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EUA’s series of TRENDS reports on higher education in Europe show that while progress has been made through the implementation of structural reforms and the enhancement of institutional frameworks, there is a need to pay more attention to the process of learning and teaching itself. Therefore, EUA is extending its activities on learning and teaching in 2017 with the aim to:

  • Identify and better engage with relevant university communities/those in charge of learning and teaching at institutional level, and dedicated networks and organisations;
  • Provide EUA members with opportunities for peer-learning and exchange of good practice;
  • Thus strengthen the voice of EUA in ongoing policy debates addressing the quality and relevance of universities by providing direct feedback from members on changing learning landscapes.

In this context, EUA organises the first European Learning & Teaching Forum on 28-29 September 2017 that will facilitate the exchange of experience on learning and teaching in higher education among EUA members and other interested stakeholders. In order to prepare and complement the Forum, EUA has been organising several thematic peer groups on learning and teaching issues. Join our Learning & Teaching LinkedIn group to follow their activities. 

EUA organises thematic peer groups on learning and teaching to strengthen the bottom-up approach in engaging the European universities, to foster the community building, and to complement the Forum.

The main objectives of the thematic peer groups are:

  • To identify core recommendations for successful learning and teaching across Europe by taking into account the changing higher education environment
  • To exchange good practices in various organisational, educational and qualitative aspects of learning and teaching
  • To contribute to the enhancement of learning and teaching at European universities.

Thematic peer groups are active from 1 February to 30 September 2017 and cover the following four themes: 

  • Building a link between research and teaching missions of the university  
  • Empowering students for their future professional life and civic engagement
  • Addressing larger and more diverse student bodies ensuring student success
  • Fostering engagement in developing learning and teaching

The groups have been composed following the expressed interest through the Call for Participation (click  here).

Thematic Peer Group 1 “Building a link between research and teaching missions of the university”: 

  • Humboldt University of Berlin (group coordinator), Germany
  • Pierre-and-Marie-Curie University, France
  • University of Sheffield, UK
  • Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
  • Pompeu Fabra University, Spain
  • Silesian University of Technology, Poland
  • University College Cork, Ireland
  • University of Borås, Sweden.

 Thematic Peer Group 2 “Empowering students for their future professional life and civic engagement”: 

  • Dublin City University (group coordinator), Ireland
  • University of Zaragoza, Spain
  • Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Belgium
  • University of Lucerne, Switzerland
  • University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy
  • Management Center Innsbruck, Austria
  • University of Tampere, Finland
  • University of Bucharest, Romania.

 Thematic Peer Group 3 “Addressing larger and more diverse student bodies ensuring student success”:

  • University College Dublin, Ireland
  • University of Bristol (group coordinator), UK
  • University of Antwerp, Belgium
  • Masaryk University, Czech Republic
  • Ruhr University Bochum, Germany
  • Leopold-Franzens University of Innsbruck, Austria
  • Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, Norway

 Thematic Peer Group 4 “Fostering engagement in developing learning and teaching”: 

  • Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU) (group coordinator), Austria
  • University of Bordeaux, France
  • HTW Berlin - University of Applied Sciences, Germany
  • University of Turku, Finland
  • Lodz University of Technology, Poland
  • University of Aveiro, Portugal
  • Rīga Stradiņš University, Latvia
  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

The first Forum wasorganised on 28-29 September 2017 by EUA in collaboration with the Conférence des présidents d’université (CPU) and hosted by University Pierre and Marie Curie (UPMC) in Paris, France.

The primary target audience of the Forum were vice-rectors for academic affairs, deans, programme directors, academic staff in the universities, and researchers in the field of learning and teaching. The Forum was also open for participation by policy-makers and other stakeholders in higher education.

For more information, please visit the Forum’s webpage.

Using the experience from the European Learning & Teaching Forum, thematic peer groups, and other related activities, EUA aims to prepare and publish in late 2017 a policy statement on learning and teaching. The paper will provide a framework for EUA’s future activities in this area, and feed into the discussions of the Bologna Follow-up Group and the upcoming Ministerial meeting and communiqué 2018.

For further information on EUA L&T Initiative please contact Goran Dakovic.

To keep abreast of ongoing and future initiatives, we invite you to engage with our communication channels:

Interview with Professor Jean Chambaz, President of the University Pierre and Marie Curie and member of the Board of the European University Association about the requisites for good learning and teaching in the run up to the European University Association’s first pan-European Learning and Teaching Forum. UPMC will host university leaders and renowned experts at the flagship EUA conference in Paris 28-29 September. Professor Chambaz is a staunch advocate for fostering new learning and teaching initiatives through pan-European university collaboration and shared good practice.  

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Interview with Doctor Oliver Vettori
, Dean of Accreditation and Quality Management and Director of Program Management and Teaching and Learning Support at the Vienna University of Economics and Business ahead of the European University Association's first European Learning and Teaching Forum. WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business) is one of the largest universities focusing on business and economics in Europe. It supports more than 23,000 students and over 700 researchers and teachers.

GROUSSEL_Carré (Crédit CPU)Interview with Gilles Roussel, President of the Conference of University Presidents (CPU), President of the University Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée and researcher in technology and computer science. For over 40 years the CPU has participated actively in the public debate on education issues, supporting university presidents in their responsibilities and promoting the French university system and its values. The CPU is co-organising the EUA’s Learning and Teaching Forum which is hosted by the University Pierre and Marie Curie (UPMC). Gilles Roussel will be speaking alongside other European university advocates for exchange and success in learning and teaching at the First European Learning and Teaching Forum in Paris 28 and 29 September.

Picture of Grace NevilleOur fourth interview is with Grace Neville, Emeritus Professor at University College Cork and recipient of the French Légion d’Honneur for her work developing and supporting innovation in teaching practices. Grace will chair the closing plenary session capturing the outcomes and next steps after the European University Association’s Learning and Teaching Forum later this week.

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