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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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