“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.
09 Nov 2022
27 Oct 2022
European Universities Initiative demands system-level reforms [Op-ed]
If we want universities to make a leap in transnational cooperation, policymakers must take their own leap in implementing reforms that work towards creating the necessary framework conditions. In Research Europe, Anna-Lena Claeys-Kulik and Enora Bennetot Pruvot elaborate on EUA’s latest findings on the European Universities Initiative.
20 Oct 2022
17 Oct 2022
The irrelevance of “university values”
The widespread embrace of “university values” is problematic and distracts from the central value of our profession: academic freedom. Building on his contribution to a debate at EUA’s 2022 Annual Conference, Carsten A. Holz argues that rather than grandstanding with “university values” university managers ought to protect academic freedom, including through implementing good governance principles.
10 Oct 2022
Universities’ key role overlooked in European Green Deal [Op-ed]
The culture of interdisciplinarity and co-creation is one of the strongest assets of research and innovation in the quest for sustainability. As honest brokers and exponents of this approach, universities can make the Green Deal more inclusive, but only if their place in the policy framework is clearly defined, writes Sergiu-Matei Lucaci for University World News.
03 Oct 2022
Rethinking digital opportunities for universities
Universities must rethink the way they address digital transformation. Strategic planning must evolve to take advantage of opportunities in the digital world and organisations must learn to use data more effectively to improve decision making, writes EUA Digital Transformation Steering Committee member Pekka Kähkipuro.
22 Sep 2022
Why European universities are getting involved in reforming research assessment
Reforming research assessment is a hot topic, as community-driven momentum now meets national and transnational political support. Here, EUA experts that have been closely involved in drafting a landmark new agreement give a behind the scenes look at the process to date, elaborate on the unique opportunity this represents for universities and look forward to the key next step: a broad coalition of stakeholders.
19 Sep 2022
More than just a matter of style: female leadership in higher education
The growing participation of women in higher education is not yet reflected in university leadership. Here, Kerstin Mey examines barriers to reaching a critical mass of female leaders in higher education and current initiatives to promote greater inclusion, as well as the benefits progress on this will bring on campuses and beyond.
05 Sep 2022
Teaming up for joint digital transformations at European universities
Digitalisation permeates all areas of university life, and thrives on openness, interaction and fast-paced innovation. In this piece, Ronald Maier, a member of EUA’s new Digital Transformation Steering Committee, outlines how universities can jointly engage in digital transformations from the viewpoints of enablement, resilience, efficiency and care.
14 Jul 2022