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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!”.

Published Feb. 18, 2022 2:28 PM

In this issue, we zoom in on the EU-AU summit with statements on the AU-EU Innovation Agenda and ARUA’s call to strengthen Africa's research ecosystem, as well as highlights from our joint panel discussion on European-African university collaboration. See also Jan Palmowski’s opinion piece and our call for the UK and Switzerland to associate to Horizon Europe. Lastly, save the date for the upcoming University of Glasgow and The Guild #FutureOfEducation seminar on designing learning spaces.

Published Jan. 21, 2022 11:31 AM

In the first newsletter of 2022, we focus on the European Strategy for Universities, with The Guild’s response to the just-released documents as well as Secretary-General Jan Palmowski's insights on them. See also our statements on the Horizon Europe application process and the Lump Sum Pilot. Save the date also for the upcoming ARUA and The Guild virtual panel, organised on 14 February ahead of the AU-EU summit.

Published Jan. 20, 2022 11:19 AM

On 18 January the European Commission presented the European strategy for universities as a way to articulate a transformative vision for the higher education sector. The Guild welcomes the strategy as a framework which recognizes the rich potential and contribution of Europe’s universities to our society through research, education and innovation. We wish to thank Commissioner Gabriel and Vice-President Schinas for their constructive consultations with the sector and acknowledging many of the views expressed by The Guild’s presidents.