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Published Oct. 14, 2021 11:24 AM

Over 200 scientists are calling to strengthen the African research capacities in environmental sciences, voicing their support for the joint initiative of The Guild and the African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA). The signatories emphasise the importance of safeguarding biodiversity and Africa’s natural resources, and highlight the critical role the new generation of African scientists will play on this.

Published Oct. 11, 2021 1:41 PM

In this issue: highlights from The Guild and ARUA info session on doctoral training opportunities and our virtual seminar with Aarhus University on standards. See also our statements on the ERA governance and Afghanistan as well as opinion pieces from Secretary-General Jan Palmowski on the State of the Union speech, the European strategy for universities, and the Competitiveness Council of 28 September.

Published Oct. 4, 2021 3:55 PM

Responding to the Competitiveness Council meeting of 28 September, The Guild reaffirms its support for the draft Council Conclusions in three key areas. The Guild also joins 15 higher education networks in urging the Commission and the member states to include stakeholders in the co-creation and implementation of ERA governance.

Published Sep. 27, 2021 2:28 PM

Organised by Aarhus University and the Centre for Higher Education Futures (CHEF) on 23 September, The Guild’s second virtual seminar focused on new types of quality standards needed to address new educational challenges: standards that work for students, academics and policy-makers.

Published July 15, 2021 10:37 AM

In 2020-2021, The Guild network grew by one new member, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, the most highly ranked university on the Iberian Peninsula. Amidst the changes the pandemic has brought, the Guild’s Presidents reflected the key trends and challenges facing Europe’s universities in the coming decade.

Published July 5, 2021 2:07 PM

Organised together with the University of Warwick, The Guild’s virtual seminar explored the potential of lifelong learning models, as representatives from European University alliances, the European Commission and EdTech providers debated the concrete benefits and challenges of flexible learning and micro-credentials. The seminar also provided a timely contribution to the European Commission’s public consultation on micro-credentials for lifelong learning and employability which is open until 13 July.

Published June 29, 2021 8:55 AM

The Guild has issued its first newsletter, including the latest statements on academic freedom, European Research Area and the European Universities initiative as well as highlights from The Guild General Assembly meeting with Commissioner Gabriel and the launch of our third Insight Paper.

Published June 23, 2021 10:19 AM

National Rectors’ Conferences, in cooperation with the European University Association, unite in calling for a European long-term commitment to strengthen the research excellence of African universities through ‘Clusters of Excellence’. This research capacity is essential, they argue, for the African Union’s Agenda 2063 to be realised. 

Published June 17, 2021 9:57 AM

As a core principle of the EU, academic freedom must be protected vigorously and decisively by the European Commission and all EU institutions. The Guild urges for the creation of a European Ombudsperson for the defence and support of academic freedom.

Published June 8, 2021 8:21 AM

The Guild launched its third Insight Paper on 4 June 2021, bringing together representatives from academia, the European Commission, and university associations to discuss how higher education can embrace the digital transformation that is sweeping through the sector.

Published Mar. 4, 2021 8:45 AM

In 2021, Universitat Pompeu Fabra joined The Guild as its twenty-first member. The Guild interviewed Rector Casals about the university, its vision for the future, and its passion for strengthening the pursuit of knowledge.

Published Jan. 7, 2021 10:00 AM

Just three decades old, Pompeu Fabra University (UPF) has swiftly conquered a notable position among the best universities in Europe and the world. By welcoming UPF as its twenty-first member, The Guild reiterates a commitment to representing some of Europe’s leading academic institutions, its students and researchers, in a comprehensive and thoughtful manner.