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Places filling on EUPRIO conference sessions  

Uni-Mannheim entrance

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

UA, Euprio

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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What does Brexit mean for European higher education?

UK-Euro buttons

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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Huge rise in English-taught courses across Europe

Only a tiny proportion of students are on English-taught programmes

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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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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Do the rankings have too much influence?

Oxford University skyline

AS US News & World Report becomes the latest to offer its version of the world’s top 500 universities, complete with regional variations including Europe, we turn the spotlight on the higher education rankings with guest blogger ANDREA COSTA and ask whether they have got out of hand? THE ENTIRE global higher education system seems to have fallen into a giant trap: rankings. To be fair, this trap is in…

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Should the West be so obsessed with international student recruitment?

ETH-Singapore Future Cities Lab

A SWISS academic has urged western universities to do more joint research with developing countries in Africa and Asia to overcome man-made problems like climate change and focus less on international student recruitment. ETH Zürich’s Professor Gerhard Schmitt Gerhard Schmitt, Professor of Information Architecture at ETH Zürich and founding-director of the Singapore-ETH Centre, was speaking to  a workshop on ‘Moving Abroad’ at the European Public Relations and Information Officers association (EUPRIO) annual conference in…

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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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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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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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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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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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Happy New Year from EUPRIO

So it’s farewell to 2012, another year of austerity in much of Europe. For universities, it has meant adapting to change and a growing understanding that communicating what we do to the public at large has never been more important. That’s why the theme of our perfectly-organised conference in Gothenburg was so relevant. stronger together ‘The social contract between universities and society’ was planned as the theme two years ago…

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