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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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What’s driving the urge for universities to merge?

Universities across Europe are talking about merging or forming alliances and concentrating faculties like never before. Since the start of the 21st century, the European University Association (EUA) has recorded nearly 100 on its interactive merger map. And the pace is accelerating, with eight super-universities or clusters identified in 2012; 12 in 2013 and 14 in […]

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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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Trends help predict future of global higher education

With so many predictions about what the future holds for global higher education, it is useful to draw breath and look at recent trends for guidance about what we can expect in the next decade. That’s why I welcome the latest Trends 2015 report from the European University Association (EUA) – the representative body for universities […]

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Communication is key for university mergers

A new study says effective communications are essential to securing the buy-in of staff, students and other stakeholders for university mergers. The report from the European University Association, or EUA, reveals a quickening of the pace of mergers and concentrations of higher education institutions across Europe. Timely then that the European Universities Public Relations and […]

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Should we take U-Multirank seriously?

With U-Multirank’s second world university rankings out on March 30, the European University Association, or EUA, has been asking European universities what they thought of the first effort. Opinion was, shall we say, divided! But more on that later! First a look at why the English higher education establishment seem so bothered about it. What […]

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University ‘excellence schemes’ under the microscope

The European University Association has published a new report examining ‘excellence schemes’ and their impact on universities in Europe, which I looked at for the European Universities Public Relations and Information Officers’ association, or EUPRIO. Here’s the blog: From Britain’s recent Research Excellence Framework, or REF, used to decide where public funded research is best […]

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EU exit would damage British universities

Universities have warned that a British exit from the European Union would be “potentially disastrous” for higher education and the wider research community, as I reported for University World News. Without membership of the politico-economic union of 28 member states, Britain would not just lose access to billions of euros worth of research grants, but […]

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