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Published Nov. 10, 2021 11:16 AM

In this issue we share highlights from the upcoming ARUA and The Guild conference and our virtual seminar with the University of Tartu. See also our statements on knowledge valorisation and the UK's association to Horizon Europe, along with our COP26 articles highlighting our member universities' efforts in tackling climate change.

Published Nov. 9, 2021 9:33 AM

With the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP26, taking place in Glasgow, The Guild’s universities are stressing the critical contributions universities can and must make to accelerate action towards the Paris Agreement goals. The Guild shares highlights from its member universities on how the institutions, researchers and students are leading the change towards environmental sustainability, connecting the institutional, social, economic, technological and scientific responses needed to respond to the climate crisis.

Published Nov. 4, 2021 9:53 AM

The European Union’s research and innovation community representing over 1,000 universities and universities of applied sciences, 56 academies of science, 38 research performing and funding organisations, 33 rectors’ conferences, as well as 120 regional organisations, call for the European Commission and President Ursula von der Leyen to finalise the United Kingdom’s association to Horizon Europe immediately.

Published Nov. 3, 2021 8:41 AM

With the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP26, taking place in Glasgow, The Guild’s universities are stressing the critical contributions universities can and must make to accelerate action towards the Paris Agreement goals. The Guild shares highlights from its member universities on how the institutions, researchers and students are leading the change towards environmental sustainability, connecting the institutional, social, economic, technological and scientific responses needed to respond to the climate crisis.

Published Nov. 1, 2021 1:28 PM

With the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP26, taking place in Glasgow, The Guild’s universities are stressing the critical contributions universities can and must make to accelerate action towards the Paris Agreement goals. The Guild shares highlights from its member universities on how the institutions, researchers and students are leading the change towards environmental sustainability, connecting the institutional, social, economic, technological and scientific responses needed to respond to the climate crisis.

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.