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Published July 4, 2022 10:22 AM

In the past year, the EU has become increasingly important for universities. In turn, universities, through their research, innovation and education, have become more central to EU policymaking. Key initiatives, from the EU strategy for universities to digital and health policies, have had major implications for research and higher education. Moreover, the war in Ukraine has changed geopolitics profoundly, forcing universities to reassess their position and approaches regarding international relations. Through its working groups and the leadership of the General Assembly, The Guild engaged with a growing range of policy areas, while also bringing new depths to our work on Horizon Europe and Erasmus+, alongside the European Research and Education Areas. Finally, last year also brought significant advances to our collaboration; internally, and with our close partner, the African Research Universities Alliance.

Published June 28, 2022 11:16 AM

This issue includes The Guild's call to the EIC to better recognise the role of technology transfer offices in enabling knowledge valorisation as well as recaps of our General Assembly meeting and the fifth #FutureofEducation seminar, hosted by the University of Tübingen. See also Secretary-General Jan Palmowski's latest blog entries in which he discusses the importance of fostering synergies between education and innovation, and why the UK and Swiss association to Horizon Europe should be a scientific and political priority.

Published June 10, 2022 3:20 PM

How can universities manage the tensions and expectations regarding international orientation and local embeddedness, where has the Bologna Process brought us, and what should be the next phase? These were some of the key themes discussed in our virtual seminar, hosted by the University of Tübingen.

Published May 24, 2022 1:26 PM

This issue includes our calls to the Commission and the member states regarding the recently released European Health Data Space, strengthening universities’ innovation capacities in light of the upcoming New European Innovation Agenda, and Open Access and the need to support the development of Diamond Open Access journals ahead of the June Competitiveness Council. Lastly, make sure you get a spot in our final #FutureofEducation seminar, hosted by the University of Tübingen on 3 June.

Published May 4, 2022 11:24 AM

The Guild welcomes the publication, on Tuesday 3rd May, of the European Commission’s proposal for a regulation on the European Health Data Space (EHDS). While contributing to the building of the European Health Union, the proposal recognises the particular sensitivities of health data and the ethics of its use. The Guild fully underlines the urgency of finding solutions to unleash the full potential of shared health data to help scientists develop new treatments for patients and improve the wellbeing of citizens in Europe.

Published Apr. 28, 2022 11:48 AM

Our April issue zooms in on international cooperation in research and academic freedom, including also a highlight from our call to the EU on supporting students and staff from Ukraine. See also the joint recommendations on the Digital Services Act, and our positions on multinational clinical trials and animal research. Catch up also with our Secretary-General Jan Palmowski's latest opinion pieces on the research assessment reform and universities’ support for Ukraine.

Published Apr. 8, 2022 10:40 AM

The Guild welcomes the Council conclusions on a European strategy empowering higher education institutions for the future of Europe. We particularly welcome the expressed desire for Europe to be a safe haven for the freedom of scientific research and democratic values. Europe must stand out as a place where universities are supported through European and national schemes to welcome students, researchers and academics whose freedom is under threat.

Published Mar. 28, 2022 8:28 AM

This week, the EU member states will discuss how to best coordinate their responses to cross-border health threats. The Guild highlights that lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic must be drawn in this regard and that the EPSCO Council and the Working Party on Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices should give a stronger impetus to initiatives aimed at facilitating larger and multinational clinical trials. We urge the member states and the European Commission to address critical obstacles that researchers are facing when conducting multinational clinical trials, particularly regarding the sharing and reuse of health data.

Published Mar. 18, 2022 12:58 PM

In this issue, we zoom in on how The Guild’s member universities are supporting researchers and students fleeing the war in Ukraine. See also the statements from our rectors and opinion piece from Jan Palmowski where he discusses how EU’s funding mechanisms could be adapted to support Ukraine. Catch up with our statements on gender and diversity definitions and the Data Act, and a recap of our latest #FutureofEducation seminar hosted by the University of Glasgow.

Published Mar. 4, 2022 3:53 PM

As the war has forced many Ukrainians to flee their homes, Guild universities are providing concrete support to enable Ukrainian researchers, academics, university staff and students to continue their lives, work, and careers to the best of their ability under traumatic circumstances.

Here is an updated list of actions the universities have taken.

Published Mar. 2, 2022 3:15 PM

The Guild wishes to draw attention to the open letter signed by Russian scientists condemning the war. The Guild fully supports them as they “demand an immediate halt to all military operations directed against Ukraine. We demand respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Ukrainian state. We demand peace for our countries. Let's do science, not war!”.