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Newsletter Edition 274-02/2024
NEWS FROM ACA

DAAD supports universities in the fight against anti-Semitism and racism

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) is strengthening its commitment to German universities, particularly in supporting and integrating international students. Through the "Combined Scholarship and Support Programme” (STIBET), backed by funding from the Federal Foreign Office, the aim is to...
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Inclusion & Diversity for KA1 evaluators

SALTO Inclusion and Diversity in Education and Training (SALTO ID ET), which is run by the Croatian Erasmus+ agency (AMEUP), published a handbook on the topic of inclusion and diversity in Erasmus+ assessments. The handbook provides guidance for assessment of...
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Call for applications for ULAM NAWA programme

Scientists from foreign universities and research centres with at least a PhD degree are invited to submit applications to the next edition of the ULAM Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange programme.   The aim of the programme is to...
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Bridging digital education and environmental sustainability

The European Digital Education Hub (EDEH), supported by the Erasmus+ programme and managed by a consortium led by the DAAD Brussels office, with ACA as an associated partner, focuses on improving digital education through collaboration and sharing of best practices....
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ACA launches Thematic Peer Group on Communications

How we disseminate knowledge and information in the highly digitalised world we live in is key to reaching and engaging our intended audiences. Efficient, engaging, and targeted communication is invaluable for ACA and its member organisations. Due to the quickly...
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EUROPEAN POLICY

Save the date – Erasmus Mundus 20th Anniversary Conference

2024 marks the 20th anniversary of the impactful Erasmus Mundus programme – the pioneer initiative leading the international dimension of the Erasmus+ and predecessor EU programmes in the field of higher education. Two decades since its launch, in 2004, the...
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European Council proposes Horizon Europe budget cut of EUR 2.1 billion

In an effort to manage the EU's financial commitments more effectively, the heads of state and government convened in the European Council have agreed on 1 February 2024 on significant adjustments to the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) for 2021-2027. The...
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MSCA: International Cooperation and Feedback to Policy

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) has announced two upcoming calls for this spring, aiming to support international cooperation and providing input on the broader policy feedback process.  The objective of the MSCA International Cooperation 2024 is to foster international cooperation in...
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NATIONAL EDUCATION AND THE GLOBAL CONTEXT

Rethinking research security and German Science Year 2024

Germany's Science Minister, Bettina Stark-Watzinger recently raised concerns about the country’s approach to research security calling for a re-evaluation and a reassessment of the traditional divide between civilian and military research, citing escalating security threats, particularly concerning China. The shift in...
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Why international students stay (or leave) after graduating in the Netherland

A recent study conducted by Nuffic sheds light on the decision-making process of international students regarding their stay or departure after graduating in the Netherlands. The study, which surveyed 680 current and former international students, highlights the important role of...
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Iceland introduces measures to increase higher education cooperation and enrolment

Áslaug Arna Sigurbjörnsdóttir, Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation in Iceland, has introduced measures to intensify cooperation between the higher education institutions (HEIs) in the country. They reflect the vision that seven HEIs are too many for a small...
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Harno sets stage for Study in Estonia's 2024-2027 programme cycle

Harno has initiated preparations for the upcoming programme cycle of "Study in Estonia," spanning 2024 to 2027. This phase aims to review target countries and incorporate new demographic groups, such as expatriate Estonians and Ukrainian war refugees. In collaboration with...
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Switzerland - Erasmus+: Symbolic engagement on the Bundesplatz

On Friday 9 February, several youth and student associations gathered on the Bundesplatz in Bern in Switzerland. After a public address, the organisers held a symbolic engagement ceremony between Switzerland and Erasmus+, Erasmus initiating the proposal. This initiative represents a...
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CONFERENCES

Events

What is next for the European QA framework? 5 March 2024 More information Unlocking the transformative potential of the European Degree Label 5 March 2024 More information Erasmus Salon: Mobility in the Alliances 19 March 2024 More information Protecting fundamental...
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Newsletter Edition 273-01/2024
IN FOCUS

Driving impact of Erasmus+ outgoing academic staff mobility

Staff mobility is a key component of the Erasmus+ programme. Alongside student mobility, it has consistently been a focal point for ACA and many of its member organisations, some acting as national agencies for Erasmus+. Staff mobility under Erasmus+ has...
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NEWS FROM ACA

Lots of news in Brussels on the EU policy front

On 25-26 January 2024, ACA brought together, for its flagship start of the year event – What’s new in Brussels? Recent developments in European policies and programmes – and for the 20th consecutive year, a lively and informed group of...
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Experts convene to refine innovative teaching tools

A diverse team of experts recently met in Tbilisi, Georgia, marking a significant milestone in the PROFFORMANCE+ project. At the invitation of the Georgian partners – the National Centre for Educational Quality Enhancement (NCEQE) and the Ministry of Education and...
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SALTO Inclusion publishes factsheets on I&D

SALTO Inclusion and Diversity (Education and Training), run by the Croatian Erasmus+ agency, published two factsheets on inclusion and diversity in Erasmus+. These publications, developed in cooperation with the German Erasmus+ agency in the field of higher education (DAAD), serve...
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EUROPEAN POLICY

European higher education package 2024: Have your say

On 9 January 2024, the European Commission published a call for evidence to collect feedback on a so-called European higher education package 2024, consisting of a Communication on a joint European degree and two Council recommendations on sustainable and attractive...
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European Parliament’s resolution on the implementation of Erasmus+

Following a public consultation on the mid-term implementation of Erasmus+, which collected comprehensive feedback from higher education institutions and other stakeholders including ACA by the end of 2023, the programme’s mid-term review continues throughout 2024 with the delivery of national...
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New measures to boost research security in the EU

On 24 January 2024, the European Commission’s Executive Vice-President and Commissioner for Competition, Margrethe Vestager launched a new Proposal for a Council Recommendation on enhancing research security. The policy document comes in the form of a Proposal for a Council...
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NATIONAL EDUCATION AND THE GLOBAL CONTEXT

UNESCO Higher Education Policy Observatory has been launched

The  Higher Education Policy Observatory  (HEPO) is a platform recently launched by the UNESCO International Institute for Higher Education in Latin America and the Caribbean. This freely accessible platform displays systematized and comparable information about higher education systems and policies around...
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Ireland unveils ambitious Global Citizens 2030 Strategy

In a significant move to position Ireland as a global leader in talent and innovation, Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris TD, launched the "Global Citizens 2030" strategy. This comprehensive initiative, rooted in the...
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Croatia develops new initiatives for attracting international students

In the recent Erasmus+ Annual Conference on Higher Education, which took place on 4 December 2023 in Zagreb, the representatives of the Ministry of Science and Education of the Republic of Croatia, Agency for Science and Higher Education and more than...
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Germany and Canada issue new guidelines and rules for cooperation with China

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) has recently released a recommendation paper outlining guidelines for fostering academic cooperation with China. Aligned with the German government's China strategy, the DAAD adopts a Realpolitik approach, emphasizing practical considerations in international relations.  From...
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28 German universities secure funding under EUI national support programme

In a move to enhance Germany's participation in the European Universities Initiative, ACA member, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) has allocated further funding to 28 German universities through the European University Networks (EUN) programme. The initiative, which aligns with...
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CONFERENCES

Events

UNICA EduLAB – 4EU+ webinar 21 February 2024 More information EUA Annual Conference 11-12 April 2024 More information EURASHE 33rd Annual Conference 22-23 May 2024  More information
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