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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 gets ready for Mannheim meeting

University of Mannheim: venue for #EUPRIO17

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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MOOCS AND UNIVERSITY COMMUNICATIONS

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Guest blogger RÉGIS FAUBET looks at the communication challenges of promoting MOOCs now they have lost much of their novelty value. THREE years ago, when MOOCs started gaining attention, it was relatively easy for Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to benefit from the novelty aspect and get several thousands of students to register for a MOOC. MOOCs growth trends In March 2015, the number of MOOCs, or Massive Open Online Courses…

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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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Should the West be so obsessed with international student recruitment?

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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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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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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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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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Spotlight on Denmark

As reforms sweep across Danish universities, quality is replacing quantity as the top political priority, according to the politicians. Others are not entirely convinced, as Thomas Sørensen explains in our latest blog, which shines the spotlight on the country’s higher education sector. A SMALL country in the North of Europe, Denmark is probably best known abroad for having one of the world’s happiest populations. But a recent wave of reforms…

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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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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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International spotlight on Sweden

It is not just England where much of the buzz around higher education is about tuition fees. For Sweden has started charging non-EU/EEA students around €10,000-a-year and the consequences could be far-reaching, as NIC MITCHELL finds out in the latest in our series of blogs looking at trends in HE around Europe. SWEDEN has had one of the best-resourced higher education systems for years, with Universitas 21 – a global…

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Changes ahead for Belgium French-speaking higher education

The government of the French-speaking community of Belgium has began a project aimed at reorganising higher education, reports Véronique Eloy. The plans have been examined by the State Council and are expected to get parliamentary approval at the end of September. The hope is that they will be implemented by all institutions of higher education in Brussels and Wallonia for the beginning of the 2014-15 academic year. The reforms aim…

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Don’t forget your ‘internal’ stakeholders!

NIC MITCHELL, our online news editor, welcomes the overarching theme for this year’s conference of European higher education communicators at the University of Kent at the end of June. IT CAN be all too easy to overlook one of the most powerful assets to a university’s brand in the rush to impress external stakeholders. University of Kent, Canterbury is the venue for EUPRIO 2013 For while we professional communicators are…

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Spotlight on Germany

Our online news editor NIC MITCHELL launches a new series of occasional EUPRIO blogs about higher education trends in different countries and issues facing European universities by focusing on Germany. If you would like to write about what’s happening in your country or comment on our blogs, we’d love to hear from you to help us increase the understanding of EUPRIO members about developments in research and higher education across…

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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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Fees up, grades down and a waiting game

Many eyes are watching the British experiment of transferring the main cost of going to university from the State to the student going? So, how is it going a week after the ‘A’ level results were announced?  Nic Mitchell investigates. Well, it is only a few days since the release of ‘A’ level results on 16 August and probably a little too early to be sure, but the headline messages…

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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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A very special family

After being a member of EUPRIO for 22 years, NIC MITCHELL is looking forward to his 21st conference in Gothenburg this September. Here, he reflects on the value of being part of this special family of higher education communicators which he first joined on the hills of Tuscany, pictured. My baptism into the EUPRIO family came at the 1990 conference – and apart from missing Strasbourg in 1997 because of…

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Fees up, Applications down and a row about an Access Czar!

Nic Mitchell turns to Lewis Carroll’s Alice-in-Wonderland to make sense of UK higher education policy. I’m getting asked more and more by my friends and colleagues in mainland Europe: What’s going on in British higher education? It is a fair question and one that we keep asking ourselves! And just when we think we understand, we find higher education thrust back on to the front pages as another row ‘engulfs’…

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