“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.
23 Jun 2021
Towards greater mobility within the European HE Area
European countries have made strides in establishing the right framework conditions to facilitate the recognition of qualifications. However, as this University World News article points out, there is still work to be done to align national legislation to the Lisbon Recognition Convention.
23 Jun 2021
A vision for multilateralism in research and innovation
The European Commission’s global approach to research and innovation is an ambitions vision for the whole global knowledge system. However, as this University World News article highlights, universities, in the end, will be the ones that make the vision into a reality.
22 Jun 2021
Quality-led digitalisation and quality management post-Covid
The quality-led rationale of digitalisation in learning and teaching slowly moves back onto the agenda of higher education institutions – accelerated and enriched by experiences resulting from the Covid-19 crisis. As Sandra von Sydow of Humboldt University of Berlin writes, to allow for systematic, evidence-based and ethical assessment of future increased use of digitalisation, evaluation and quality management need to come into focus.
15 Jun 2021
EU university policy needs to support, not direct
The European Commission aims at developing a “European strategy for universities” to strengthen synergies between teaching, research, innovation and service to society by better linking related European-level policies. EUA’s Anna-Lena Claeys-Kulik discusses how such a strategy could bring added value and what it should refrain from.
27 May 2021
Higher education for a greener Europe
A new EUA study reveals that higher education institutions in Europe are highly engaged in activities that address environmental challenges and the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the EU’s Green Deal. As experts Michael Gaebel and Henriette Stoeber write, the higher education sector is well placed in this field, but European initiatives must better capitalise on universities’ expertise and enthusiasm in fostering environmental sustainability.
27 May 2021
Framing the SDGs within an institutional strategy – the case of Trinity College Dublin
Sustainability is an important issue for universities. At Trinity College Dublin, the current strategic plan articulates sustainability as a priority supported by two goals: alignment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals and embedding this in all facets of university life. However, as Catherine McCabe and Michele Hallahan write, this has its challenges and, in addition to significant resourcing, it requires commitment and drive from all staff and students.
27 May 2021
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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.