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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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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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Russian focus on visual communications gets EUPRIO backing

A web conference being organised by a Russian university is being supported by EUPRIO. The webinar-style event will focus on visual communications in new media and is being hosted by Tomsk State University, from May 20-22, 2014. EUPRIO’s President Denis Ancion said: “I’m delighted to accept an invitation for us to be an official information partner and hope EUPRIO members with expertise in this field will put themselves forward as…

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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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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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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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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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‘One step beyond’ is EUPRIO’s vision

EUPRIO’S annual conference in Gothenburg marked the end of an era – with Italy’s energetic and flamboyant Paolo Pomati handing over the Presidency to Denis Ancion, from Maastricht University. Under Paolo’s four-year leadership, EUPRIO has more than just survived the recession: growing to 638 members, adopting a new constitution and reconstituting itself with a new registered address at KU Leuven, Belgium. But while it now has a more formal structure,…

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