATIONAL EDUCATION AND THE GLOBAL CONTEXT

Rising international student applications: the latest from Finland, the Netherlands, and the UK

Three countries in Western and Northern Europe – Finland (FI), the Netherlands (NL), and the United Kingdom (UK) – have recently released enrollment figures, showing an upward trend for study admissions (NL, UK) and applications by international students (FI). The...
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Ireland supports European Universities Alliances

The Irish Higher Education Authority, joining other EU countries in supporting the initiative, has announced funding of  EUR 3.1 million to be awarded to Irish higher education institutions, who are members of seven European University alliances. Each of the participating...
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CONFERENCES

Events

Spring Research Training Seminar on the #internationalisation of higher education 28 March - 1 April 2022 More Information "Spotlight on recognition" project conference 13 May 2022 More Information 31st EURASHE Annual Conference 23-24 May 2022 More Information
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Newsletter Edition 249 – 01/2022
NEWS FROM ACA

¡Bienvenido, SEPIE!

ACA is happy to announce the newest addition to our membership, the Spanish Service for the Internationalisation of Higher Education (SEPIE). Integrated in the Ministry of Universities in Spain, the Madrid-based agency has a two-fold function, acting as the Erasmus+...
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Swiss universities in European Universities Alliances

The 2022 project call of the "European Universities" initiative has been expanded, allowing the participation of all educational institutions that are part of the European Higher Education Area. Swiss universities will now be able to join one of the existing...
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DAAD is funding 15 new SDG related projects

A first selection round enabled 15 projects to be implemented at German higher education and research institutions. For the ‘SDG Partnerships’ programme, which promotes international higher education collaboration, the DAAD has received funding from the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation....
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NAWA's Solidarity with Belarus programme - second edition

The Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange (NAWA) continues its efforts to support students and scientists from Belarus, together with the Conference of Rectors of Academic Schools in Poland (CRASP), acting on behalf of the Polish Ministry of Education and...
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Flanders’ new scholarship for top students studying abroad

The Flemish government in Belgium approved the launch of a new scholarship programme supporting Flemish students studying at top universities abroad. With an annual budget of EUR 2 million, the programme will promote outgoing degree mobility of Flemish students from...
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EUROPEAN POLICY

European Strategy for Universities

The European Commission presented a ‘higher education package’, consisting of the European Strategy for Universities and a proposal for a Council Recommendation on effective European higher education cooperation. An outcome of an intensive co-design process, the Strategy recognises the universities’...
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Proposal Council Recommendation – Towards effective European higher education cooperation

The European Commission’s new ‘higher education package’ included a proposal for a Council Recommendation on building bridges for effective European higher education cooperation. Highlighting the special role of transnational higher education cooperation in sustaining Union values and building Europe’s resilience...
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Toolkit against foreign interference

The European Commission (EC) has published the staff working document Tackling Foreign Interference, aimed for higher education institutions and research performing organisations. Following up on the Commission Communication on the Global approach to Research and Innovation (for more details, see...
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NATIONAL EDUCATION AND THE GLOBAL CONTEXT

The effect of COVID on international student numbers

Two years after the COVID-19 outbreak, we can now clearly see the effects the pandemic has had on international student mobility. Governments, funding agencies and institutions around Europe have been researching and reporting on student mobility in higher education and...
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The experience of Finnish Erasmus+ students during Covid-19

As the corona pandemic shook up mobility habits, students and higher education institutions (HEIs) had to quickly come up with solutions and adapt to the new situation as most courses and social interactions were moved online. Feedback surveys showed that...
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The economic value of international students and alumni in Estonia

In the academic year 2020/2021, current and past international students contributed a total of EUR 16 million in labour taxes to the Estonian economy. International students amount to over 10% of the total number of students in Estonia and around...
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“Research in Germany” in new colours

The ‘Research in Germany – Land of Ideas’ initiative has received a makeover – a good reason to visit the new website! The aim of the redesign is to attract more international researchers to benefit from the diverse opportunities offered...
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CONFERENCES

Events & Conferences

What's New in Brussels? ACA's flagship seminar 3-4 February 2022 More Information Climate Sustainability in the Academic System 1 February 2022 More Information The challenge of sustainable mobility: the launch of the Green Erasmus survey report 3 February 2022 More...
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