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Consultation of EUs new modernisation agenda for higher education

Flag_of_Europe.svgIn the end of 2015, the European Union announced a new consultation in their plans for a new modernisation agenda.

The consultation is carried out in the form an online questionnaire and focuses on the following aspects:

  1. the current strengths and weaknesses of higher education in the EU
  2. the priority areas where those in charge of higher education should focus their attention and
  3. how you think the EU should support efforts to improve higher education.

The target audience is wide, including students, higher education institution staff and researchers, social partner organisations representing employers and workers, governmental bodies, relevant associations, and umbrella organisations. Read more here.

The consultation will be open until 29th of February and summaries of the views received can be expected about a month after that.

The modernisation agenda largely unquestioned?

In the end of January, the European Centre for the Strategic Management of Universities (ESMU) arranged a conference within the MODERN project framework. The conference was themed “Engaging in the Modernisation Agenda for European higher education“. MODERN is a three-year EU-funded project under the EU Lifelong Learning Programme that has an ambition to examine the supply and demand of higher education management programmes, and address the issues that emerge from a fragmented educational landscape in this areas in Europe.

The conference was held in Brussels and the main ambition was to address the newly launched modernisation agenda. ESMU as an organisation itself has a clearly identified focus on the need to modernise higher education governance, management and modes of operation linked to a clearly European identity. As a key theme the conference identified the Commissions statement that “the full potential of higher education institutions is still underexploited. Europe has too few world-class universities and needs a much wider diversity of institutions to address different needs“.

The various presentations and themes of the conference focused on rankings, on strategic management and the linkages between internal governance to external pressures, delivered by an impressive list of speakers including various senior policymakers, university leaders and researchers.

In essence, the conference had a dual focus – on the one hand focusing on the core of the MODERN project that has its focus on the professionalisation aspects of university administration/management (an area relatively under-researched in comparison to the academic profession) and on the other hand the focus was on the implications of the modernisation agenda.

ESMU conference – scholarships for a limited number of PhD candidates!

ESMU, the European Centre for the Strategic Management of Universities has recently announced its next conference “Engaging in the Modernisation Agenda for European Higher Education“.

The conference is organised in the context of ESMU’s MODERN European platform higher education modernisation and it will take place in Brussels, 30th of January 2012 .

ESMU has informed us that their EU funding grant allowes to fund the travel (economy) and hotel costs (one night) for a limited number of PhD students in higher education to attend the upcoming MODERN conference (no registration fee). 

News: The Modernisation Agenda in the EU

Recently the European Commission published a new communication on higher education – The Higher Education Modernisation Agenda. The agenda is a follow-up to the 2006 Modernisation Agenda, and also closely linked to ET2020 – The strategic framework for European co-operation in education and training from 2009.

This marks yet another major document in the expanding European agenda in the area of higher education – an area where European activities have throughout history been clearly legally constrained. However, recent years have witnessed a significant increase in activity, and education has now become one of the “key areas” in Europe 2020, the EU’s growth strategy for the coming decade.

At the launch of the Modernisation Agenda, the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, Androulla Vassiliou, argued that: “Higher education is a powerful driver of economic growth and opens doors to better living standards and opportunities for people. It is also the best insurance against unemployment. Even so, too many graduates struggle to find jobs or quality work. We need to reform higher education – and vocational education – so that we equip our young people with the skills they need to reach their potential in terms of development and employability.