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Newsletter Edition 277-05/2024
NEWS FROM ACA

2nd ENIS COST conference in Tbilisi, Georgia

The ENIS COST network (European Network on International Student Mobility: Connecting Research and Practice) held its second large conference on 13-15 May 2024 in Tbilisi, Georgia, warmly hosted by the local Business and Technology University (BTU). The hybrid event brought...
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Inclusion ACAdemy final conference

The Inclusion ACAdemy has last week wrapped up an 18-month training series at the final conference in Zagreb, hosted last week by Croatian National Agency for mobility and EU programmes (AMPEU) and ACA.     Kicking off in January 2023, the...
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Exploring the impact of international student mobility

DAAD Brussels, the National Agency of Erasmus+ for Higher Education (NA DAAD), and the Permanent Representation of the Federal Republic of Germany to the European Union hosted an event in Brussels on 7 May 2024, focusing on the development of students...
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How to implement Erasmus+ Blended Intensive Programme

ACA members, OeAD, Austria's Agency for Education and Internationalisation, and Nuffic, the Dutch organisation for internationalisation in education, have jointly published the “Erasmus+ Blended Intensive Programmes. Basic Toolkit“ to support higher education institutions (HEIs) in successfully implementing Erasmus+ Blended Intensive...
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Poland My First Choice NAWA opens call for applications

NAWA announced a call for applications for the Poland My First Choice NAWA programme open to young people from 44 developed countries and territories. The scholarships offered by the Agency aim to encourage talented youths from abroad to pursue studies...
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EUROPEAN POLICY

Adoption of Council recommendation on research security

Building on the European Commission’s proposal for a Council recommendation on enhancing research security, issued on 24 January 2024 (see ACA Newsletter – Education Europe, January 2024), the Council of the European Union adopted the related recommendation on 23 May...
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Erasmus Mundus turns 20!

The Erasmus Mundus community, bringing together programme coordinators, institutional leaders, students and alumni, as well as EU policymakers and higher education stakeholders, celebrated the 20th anniversary of this flagship EU programme at an international conference on 27-28 May in Brussels,...
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Europe on the Move – learning mobility opportunities for everyone

On 13 May 2024, the Council adopted a recommendation that seeks to promote the benefits of learning, studying or training abroad, both within the EU and outside. The recommendation, entitled ‘Europe on the Move’ – learning mobility opportunities for everyone,...
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Benelux-Baltic HE degree recognition treaty celebrated in Brussels

On 13 May 2024, experts and ministers from the Benelux and the Baltic states gathered in Brussels to mark the entry into force of the Treaty on the Automatic Recognition of Higher Education Qualifications. The treaty, which covers Belgium, the...
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EHEA Ministerial Conference 2024: Shaping the future of European higher education

On 29-30 May 2024, the  European Higher Education Area (EHEA) Ministerial Conference took place at the Palace of Congresses in Tirana, Albania, celebrating 25 years of the Bologna Process.  The event brought together higher education leaders from across Europe to...
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NATIONAL EDUCATION AND THE GLOBAL CONTEXT

German Rectors Conference announces new strategy to support international students

The German Rectors Conference (Hochschulrektorenkonferenz, HRK) announced that they are aiming to further improve the conditions and prerequisites for a successful student and work experience of international students through a comprehensive set of measures. This includes concrete demands for improved...
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Relevance of the 2024 European election for HE in Germany and in Europe

The European elections in 2024 will take place from 6-9 June 2024. The future composition of the parliamentary committees made up of incumbent and new MEPs and the formation of the EU Commission (2024-2029) will have a significant impact on...
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Legislative reforms to Finland’s higher education policy

Finnish Government advances several higher education reforms as part of the new Government Program.   During the proposal phase preceding the reforms, various stakeholders were invited to share their perspectives. The Finnish National Agency for Education (EDUFI) was also involved as...
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CONFERENCES

Events

CZELO EduCafé 5 June 2024 More information EURAXESS Biennial Conference 2024 10 June 2024 More information EuroScience Open Forum 2024 – MSCA Satellite event 10-11 June 2024 More information EDEN 2024 Annual Conference 16-18 June 2024 More information LLLP Days...
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Newsletter Edition 276-04/2024
NEWS FROM ACA

ACA @EGM Seville 2024

EGM Seville 2024, Europe’s largest student-led conference, gathered more than 1,600 participants from over 70 nationalities from around Europe and beyond between 4 and 7 April 2024. This “unforgettable convergence of minds, ideas, and dreams” was possible thanks to the...
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Unpacking “the fourth priority” of the Erasmus+

The end of April was exciting for the ECEM Project consortium and external partners who have met in Brussels to discuss ongoing project work and have conducted the second part of the NA workshop with the representatives from the National...
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NAWA and DAAD launch joint research projects

ACA members, the Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange (NAWA) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) have launched the call for applications for projects in the framework of NAWA Joint Research Projects between the Republic of Poland and Germany....
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EUROPEAN POLICY

Chartering a way forward for a European degree and legal status for alliances

Ten Erasmus+ pilot projects trailblazing a European degree (label) and a possible European legal status for alliances of higher education institutions presented the key outcomes of their intense, one-year work at a large-scale conference which took place on 29 April...
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Mid-point review and stakeholder consultation kick-off for the Digital Education Action Plan

On 29 April 2024, from 10:00 to 16:00 CET, the European Commission will host an essential event in the Charlemagne building, marking a significant milestone—the mid-point of the implementation of the Digital Education Action Plan, the Commission's cornerstone strategy for...
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Next steps in the European Education Area interim evaluation

On 4 April, the European Commission launched a public consultation on the European Education Area (EEA). With the deadline on 27 June 2024, this consultation is part of the interim evaluation, which will assess the effectiveness, efficiency, relevance, coherence and...
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NATIONAL EDUCATION AND THE GLOBAL CONTEXT

Developing a risk-free cooperation between civilian and military research

On 15 March, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) published a position paper on linking academic freedom with national security. The comprehensive security policy position paper includes specific recommendations to enable a risk-free cooperation between civilian and...
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DFG adopts Europe strategy until 2030

The German Research Foundation (DFG) has presented a strategy paper laying out their Europe Strategy, which will guide the organisation’s approach to European cooperation until 2030. The DFG is Germany’s national funding organisation for sciences and the humanities and stressed...
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International students help boost Estonian economy

In the previous academic year, international students and graduates contributed over EUR 23 million in taxes to Estonia's economy, as per Statistics Estonia and the Education and Youth Board (HARNO). The newly issued report showed that despite a decline in...
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Continued support for the Ukrainian university sector from Austria reconfirmed

For over two years, the Austria's Agency for Education and Internationalisation (OeAD) has closely monitored the repercussions of the Russian war on Ukraine, particularly within the education sector. Ukrainian educational institutions are facing major challenges of maintaining teaching and research...
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French higher education on the rise worldwide

In the 2022-2023 academic year, French higher education institutions welcomed a total of 412,087 international degree seeking and credit mobility students, reflecting a 3% increase over the previous year and a remarkable 17% surge over the past five years. This...
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Increased attention towards responsible internationalisation

On 2 April 2024 an interim report was published in Sweden addressing how to promote responsible internationalisation in higher education, research and innovation.   Given the country’s significant reliance on international collaborations and exchanges for development and prosperity, guidelines on how...
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Empowering innovative teaching and learning practices across borders

The Serbian partners of the Profformance+ consortium, Ministry of Education and Foundation Tempus, are hosting a webinar on May 16th to discuss internationalisation in higher education. The event is open to higher education teachers, professionals, and institutional leaders who are...
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Support for the European Universities Alliances in Poland

The Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange (NAWA) has launched a new programme, "Support for the European Universities," beginning its call for projects on April 8, 2024. It is planned that the implementation of projects will start from October 2024...
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Navigating slowly recovering student mobility amid rising demands for global competence

While student mobility has started to recover since being halted by the COVID-19 pandemic, Finland’s mobility figures are still far behind the pre-pandemic peak years. The Finnish National Agency for Education (EDUFI) expresses concern about this trend, seeing the rising...
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CONFERENCES

Events

Erasmus Salon: Recognition of Learning Periods Abroad 2 May 2024 More information Effects of International Student Mobility 7 May 2024  More information EURASHE 33rd Annual Conference 22-23 May 2024  More information NAFSA 2024 Annual Conference & Expo 28-31 May 2024...
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Newsletter Edition 275-03/2024
NEWS FROM ACA

Spring 2024 round of ACA TPG meetings

The month of March facilitated important gatherings and exchanges between specialist staff of ACA member organisations in three Thematic Peer Groups (TPGs).   On 15 March, the members of the TPG “Global Developments – Knowledge security and responsible internationalisation” gathered, under...
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Skilled labour initiative takes off in Germany

Starting in April, DAAD will be supporting over one hundred universities across Germany in training international students as future specialists, in a goal to double the number of international higher education graduates entering the German labour market every year.   At...
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Call for applications for the POLONISTA NAWA programme

Following the ULAM NAWA call, the Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange (NAWA) announced the start of the recruitment for the 6th edition of the POLONISTA NAWA programme. POLONISTA NAWA aim is to promote the Polish language and popularise Polish...
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Inclusion ACAdemy: last online training round

This month the last online training round of ACA’s Inclusion ACAdemy took place for higher education institutions across Europe, in collaboration with Support Centre Inclusive Higher Education. Participants from Austria, Croatia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, and Slovenia had the opportunity to...
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New team member welcomed at the ACA Secretariat

This March, a new colleague, Jenny Nygård, joined the ACA Secretariat. As a Project Assistant, she will support the development and implementation of ACA’s activities, contributing to project work, analysis and member development activities, including technical and administrative tasks.  Prior...
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EUROPEAN POLICY

Welcome start for the process for Switzerland’s reassociation to EU programmes

During a formal meeting on 18 March 2024 in Brussels, European Commission’s President Ursula von der Leyen and President of the Swiss Confederation Viola Amherd officially launched the start of negotiations on a broad set of measures meant to revamp...
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It’s here! European higher education package 2024

On 27 March 2024, the European Commission released a set of proposals for Europe’s higher education sector, with the aim of working towards a European degree. This package consists of three main documents: a Communication on a blueprint for a...
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Joint BUDG-CULT meeting on making Erasmus+ accessible to people with fewer opportunities

On Monday 11 March 2024 an extraordinary joint meeting between the Committee on Budgets (BUDG) and the Committee on Culture and Education (CULT) took place with the aim of exchanging on the topic of making the Erasmus+ programme accessible to...
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New targets and plans for Horizon Europe

On 20 March 2024 the European Commission adopted a second strategic plan  for Horizon Europe, covering the last three years of the programme (2025-2027). The plan focuses on three key strategic orientations for EU’s research and innovation funding, including:   green...
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Future orientations of Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

While the interim evaluation of Horizon Europe is ongoing, the ex-post evaluation of Horizon 2020 provides a very positive assessment of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) and their contribution to the objectives of the previous Framework Programme (FP). As of...
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NATIONAL EDUCATION AND THE GLOBAL CONTEXT

Exploring the Future of Higher Education

The 5th edition of the Future of Higher Education – Bologna Process Researchers’ Conference (FOHE-BPRC) took place in Bucharest on 25 – 26 March 2024, bringing together more than 100 higher education researchers, policy makers and practitioners to discuss key...
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EAIE Barometer – 3rd edition is out now

On 20 March 2024, the European Association for International Education (EAIE) released the much-awaited 3rd edition of its EAIE Barometer publication – Internationalisation in Europe. The comprehensive report provides detailed insights into five key areas related to internationalisation ambitions and...
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DAAD resumes support for cooperation with the universities in the West Bank

Following discussions with partners in the Middle East and scholarship holders of Palestinian origin, DAAD is concerned about the situation of the Palestinian civilian population, particularly in the Gaza Strip. The current conflict is threatening the educational prospects and future...
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CONFERENCES

Events

IAU launch Global Survey - Internationalisation of HE 2 April 2024 More information Erasmus Salon: Recognition of Learning Periods Abroad 23 April 2024 More information The Digital Education Action Plan in Review 29 April 2024 More information EURASHE 33rd Annual...
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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 Netherlands

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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