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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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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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Resurgence or retrenchment for European universities?

The final instalment of the 2013 world university rankings season saw mixed fortunes for European universities, contrasting with talk of a ‘resurgence for continental European universities’ only a month ago, as NIC MITCHELL reports. THE Times Higher Education World University Rankings (THE WUR) is one of the big three beasts dominating the world of higher education rankings and their verdict on the pecking order of international universities is keenly watched…

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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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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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National Geographic link-up wins 2013 EUPRIO Award

EUPRIO’s new look award scheme created quite a buzz at the Kent conference with delegates helping to pick the winning entry after a poster session during one of the lunch breaks. A bit like Eurovision, the views of delegates were combined with the judging panel and this year’s top prize – an all-expenses paid invitation to attend and present at next year’s annual conference in Innsbruck – went to Universiteit…

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Canterbury proves ideal for EUPRIO tales

From the opening ceremony in the shadow of Canterbury’s magnificent cathedral, one sensed that the 2013 EUPRIO conference was going to be something special. And so it turned out right through to the EUPRIO Awards and gala dinner on the last night, with a smooth transition from Paolo Pomati’s Italian presidency to the first conference under the guidance of Denis Ancion, from Maastricht, in the Netherlands. EUPRIO delegates bid farewell…

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Spotlight on the unfinished higher education revolution in England

NIC MITCHELL gives EUPRIO members heading to the UK for the 2013 annual conference a quick overview of the “radical” or “bonkers” brave new world of English universities in the second of our occasional blogs shining the spotlight on higher education in different European countries. It’s been an ‘interesting’ 15 months since I wrote the first of my semi-regular blogs for the EUPRIO website in which I tried to explain…

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Registration for EUPRIO 2013 closes on 14 June

Demand for places at the EUPRIO 2013 annual conference being held at the University of Kent in Canterbury from 27-29 June has exceeded expectations and registrations will close at midnight on Friday 14 June. With 200 delegates already signed-up, the organisers achieved their target number of delegates with four weeks to spare at the end of May. This year’s conference marks EUPRIO’s return to England after a ten-year break when…

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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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Getting ready for EUPRIO 2013

Registration for EUPRIO’s 2013 Conference at the University of Kent in the UK is open. The annual conference, titled ‘Students, alumni and staff – the best university brand ambassadors’, takes place this year from 27-29 June at the University’s campus in Canterbury. EUPRIO President, Denis Ancion says: “The conference will be tackling some really hot issues as European universities face up to the major challenge of securing their positions in…

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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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Change is coming, but are we ready?

EUPRIO’s President Denis Ancion tells NIC MITCHELL about a meeting of Dutch members which focused on the vital role of internal communications – a key theme for our forthcoming annual conference in Canterbury this June. The image shows international students at a “Mix & Mingle” event in Maastricht, a key audience for university branding worldwide. Creating more visibility for EUPRIO. This is one of the most important ambitions for the…

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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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