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Erasmus Mundus Partner Search - Open
Date: 2009-12-28

A partner search facility that enables universities to find partners in the same domain to exchange views and experience, or to get together as part of a project submission...
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LRI Innovative Science Award: 100,000 Euros for young researcher on exposure to environmental factors
End date call: 2010-03-19

The European Chemical Industry Council (Cefic) is inviting young scientists to apply for the 5th LRI* Innovative Science Award, which this year addresses the much-debated issue of exposure to multiple environmental factors. The 100,000 euro contest is open until 19 March 2010 to researchers from any discipline...
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Start technology education young, EU-funded team recommends
Date: 2009-11-19

Including technology in the curriculum in early childhood could help to raise the interest of both girls and boys in science and technology, according to recently published, EU-funded research...
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The European Commission involves top universities, research institutions and non governmental organisations to enhance the impact of science in society
Date: 2009-11-18

The European Commission has selected 15 excellent projects in the area of 'Science in Society' which aim at facilitating and improving the relationship between the scientific community, citizens and policy makers...
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Background

The knowledge society depends for its growth on the production of new knowledge, its transmission through education and training, its dissemination through information and communication technologies, and on its use through new industrial processes or services. Universities play a key role in all these three fields of research and exploitation of its results.

Europe needs a healthy and flourishing university where excellence optimises the processes, which underpin the knowledge society and meet the target set out by the Lisbon European Council , and the need for excellence recognised by the Barcelona European Council (PDF) in its call for European systems of education to become a "world reference" by 2010.

Building a European education area

Two important contributions in achieving the strategic goal set at Lisbon have been the >Bologna Declaration , that pledged to reform the structures of higher education systems in a convergent way and launched the process of creating a "European higher education area" by 2010, and, the European Area of Lifelong Learning , representing the response to the mandate from the Feira European Council "to identify coherent strategies and practical measures with a view to fostering lifelong learning for all".

European universities must, with the help of the Member States and in a European context face an imperative need to adapt and adjust to profound changes such as:

  • Increased demand for higher education.
  • The internationalisation of education and research.
  • To develop effective and close co-operation between universities and industry.
  • The proliferation of places where knowledge is produced.
  • The reorganisation of knowledge.
  • The emergence of new expectations.

Making European Universities a World Reference

European universities can only release their potential by undergoing the radical changes needed to make the European system a genuine world reference. There are three objectives to be pursued simultaneously to achieve this:

  • Ensuring that European universities have sufficient and sustainable resources and use them efficiently.
  • Consolidating their excellence in research and in teaching, particularly through networking.
  • Opening up universities to a greater extent to the outside and increasing their international attractiveness.

The changes universities are undergoing today and which have intensified over the past ten years prompt the fundamental question: can the European universities, as they are and are organised now, hope in the future to retain their place in society and in the world? This Communication seeks to start a debate on the role of universities within the knowledge society and economy in Europe and on the conditions under which they will be able to effectively play that role.

The Communication from The Commission (PDF) "The role of the universities in the Europe of knowledge" , seeks to start a debate on the role of universities within the knowledge society and economy in Europe and on the conditions under which they will be able to effectively play that role.

Last updated on: 2010-01-04