“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.
16 Sep 2020
Multidisciplinary entrepreneurship training develops the capacity for effectiveness
Providing students with the skills for multidisciplinary collaboration and entrepreneurship supports social impact. The Tampere Universities community promotes this endeavour through multidisciplinary entrepreneurship training, presenting students with innovation challenges aimed at creating societal benefit, and by facilitating interaction between people from multidisciplinary backgrounds. As Taru Pilvi explains, through active, targeted measures, universities can provide the tools and skills required to address today’s challenges – and this is increasingly attractive to students.
15 Sep 2020
European quality assurance framework: Why all the attention?
The Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area (ESG) have led to major developments, however there are now proposals for revisions. EUA expert Tia Loukkola looks into what is behind these calls and offers examples that highlight the flexibility of the ESG as a key success factor.
10 Jul 2020
Universities and Covid-19: Inventiveness and goodwill at the service of society
During the Covid-19 crisis, universities innovated greatly in various fields to bring solutions to complex and unprecedented challenges. This article by Annick Castiaux analyses an innovation project led by the University of Namur in Belgium, providing evidence of the particularities of innovation in times of crisis and the societal role of universities.
09 Jul 2020
Possible scenarios on the path towards a European degree
The idea of a European degree is fascinating and attractive, but it also raises many conceptual and practical questions. What does a European degree mean? How would it differ from the current degrees awarded by universities across Europe? Who would award it? And what would be the added value of such a degree? EUA’s Tia Loukkola and ENQA’s Maria Kelo tackle the various scenarios.
07 Jul 2020
The sound of silence: Universities need to facilitate places to focus
The university campus matters, which was demonstrated best – ironically – when the campus was closed during the coronavirus crisis. University communities missed both the silence and buzz that are important for academic activities and social needs. Alexandra den Heijer from Delft University of Technology looks at why combining the physical and virtual campus is a challenge for many universities.
06 Jul 2020
Serving society in times of crisis by transforming knowledge into innovation
During the Covid-19 crisis, enhanced breakthrough innovation from basic research made it easier for Norway to cope with and recover from the most challenging phase of the pandemic. Toril Nagelhus Hernes from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology gives a concrete example of how her university leveraged its expertise and infrastructure to ultimately serve society.
25 Jun 2020
2020: the year of European virtual mobility?
In the coming academic year, virtual mobility might be the only reliable option for some institutions in the fallout of the Covid-19 crisis. EUA expert Michael Gaebel gives a vision for the future of Erasmus+ virtual mobility and explains why 2020 is the year to advance this agenda.
22 Jun 2020
University rankings are developing. But are they improving?
In recent years, a series of new international university rankings have come into the spotlight. Their focus differs from those of more established, comprehensive rankings in that they aim to highlight universities’ performance in a specific area. EUA expert Helene Peterbauer looks into the positive aspects of this development, but cautions against undue expectations towards the validity of rankings.
16 Jun 2020
Covid -19: Lessons for our universities?
In this in-depth analysis of the lessons presented by the Covid-19 crisis for universities, EUA President Michael Murphy delves into the question of what universities might do differently now to grow impact and to ensure that the past is remembered and not relived by the next generation.
03 Jun 2020