“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.
15 Jul 2021
The free movement of talent: scenarios for international academic recognition
As learning pathways are increasingly international, the recognition of qualifications and credits obtained abroad is a key issue for countries and higher education institutions. Sebastian Bruque from the University of Jaén offers the Spanish and European perspective, outlining the various cases requiring recognition and priority actions needed for fair recognition procedures to become a reality.
15 Jul 2021
Brexit and universities – The last pieces of the puzzle
From EU funding programmes, to travel and data transfer, the pieces of the puzzle are finally falling into place for universities post-Brexit. EUA’s Thomas Jorgensen provides an update on the situation, and a glance at what roadblocks may still lie ahead.
12 Jul 2021
09 Jul 2021
The new Magna Charta Universitatum – revitalising fundamental values in a changing world
As universities strive to realise human potential, preserve the planet and promote health and prosperity, the new Magna Charta Universitatum offers a fresh opportunity to adhere to fundamental principles in order to better face a new and challenging global context. As Patrick Deane, President of the Magna Charta Observatory, writes, university signatories from around the world are more than welcome - they are necessary as we shape a common future.
08 Jul 2021
The green transition at universities: public procurement as a powerful tool
Higher education institutions in Europe are highly engaged in addressing environmental challenges through education, research and their own greening initiatives. However, sustainable procurement may be the game changer. As EUA’s Thomas Estermann writes, procurement has evolved from the lowest bidder principle to a holistic approach – and this could be the key to achieving ambitious environmental goals.
07 Jul 2021
A change of pace for research and education funding in Italy
With billions of euros on the table, Next Generation EU could be a game changer for research and education – especially in countries like Italy where underfunding is already a cause for concern. The crucial challenge lies in ensuring rapid implementation to pave the way for structural reforms. This piece by Maurizio Tira, Rector of the University of Brescia, breaks down how Italy plans to make the most of this opportunity and what it could mean for a post-pandemic future.
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 ambitious 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.