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EUPRIO MOBILITY MOVE TO SUPPORT UNI COMMS

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A new initiative to support innovative projects in university communications has been launched by EUPRIO. The EUPRIO Mobility Programme, or EMP, will give our members the chance to network and work together on specific projects that benefit university communicators across Europe, explains EUPRIO President Christine Legrand. “It is different in content and rules from the Erasmus+ Staff Mobility scheme and is not designed to finance mobility of individuals simply wishing to attend language courses, conferences or…

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EUPRIO winners show originality and imagination

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EUROPEAN university communicators once again showed imagination and originality in their entries to the 2017 EUPRIO Awards, writes Nic Mitchell. This year’s overall winner was Brno University of Technology in the Czech Republic for their ‘I Belong Here’ campaign which demonstrated original and creative ways to encourage young women to apply to study technical science subjects. Winning Brno team, from L to R, Kateřina Tušarová, Renata Herrmannová, Pavla Ondrušková and Radana…

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EUPRIO gets ready for Mannheim meeting

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Not long now until the EUPRIO family comes together in Mannheim for our 2017 annual conference. This year’s conference is focusing on how universities can successfully network with their cities, regions and companies, writes Nic Mitchell, and the event takes place from June 29 to July 2. Registration is open until 12 June – the same date entries are required for this year’s EUPRIO Awards. Ideal venue to discuss networking…

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Places filling on EUPRIO conference sessions  

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Places are filling up fast on some of the most popular workshops and masterclasses for EUPRIO’s 2017 annual conference in Mannheim, with the maximum number of participants limited to 40 per workshop or lecture. The event’s theme is Networking for a better future: Universities, Cities, Companies and Regions and speakers from all over Europe will be sharing examples of best practice in how universities can effectively network with society for…

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Time to enter the EUPRIO Awards

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With less than two months before EUPRIO’s 2017 conference in Mannheim, Germany, it is time to polish up entries for the prestigious EUPRIO Awards. The EUPRIO Awards are a chance to showcase university communication projects that make a real difference and share best practice with colleagues across Europe, writes Nic Mitchell. Entry is free, but restricted to institutions with at least one representative attending EUPRIO’s annual conference. Judging and presentations…

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Networking is key theme for EUPRIO 2017

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Registration for EUPRIO’s 2017 annual conference, which takes place from 29 June to 2 July in the German city of Mannheim, is now open. Here Nic Mitchell takes a first look at some of presentations and workshops on offer. The theme for the Mannheim conference Networking for a better future: Universities, Cities, Companies and Regions is built around the concept of universities as key connectors in wider local, regional, national…

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U-Multirank reveals ‘hidden gems’ in the world’s universities

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European universities are once again able to compare and contrast their activities with rivals around the world and demonstrate that research is far from being the only way of measuring what makes a ‘good’ university. So says U-Multirank, the comparative global university ranking initiative funded up to now by the European Union’s Erasmus+ programme. The fourth edition of U-Multirank (UMR) – which claims to have broken the mould of international…

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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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Communication is key to getting buy-in for mergers

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NIC MITCHELL looks at a new study, which says effective communications is essential to securing the buy-in of staff, students and other stakeholders for university mergers. The report from the European University Association, or EUA, reveals a quickening of the pace of mergers and concentrations of higher education institutions across Europe. Timely then that EUPRIO made this a key theme of a masterclass at our last conference in Innsbruck, when…

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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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How did European universities do in U-Multirank?

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European universities performed strongly in the second edition of U-Multirank, the global higher education rankings supported with €4 million funding from the European Commission. Here Nic Mitchell finds out who came top for what!   Reutlingen University of Applied Science in Germany had the highest percentage of ‘Co-publications with industry’ among all 1210 universities assessed worldwide. French business schools did also well, with EDHEC, ESSEC and IESEG School of Management…

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Can brain drain become brain gain for Lithuania?

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Internationalisation is a key issue across European higher education. But it is often seen as a way to boost university revenue by attracting fee-paying students from abroad or recruiting foreign students to vital, but less popular science or engineering courses, writes NIC MITCHELL. But what happens to countries exporting their talent, particularly countries like Lithuania which are struggling to enrol sufficient numbers of bright students because of high levels of…

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France tops U-Multirank for internationalisation

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France had the highest number of top-performing institutions in a new ranking produced by U-Multirank based on international orientation. Supported by the European Commission, U-Multirank is the new higher education rankings system that claims to reflect both the diversity of higher education institutions, or HEIs, and the variety of university excellence in an international context. The latest rankings use a range of ‘international orientation’ indicators. These include student mobility and…

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Turning university communications upside down!

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Can we have any real idea of what the world of higher education will look like in 2020? The pace of change with developments such as digitisation, globalisation and privatisation is transforming the face of universities that have lasted pretty much unchanged for hundreds of years. With students travelling from one side of the world to the other for their degrees and MOOCs and online learning encouraging studying without leaving…

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Solidarity with Charlie Hebdo attack victims

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Europe’s universities have expressed solidarity with Charlie Hebdo attack victims, with the European University Association (EUA) backing a statement from the French national rectors conference (CPU) saying freedom of expression is a core university value. The statement from Conférence des présidents d’université (CPU) said: “They targeted a newspaper, its journalists, policemen who were protecting them, but they also attacked the university’s values and those of the Republic: freedom of expression.”…

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Excellence schemes are blooming in Europe’s universities

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The European University Association recently published a new report examining ‘excellence schemes’ and their impact on universities in Europe. NIC MITCHELL looks at the main findings. From Britain’s recent Research Excellence Framework, or REF, used to decide where public funded research is best spent to France’s €7.7 billion Excellence Initiatives designed to create up to ten multidisciplinary hubs capable of competing with the best universities in the world, ‘Excellence’ is…

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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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UK universities pin their flag to the EU mast

In the run-up to elections for new European Parliament speculation was rife that Britain might be heading for the European Union exit door. But one group has not been afraid to pin their pro-European credentials firmly to the mast – and that’s the assembled ranks of UK universities, as NIC MITCHELL explains. AS WITH much of Europe, disillusionment with the way mainstream politicians handled the economic recession, banking crisis and…

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