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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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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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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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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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A million babies and better job prospects – thanks to Erasmus!

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Two new European reports have highlighted the importance of student mobility and internalisation to the continent. Here NIC MITCHELL looks at the Erasmus Impact Study. And in another blog he considers a paper from the European University Association (EUA) urging European universities to do more to integrate their foreign students.REVELATIONS that one million babies had been born to Erasmus students since 1987 caught the headlines when the Erasmus Impact Study…

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To internationalise – Start by integrating your international students

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Increasing mobility is rising up the higher education political agenda, but how well are European, national and institutional goals for internationalisation aligned and what happens to international students when they arrive at our universities? NIC MITCHELL looks at a new EUA paper to find out. International students at SLU, Sweden   UNIVERSITIES must do more to integrate foreign students and staff if they want to ‘internationalise’ their campus and classrooms,…

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Spotlight: Swiss immigration vote hits education and research

Switzerland’s political elite were not the only ones taken aback by a popular vote against mass immigration, as NIC MITCHELL has been discovering for the latest in our ‘Spotlight…’ series. Swiss universities and research institutions were shocked by the swift response of the European Union to the ‘yes-vote’ – which saw a tiny majority of 50.3% support the introduction of quota-based immigration, including EU nationals to Switzerland. Within weeks of…

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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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Good or bad news for EU education and research?

The European Union’s research and innovation Horizon programme is to be cut by €10 billion and over 700,000 young will miss out on study or work opportunities abroad under the Erasmus for All scheme over the next six years. That’s the bad news to emerge from the European Council summit when EU heads of state and government thrashed out Europe’s budget priorities for 2014-20. The good news, according to some…

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EU cash crisis threatens Erasmus student mobility

ERASMUS has been one of success stories for the European Union and celebrates its 25th birthday this year. But it faces a cash crisis that could endanger the future of this innovative scheme to encourage student mobility. Campaigners have launched a ‘Save Erasmus’ petition on Facebook attracting thousands of signatures as a last minute bid is made to overturn €1.9billion billion slashed from key EU’s projects, including the flagship Erasmus…

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Immigration controls versus international student recruitment

Former EUPRIO UK Steering Committee member Nic Mitchell joined the panel for The Guardian’s online live chat on the future of international student mobility with experts from within and outside Europe. Here are some of the key issues raised in a fast and furious debate. PHOTO: Mobility in action, students from England,  Germany, Portugal, Italy and Sweden at Linköping University. TIGHTER immigration controls are a hot topic for education chiefs and policy-makers…

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