Higher education and research play a key role in fostering cooperation between the European Union and its neighbours. Universities build bridges across political, cultural and economic borders through student and staff mobility, research collaborations, and through studying and teaching foreign cultures.
EUA believes that international collaboration enhances the quality of universities’ work. Capacity building within Europe and with neighbours will lead to a better and more inclusive research and higher education community. This helps increase understanding between cultures and thereby contributes to stability and progress.
More than 250,000 people cross borders between the European Economic Area and neighbouring countries annually. In addition, thousands of institutional partnerships stretch across the EU’s eastern border and across the Mediterranean.
EUA has a large membership far beyond the EU, including 122 institutions in EU neighbourhood and accession countries, as well as 32 institutions in Russia and Kazakhstan. These higher education institutions participate in EUA events and projects and contribute to the community of European universities. Importantly, the Bologna process gathers 48 higher education systems, and several of the countries defined as Neighbourhood countries in the EU context participate to the Bologna process, and are members of the European Higher Education Area. The Association works towards improving higher education in the whole region, using the advantage of its diversity with a common purpose. EUA supports the action of the network of Higher Education Reform Experts (HERE), a pool of experts for the modernisation of higher education in EU Neighbourhood countries. EUA’s efforts in this area can also be seen in its global relations activities, its work on university autonomy and governance as well as its work on the Sustainable Development Goals.
The Centre for East European and International studies (ZOiS) published a report entitled "Higher Education in Europe’s Unrecognized Territories: Challenges and Opportunities", co-authored by Thomas de Waal and Sabine von Löwis. The report looks in detail at the universities in Abkhazia,...view more
The sixth edition of the International Turkic World Tourism Symposium will take place on 9-11...view more
EUA is gravely concerned by reports of academics still being held in prison for having signed the Academics for Peace petition “We Will not be a Party to this Crime”, which addressed the situation in south eastern Turkey. On 26 July 2019, the General Assembly of the Turkish Constitutional Court...view more
The European Commission’s agency for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW), together with the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) invite experts, stakeholders and interested partners to complete their second online survey in the context of the...view more
EUA mobilised its expertise in university governance and autonomy to assist Kazakh universities in assessing their current regulatory framework and in pointing to opportunities to enhance autonomy in the sector. In the framework of the EU-supported project “Transition to university...view more
This report is a milestone of the EU-supported project “Transition to University Autonomy in...read more
On 19-20 March EUA held a two-day training seminar for partners of the TRUNAK project, focused on...view more
The TRUNAK project officially started at the end of 2017 with a kick-off meeting in Karaganda, Kazakhstan. The project, supported by the European Union under Erasmus+, seeks to enhance university autonomy in Kazakhstan. The project runs until October 2020. It is coordinated by...view more
Universities facilitate and promote person-to-person contacts and establish formal, international ties across the world as part of their daily business. University student and staff mobility is an important way to enhance learning and to empower people. In a changing research landscape dependent...read more
The European University Association takes a keen interest in the European Neighbourhood Policy. EUA cooperates with higher education institutions and organisations in the eastern and southern neighbourhood in order to foster dialogue and mutual understanding, exchange knowledge and expertise,...read more