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What does Brexit mean for European higher education?

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Britain is not leaving Europe. It is just starting divorce proceedings from the European Union. Here Nic Mitchell explores some of the implications for European higher education in his Brexit blog for EUPRIO members.   The starting gun for the official process of Britain leaving the European Union was fired on 29 March 2017 by UK Prime Minister Theresa May, pictured, and British and European higher education and research leaders…

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Happy birthday Erasmus!

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Hundreds of EUPRIO members are familiar with Erasmus, either from going abroad as exchange students themselves and doing short work placement at other European universities, or by promoting the European Union’s mobility programme as part of their institution’s internationalisation strategy.   ERASMUS celebrates its 30th anniversary this year after being relaunched in 2014, with a budget of €14.7billion for the seven years up to 2020, when seven previous European Union…

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EUA response to British Prime Minister’s Brexit speech

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The European University Association (EUA) issued a press statement on 17 January responding to British Prime Minister’s Theresa May’s Brexit speech. We publish the full text below for information. EUA applauds focus on science, research and innovation Despite its regret about the UK leaving the EU, the European University Association (EUA) is pleased that UK Prime Minister Theresa May explicitly highlighted science, research and innovation in a much-anticipated speech on Brexit…

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Networking under the spotlight in Mannheim

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‘European networks on the rise’ proclaimed the headline in the Times Higher Education magazine on 3 November 2016.   So how timely that EUPRIO should be organising its next conference in Mannheim on precisely this theme, writes Nic Mitchell. Mannheim is the ideal venue to discuss networking Networking for a better future: Universities, Cities, Territories and Enterprises is the title of our 2017 annual gathering of higher education marketing and…

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Applying science to society wins EUPRIO Awards

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A pattern emerged from this year’s EUPRIO Award winning entries – with a strong focus on increasing public understanding of what universities and their talented experts do for society at large, writes Nic Mitchell.   The two top slots were won by institutions of applied sciences, with Hogeschool von Amsterdam, the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, or AUAS, being the overall EUPRIO Award 2016 winner for its series of ‘making…

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EUPRIO keeps on growing

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Over 280 participants from the world of European university communications and higher education marketing came together for the 2016 EUPRIO conference hosted by the Belgium’s University of Antwerp in early September.   The conference, under the theme of Living the brand, saw representatives from Croatia and Montenegro take part for the first time as EUPRIO celebrated the 30th anniversary of its founding in Belgium back in 1986, writes NIC MITCHELL…

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Deadline soon for EUPRIO’s 2016 conference

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The deadline is rapidly approaching to register for EUPRIO’s 2016 annual conference being hosted by the University of Antwerp in Belgium from September 1-3, writes Nic Mitchell   Waiting your arrival: Central Station, Antwerp The closing date to sign-up for this year’s event is Monday 22 August, which is also the revised deadline to enter the EUPRIO Awards. Unsurprisingly, the 2016 conference has attracted considerable interest as it is focusing…

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Rectors condemn attack on academic freedom in Turkey

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European university leaders have condemned the crackdown on academic freedom following the failed coup in Turkey, writes Nic Mitchell. The European University Association (EUA), which represents 850 members in 47 countries, said the education sector, including higher education, has been targeted, with 15,200 education staff suspended and Turkey’s Higher Education Council (YÖK) ordering the resignation of all Deans from both Turkey’s public and foundation universities. Four university rectors in Turkey…

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New features for the EUPRIO 2016 conference

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  With numbers signing up for EUPRIO’s 2016 annual conference in Antwerp topping the 200-mark last week, and growing every day, organisers are confident it will be a great event, writes Nic Mitchell Several new features are being introduced this year to help participants get the most out of #EUPRIO2016, which is being hosted by the University of Antwerp, Belgium, from 1-3 September. New for this year is the Open…

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In or out of the EU, EUPRIO will stay together

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Speculation is mounting about the impact on universities of the UK’s #BREXIT referendum on European Union membership, especially in areas like student and staff mobility and research cooperation, writeS Nic Mitchell. But for EUPRIO the message is clear! “In or out of the EU, our European association of university communication colleagues will remain together”, said EUPRIO’s President Christine Legrand. “We are colleagues with same questions, exchanges and experience and we are…

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Clock ticking to EUPRIO Awards deadline

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The clock is ticking towards the deadline for entries to the prestigious EUPRIO Awards, writes Nic Mitchell. Entry is free, but restricted to universities who will have at least one delegate attending EUPRIO’s annual conference, which this year takes place at Belgium’s University of Antwerp, from September 1-3, 2016. EUPRIO Awards offer members the chance to showcase professional excellence and originality in their public relations, marketing and communication activities and…

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Don’t miss out on EUPRIO 2016 in Antwerp

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Sessions are filling up fast for the 2016 EUPRIO conference and organisers say those planning to join us in Antwerp, Belgium should register now and reserve their place at the workshops and talks that appeal to them, writes Nic Mitchell. This year the overall theme for the EUPRIO conference is branding – and how university communicators can, and need to, develop their brand to flourish in an increasingly competitive marketplace.…

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EUPRIO extends its reach to the South Pacific

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Just as Australia is now part of the Eurovision song contest, so EUPRIO has extended its reach to the heart of the South Pacific Ocean by welcoming the University of New Caledonia as one of its newest members, as Nic Mitchell reports.   Sylvian Raffard-Artigue Sylvian Raffard-Artigue must be EUPRIO’s furthest flung member from the European heartlands of Brussels and Paris, but he is now very much part of our…

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Branding under the EUPRIO spotlight in Antwerp

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Registration for EUPRIO’s 2016 conference in the delightful Belgian port city of Antwerp is now open. here Nic Mitchell takes a first look at what is on offer in the workshops and presentations. Why should fee-paying international students travel half way round the world to study with you? And what will make scientists and other research partners choose your institution as their preferred partner? The answer often rests on how…

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Branding was the focus for Italian communicators

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Two EUPRIO presidents, one from the present and the other from the not so distant past, attended the annual meeting of the Italian association of higher education communication professionals, AICUN, in Rome. Current president Christine Legrand, from CPE Lyon in France, took part in a round table discussion on university branding with Paolo Pomati, from Università del Piemonte Orientale in Italy, who was out president from 2008-12. Also taking part…

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End of the one-way communication street!

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Leading figures from the world of international higher education gathered at Groningen University in the Netherlands for the first ‘Student of the Future’ conference organised by Dutch-based study choice platform, StudyPortals. Here NIC MITCHELL looks at key issues raised for marketing and communication practitioners. The digital age means an end of the one-way messaging from universities to the next generation of students. Tony Lee from Study Group So says Tony…

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Universities want UK to stay in European Union

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British and European universities have decided they can’t afford to stand idly by in the big debate about whether the United Kingdom should remain or leave the European Union, writes Nic Mitchell.   With a referendum on the matter called for June 23, and opinion polls showing the UK’s voting public pretty evenly split, the British rectors’ association – UniversitiesUK – has come down firmly in favour of staying within…

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Huge rise in English-taught courses across Europe

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There has been a rise of nearly 1,000% in the number of English-taught programmes offered by universities in non-English speaking European countries since 2002, reports Nic Mitchell. The number has gone up from 725 when the Academic Cooperation Association (ACA) carried out its first study in 2002, rising to 2,389 in 2007 and 8,089 in 2014. The study, English-Taught Programmes in European Higher Education, can be accessed via the PDF…

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Living the brand at EUPRIO’s Antwerp conference

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How can universities encourage their staff and students to live the brand? That’s the key question for EUPRIO’s 2016 conference at the University of Antwerp, Belgium, from September 1-3. Here Nic Mitchell talks to the organiser Jan Dries and Sofia Moestedt-Westerberg, chair of the conference programme, to find out more about ‘Living the brand’. Antwerp’s Cathedral clock is ticking towards #EUPRIO2016 Universities as corporate brands Universities are now often portrayed…

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Merry Christmas Euprians !

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from EUPRIO’s President Christine Legrand and executive board members Paola Scioli, Uwe Steger and Marcin Witkowski to all our members and supporters. We look forward to seeing you all at #EUPRIO16, the ‘Living the Brand’ conference in Antwerp September 1-3. We will be having a competition for our new logo in 2016 and will be giving further details in the New Year. and…

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What’s driving European university mergers?

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Universities across Europe are talking about merging or forming alliances and concentrating faculties like never before, writes Nic Mitchell. Since the turn of the century, the European University Association (EUA) has recorded nearly 100 on its interactive merger map. And the pace is accelerating, with eight super-universities or clusters identified in 2012; 12 in 2013 and 14 in 2014. So, what’s driving the merger mania? Is it a response to…

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European Universities for Openness and Tolerance

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European universities have launched a campaign, ‘European Universities for an Open World’, which calls on universities to reaffirm their commitment to the fundamental values of openness, tolerance and solidarity. The initiative comes after many students, teachers and researchers were among victims of the Paris terrorist attacks. Speaking on behalf of Europe’s higher education community, the European University Association (EUA) sent a message of solidarity and support to the French Conférence…

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Nic wins Higher Education Journalism Award

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Freelance writer and EUPRIO contributor Nic Mitchell has won the prestigious Award for Outstanding Higher Education Journalism from the UK’s Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) Education & Skills Group. The award sponsored by IFS University College was announced at the annual CIPR Education Journalism Awards 2015 in London on 12 November. Nic was up against full-time national journalists and won the prize for a feature for the BBC online…

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Liberté Égalité Fraternité! And solidarity!

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EUPRIO President Christine Legrand has thanked the many members who have sent her and other French EUPRIO representatives messages of sympathy and support after the gun attacks and suicide bombings in Paris on Friday night (13 November). “These terrible events not only concern France but also Europe, the world and universities everywhere. Liberté Égalité Fraternité! And solidarity! I’m so sad today,” said Christine. “What happened in Paris on Friday followed…

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Innovative selfies campaign wins EUPRIO Award

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An innovative social media campaign encouraging student engagement through ‘selfie’ online images certainly caught the eye of judges and participants at this year’s EUPRIO conference in Perugia. For the #IAMIN campaign, launched to boost the recruitment of top-flight students to England’s Loughborough University, was the overall winner of the 2015 EUPRIO Award, writes Nic Mitchell. Second place went to the University of Lodz, Poland, for their ‘SmartUni” network of mobile…

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EUPRIO looks at the future of universities

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Great Italian food and weather combined with thought-provoking workshops and speakers helped to make EUPRIO’s 2015 annual conference one of the most successful in recent years. A total of 284 participated, among them 28 speakers, for the three days of intensive networking and learning and sharing fresh ideas in the beautiful historic setting of Perugia, capital of Italy’s Umbria region. There were representatives from 27 countries, including a delegate from…

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Changing face of European higher education

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We talk a lot in EUPRIO about the need to face up to rapid change, so how timely is a new report from the European University Association giving us some facts and figures on major trends in European higher education over the past five years. Here NIC MITCHELL takes a look at the key findings. A YEAR ago at EUPRIO’s Innsbruck conference, we asked: How to communicate in a world…

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Join us in Perugia and enter the EUPRIO Awards

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Over 200 people have already registered for #EUPRIO2015 in Perugia, but there is still time to join us next month when we hold our annual conference once again in a beautiful part of Italy, from September 6-9. The deadline for registrations is Friday, August 21 – see here for details including travel and accommodation. This is the same deadline now set for the EUPRIO Awards – see here for more…

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UK universities launch campaign to stay in Europe

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LUCY SHACKLETON explains in a guest blog why Universities UK, or UUK, has launched Universities for Europe, a campaign to highlight how the European Union helps universities to support individuals, the economy and society in the UK. UUK, the British national rectors’ conference, represents 133 British universities; and the country’s higher education institutions appear to be speaking with one voice in support of promoting the benefits for universities of the…

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Don’t leave it too late for Perugia!

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Before you pack your bags and head for the sun, don’t forget to register for EUPRIO’s 2015 conference in Perugia, Italy, says NIC MITCHELL. This year’s theme of Turn it upside down reflects the upheaval higher education is going through across the European continent and beyond. The conference opens on Sunday, September 6 – a change from the usual Thursday start – and is the fourth to be held in…

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European students warn of lack of Bologna progress

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The European Students’ Union, or ESU, has warned that the Bologna Process, which seeks to harmonise and reform higher education across the continent, is in danger of becoming obsolete because of uneven implementation and poor follow-up of commitments by many European countries, writes Nic Mitchell. The ESU report Bologna with Student Eyes: Time to meet the expectations from 1999, is based on responses from national union of students’ organisations in…

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Make the most of EUPRIO conferences

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NIC MITCHELL has been attending EUPRIO conferences in 25 years. Here, he offers some tips on how to get the most out of the annual gathering of European higher education communicators. EUPRIO’s conferences are really something special. Held in either late June or early September, they move across the continent of Europe – often meeting in out of the way venues that you might never visit otherwise! My first was…

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French higher education communicators celebrate 30th anniversary

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France’s association for higher education communication professionals, ARCES, has been celebrating its 30th anniversary. To mark the occasion, ARCES has organised anniversary communication awards, which attracted 51 entries from 28 institutiorns. There were six categories and a list of the winners can be found here – (in French). Jobs survey ARCES members have also been taking part in the 6th French Observatory survey of jobs in communications. The biannual survey…

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Spain to pioneer new mobile master’s loans

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Spain has been picked to pioneer the European Union’s new Erasmus Loan Guarantee Scheme. The scheme, launched in June, offers loans of up to €12,000 for a one-year master’s degree in another European country or €18,000 for a two-year masters abroad. The initiative will eventually receive around €500 million from the budget of the huge Erasmus+ student mobility programme, which the European Commission says will help to raise up to…

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POLISH UP YOUR EUPRIO AWARD ENTRIES

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Time to polish up your entry for the European higher education communications ‘Oscars’ and gain the recognition you deserve from PR and marketing peers across the continent. Gisella Bengtsson from Uppsala University (R) receiving the EUPRIO 2014 Award from Sys Christina Vestergaard. The annual EUPRIO Awards shine the spotlight on outstanding campaigns and projects and encourage the sharing of best practice by university communication teams all over Europe. Judging and…

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MOOCS AND UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS

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Guest blogger RÉGIS FAUBET looks at the communication challenges of promoting MOOCs now they have lost much of their novelty value. THREE years ago, when MOOCs started gaining attention, it was relatively easy for Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to benefit from the novelty aspect and get several thousands of students to register for a MOOC. MOOCs growth trends In March 2015, the number of MOOCs, or Massive Open Online Courses…

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ARE YOU READY FOR PERUGIA?

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Registration for EUPRIO’s 2015 annual conference in the heart of Italy’s Umbria region is now open and here NIC MITCHELL takes a look at what’s on offer.   The three-day event promises to be a great opportunity to share the latest thinking on university communications and marketing with colleagues from all over Europe in the splendid historical setting of Perugia. The conference is being organised by Università per Stranieri di…

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Seasonal message from EUPRIO’s President

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  EUPRIO President Christine Legrand I have enjoyed a busy few months since taking over the Presidency of EUPRIO from Denis Ancion at the end of our excellent annual conference hosted so superbly by the University of Innsbruck in September – and this is the first of what I hope will be regular news updates during my time serving as your President.   Spanish meetings I went to Spain with…

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EUPRIO brought a ray of sunshine to Innsbruck

Despite dire weather warnings for the Austrian Alps in early September, EUPRIO members brought a ray of sunshine to Tyrol when they arrived for the Innsbruck conference, writes Nic Mitchell. EUPRIO conferences are held in either late June or early September and bring together public relations and marketing professionals from over 20 countries to discuss and share best practices in university communications. This year we had over 250 participants coming…

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‘Stop inflating the language if you want to be trusted’

Universities should ‘stop inflating the language’ in their marketing communications and return to old-fashioned virtues, such as truthfulness, integrity, modesty and dedication if they want to win back public trust. That was the blunt warning from Dr Sijbolt Noorda, the opening keynote speaker at EUPRIO’s Innsbruck conference. The former President of the Association of Universities in the Netherlands and current President of the Academic Cooperation Association, or ACU, said he…

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Christine is new EUPRIO President

Christine Legrand is the new President of the European Public Relations and Information Officers’ association (EUPRIO). EUPRIO’s new President Christine Legrand She is the Director of Communications and Industrial Relations at CPE Lyon in France and took over as EUPRIO President at the end of the association’s annual conference, held this month (September) at the University of Innsbruck, in Austria. She will serve for two years. EUPRIO has nearly 700…

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Reward scientists who are good communicators, says think tank

Among measures to improve the way science is communicated to society, a German think tank is recommending rewarding scientists who are good at engaging with the public, reports NIC MITCHELL. Scientists who engage with the public deserve not just support and appreciation, but also “remuneration and incentives,” says a position paper from the Siggen Circle. The paper entitled, The Siggen Call for Action – Shaping science communication – followed a…

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EUPRIO Awards deadline extended to August 10th

Following requests from a number of members, the deadline for entries to this year’s EUPRIO Awards has been extended to August 10th, writes NIC MITCHELL. The Awards offer a unique opportunity for university public relations and communications professionals to be peer-judged by their European colleagues and celebrate outstanding vision and practices throughout the continent. But the July 1st deadline proved difficult for some to meet – coming at the end…

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Time to enter the European HE communication ‘Oscars’ !

As the academic year starts to draw to a close, it is time to prepare your university’s entry for the European higher education ‘communication Oscars’. Every year at our conference, a competition to win the annual EUPRIO Awards takes place to showcase the excellence of our members’ work in communications. It is free for EUPRIO members to enter and the top prizewinner gets an invitation to present a workshop on…

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Get ready for EUPRIO 2014

Registration for EUPRIO’s 2014 conference at the University of Innsbruck in Austria is open and here NIC MITCHELL looks at some the sessions on offer. The annual conference, titled ‘How to communicate in a world dominated by change’ takes place from 4-7 September 2014. Among the highlights will be several sessions looking at the ever-closer relationship between business and higher education & research – a development high up the agenda…

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Science communication spotlight on the Czech Republic

Alexandra Hroncová, the Czech member on EUPRIO’s Steering Committee, will be among the presenters at AFO – the 49th International Festival of Science Documentary Films, taking place from April 15-20, 2014. AFO aims to present science as an attractive, dynamic and diverse sector through films charting natural, humanities and social science disciplines. The event is hosted by the University of Olomouc in the Czech Republic, and Alexandra, pictured, says: “It…

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#EUPRIO14: Keeping up with the pace of higher education change

The pace of change in higher education is accelerating and those on the frontline explaining what is going on have never faced such challenging times. With cuts to government spending, and demographic trends reducing the flow of 18 and 19-year-olds, the need to communicate the value – and values – of higher education have never been greater. So, it is timely that EUPRIO’s 2014 conference in Innsbruck, Austria (pictured), should…

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Russian focus on visual communications gets EUPRIO backing

A web conference being organised by a Russian university is being supported by EUPRIO. The webinar-style event will focus on visual communications in new media and is being hosted by Tomsk State University, from May 20-22, 2014. EUPRIO’s President Denis Ancion said: “I’m delighted to accept an invitation for us to be an official information partner and hope EUPRIO members with expertise in this field will put themselves forward as…

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Challenges and opportunities for EUPRIO members in 2014

Funding cuts, immigration controls and higher tuition fees are just three of the challenges facing European universities in 2014 and beyond. But there are exciting developments, too, with the internationalisation of higher education and the opening up of online learning, which offer fresh opportunities for European universities to spread their influence far and wide. So, it is not surprising that EUPRIO’s next conference will be around the theme ‘How to…

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Let us hear from you about EUPRIO 2014 in the Alps!

MEMORIES of the sunny (and rainy) days of EUPRIO’s last conference in the historic English city of Canterbury are now fading, but the team responsible for organising our annual gatherings of European higher education communicators are busy working on the 2014 annual conference, to be held in the equally historic city of Innsbruck in the Austrian Alps, from 4-7 September. With Europe and higher education in general in a state…

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Denis communicates the value of EUPRIO at German conference

EUPRIO’s President Denis Ancion, pictured, was a guest at the three-day annual conference of communicators from German universities, held in Hannover, from 11-13 September 2013. Denis was invited to give a workshop on impulses, strategies and visions for communication and marketing experts in the rapidly changing world of European higher education. A key theme was that EUPRIO is becoming more effective by building up from its grassroots at a national…

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Changes ahead for Belgium French-speaking higher education

The government of the French-speaking community of Belgium has began a project aimed at reorganising higher education, reports Véronique Eloy. The plans have been examined by the State Council and are expected to get parliamentary approval at the end of September. The hope is that they will be implemented by all institutions of higher education in Brussels and Wallonia for the beginning of the 2014-15 academic year. The reforms aim…

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National Geographic link-up wins 2013 EUPRIO Award

EUPRIO’s new look award scheme created quite a buzz at the Kent conference with delegates helping to pick the winning entry after a poster session during one of the lunch breaks. A bit like Eurovision, the views of delegates were combined with the judging panel and this year’s top prize – an all-expenses paid invitation to attend and present at next year’s annual conference in Innsbruck – went to Universiteit…

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Canterbury proves ideal for EUPRIO tales

From the opening ceremony in the shadow of Canterbury’s magnificent cathedral, one sensed that the 2013 EUPRIO conference was going to be something special. And so it turned out right through to the EUPRIO Awards and gala dinner on the last night, with a smooth transition from Paolo Pomati’s Italian presidency to the first conference under the guidance of Denis Ancion, from Maastricht, in the Netherlands. EUPRIO delegates bid farewell…

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Registration for EUPRIO 2013 closes on 14 June

Demand for places at the EUPRIO 2013 annual conference being held at the University of Kent in Canterbury from 27-29 June has exceeded expectations and registrations will close at midnight on Friday 14 June. With 200 delegates already signed-up, the organisers achieved their target number of delegates with four weeks to spare at the end of May. This year’s conference marks EUPRIO’s return to England after a ten-year break when…

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Getting ready for EUPRIO 2013

Registration for EUPRIO’s 2013 Conference at the University of Kent in the UK is open. The annual conference, titled ‘Students, alumni and staff – the best university brand ambassadors’, takes place this year from 27-29 June at the University’s campus in Canterbury. EUPRIO President, Denis Ancion says: “The conference will be tackling some really hot issues as European universities face up to the major challenge of securing their positions in…

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Change is coming, but are we ready?

EUPRIO’s President Denis Ancion tells NIC MITCHELL about a meeting of Dutch members which focused on the vital role of internal communications – a key theme for our forthcoming annual conference in Canterbury this June. The image shows international students at a “Mix & Mingle” event in Maastricht, a key audience for university branding worldwide. Creating more visibility for EUPRIO. This is one of the most important ambitions for the…

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EUPRIO 2013 all set for June take-off at the University of Kent

Venues are all booked, the keynote speakers are in place and it’s all systems go for take-off for EUPRIO’s 2013 conference at the University of Kent in the UK. The annual conference provides EUPRIO members with a stimulating opportunity to discuss best practice, hear about new trends and do some serious networking. This year it takes place from 27-30 June at the University of Kent’s lovely Canterbury campus, set in…

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‘European mobile student loans will help banks not students’ – ESU

With the Erasmus scheme running out of money and fears that 2013 is going tougher financially, the European Commission has proposed an ‘EU Erasmus Loan Guarantee Facility’ for master’s students studying abroad. But the plan has come under attack from the very people it is said to support, as NIC MITCHELL reports. ________________________________________ A PROPOSED loan scheme to support master’s students studying abroad, part of ‘ Erasmus for all’, is…

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Ban on foreign students at UK university sparks protests

THE Vice Chancellor of the London University banned from enrolling foreign students from outside the EU has claimed the decision will have a “profound impact” on international confidence in the entire British higher education sector: London Met banned from enrolling overseas students After days of uncertainty, the UK Border Agency confirmed on 29 August that London Metropolitan University was losing its “highly trusted status” for sponsoring international students. The announcement…

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Heavy weight issues under the spotlight at EUPRIO 2012

Venue for EUPRIO 2012: Gothenburg, Sweden There are some really heavy weight issues to be discussed at this year’s annual conference of the European Universities Public Relations and Information Officers association (EUPRIO) in Gothenburg, Sweden, from September 6-8, 2012. “Under the theme of ‘The social contract between universities and society’ we will be looking at how European universities should use communications as a key tool to win public support in…

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