Network news July 2016 - View this email online

New EU projects came alive in Aveiro. 

Plenary session of the EUF Open Space at the University of Aveiro

Over 60 representatives from Higher Education Institutions across Europe gathered for the EU funding and project management seminar EUF Open Space 2016 from the 15th to the 17th of June. During the event, participants learned about the key criteria to be taken into consideration when developing quality project proposals. The event also allowed for excellent cooperation and networking opportunities among participants, through the establishment of the project idea corner: participants presented their project ideas and made relevant contacts to build future partnerships. The seminar was hosted by the University of Aveiro in the brand-new department of Arts and Communication. The third edition of the EUF Open Space will take place at the University of Naples Federico II, in Naples, Italy. Whether you are just looking to learn more about Erasmus+ funding opportunities or if you already have a project idea you would like to realise, the Open Space is the first step to build successful project proposals!

Ensuring UK students will continue to benefit from Erasmus+ is now more important than ever.

Following the results of the British referendum, the European University Foundation urges all actors and stakeholders to take the steps necessary to ensure that the possible departure of the United Kingdom from the EU will not put an end to the exchange of students, scholars and cultural actors. The referendum results and the peaceful protests that ensued give evidence of a profound divide of the UK society. The fact that younger and more educated generations have overwhelmingly shown to consider European values to be their own should not be forgotten, but rather cherished and nurtured. European universities have an historical and intellectual responsibility to promote Human Rights and understanding among nations. The rise of nationalism across the continent must give pause to political and academic leaders and focus minds on ensuring all young people are afforded adequate opportunities to fulfil their potential − a challenge where higher education and student mobility must play a central role.

OLA Aveiro Conference.


Piotr Jozwiak (Lodz University of Technology) and Jutta Escher-Kolski (University of Valenciennes)

On the 14th of June, the University of Aveiro hosted the first public presentation of the Online Learning Agreement (OLA) tool. A packed audience with university representatives from several European countries learned about the OLA and discussed how it will make the management of Erasmus+ mobilities simpler and more efficient. During the conference, study cases focusing on the IROs and mobile students were presented, alongside a live demo of the tool.  Many of those in the audience have expressed interest to be among the first users of the OLA and be involved in the upcoming testing round. If you would like to receive more information about how you can participate, please do not hesitate to contact us at The conference also provided an opportunity to learn about other initiatives that are driving change and digitisation in Higher Education thanks to speakers from IngenuaiversitySapo Campus and Erasmus without Paper

EUF at EAIE 2016.

The European University Foundation will be present at this year's EAIE in Liverpool, taking place from 13th to the 16th of September 2016. The EUF will be sharing its expertise in various sessions:
  • Universities, Human Rights and the refugee crisis: a Bermuda triangle?
  • Erasmus goes digital: the Online Learning Agreement and Erasmus without Paper
  • Staff trainings – Tradition vs. Innovation
  • HousErasmus+ affordable housing for international students
Additionally, the EUF will be present its flagship project, the Online Learning Agreement (OLA), at the EAIE exhibition. Our stand will have the number 801 and you will be able to receive a first hand demonstration of the OLA tool.

We look forward to seeing you at the EAIE Liverpool!


Towards Entrepreneurial Skillships Conference.


The international conference Towards Entrepreneurial Skillships (TES) will take place on November 16-17 in Lodz, Poland and will be hosted by the Lodz University of Technology. During the conference, #europehome partners, invited guests and experts will share their experience, present innovative materials, methodologies and good practices on how to increase student employability, and develop entrepreneurial skills. In addition, a call for papers has been launched on topics related to entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial skills. Submitted papers will be published in the Scientific Bulletin of the Lodz University of Technology “Organisation and Management” and authors will be invited to present their research papers during the conference. The registration deadline is the 5th of September.

New Skills Agenda. 

The European Commission has adopted a new and comprehensive Skills Agenda for Europe today with the aim to ensure that people develop skills that will ultimately to boost employability, competitiveness and growth in Europe. The New Skills Agenda for Europe calls on Member States and stakeholders to improve the quality of skills and their relevance for the labour market. According to research, 70 million Europeans lack adequate reading and writing skills, and even more have poor numeracy and digitals skills, which puts them at risk of unemployment, poverty and social exclusion. Read more here.

Does good evidence make good education policy?

Eurydice has published an article on how in recent decades there has been a strong move towards evidence-based policy-making in the public sector. What is the nature of evidence being used, and can we rely on it to make better policy? Should tests, indicators and monitoring systems come at the expense of the joy of learning? Read more here.


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