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First 17 “European Universities” selected

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 28 giugno 2019

The European Commission has today announced the higher education institutions from all over Europe that will be part of the first “European Universities” alliances. They will enhance the quality and attractiveness of European higher education and boost cooperation between institutions, their students and staff. Out of 54 applications received, 17 European Universities involving 114 higher education institutions from 24 Member States were selected (see Annex), based on an evaluation carried out by 26 independent external experts, including rectors, professors and researchers, appointed by the Commission. European Universities are transnational alliances of higher education institutions from across the EU that share a long-term strategy and promote European values and identity. The initiative is designed to significantly strengthen mobility of students and staff, and foster the quality, inclusiveness and competitiveness of European higher education. Tibor Navracsics, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, said: “I am pleased to see the ambition of the first 17 European Universities, which will act as role models for others across the EU. They will enable the next generations of students to experience Europe by studying in different countries. I am convinced that this initiative, a key building block of the European Education Area, will be a real game changer for higher education in Europe, boosting excellence and inclusion. The selection of European Universities includes a broad range of higher education institutions from across the EU, from universities of applied sciences, technical universities and universities of fine arts to comprehensive and research-intensive universities.European Universities will become inter-university campuses around which students, doctoral candidates, staff and researchers can move seamlessly. They will pool their expertise, platforms and resources to deliver joint curricula or modules covering various disciplines. These curricula will be very flexible and will allow students to personalise their education, choosing what, where and when to study and get a European degree. European Universities will also contribute to the sustainable economic development of the regions where they are located, as their students will work closely with companies, municipal authorities, academics and researchers to find solutions to the challenges their regions are facing.In total, a budget of up to €85 million is available for the first 17 “European Universities”. Each alliance will receive up to €5 million in the coming three years to start implementing their plans and pave the way for other higher education institutions across the EU to follow. Their progress will be closely monitored.

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L’Università di Parma tra le prime 15 in Italia nell’Academic Ranking of World Universities

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 24 agosto 2018

L’Università di Parma è tra le prime 15 in Italia: lo afferma l’Academic Ranking of World Universities (Arwu) di Shanghai, la prestigiosa classifica che ogni anno mette in fila circa 1300 università su 17 mila in tutto il mondo e pubblica i risultati delle migliori 500.
L’Ateneo di Parma centra quest’anno l’obiettivo di entrare nella top 500, nella fascia dal 401° al 500° posto. E’ un risultato da sottolineare, in quanto sono solo 15 le Università italiane presenti in questa sezione del ranking. La prima italiana è la statale di Milano, nella fascia 151-200; in classifica anche il Politecnico di Milano, La Sapienza di Roma, Bologna, Napoli Federico II, Padova, Pisa e Torino nella fascia 201-300, Firenze e Pavia nella fascia 301-400 e, insieme a Parma, Ferrara, Milano Bicocca, Palermo, Vita-Salute San Raffaele nella fascia 401-500. “Si tratta di un piazzamento incoraggiante – commenta il Rettore Paolo Andrei – che non dobbiamo naturalmente considerare un traguardo ma che non può che farci piacere, anche perché lo scorso anno non eravamo nei primi 500. Esserci tornati è un buon segno: significa che tutte le persone che compongono la nostra comunità accademica stanno lavorando nella giusta direzione, e questo deve darci ulteriore forza per proseguire sulla strada del miglioramento continuo. È chiaro che le classifiche vanno sempre lette con la giusta cautela, ma non si può non notare che il risultato dell’Arwu si aggiunge ad altri ottimi piazzamenti registrati dall’Università di Parma negli ultimi mesi: anche questo è un segnale confortante”. Il ranking di Shanghai prende in esame diversi indicatori, con particolare attenzione a premi, pubblicazioni, “Highly cited researchers” (cioè gli studiosi più citati), articoli indicizzati in Scienze Citation Index e così via.Il risultato migliore l’Università di Parma lo ottiene alla voce HiCi, corrispondente agli “Highly cited researchers”, dove condivide il punteggio di 13.5 con l’Università di Milano e ha solo 3 Atenei italiani che la precedono.Recentemente l’Ateneo di Parma ha collezionato diversi piazzamenti di rilievo in ranking nazionali e internazionali: è terzo a livello nazionale tra i grandi Atenei nella classifica Censis; è quarto in Italia (e primo tra gli statali) per la retribuzione media dei laureati nel primo decennio dal conseguimento del titolo secondo l’ “University Report 2018” dell’Osservatorio JobPricing; condivide con Ferrara e Firenze la sesta fascia italiana nel The Times Higher Education – Europe Teaching Rankings 2018”, prestigiosa graduatoria sulle Università di tutto il mondo pubblicata sul sito web del periodico britannico con particolare attenzione alla qualità delle attività didattiche.

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“Universities for a world without borders”

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 22 ottobre 2016

parma universitàParma da lunedì 24 a venerdì 28 ottobre vedrà riuniti per la prima volta in Italia i Rettori delle 72 università brasiliane che fanno parte del Gruppo Coimbra. Nella giornata di martedì 25 ottobre è in programma l’incontro con i Rettori italiani e con la Ministra dell’Istruzione, dell’Università e della Ricerca Stefania Giannini. Una trentina le università italiane rappresentate.Nell’Aula Magna del Palazzo Centrale dell’Ateneo, a partire dalle ore 10, sono in programma i saluti del Rettore dell’Università di Parma Loris Borghi, dell’Ambasciatore del Brasile in Italia Ricardo Neiva Tavares, del Presidente della CRUI Gaetano Manfredi e della Presidente del Gruppo Coimbra delle Università brasiliane (GCUB) e rappresentante di ANDIFES (Associazione dei Rettori delle Istituzioni Federali di Istruzione Superiore del Brasile) Angela Maria Paiva Cruz.Seguiranno gli interventi della Ministra dell’Istruzione, dell’Università e della Ricerca Stefania Giannini, di Patrizio Bianchi, Assessore a Scuola, Università e Lavoro della Regione Emilia-Romagna, Nicoletta Paci, Vice Sindaco di Parma, Giuseppe Forlani, Prefetto di Parma, Mauro Lusetti, Presidente della Lega Nazionale Cooperative, Francesca Zanella, Pro Rettrice dell’Ateneo con delega alle Attività di Internazionalizzazione e di altre autorità brasiliane, tra cui Cleunice Rehem, rappresentante del Ministero dell’Istruzione del Brasile.
La mattinata del 25 ottobre sarà visibile in diretta streaming sul sito web di Ateneo.
Nel pomeriggio, a partire dalle ore 13.30, sono in programma 5 tavole rotonde, moderate congiuntamente da un rappresentante di un ateneo brasiliano e di uno italiano. Si tratta di un importante spazio di dibattito dedicato soprattutto ai temi dell’innovazione, dell’imprenditorialità, dello sviluppo e dell’inclusione sociale:
· Mobilità accademica tra Brasile e Italia: sviluppo di reti di ricerca e innovazione (Chairman Miriam da Costa Oliveira, Rettore della Universidade Federal de Ciências da Saúde de Porto Alegre e Sauro Longhi, Rettore della Università Politecnica delle Marche)
· Partenariato università-imprese: imprenditorialità e formazione per il mercato del lavoro (Chairman José Arimatéia Dantas Lopes, Rettore della Universidade Federal do Piauí e Flavio Corradini, Rettore della Università di Camerino)
· Internazionalizzazione universitaria e politiche di inclusione sociale (Chairman Maria Lúcia Cavalli Neder, Rettore della Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso e Anna Tozzi, Pro Rettore della Università degli Studi dell’Aquila)
· Università e cooperazione per lo sviluppo (Chairman Maria José Sena, Rettore della Universidade Federal Rural de Pernambuco e Umberto Triulzi, Delegato della Conferenza dei Rettori delle Università Italiane)
·Testimonianze di Università italiane e brasiliane: caratteristiche, punti di forza e aspettative nella cooperazione bilaterale (Chairman Cleuza Maria Sobral Dias, Rettore della Universidade Federal do Rio Grande e Francesco Ubertini, Rettore della Università di Bologna).
Le conclusioni della giornata di lavori sono affidate a Rossana Valéria de Souza e Silva, Direttore Esecutivo del Gruppo Coimbra delle Università brasiliane.

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Forced labour in European universities’ servers and IT equipment

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 5 ottobre 2015

amsterdamAmsterdam, Western European universities spend billions on IT equipment produced by young Chinese students who are forced to work on production lines during so-called internships. This constitutes a gross violation of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) convention on forced labour. The report ‘Servants of servers’, published today by the GoodElectronics Network, presents the findings of an investigation conducted at a factory of Taiwanese electronics manufacturer Wistron in Zhongshan, Guangdong, China. The Wistron factory in Zhongshan produces servers for HP, Dell and Lenovo – the brands most widely used by European universities and higher education institutions.After being presented with the findings of the investigation conducted by the independent Danish media and research centre Danwatch, HP and Dell acknowledged several violations. The brands have temporarily suspended the use of student interns at their production lines at the Wistron factory in Southern China.
Key findings presented in ‘Servants of servers’:Thousands of Chinese students are being forced to complete irrelevant internships: the students work 10-12 hours a day, six days a week, for up to 5 months. They have to do overtime and night shifts. If the students refuse to complete the internship, they will be denied their diploma. Experts describe the forced internship programmes at Wistron as forced labour. This is a flagrant violation of Chinese Labour Law and International Labour Organisation (ILO) convention on forced labour.
In 2015, Western European educational institutions spent 4.27 billion euros on hardware, software and IT services, of which €461.38 million were spent on servers alone. HP is the market leader in this sector, with a share of 28 percent. Dell controls 13 percent and Lenovo 11 percent. “We are all depressed” Xu Min (19) is studying accountancy and is forced to spend three to five months working at Wistron factory: “We are standing at the assembly line the whole day, doing the same task again and again. It has nothing to do with my education. None of us want to be here. We are all depressed, but we have no choice, because the school told us that if we refused, we would not get our diploma. The work is exhausting.” Pauline Overeem, GoodElectronics Network: “The problem of forced student labour in the electronics industry is widespread in China, Thailand and the Philippines.” But the case of the Wistron factory in Zhongshan doesn’t stand on its own. It is good to know that HP and Dell take these signals seriously, but it is high time that brands and manufacturers across the board take determined action to ensure decent working conditions without any form of forced labour at their suppliers.”

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Italy: EUR 10 million for SAES Getters’ R&D projects

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 10 giugno 2015

European_Investment_Bank_-_LuxemburgThe European Investment Bank (EIB) has signed a EUR 10 million agreement with SAES Getters, an Italian company active in special metallurgy and materials science. Made available by the EIB and 50% guaranteed by the country’s export credit agency SACE, the loan to SAES will finance its research, development and innovation (RDI) activities in order to further develop and apply its expertise and competencies in metal science know-how. SAES is a strongly RDI focused Group developing advanced material technologies that can be used in a large variety of products applied in different industries (i.e. consumer electronics, medical devices, scientific and research systems, automotive, lighting and telecommunications).In addition, SAES cooperates with Universities and R&D centers (i.e. particle accelerators like CERN in Europe, ESRF in France, PSI in Switzerland, KEK in Japan, Cornell USA or SSRF in China), to which it inter alia provides research infrastructure equipment and services.This transaction is supported by the new generation of financial instruments for innovative and growth companies “InnovFin – EU Finance for Innovators”, with the financial backing of the European Union under Horizon 2020. “InnovFin MidCap Growth Finance” is specifically dedicated to improving access to risk finance for research and innovation projects of midcap and SME companies in the European Union.
Under Horizon 2020, the new EU research programme for 2014-20, the European Commission and the European Investment Bank Group (EIB and EIF) have launched a new generation of financial instruments and advisory services to help innovative firms access finance more easily. Over the next seven years, “InnovFin – EU Finance for Innovators” will offer a range of tailored products which will make available more than EUR 24bn of financing support for research and innovation (R&I) by small, medium-sized and large companies and the promoters of research infrastructures. This finance is expected to support up to EUR 48bn of final R&I investments. InnovFin builds on the success of the Risk-Sharing Finance Facility developed under the seventh EU framework programme for research and technological development (FP7), which financed 114 R&I projects to the tune of EUR 11.3bn and in addition provided loan guarantees worth over EUR 1.4bn.
Backed by funds set aside under Horizon 2020 and by the EIB Group, InnovFin financial products support R&I activities, which by their nature are riskier and harder to assess than traditional investments, and therefore often face difficulties in accessing finance. All are demand-driven instruments, with no prior allocations between sectors, countries or regions. Firms and other entities located in EU Member States and Horizon 2020 Associated Countries will be eligible as final beneficiaries. These debt instruments will be complemented in the near future by a suite of equity instruments managed by the EIF.

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Universities and university autonomy

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 21 aprile 2011

Around 450 university leaders and other higher education stakeholders gathered last week (13-15 April) at Aarhus University, Denmark for the EUA Annual Conference on the theme “Investing today in talent for tomorrow”. Europe’s future as a dynamic competitive global region will depend largely on its ability to increase the number of highly trained people within EU Member States and to attract others from abroad. The meeting in Aarhus highlighted that developing and nurturing more talented individuals is already central to the mission of European universities. One of the most striking developments in recent years in this respect has been the rapid development of doctoral (PhD) education within universities. The establishment of structured doctoral programmes and schools has rapidly become the norm in Europe. Other recent changes have also included improved university-industry partnerships and rapid internationalisation of universities. At the same time, universities face a number of challenges in developing talent – not least because of increasing global competition to attract and retain the best researchers and students. At a time when the EU is preparing priorities and budgets for the next financial period (2014-2020) the conference examined the elements that condition successful strategies for developing talent and will determine universities contribution to the EU2020 agenda for ‘Smart, Sustainable and Inclusive Growth’ . Participants discussed different ways of embedding research from the undergraduate level onwards and underlined how engaging undergraduate students in research improves their overall educational experience and increases interest in pursuing research careers. They also analysed different ways of creating greater critical mass which makes it easier for universities to develop better career opportunities and structures for young researchers. As employers, universities themselves also play a crucial role in developing talent.  University leaders agreed, for example, that they will need to: improve support to young researchers in writing their first grant proposal, or through transversal skills development; provide clear recruitment and exit procedures; and do more to retain staff through a set of institutional benefits such as supplementary pension schemes, support for international mobility and competitive wages. They will also need to put in place the additional human resource (HR) management needed to support international recruitment. University rectors/presidents/vice-chancellors will also have to focus on mentoring and grooming the next generation of university leaders.

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“Quality culture” in Europe’s universities

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 10 novembre 2010

A new study published by the European University Association (EUA) analyses the implementation of quality assurance (QA) processes within European universities and how they are being used to develop a ‘quality culture’ within higher education institutions. Over the last decade, there has been an increasing rise in demand for QA within higher education. This has been driven by a number of factors including rising student numbers and massification of higher education and also at the European level by the Bologna Process reforms, which have as a stated aim to raise the quality of European higher education provision. As part of the Bologna Process, Ministers of education adopted in 2005 the European Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area which reinforced the role of universities as having primary responsibility for quality assurance. The new study is a result of the first part of an EC-supported project “Examining quality culture in European higher education institutions”. 222 institutions from 36 countries responded to a questionnaire to enable EUA to map the processes and structures used by universities to support internal quality and respond to the increasing demands of accountability. Co-author of the report Tia Loukkola said: “This report underlines the remarkable progress made in QA in recent years. According to our results, the overwhelming majority of European universities now have fundamental policies, structures and processes in place. This was certainly not the case ten years ago, so things have moved quickly in a relatively short space of time.  Nevertheless, the survey also underlines that developing a ‘quality culture’ takes time and that there are a number of areas where universities can improve QA processes, notably in terms of widening student participation and stakeholder involvement.”

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European experts debate universities

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 17 settembre 2010

More than 150 university leaders and stakeholders, and representatives of public authorities from 40 countries gathered at the University of Bologna this week (13-14 September) to discuss the crucial issue of financial sustainability of universities and diversifying sources of income. The conference was the platform to debate the findings of a major European University Association project focussing on this topic (EUDIS – European Universities Diversifying Income Streams). The findings, presented at the meeting, drew on the results of an online survey completed by more than 150 universities across 27 countries and site visits and workshops involving a further 50 universities. The EUDIS project has underlined that European universities rely heavily on direct public funding which represents on average, approximately three-quarters (73%) of their overall budget. EUA maintains that it is absolutely crucial that governments increase investment in higher education and that is even more important during a time of economic crisis as higher education has a fundamental role in driving innovation and growth. In terms of setting the right incentives, the EUDIS survey had shown that universities would like the authorities to introduce matched funding schemes (84%), tax exemptions (63%), and new funding for lifelong learning activities (42%), whilst improving regulations governing intellectual property rights (32%). The outcomes of the survey and the expert meeting in Bologna will feed into a major report on the issue of financial sustainability that will be published in January 2011.

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EUA Press Statement

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 25 giugno 2009

The European University Association (EUA) welcomes the European Commission’s announcement that it has decided to maintain the 60% flat rate for the recovery of indirect costs for universities participating in the 7th Framework Programme (FP7). The flat rate, which higher education institutions can apply for, will now be applicable for the whole duration of 7th Framework programme which runs until 2013. There had been signs in the run up to the mid-term review of FP7 that the Commission would seek to significantly reduce the flat rate recovery for FP7. EUA has lobbied on behalf of its 850 member universities, together with other public research organizations, to maintain the current flat rate for universities across Europe, arguing that any reduction would be premature and could threaten the financial sustainability of universities. EUA notes therefore that the Commission’s decision reflects the findings and recommendations of its recent report “Financially sustainable universities: towards full costing in European universities” which called on European policy-makers to maintain the flat rate recovery of indirect costs under FP7. The report provided evidence-based arguments to underline the importance for Europe’s universities to move towards full costing of all their activities and equally the key role European funding programmes such as FP7 could play as drivers in this process.  In welcoming the flat rate decision, EUA believes that it is vital for the Commission to continue to simplify the procedural rules of the 7th Framework Programme (and all other European funding schemes) to increase flexibility in taking into account the diversity of Europe’s universities and avoid placing excessive administrative burdens on them, in particular in terms of the financial and reporting procedures. EUA is also calling on the Commission to apply this flat rate to funding through its Joint Technology Initiatives (JTI). In the first JTI (the Innovative Medicines Initiative) the Commission announced that universities could only claim 20% indirect costs (rather than adopt the FP7 rules of participation), a move opposed by EUA.
The European University Association, as the representative organisation of both the European universities and the national rectors’ conferences, is the main voice of the higher education community in Europe. EUA’s mission is to promote the development of a coherent system of European higher education and research.

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