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.
‘The social contract between universities and society’ was planned as the theme two years ago when the recession was starting bite. It couldn’t have been more topical for 2012.
EUPRIO members know that we are all stronger when we learn from one another, a guiding principle behind forming our association over 25 years ago and celebrated in last year’s commemorative book, ‘euprio – a 25 year success story’, (front cover, pictured).
Today, despite the many problems we face, our association continues to grow and develop with national EUPRIO meetings in different countries and a still expanding EUPRIO family. Despite Europe’s many problems, crisis hasn’t got grip on our association thanks to our members who have invested their energy and effort in keeping EUPRIO on track.
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Let’s move on and make 2013 an even better EUPRIO year! A year with new initiatives, a wonderful conference in Canterbury, England (June 27-29) and hopefully lots of blogs and news from you about what’s happening in higher education in different countries on our website.
If you can help us improve the communications flow, don’t hesitate to contact Nic Mitchell, our master of digital communications. Ideas, options, projects: we’d be very pleased to hear from you. Let’s make 2013 a year to communicate!
And so I wish you, your family and friends the best of luck for the New Year. Together we can take EUPRIO ‘One step beyond’.
Maastricht’s number one ‘Madness’ fan
And President of EUPRIO