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Media relations while researching violent extremism

INCIDENTS of terrorism in the West by violent extremists grab the news media’s attention like few other stories, but academics can be reluctant to engage with journalists to help explain what drives people to commit such ghastly acts for fear that their research may be compromised. Often this leaves university media relations advisers looking like […]

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What Brexit means for European universities

Britain is not be not leaving Europe but it has just started divorce proceedings from the European Union. Here I explore some of the implications for European higher education. British and European higher education and research leaders are watching nervously as developments unfold following the start of the official process of the UK leaving the […]

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Can UK universities remain European after Brexit?

Are there lessons for Brexit Britain to learn from Switzerland’s threatened exclusion from the European Union’s collaborative programmes for mobility and research, such as Erasmus+ and the Horizon 2020, after a referendum vote to restrict immigration? ERASMUS is arguably one of the European Union’s biggest success stories in demonstrating the value of the European project. […]

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Call for EU action against Turkish crackdown on academic freedom

The European Union (EU) should step up its opposition to the crackdown on academic freedom in Turkey following the failed coup in the country, say nine rectors from leading Norwegian universities. The forced resignation of 1,577 university deans and 15,200 academic staff by the Turkish authorities has already been strongly condemned by the European University Association […]

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European universities urged to stick together after Brexit

IN the spirit of Monty Python who recommended “always look on the bright side” of life, I’m hoping UK higher education remains internationally engaged and continues promoting borderless research and mobility following the Brexit referendum. Thankfully, despite the vote, we still have friends in Europe. One is Christine Legrand, president of the European universities’ communication network, EUPRIO, who issued […]

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Swiss lessons for UK universities’ referendum campaign

I don’t know if British university vice-chancellors are really likely to follow the call from the Swiss lake district of Lausanne and ‘get out on the streets’ to defend the UK’s membership of the European Union – but at least they are stirring into some form of activity. The call for street action came from […]

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Education cooperation is crucial to Europe’s neighbourhood policy

Tens of thousands of asylum seekers and migrants fleeing civil war and poverty from the European Union’s southern and eastern neighbours dominated the headlines over the summer. And while European leaders struggled to find an acceptable policy for member states to cope with the tide of people heading north, a public consultation was already underway […]

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Erasmus generation making plenty of impact

Revelations that one million babies had been born to Erasmus students since 1987 caught the headlines when the Erasmus Impact Study was recently released. And that’s not the only impact the Erasmus generation of students going abroad to study or train have made over the last two-and-a-half decades. Strengthening key skills For participating in Erasmus […]

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Swiss immigration vote is warning for the UK

Switzerland’s political elite were not the only ones taken aback by a popular vote against mass immigration – and the reaction from the European Union has lessons for those clamouring to end Britain’s EU membership. That’s the warning from the rector of a top Swiss university after a tiny majority of 50.3% voted to support […]

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British universities pin their flag to European Union mast

In the run-up to elections for new European Parliament speculation was rife that Britain might be heading for the European Union exit door. But one group has not been afraid to pin their pro-European credentials firmly to the mast – and that’s the assembled ranks of UK universities, as NIC MITCHELL explains. AS WITH much […]

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