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Newsletter May 2010 - N° 3

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EURASHE Working Group Updates
EURASHE Projects
News from Bologna
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Dear Supporter, Friend or Member of EURASHE,

Here is a compilation of news, articles, publication announcements and events from over this past month of May and the final weeks of April 2010.

There has been much policy work, inspiring documentation and engaging activity within and about the world of Higher Education these past weeks. EURASHE has been working steadily to get acquainted with some of its newer projects as well as maintaining a flourishing development of its more seasoned projects.

At the same time, we are launching ourselves forward through our exciting activites that will take place this late summer/early fall, such as EURASHE's 20th Anniversary Tallinn Conference, EQAF's 5th Quality Assurance Forum and many more that you will see outlined in this letter.

Finally, the communications model of EURASHE making great strides forward with the new publications and the launching of the new EURASHE Member Forum which I invite you to explore to see the new thriving possibilities of Higher Education networking and exchange that EURASHE has to offer.

In wishing you a fruitful reading and thanking you for your continued interest and participation in EURASHE and the European Higher Education Area, 

With our best regards,


EURASHE Secretariat

Secretary General



European Association of Institutions in Higher Education


EURASHE is the association of Polytechnics, University Colleges, Universities of Applied Science etc. devoted to Professional Higher Education. EURASHE is an umbrella non-profit international organization with more than 800 members in more than 30 countries in the European Higher Education Area and outside of it through partnership agreements. Our members are National Associations of University Colleges, Individual Higher Education Institutions, professional associations & stakeholder organizations. EURASHE's main objective is to defend the interests of the professionally oriented Higher Education Institutions, and to continuously enhance the importance and the quality of professional higher education in Europe. EURASHE aims at contributing to the progressive development of the European Higher Education Area, especially through its active involvement as a consultative member of the Bologna Follow-up Group.

Read more about EURASHE. 

European Association of Institutions in Higher Education


EURASHE is the association of Polytechnics, University Colleges, Universities of Applied Science etc. devoted to Professional Higher Education.

As is the case in many networks, the benefits of the EURASHE to its members is quite diverse:  

·    Active involvement via EURASHE in the Higher education policy making
·    Being part of the platform: Contacts across EHEA and outside of EHEA who can help with obtaining information and getting in touch with other people and organizations in their country
·    Possibility of sharing materials, resources
·    A pool of people with expertise in higher education and including policy matters ( LLL, Modernization agenda, Bologna process, EQF, NQF, QA, PLR etc.)  
·    Assistance and support from fellow members in developing and implementing activities
·    Developing bi-lateral and multi-lateral partnerships
·    Being invited to join missions, seminars and other activities within projects/programmes where EURASHE is involved
·    Exchange of views on aspects of the Bologna process, via the on-line EURASHE Member Forum

EURASHE members are also exemplary in their diversity: there are long-established members with extensive experience in professional higher education while others are relatively new. Our individual member institutions work within and across different national systems (unitary and binary, professional and academic) and our member organizations (Rectors' Conferences, but also thematic or sectoral networks), often have a different focus, but they all comprise HEIs offering professionally oriented programmes. EURASHE has over 800 members and is represented in 30 countries of the EHEA, mostly by National Associations of University Colleges, as well as by the individual HEIs or other professional associations and stakeholder organizations active in Higher Education field.

EURASHE is the official voice of professional HE in the Bologna Process and towards the official bodies of the European Union (European Commission, Parliament, Council of Europe).

Click here to discover more about EURASHE. 
EURASHE Upcoming Events  

Registrations now open for EURASHE's 20th Anniversary Annual Conference in Tallinn

Mainor Business School in Tallinn, Estonia

"Implementing Bologna :

From rhetoric to reality"

EURASHE has opened the registration of its upcoming 20th Anniversary Conference to be held in Tallinn, Estonia, the 14-15 of October 2010.

The theme of the conference this year will be "Implementing Bologna: from rhetoric to reality." This theme will speak about the ways to continue the execution of the Bologna process reform in our Higher Education institutions in the post-Bologna Process era.

The conference will be hosted by Mainor Business School, and is co-organised by the Estonian Rectors Council. Registered participants will be allowed attendance at the conference, all documentation, coffee breaks, lunches, buffet reception at the Kadriouru art museum on Thursday & Gala Dinner at the Estonia concert hall + special symphony composed for the EURASHE Anniversary Conference by GOts music school on Friday. Do not delay! Those who sign up before July 2010 will receive an early-bird registration reduction.

For more information go to our Tallinn conference page.

Also, in special celebration of its 20 year anniversary and collaboration with partners from MENON, EDEN, and ESU on a joint-project called EQUNet, a special conference track will be held, entitled "The Social dimension aspect in the higher education reform process: Research findings about Fair Access to Higher Education." This special conference track will focus on Fair Access to Higher Education by disseminating the recent finding on barriers due to educational background, socio-economic conditions and structural problems in higher education.

For more information on the EQUNet project, please go to: EQUNet

EQAF call for contributions for their upcoming Fifth European Quality Assurance Forum (EQAF 2010)
Building Bridges: Making Sense of QA in European, National and Institutional Contexts

Call Deadline: 26 July 2010

Following the success of previous fora, we are pleased to announce that the 5th European Quality Assurance Forum will be hosted by the University Claude Bernard Lyon I, in Lyon, France, on 18-20 November 2010.

Specifically, the forum will be of interest to rectors and vice-rectors responsible for QA, QA officers in higher education institutions, students, QA agency staff, and researchers working on higher education or the QA field.

The 2010 Forum will seek to examine how quality assurance tools and processes implemented at institutional and agency level:
- relate to European and national level policy discussions and decisions, and
- interact with and support institutional quality frameworks and quality culture

Through plenary and parallel sessions, the discussion will focus on the grass root level of quality assurance in the context of the ongoing development of the European Higher Education Area.

Call to submit a contribution

EQAF invites contributions for their upcoming event from QA practitioners in higher education institutions and quality assurance agencies, students, institutional leaders and researchers in the field. The forum is an excellent opportunity to test current practices or research and to elicit feedback from colleagues and stakeholders. Therefore, all contributions are expected to seek to stimulate a discussion with forum participants.

The deadline to submit all contributions is 26 July 2010. Proposals received after this date will not be considered.

For more information on how to submit a contribution, the call for papers can be found here.

For more information on the EQAF 2010 Forum, go to:
EQAF 2010 coordinated by the EUA.
EURASHE Past Events

EURASHE holds a seminar on the European Higher Education Reform Process ('Bologna') with the Russian Federation Higher Education Delegation
An educative seminar of exchange and enrichment with the Russian Federation Higher Education Delegation.

Brussels, 19-20 April 2010

Against all the volcanic ashed odds that clowded their journey from Moscow to Brussels, the delegation of Presidents, Rectors and Academics from State and Non-State Universities of the Russian Federation finally arrived in Brussels Monday morning by bus, tired but motivated to finally begin the two day seminar that stood before them.

Over the two days that followed, this delegation of Russian academics would receive a complete introduction to the European Higher Education Reform Process; an overview of Bologna, the areas of the 3-cycle system, quality assurance and lifelong learning. A nice welcome note was given by Marc Vandewalle (Secretary General of the Flemish Council of University Colleges) to kick off the seminar. Then the day was enriched by presentations made by Carlos Machado (Flemish University of Brussels) over the CANQA (Quality Assurance in Central Asia) Tempus project of the European Commission, researcher Magda Kirsch on the Level 5 Project, Colin Tuck (Director) over his European Quality Assurance Registar (EQAR) and Steven Van Luchene (Quality Assurance Unit of the Flemish Council of University Colleges) who discussed accreditation on programme and institutional levels.

After this volcanic whirlwind of 24 hours charged with energetic discussion and exchange over Higher Education systems and the newest movements in the Bologna domain, the Russian Federation delegation departed around noon April 20th to continue their educational journey onto Ghent, where they would learn further about joint degrees at the University College of Ghent. More information and reflection to follow on this seminar including photos and post-seminar discussion available to our members via our EURASHE Member Forum  

EURASHE Working Group Updates

Quality Assurance/Qualifications Frameworks (QA/QF) Working Group First 2010 Meeting was held May 7th.

Once again fighting its chances against the looming dust of the Icelandic volcano,  the first QA/QF working group meeting took place this past May 7th in Brussels.

The agenda for this May meeting involved an update on past events/recent developments (such as the EQAR, EQAF, EQF and QA seminars), an analysis of the latest E.C. progress report on Quality Assurance, a discussion of QA for cross-border provision of education, a glance of the E4 project on 'mapping implementation of ESG', updates fro; the Europeqn Qualification Frameworks advisory group and to finish a pre-discussion over EURASHE's future "Bologna 2020" publication.

The day was long and productive, with the Working Group members leaving with high spirits and motivation for the work to be done this year in 2010.

The WG were also the first to test their online collaboration through EURASHE's new Member Forum Webpage, where they were able to exchange, download and add documents concerning the meeting agenda.

LLL Working Group post-meeting Highlights
WG LLL gives a meeting assesment and a  preview of what's to come.
The LLL working group meeting, held last April 1st 2010, was full of useful and interesting outcomes.

It began with an overview of the Level5 (Missing Link) Project. Iva Voldanova stated that nearly 50 questionnaires were completed, but more participation would be required from the French division. Magda Kirsch will request for an extension to the project, and Iva will look into more interesting ways to generate input.

The WG rolled on to the subject of EQUNet. Iva gave an overview of the EQUNet project and a general agreement was made that more communication would be needed about this project in the future. EQUNet will be presenting in Tallinn at EURASHE's 20th Anniversary Conference.

Dugald Craig went on to discuss the problematic change of regulations regarding minimum duration of Erasmus mobility it consequences for the SCHE. Dugald believes that this change will  influence the participation in 'short higher education programmes'. Especially adult learners are not able to go abroad for more than a few weeks, having a job (part time education / work-based learning). Dugald will write a memo with all the problems he (and other Colleges and institutions offering SCHE-programmes) is facing.

A brief discussion was held over the Bologna seminar on LLL and SCHE coming up in Budapest next 4-5 Nov 2010, where they will hope to present some new ideas about LLL as par of the EURASHE strategy.

In the afternoon, the FLLLEX project situated was presented by Klaas Vansteenhuyse (KH Leuven), a Gina Ebner, president of EUCIS-LLL, a new umbrella organization for 19 international organizations concerning LLL and creating a research institute for the field of LLL. Finally, the Atlantis seminar on LLL and SCHE in Amsterdam was announced by Hans Daale, and the outcomes of the RPL (Bologna) seminar of last Feb 2010 were discussed concerning the foundation of an international network on RPL.

The meeting was overall very inspiring. WG LLL plans to meet next the 24 September in Brussels, where the most important items to be discussed will be the conception of LLL2020 strategy document fulfilling the aims of EURASHE.

This meeting will be held to coincide with the EURASHE council meeting the 25 September in Brussels.
EURASHE Project News

EU Commission releases major report on EU financing, "Progress in Higher Education Reform Across Europe: Funding Reform"
A report by the EU Commission now available via the new EQUNet repository.

Higher education reforms reflect the growing recognition of the importance of higher education for economic, social and cultural prosperity and for increasing competitiveness. While it is well established that funding reforms have taken place at various levels and in various policy areas of higher education, what is less clear is how successful they have been in terms of increasing the performance of higher education systems as a whole.

This study aims to answer the following questions: 1. What is the state of implementation of the funding reforms undertaken in the 33 European higher education systems and what do we know about the rates of return to higher education in the 33 countries? 2. What is the performance of the 33 European higher education systems with respect to the eight dimensions identified, and how has this changed over the last decade? 3. What has been the impact of the funding reforms on the performance of higher education systems? 4. What lessons can be learned, i.e. what could be the further courses for action towards the modernisation of higher education institutions towards 2020?

Click here to access the full report by the EU Commission.
More about the EQUNet project:
(Nov 2009 - Oct 2012)

The EQUNet project, developed by the MENON Network, was created to enhance a focus on equity and social inclusion in Higher Education
brings together 8 leading European Stakeholder and Research organisations (including MENON Network, Scienter, University of Ljubljana, HIS, ZSI, ESU, EURASHE and EDEN), with the aim of enhancing equity in Higher Education.

The EQUNet project research results will be presented for the first time at the Tallinn Conference hosted by EURASHE this upcoming Oct 2010.

Learn more about the project on

New study results released by the  MENON NETWORK
"Towards a European Exchange Mechanism of e-Learning Content for e-skills"

Brussels, April 27th 2010

The presentation of the results of the study on the development of "European Exchange Mechanisms for e-Learning Content for e-skills" took place in Brussels in the MENON Offices on the 27th of April 2010. During the event, representatives from key European networks (such as ELIG, EURASHE, EeSA, CompTIA, EVTA, EUN and EFQUEL) and e-skills training providers (such as IBM and Giunti Labs) commented the findings and recommendations of this study in terms of requirements, solutions and feasibility, and discussed how such a mechanism should be set-up in a scalable and sustainable perspective.

The proposed e-learning content exchange mechanism presented during the event was judged as potentially very useful brokerage solution to increase the number and the quality of courses with a view to contribute to reduce skills gap of European ICT practitioners. Participants agreed that a web- based transparent and efficient brokerage mechanism that allows the identification and exchange of e- skills training resources produced both by companies and by training centres and universities would smoothen the "e-skills market" in the EU and would allow reaching potential learners that are now left aside, including those working in very small enterprises, the unemployed and people with disabilities.

Critical issues were tackled in the study: content availability, IPR, quality assurance, technological standards and business modelling. The need for genuine multi-stakeholder engagement was stressed in order to have an impact on European ICT workforce, it must be based on a strong public-private partnership, that is able to work across the national and the EU level and to successfully address the issues of content, certification, openness and learners' communities engagement. Such a federated effort should take into account existing content and initiatives such as the European e-Skills and Careers Portal and the e-Skills Association (EeSA). This would allow tackling the extraordinary opportunity offered by e-learning to improve the availability of e-in Europe.

In order to access more information on the study and the project's latest developments, go to

More about the MENON NETWORK: the MENON Network aims at increasing access to higher education for all margnalized and non-traditional groups, baased on a principle of equity. The network will analyse barriers due to educational background, socio-economic conditions and structural problems in Higher Education.

Learn more about the MENON Network at their homepage.

New Life Long Learning (LLL) communication by the EU Commission "New Skills for New Jobs"
"Anticipating and matching labour market and skills needs" to support the EU 2020 Strategy.  

What kinds of jobs will be available in 10 years? How are the needs for skills and competences changing all over the EU? Is the right education and training being provided today to help Europeans find a job in the future?

The Communication New Skills for New Jobs: Anticipating and matching labour market and skills needs outlines an initial evaluation of the future needs of the EU with regard to skills and jobs up to 2020. This initiative has two goals: to help make sure that there is a sufficient match between skills and the needs of the employment market, and to improve Member States' ability to evaluate and anticipate the skills needs of their citizens and businesses.

A joint policy initiative carried out in cooperation between the European Commission and the EU Member States, New Skills for New Jobs aims to address issues of unemployement and economic instability by supporting EU countries and regions in developing more effective ways to analyse and predict which skills will be required in tomorrow's labour markets and, with this knowledge, developing and adapting education and training so that the workers gain the skills required.

New Skills for New Jobs supports the Life Long Learning initiative urging the development of job training and contributes to the EU 2020 Strategy, the follow-up of the EU Lisbon Strategy for Growth and Jobs.

To read the complete publication and have access to more material on this initiative, go to the New Jobs New Skills website.

This initiative links to our FLLLEX project:

(Jan 2010 - Aug 2012)

FLLLEX identifies challenges and implications of Lifelong Learning (LLL) incorporation into European Higher Education institutions (HEI's).

The project was initiated and is supported by EURASHE, the project coordinator is KHLeuven - Leuven University College. The consortium includes 24 partners from 10 European countries. The project is supported by a grant within the EU funded Lifelong Learning Programme.

Lifelong Learning opens up a multitude of new possibilities for HEI's, but its impact on organisations is: What is the role of higher education in the wider landscape of Lifelong Learning? What are the institutional changes envisioned for the future? What strategy and policy advise can the project propose to other HEI's as well as European and national players?

You can discover further information on the FLLLEX project at its website:

EU Commission releases LLL policy handbook to appropriate Induction Programmes for first year teachers.  
An initiative supporting the improvement of teacher quality, teacher education and the Comenius project of the Life Long Learning programme.

The EU Commission has released its latest text following their EU Member States priority to "improve teacher quality and teacher education." The quality of education and training, and with it the quality of Teacher Education, are high on the policy agenda in all the countries of the European Union. Following the Commission's Communication 'Improving the Quality of Teacher Education', the Ministers of Education agree that 'High quality teaching is a prerequisite for high-quality education and training, which are in turn powerful determinants of Europe's long-term competitiveness and capacity to create more jobs and growth in line with the Lisbon goals...'.

Therefore, the Education Ministers in Gothenburg Sept 2009, the Council of Nov 2009 agreed upon, amongst other things, that given the increasing demands placed upon them and the growing complexity of their roles, teachers need access to effective personal and professional support throughout their careers, and particularly during the time they first enter the profession.

This guided the Ministers and its Member States to make the appropriate provisions for all new teachers to participate in a programme of induction (early career support) offering both professional and personal support during their first years in a teaching post.

To this end, they asked the European Commission to bring forward 'practical information for policymakers on developing structured induction programmes for all new teachers, together with examples of measures that can be taken to implement or improve such programmes'. This policy handbook, "Developing Coherent and System-wide Induction Programmes for Beginning Teachers," responds to that request.
Life Long Learning Programme's Annual Conference hosted by the Spanish Presidency and the EU
Participants "Looked beyond 2013" in Barcelona, Spain this past 19 May 2010.

The annual conference of the Lifelong Learning Programme was 19 May 2010 in Barcelona, Spain. The central topic was "Looking beyond 2013".

During this conference, a vision for the new programme 2014-2020 was presented under European Union and national policy perspectives. The focus was on the role of the Lifelong Learning Programme in its various aspects, and the deepening need for Europe to have high quality, flexible educational systems and training.

During this one-day event a vision for the new programme 2014-2020 was presented under European Union and national policy perspectives with keynote speeches of the European Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou and the Spanish Minister of Education Ángel Gabilondo. In addition, a keynote speech of the EAC Director General Jan Truszczynsky spoke about the achievements of the current programme as well as useful lessons to build the future programme in the areas of education and training.

In the afternoon four workshops gave an excellent opportunity to concentrate on the discussion on relevant areas for the future programme: mobility, partnership, management simplification and social inclusion.

For more information and a full summary of the conference, go to:

EURASHE's focus on LLL with the L5 Project:

(Nov 2009 - Oct 2010)

The objective of this project is to make a detailed analysis of existing Short Cycle Higher Education (SCHE) in 32 of the Bologna signatory countries.

SCHE programmes can be found at L5 of the European Qualification Framework (EQF) and as an intermediate level of the first cycle of the qualifications framework for the European Higher Education Area.This study will be an enlarged update of the similar study in 2002 - 2003.  See previous study here.


This comparative study should spread information about this SCHE so as to increase access to Higher Education and involvement in LifeLong Learning.


Learn more about the survey at: L5 Project

or you can visit the project's website at:

Learning how to LEAN (Lean Learning Academies)
The LEAN project at a glance.
Nov 2009 - Oct 2011

A project that will create strong links between the local and regional academic partners and the industrial partners in each of the participating countries. The goal of the project is to develop the didactical concepts in the field of engineering, in order to improve the education curriculum in the countries involved.

Learn more about this project at
News from Bologna

Bologna Experts prepare for their seminar for Seminar on Bologna and Higher Education Reform
Recognition in Higher Education; how to make it work!
June 7-9 2010

The UNICA - Brussels Education Services consortium is organizing a Seminar for Bologna and Higher Education Reform Experts: "Recognition in Higher Education - How to make it work! hosted by Tallin University of Technology on 7-9 June 2010.

The seminar is organised in the framework of the Information Project on Higher Education Reform - Phase III, and funded by the European Commission through the Lifelong Learning and TEMPUS IV Programmes.

The specific Aims of the Seminar is to familiarise participants with and learn from the viewpoints of universities, students and the world of industry/business, as well to actively take part in discussion groups, which will focus on good practice in priority fields such as: Lisbon convention on recognition, ECTS, learning outcomes, diploma supplement, vertical mobility.

For more information on the conference, go to:
Stakeholder Events
The HEXTLEARN Web-community for Higher Education Experts + Interactive Workshop June 9-12 2010
EDEN's next June conference will demonstrate how  HEXTLEARN connects you with your peers.

Sharing good practices of universities and higher educational institutions is a powerful tool on the bumpy road of developing high quality learning services. At the newly designed HEXTLEARN platform fellow experts now share numerous interesting Good Practices in several Groups created in the past months. Practices in different territories such as the Finnish Virtual University teamed up by 21 Finnish Universities or the University of Ulster's good practice supporting both on- and off-campus students via ICT indicate that ICT use in Higher Educational Institutions is turning innovation into everyday practice.

The more fellow experts that join HEXTLEARN, the more diverse the collection of practices will grow. Higher Education experts who are interested are kindly invited to join the online community: the web 2.0 website of the HEXTLEARN project gives up-to-date news on what is happening in ICT for Higher Education around Europe.

Members now have the possibility to upload their own Good Practices in their territory related to ICT use in Higher Education while others may rate these practices and suggest them to virtual peer review process.

Also, to support this new platform, an interactive HEXTLEARN session on shaping the new specialised communities in the use of ICT for teaching and learning in Higher Education, will be organised during next EDEN conference, taking place 9- 12 June in Valencia, Spain.
The session will be lead by Claudio Dondi (Scienter, Italy), Begoņa Arenas (Scienter Espaņa, Spain) and Denes Zarka (BME Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary).

Learn more about this great HEXTLEARN project at their website :

The European Consortium for Accreditation Conference; Joint Programmes: too many cooks in the kitchen?
Challenges for Accreditation, Recognition and Transparency The European Consortium for Accreditation in higher education (ECA) will organise the conference Joint Programmes: Too many cooks in the kitchen? The conference is aimed at agencies, higher education institutions, students, recognition authorities and governments, and will be held in Graz (Austria) from the 10-11 June 2010. You are cordially invited to look at the programme and register on line.

Joint programmes are confronted with national quality assurance and accreditation procedures in the countries involved. One programme therefore has to undergo several different, national procedures. These procedures then lead to decisions that only have an impact in one national higher education system.

The conference presents how joint programmes can improve the recognition of their degrees and how recognition authorities (ENIC-NARICs) currently evaluate their degrees. Transparent information on accredited joint programmes and qualifications, accreditation and recognition systems, qualification frameworks and higher education systems is made available through the website Qrossroads. The improved and extended website will be presented in Graz.

This conference disseminates the results of ECA's TEAM II project which is funded by the European Commission and implicates the Life Long Learning Programme.
EMUNI University offers Professional School in Internationalisation and Management in Higher Education
Sign up for courses this summer 28 June - July 9 2010 at EMUNI University, Portoroz - Piran, Slovenia

The main aim of courses is to provide an overview of history, general developments, trends and topics in higher education policy, outlining the basic structures of higher education systems and the main stakeholders in the field. The prevailing governance mechanisms in higher education will also be explained. The structure of higher education funding will be discussed on the basis of international trends and experiences. In addition, courses will offer an insight into prominent developments in the area of internationalization and their impact on national higher education systems.

EMUNI is a University and currently a network with 141 member institutions from 37 countries, sited in
Slovenia. It was established in 2008 -the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue and Euro- Mediterranean Year of Dialogue Between Cultures. EMUNI is a project of the Union for the Mediterranean.

For more information on this summer course, check out their EMUNI website.
International Education Forum "e-Learning Russia: e-Learning Opportunities Today" 
June 3-4 2010, Moscow

E-Learning Russia is a project created specially for educational institutions, and its purpose is to give answers to the most important questions of modern education.

The main goal of the Forum is to promote the implementation of ICT for modern pedagogically valuable, learner-oriented and quality education training.

During two days researchers and practitioners, colleagues with wide experience and those who only start their way in e-learning, students and teachers, policy-makers in education and ICT professionals will share experience, discuss problems, search for decisions, laugh at funny things in e-learning and ultimately acquire knowledge essential for enhancement of e-learning within and without educational system.

For more information on main themes of the forum,click here.
To register, click here.

The organizers are the State Duma (Russian Parliament) Committee on Education, Expert Council for e-Learning and Information Technologies in Education under the mentioned Committee as well as International Consortium "e-University" the core entity of which is MESI.

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