“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.
26 Jan 2023
Setting the stage for digitally enhanced higher education [Op-ed]
Beyond getting the technology in place, digitally enhanced learning and teaching (DELT) in higher education requires considerable resources and engagement, strategy and leadership. In this article for University World News, EUA’s Michael Gaebel draws on lessons from the DIGI-HE project’s efforts to support and foster strategic approaches.
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.
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.
24 Feb 2021
Is Europe ready for a post-crisis online reform project?
When Covid-19 forced universities to quickly switch to online and blended learning and teaching, the European University Association was already deep into the preparation of a study on the topic. This article looks at the experience of digital learning and teaching before and during the crisis, what has been accomplished and what challenges likely await.
22 Sep 2020
EU-guaranteed student loans: A means to enhance international degree mobility?
As part of the Erasmus+ programme, the European Union launched the Master Student Loan Guarantee Facility in 2015. At the time, it was fresh and ambitious, but certainly not uncontested. However, it has not received much public attention since. Now, with the next generation of programmes about to start, loan facilities are destined to play a bigger role – but not under Erasmus+. EUA experts Luisa Bunescu and Michael Gaebel look at the lessons learnt and provide some ideas for future implementation.
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.
28 May 2020
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21 Feb 2019
Enhancing Learning and Teaching Beyond Good Intentions
Addressing the lack of recognition for the value of effective teaching requires more than making participation in teaching enhancement yet another requirement for academics, writes EUA Director, Higher Education Policy, Michael Gaebel in Inside Higher Ed.