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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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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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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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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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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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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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‘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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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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University comms in the age of Facebook posts and tweets !

Nic Mitchell (alias @EuprioNic) EUPRIO’s chief blogger Nic Mitchell drew on his experience managing the flow of news on the association’s website and social media pages when he spoke, via Skype, to the 4th UNICA PR and Communication Workshop this month. Here he highlights some of his key messages. My talk focused on ‘University communications in the digital age – where a feature is a blog and a news brief…

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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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Spotlight on Lithuania

Lithuania’s capital Vilnius holds a soft spot in the folklore of EUPRIO members for we held our 2006 annual conference there, the first in Eastern Europe. Now, having just played a key role in plotting the future path of the EU, it is timely for our latest blog from Nic Mitchell to shine the spotlight on trends in Lithuania’s higher education system. LITHUANIA has been at the heart of the…

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Is the EU relevant to university communicators?

EUPRIANS meet in Brussels to find out EUPRIO President Denis Ancion As university communications staff around Europe struggle with ever-increasing workloads, do they really have time – or the energy – to think about Brussels and the relative importance of what’s happening at the heart of the European Union? That’s the question Nic Mitchell put to EUPRIO’s President DENIS ANCION after the association’s Steering Committee organised a ‘Meet Brussels’ event…

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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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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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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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