The LOTUS project aims to contribute to capacity building and strategic change management for learning and teaching at higher education institutions across Europe. The project also aims to discuss and demonstrate the potential of various actors (ministries, university associations, student and staff unions, etc.) to support transformation and innovation in learning and teaching.

LOTUS is led by EUA in partnership with a diverse consortium of higher education institutions, national rectors’ conferences, education ministries and organisations actively involved in learning and teaching across Europe.

LOTUS is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Commission, as an initiative to support the implementation of European Higher Education Area (EHEA) reforms. LOTUS will run until September 2022.

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The “Spotlight on recognition” (SPOT) project aims to support staff at higher education institutions who are responsible for recognition processes and decisions by enhancing their capacities in terms of recognition procedures in compliance with the Lisbon Recognition Convention.

The SPOT project runs from July 2020 until June 2022.

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The MICROBOL project aims for ministries and stakeholders to explore, within the Bologna Process, whether and how the existing Bologna tools can be used for or adapted to micro-credentials.

The two-year project is co-funded by Erasmus+ KA3 Support to Policy reform, and, more specifically  "Support to the implementation of European Higher Education Area (EHEA) reforms". It is linked to the objectives of the new Erasmus+ Programme and the EHEA to increase access to continuous learning for all learners, regardless of age or experience.

These learners include traditional higher education students, but also underrepresented groups, adult learners and all those who want to improve their knowledge, skills and competences. To fill the gap between formal education, leading to classic degrees, and the fast-changing knowledge-development and labour market needs, new and flexible ways of learning and teaching are needed, such as short learning programmes and micro-credentials. These can be offered through formal or informal education and through online or face-to-face courses.

Ideally, all of these short forms of learning should guarantee a standard of quality. They should be linked to the Qualifications Frameworks of the EHEA and be recognised appropriately throughout the EHEA. The project will investigate what the options are available within the current guidelines.

It will focus primarily on micro-credentials provided by higher education institutions or in conjunction with higher education institutions, and touch secondly on those entirely provided by companies or non-profit organisations, the system of “open badges” and other types of “micro-learning”.

In this project an international consortium will organise various meetings and workshops in which governments, experts and stakeholders will come together to evaluate the current practices and policies relating to micro-credentials. Based on the findings of these meetings, a common European framework for micro-credentials will be proposed.

The Flemish Ministry of Education and Training coordinates MICROBOL in cooperation with:

  • EUA (European University Association)
  • The Ministry of Education and Culture from Finland
  • CIMEA (Information Centre on Academic Mobility and Equivalence) of Italy
  • ENQA (European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education)

 

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EUA is developing the Association’s vision for Europe’s universities in 2030. Building on EUA’s long-standing work, the vision for Europe’s Universities 2030 will be conceived through consultations with members, experts and statutory bodies as a vision by the sector for the sector.

Universities are undergoing constant transformation. They are part of societal developments and with their missions in education, research, innovation and culture they are themselves drivers of change. Rapid societal, scientific and technological changes pose questions to university leadership about the strategic directions to take for the future: How to best serve society in the decade ahead? How should Europe’s universities look in ten years time? What would be the ideal university? What needs to change and what must remain? EUA invites its members to reflect on these questions together and will organise a series of consultations and discussions over the second half of 2020 to develop the Association’s vision of Europe’s Universities 2030.

With the vision outlined in a final publication, EUA aims to inspire and inform members, policy makers and external partners. This resulting reference document will be meant to support universities in their development, facilitate exchange and enable the articulation of common interests to policy makers linked to the future of universities.

The DIGI-HE project aims to create a self-reflection tool that will support European higher education institutions in developing and enhancing their strategic approaches to digitalisation. Such a tool exists already for schools (SELFIE), but not for higher education, at least not at the European level. The project targets different types of institutions (universities and colleges), at different levels of maturity in their digital developments.

DIGI-HE is led by EUA and a diverse consortium that consists of European higher education institutions and organisations actively involved in the development of digital learning across Europe.

As part of this project, a survey is currently being conducted on digitally enhanced learning in European higher education institutions, which remains open until 19 June 2020.

A Forward-Looking Cooperation Project, DIGI-HE is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Commission. It will run from January 2020 to December 2022.

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