At the castle gates, Perugia

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 […]

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How did European universities do in U-Multirank?


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 […]

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Why U-Multirank deserves a second look


With U-Multirank’s second world university rankings to be published on March 30,NIC MITCHELL and ANDREA COSTA look at why the EU-backed initiative is treated with suspicion by some higher education stakeholders. Opinion was very much divided when the European University Association, or EUA, asked European universities what they thought of U-Multirank’s first efforts to break […]

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Can brain drain become brain gain for Lithuania?


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 […]

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France tops U-Multirank for internationalisation


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. […]

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Turning university communications upside down!


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 […]

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Solidarity with Charlie Hebdo attack victims


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, […]

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Excellence schemes are blooming in Europe’s universities


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 […]

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Seasonal message from EUPRIO’s President


  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 […]

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