24 new European Universities reinforce the European Education Area

European Universities are transnational alliances of higher education institutions from across the EU that come together for the benefit of students, teachers and society. Today, the European Commission has unveiled the additional 24 European Universities that will join the first 17 alliances of higher education institutions selected already in 2019. With financial support from the Erasmus+ and Horizon 2020 programmes, they enhance the quality, inclusion, digitalisation and attractiveness of European higher education.

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10 July 2020

EUTOPIA takes next steps in making Bridges to European Economic Development through Universities, Partnership and Social Value.

The members of the EUTOPIA were invited by the University of Warwick to a high-level policy roundtable on Wednesday, 12 June 2019 at the Warwick Brussels Office for a policy event on Bridges to European Economic Development: Universities, Partnership and Social Value.

In the 21st Century, the task facing local, national and supra-national governments seeking to achieve socially acceptable economic development is becoming more complex. European universities thinking about their role in the 21st century can no longer merely be bastions of research and teaching excellence, existing in isolation. Rather, they must look beyond their walls to generate synergies with society, to foster both a spirit of international collaboration and to increase benefits to their local economies through ‘place-based’ collaboration. The European Union has recently launched the European Universities programme, which offers the opportunity for consortia of European universities to address these issues.

The EUTOPIA alliance explicitly aims to explore how institutions from across Europe can work together to promote inclusive growth and innovation in their regions and, in doing so, they seek to contribute to social welfare and to create value while promoting their commitment to culture as an instrument for deciphering the contemporary world, and while actively engaging with it. The EUTOPIA alliance will also seek to identify how its members can act as ‘bridges’ between their respective regions in order to maximise the collective impact of their work.

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10 July 2020

Over 170 academics and researchers from Coimbra member universities took part in the pilot European university CHARM-EU’s first induction session for potential staff on 15 June 2020

The webinar introduced CHARM-EU’s innovative new approach to transdisciplinary alliances: Knowledge Creating Teams (KCTs). KCTs bring multiple disciplines together to face global challenges and are organised not by discipline, research or educational activity but by key themes that bridge all these activities. Three themes were chosen for CHARM-EU’s first pilot master’s programme: Life & Health, Water, and Food.

The response was positive and over 170 staff have now signed up to one or more of the KCTs in three areas: Food, Water and Life & Health. These KCTs are now participating in content creation workshops to create CHARM-EU’s pilot Masters in Global Challenges for Sustainability.

Through engagement with CHARM-EU, participants will be supported to build research networks with academic and extra-academic actors from across Europe and to focus their research efforts within thematic challenge areas. They will receive training in transdisciplinary approaches to teaching and research and novel pedagogies including challenge-based learning.

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10 July 2020

Arqus Alliance holds the first meeting of the Arqus PhD Council

On June 30th, the first virtual meeting of the Arqus PhD Council took place, which was organized by the University of Graz as part of the Arqus Action Line 6 "Research Support and Early Stage Researcher Development".
The aim of the PhD Council was to enhance and intensify the collaboration in the field of doctoral training within the Alliance and to explore the possibility of the creation of an Arqus Graduate School.
At this first meeting, the PhD Council, consisting of scientists and experts in the field of doctoral education, discussed best practice examples in the training of doctoral students at the seven Arqus universities as well as institutional strategies for a successful doctoral training. In autumn, the PhD Council will meet again to discuss a first draft of recommendations for closer networking of the structures and content of doctoral training within the Alliance.

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10 July 2020

4EU+ Alliance: API project presented at the NAFSA 2020 virtual poster tour

On 4 June, the Academic Partnership for Innovation in Teaching and Learning (API) project was presented at the virtual poster tour organised as one of the online replacement events for the NAFSA 2020 Annual Conference, which was due to take place on 24-29 May 2020.

In light of the cancellation of the NAFSA 2020 Annual Conference & Expo due to the COVID-19 crisis, the organisers developed NAFSA eConnection, a five-day fully virtual programme that included guest speeches, concurrent sessions, chats with NAFSA exhibitors and a virtual poster fair.
The poster, entitled "How to support internationalization through innovative short module programmes", showcases the API project as an example of an initiative supporting strategic international cooperation in academic teaching.
API project brings together 4 member universities of the 4EU+ Alliance: Charles University, Heidelberg University, Sorbonne University and the University of Warsaw. It is funded by the Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange (NAWA).

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9 July 2020

Mobility high on the list for policy-makers

OpenU partner DAAD conducted a stocktaking survey at the start of the project to collect information on expectations and thematic priorities from several key stakeholders. They included ministries of higher education in Portugal, Latvia, Germany, France, Belgium, Spain, as well as the Erasmus Student Network. The survey focused on cooperation, mobility and learning as well as the priority actions mentioned in the project proposal. The results show very clearly that mobility, blended mobility as well as the creation of mobility windows is of the highest priority for all partners involved. Other high priority areas highlighted in this survey included the inter-connection to existing initiatives as well as the cultural change necessary within Higher Education Institutions involving university leadership. For more information about OpenU.

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8 June 2020

OpenU contributes to Latvian National Skills Strategy during Riga meeting on 8 July 2019

The first OpenU Policy Dialogue took place on July 8, 2019 and was hosted by the Latvian Ministry of Education and Science in the Theatre Art Hall of the Latvian Academy of Culture in Riga. This meeting provided an opportunity to focus on the Latvian development of a National Skills Strategy as well as on current reforms in Higher Education which includes the preparation of a study on the digitalization level and digital practices in Latvian Higher Education Institutions.

Presentations from practitioners broadened the view on the national level while presenting the use and impact on digital teaching and learning within Latvian Higher Education Institutions.

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First CIVIS HUb launched on Climate, Environment

Yet another of the eUniversity networks, CIVIS (a European civic university alliance) is moving ahead with ambitious plans for collaboration. CIVIS involving 8 universities is a transnational collaboration of civic universities. At the end of January, partners met to launch the first workshop on the development of the CIVIS hubs which are interdisciplinary thematic research and education areas which will be used to structure the CIVIS European University. Five hubs have been defined in the areas of Health, Cities, territories and mobilities, Digital and Technological transformation, Climate, environment and energy,  and Society, culture, heritage. Each of these thematic hubs will offer joint study programmes at Bachelor’s and Master’s levels at the CIVIS member universities and will foster multidisciplinary research projects through innovative pedagogies. Climate, environment and energy will be the first CIVIS hub to be developed in 2020.

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2 March 2020

Emily Palmer quotes Macron in her UNA Europa presentation at OOFHEC2019

What do eUniversities and President Macron in France have in common?
Quite a lot it seems from the presentation about the OpenU project given by Emily Palmer from KU Leuven at EADTU’s annual conference held in Madrid on 16-18 October. Back in 2017, President Macron called for  “a network of universities across Europe with programmes that have all their studies study abroad and take classes in at least two languages. These European Universities will also be drivers of educational innovation and the quest for excellence.” That spirit of cooperation and exchange is clearly what underpins the UNA Europa project which Emily presented and which Emily presented and which is one of the partners in the new OpenU project.

2 March 2020

2020 European Universities Call open

The 2020 European Universities call for proposals was published on 7 November 2019 and will close on 26 February 2020. This action aims to encourage the emergence by 2024 of some twenty 'European Universities', consisting of bottom-up networks of universities across the EU which will enable students to obtain a degree by combining studies in several EU countries and contribute to the international competitiveness of European universities.‘European Universities’ have an ambitious mandate aimed to trigger unprecedented levels of institutionalised cooperation between higher education institutions, making it systemic, structural and sustainable. Check out this link for further information.

17 February 2020

UNA Europa officially kicks off 1Europe

The UNA Europa University Alliance Europe kicked off its flagship project 1EUROPE on 22nd and 23rd January 2020 (click here to read their full story).

1EUROPE aims to launch a living laboratory to develop future university models that are both replicable and scalable. 1Europe is funded by the European Commission under the Erasmus+ programme and sets out to lay the foundations of the university of the future, testing innovative teaching, joint learning and public engagement, promoting mobility among both students, and teaching and technical-administrative staff across the universities which are part of the UNA Europa network.

17 February 2020

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