EURASHE newsletter - January 2017

The full conference programme will be announced at the end of January after the programme committee will have reviewed all received contributions.

Join us and debate 'Professional Higher Education 4.0: A Change for Universities of Applied Sciences' and some of these questions:
  • What does digitalisation and industry 4.0 mean for qualifications?
  • What will be the impact on the width and specialisation of graduates and professionals?
  • Will personal development still play a role in education?
  • Are universities of applied sciences ready to respond to this change?
  • How will they turn the challenges and expectations of industry, the world of work in general and society at large into advantages?
Register now for the remaining places: a third of total capacity is already taken. Members & group registrations benefit from a reduced fee.

The UAS4EUROPE network, led by EURASHE, will organise an applied research daytime conference and an evening reception in Brussels on 15 March 2017. The conference is titled 'Universities of Applied Sciences: Maximising Success in Horizon 2020 and Beyond - Learn! Network! Lobby!' and will be co-organised with the Bavarian Research Alliance. Registrations are open, free of charge, and close on 3 March. 

EURASHE will organise a focus group in the framework of the EQUIP project in Le Havre (France) in parallel to our 27th Annual Conference (30-31 March). The focus group aims at verifying and further consolidating the evidence collected about the implementation challenges of the ESG 2015, sharing good practice, and discussing approaches to solving these challenges and their applicability in different contexts. Participation in the focus group is free of charge: for more details and to take part, visit our website. 

After several years concentrating on policy developments and first activities supporting members and HEIs more directly since 2012, EURASHE is now announcing the launch of a community of practice centred on the topic of quality of higher education. For more details and to register your interest visit our website.

The UAS4EUROPE network has published a statement on the midterm review of Horizon 2020, in which it suggests changes and ideas to increase participation from universities of applied sciences in both H2020 and the upcoming FP9. UAS4EUROPE introduces the concept of 'Smart Partnerships for Regional Impact' (SPFRI), outlined in its previous position paper, as a way to increase participation from universities of applied sciences. Read the full statement on our website.

 More information here

On 7 December 2016 the European Commission published its latest communication 'Improving and Modernising Education - High Quality Education For All'. It calls on "to press ahead with the modernisation of higher education" and recognises that "quality of teaching is a key factor to improve quality in higher education". It also recalls some of the initiatives the EU will launch this year, including on graduate tracking and university-business cooperation. The communication is available in 23 of the EU's official languages. 

The Hungarian Rectors' Conference (HRC) has re-joined EURASHE in January 2017 on behalf of its member universities of applied sciences, reflecting their position and future challenges. The HRC represents all 66 higher education institutions in Hungary, which all now benefit from the advantages of being members of EURASHE. We look forward to a continued cooperation with Hungarian colleagues. 

The 5th European Women Rectors Conference 'Pivoting on Gender Equality Through the Lens of Leadership: Policies, Strategies and Actions' will take place in Brussels on 29-30 May 2017. Since 2008, European Women Rectors conferences have attracted over 200 women leaders, providing opportunities for peer-learning and exchanges. This edition of the conference aims to promote a better understanding of gender disparity in academic leadership.
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