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EUA Newsletter 8   24 April 2015

Europe’s universities unite against violence

Following the terrorist attack that unfolded at Garissa University College in Kenya on Thursday 2 April killing 147 students and leaving at least 79 people wounded, the European University Association invites and encourages all European universities to observe one minute’s silence on Monday 27 April 2015 (12:00 CET) in remembrance of all those killed in and affected by the attack on Garissa and by other attacks on universities and university values around the world. While the events in Garissa stand out in their barbarity, we draw attention to the appalling reality that attacks continue to happen every day. 

In calling for this observance, EUA reaffirms its belief that any act of violence or attack on education runs counter to the fundamental university values of freedom of thought and expression, tolerance and autonomy and undermines the ambition and fundamental right of any person to gain qualifications and make a contribution to their nation, society and the world. 

Attacks on universities, their students and scholars weaken or obliterate academic freedom; have a devastating impact on research, teaching and access to education; and impair society’s long-term development. Safeguarding the freedom and safety of universities and university communities is therefore vital in ensuring the advancement of knowledge and the cultural and scientific development of humankind. 

The pursuit of knowledge has no boundaries and universities transcend geographical and political frontiers. In keeping with its endorsement of the principles of the Global Coalition to Protect Education from Attack, EUA calls on universities across Europe and beyond to unite in solidarity in condemning these recent and any other forms of violence against education. It further appeals to the international community to take action to protect universities from attacks and prevent them from happening in the future.
Policy and Projects News

EUA Conference highlights research benefits to society

Around 400 university leaders gathered in Antwerp last week for the 2015 Annual Conference of EUA, entitled European Universities in Research and Innovation: People, Policies and Partnerships. The Conference addressed both new opportunities for universities to increase their research capacity and impact in society through more and better research collaborations, better integration of state-of-the-art research into educational programmes, the emerging movement of Science 2.0, as well as the challenges and pressures facing universities in delivering excellent research outputs and educational programmes.

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EUA members elect Rolf Tarrach as President and five new Board Members 

The General Assembly of the European University Association elected Rolf Tarrach as its new President. Representing more than 300 EUA members, the General Assembly gathered at the University of Antwerp, Belgium, where it also elected five new Board members who will serve for a period of four years (2015-2019). 

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New EUA members welcomed 

Nine new institutions were welcomed as individual full members and one as individual associate member, during the EUA Council meeting that took place in Antwerp last week. 

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Interview with Professor Subra Suresh: Universities are “pushing the boundaries of the human mind”

This year, EUA’s Annual Conference, held at the University of Antwerp on 16-17 April, welcomed Professor Subra Suresh, President of the Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) in Pennsylvania, USA. Professor Suresh took part in the thematic session “People”, which focused on the importance of doctoral education and training for the development of a variety of professional careers, both within and outside academia.

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Report analyses ever-growing merger phenomenon in the university sector

The European University Association published a new report on mergers in the university sector. The report maps and analyses merger and concentration processes in twenty higher education systems. The study is of an unprecedented scale, and has made it possible to compile the largest database of university mergers across Europe. 

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Events News

Dates for the diary: upcoming events

EUA has a number of events planned over the next few months. Further details of events that EUA is organising/co-organising are available through our Events page, but please find below a list of events that are coming up:

News from Brussels

European Parliament and Commission at odds over EFSI 

On 20 April the Committees of the European Parliament responsible for Economic and Monetary Affairs and for Budgets adopted their joint report on the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI). The report removes any reference to Horizon 2020 as a source to support the fund. Indeed the Committees propose to fill the fund gradually in the annual budgetary procedure until it reaches €8 billion by 2022.

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