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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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