January 29, 2015
Eva Grolikova
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Let’s briefly open the gates to the maze of EU and non-EU university cooperation

The “new era” of possible funding opportunities enabling cooperation between universities both inside and outside the European Union started early last year and will hopefully retain the same structure until December 2020. Since January 2014, most of the universities and their advisors for opportunities abroad had been facing a maze of similar yet different possibilities for reshaped and renewed programmes. Unfortunately (to my knowledge), not all the programmes that ended on New Year’s Eve 2013 had been ready for use at ...
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October 20, 2014
Luca Giocoli
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FP7 and H2020: what else for Universities?

In this post we will identify some financial tools that the European Union provides to entities and citizens of Member States in order to help to create a Europe based on equity, technological progress and of course sustainability, among other things. In line with our approach, we are going to focus on the reason that can inspire European Universities to join this plan and to use those tools. Cohesion Policy: one more chance to get funding from the EU In terms of its ...
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October 7, 2014
José Luis Mateos
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Regional Development in Europe and ERC Advanced Grants in Social Sciences and Humanities

The European Research Council (ERC) marks a new approach to investing in frontier research in Europe. Funded through the European Community’s seventh framework programme (FP7) as the implementation of the ‘Ideas’ specific programme, the ERC aims to reinforce excellence, dynamism and creativity in European research by funding investigator-driven projects of the highest quality at the frontiers of knowledge [1]. The “Ideas” specific programme’s budget implemented by the ERC is EUR 7.5 billion over a period of seven years. It represents around 15% ...
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January 31, 2014
Naël Desaldeleer
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The so-called French university crisis: facts and self-fulfilling ideology

Not a week goes by in France without some newspaper headline about the university crisis, but it is also time to talk numbers concerning this matter. Reviewing an empirical study by two French sociologists, we find that the crisis is not the one we are told. There is a persistent rumour that public universities are in crisis, and this notion is also prevalent in France. Over the last decade, the world of public higher education and research has been subject to many ...
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October 9, 2013
Naël Desaldeleer
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Massification, globalisation and new technologies: higher education in the face of change

Higher Education has to evolve to be still fitted to our world. And one could reply that Higher Education always adapted itself. That’s for sure. But are we still in the context of an “ordinary” revolution, that can be answered with “ordinary” new ways, or does it imply a different scale of thinking anew? In this post, Naël tries to summarize the kind of challenges that Higher Education will have to face in the next years. The world is changing; in this ...
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