“Expert Voices” is an online platform featuring original commentary and analysis on the higher education and research sector in Europe. It offers EUA experts, members and partners the opportunity to share their expertise and perspectives in an interactive and flexible exchange on key topics in the field.
All views expressed in these articles are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of EUA.
05 May 2021
Universities as places of culture
The preservation and development of culture is part of the mission of universities. This article, from the President of HRK, explores how this mission widens the knowledge triangle of education, research and innovation to a knowledge square – with universities at the centre.
21 Apr 2021
The Academic Freedom Index: a powerful instrument for policy and practice
The Academic Freedom Index provides a robust assessment of academic freedom levels worldwide that can inform and guide advocacy and policy efforts. Co-developers Janika Spannagel and Ilyas Saliba from the Global Public Policy Institute propose five concrete ways university administrations and civil society organisations can make use of the new data to strengthen academic freedom.
20 Apr 2021
Covid-19 and internal quality assurance: practices and challenges
The Covid-19 crisis has led to a widening of the scope and role of internal quality assurance at universities and a shifting of the focus of evaluation practices. With the challenge of ensuring the quality of emergency remote learning and teaching, certain university activities may have received uneven attention and coverage. This article looks at the unique case of Tbilisi State University (TSU) in Georgia.
19 Apr 2021
EUA global collaboration: past, present and future
On the occasion of EUA’s 20th anniversary, President Michael Murphy and long-time senior expert and Director Michael Gaebel look back at two decades of global university collaboration. Offering a brief history, the piece also reimagines global engagement in a way that is fit for the opportunities and challenges ahead.
14 Apr 2021
EU recovery funds - a window of opportunity for universities
The EU recovery plan offers an immediate chance to invest in education and research as we approach the economic fallout of the Covid-19 crisis. This article, informed by the latest EUA data on public funding to universities, argues that the impact can be buffered by learning from past mistakes and designing policies that are sustainable beyond the short term.
30 Mar 2021
23 Mar 2021
The emerging governance of the European University Alliances: future-proof complexity?
As the European University Initiative nears its mid-term review, it is time to think seriously about how the alliances are governed. Complex setups must retain their fitness for purpose and benefit the university communities. In this article, EUA experts Thomas Estermann and Enora Bennetot Pruvot argue that the alliances must have the means to stay focused on collaboration – without being overburdened with multiple objectives.
23 Mar 2021
23 Mar 2021
22 Mar 2021