Edition 130 - February 2012

News from ACA

ACA Newsletter guest article by Rolf Hoffmann, Executive Director of the German-American Fulbright Commission

Only one or two decades ago, most European higher education institutions would have considered ‘in... (+more)

European vs. national policies for academic mobility – recent trends

In the European context, international (and especially intra-European) student mobility has been pro... (+more)

British Council urges UK government to learn from others’ visa policy missteps

Impact of visa changes on student mobility and outlook for the UK is a recently released British Cou... (+more)

IIE launches new Center for Academic Mobility Research

The Institute of International Education (IIE)—ACA’s associate member from the United States—h... (+more)

Nuffic presents a manual for fair recognition of qualifications

The European Area of Recognition project (EAR), which has been steered by ACA’s founding member Nu... (+more)

CampusFrance: Update on international students in French universities

Interested in the most up-to-date data on international student enrolment, by university, in France?... (+more)

DAAD opens the German House of Science and Innovation in Brazil

Assisted by the president of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Prof. Margret Wintermantel... (+more)

SIU reports record-high number of Norwegian Erasmus students

More Norwegian students than ever are making Erasmus part of their studies. In the academic year 201... (+more)

From the ACA Secretariat: A stagiaire update

Over the years, ACA has been extremely fortunate to have had a series of trainees who have brought e... (+more)

European Policy

Consultation on the ERA Framework. Opportunities and challenges ahead

The European Commission has recently completed the preliminary summary and analysis of feedback rece... (+more)

Updated guidelines on EU research and innovation funding: To be continued…

“How do I obtain support for my research, innovation and entrepreneurial ideas?” With this basic... (+more)

National Education and the Global Context

Re-design of the higher education sector in Ireland: Next steps

Ireland has been preparing over the last year to reconfigure its higher education landscape to ensur... (+more)

Scotland: First tuition reform, now governance

Following on the heels of important changes related to tuition fees in 2011 (see ACA Newsletter – ... (+more)

France: More excellence for higher education and research

On 3 February, the French Prime Minister François Fillon announced the results of the second round ... (+more)

UK: The latest on tuition fees and higher education funding in England

Tuition fees and broader funding issues for higher education continue to be subjects of major intere... (+more)

Sweden: International student numbers on the rebound?

In 2011, Sweden faced a major drop in applications and enrolment for its master’s programmes and ... (+more)

Dutch-Flemish platform offers practical insight into internationalisation

A new online tool aims to address the frustrating situation whereby exemplary internationalisation p... (+more)

Germany’s Constitutional Court in favour of better pay for professors

On 14 February, Germany’s Federal Constitutional Court ruled that professors’ remuneration under... (+more)

New education minister in Romania

Following the resignation of the Romanian Prime Minister in early February, the Romanian government ... (+more)

Slovenia’s new government and new education minister

In February, Slovenia’s parliament gave its vote of confidence to the new government led by the Pr... (+more)

UK: More students, higher tuition… and fewer undergraduate courses

The University and College Union (UCU) has issued a report this month raising concerns about drops i... (+more)

USAID re-energizes its higher education focus

The US Agency for International Development (USAID) released on 9 February a request for application... (+more)

Bologna implementation in Germany: Progress on all fronts

A few months ahead of the ministerial conference and Bologna policy forum to be held in April in Buc... (+more)

Australia: Better career prospects for international students

Every year, Graduate Careers Australia conducts the Graduate Outlook Survey (GOS) to examine graduat... (+more)

Mexico: New national student loan programme announced

The campus of one of Mexico’s most prestigious private higher education institutions, the Institut... (+more)

US: Expert panel urges focus on student retention to increase STEM graduates

The United States, like many countries around the world, is openly concerned about its ability to pr... (+more)

QS moves to rank “student cities” world-wide

QS (Quacquarelli Symonds) has released a ranking of “best student cities” in 2012, after introdu... (+more)

Japan ponders a change to its academic calendar—with big implications

Japan is considering moving the start of its academic year from the spring to the autumn to facilita... (+more)

South Korea: Private higher education sector stands firm amidst nationwide tuition fee cuts

The South Korean government’s request of its universities nationwide to reduce tuition fees, espec... (+more)

Public Tenders and Calls for Proposals in the EU

Specific call for proposals - EAC/S02/12 - Erasmus University Charter 2013

On 14 February, the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) published the Erasmu... (+more)

Call for proposals - No 28/G/ENT/CIP/12/E/N01C01 - Entrepreneurship education

On 27 January 2012, the European Commission published a call for proposals to promote projects with ... (+more)

Call for proposals - EACEA/11/12 - INTRA-ACP academic mobility scheme

In February, the European Commission issued a call for proposals targeted at qualified high-level pr... (+more)

Still open: Call for proposals EACEA/38/11 - 2011 EU ICI-ECP Programme for Joint Mobility Projects (JMP) and Joint Degree Projects (JDP)

On 30 November 2011, the European Commission’s Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency... (+more)

Still open: ERC Advanced Investigator Grant Call for Proposals (ERC-2012-AdG)

In November, the European Commission published call for proposals for the ERC Advanced Investigators... (+more)

Still open: Call for proposals — EACEA/42/11 — Erasmus Mundus 2009-2013 action programme

On 30 December 2011, the European Commission’s Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency... (+more)

Publications

Key data on education in Europe 2012

Key data on education in Europe 2012. Eurydice, European Commission, Brussels, 2012. ISBN: 978-92-92... (+more)

Higher education in the world 4. Higher education's commitment to sustainability: From understanding to action

Global University Network for Innovation. Higher education in the world 4. Higher education's commit... (+more)

Make it work! Integrating virtual mobility in international work placements

Vriens, M., & Petege, W. V. (Eds.). Make it work! Integrating virtual mobility in international ... (+more)

Global sustainability and the responsibilities of universities

Weber, L. E., & Duderstadt, J. J. (Eds.). Global sustainability and the responsibilities of univ... (+more)

Scoping study: Strengthening linkages between industry, the productive sector and higher education institutions in Africa

Ssebuwufu, J., Ludwick, T., & Béland, M. Scoping study: Strengthening linkages between industry... (+more)

Between citizens and the state: The politics of American higher education in the 20th century

Loss, C. P. Between citizens and the state: The politics of American higher education in the 20th ce... (+more)

Accountability, pragmatic aims, and the American university

Martínez-Alemán, A. M. Accountability, pragmatic aims, and the American university. Routledge, New... (+more)

Good teaching - fresh wind in the sails of German higher education. Project nexus - concepts and good practice for studying and teaching

German Rectors' Conference (HRK). Good teaching - fresh wind in the sails of German higher education... (+more)

Strong performers and successful reformers in education: Education policy advice for Greece

Strong performers and successful reformers in education: Education policy advice for Greece. OECD Pu... (+more)

Decolonising the university: The emerging quest for non-Eurocentric paradigms

Alvares, C., & Faruqi, S. S. Decolonising the university: The emerging quest for non-Eurocentric... (+more)

Conferences

Upcoming international events

Upcoming ACA events: 23 March 2012Internationalisation audits. Assessing and improving institutiona... (+more)