Latest Publications

Position Papers

Proposals for the Pharmaceutical Strategy for Europe

Position paper on EU Pharmaceutical Strategy | 15 September 2020
In response to the European Commission consultation, The Guild’s Health Deans advocate for the development of a framework that would facilitate the pursuit of multinational clinical studies within the EU.

Recommendations for developing the European Education Area

Position paper on EEA | 13 July 2020
The Guild provides guiding principles for strengthening teaching and learning at the European level.

Confronting our Common Challenges: a new Approach to Strengthening Africa’s Research, Innovation and Higher Education Capacity

Concept note on EU - Africa partnership | 9 July 2020
The African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) and The Guild call for sustainable investment in African knowledge societies by creating Centres of Excellence (CoE) to confront common challenges for both continents.


Europe must be empowered to address its key challenges through additional investments for fundamental research

Statement on Horizon Europe's budget | 9 December 2020

The Guild calls for an urgent funding boost to the Excellence Science Pillar of Horizon Europe in order to achieve a balanced resourcing of the three pillars of the programme.

Research activities of universities must continue to be supported by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)

Statement on European Regional Development Funds | 30 October 2020

The Guild voices its concern that ending ERDF support to universities’ research capacities undermines the goal of reducing the research and innovation divide in Europe.

The Guild welcomes the potential of the European Research and Education Areas to boost the excellence of the European higher education sector

Statement on the European Research and Education Areas | 1 October 2020

The Guild considers that the visions for the European Research and Education Areas published by the European Commission represent an important opening for a dialogue on common priorities and their implementation.

Insight Papers

Looking to the Future: The Guild's Vision for Europe's Universities

Insight Paper 2 on the future of Europe's universities | 19 October 2020
In this insight paper, presidents of The Guild’s universities set out a vision for Europe’s universities over the next ten years.

Developing equal, mutually beneficial partnerships with African universities: recommendations for a new European collaboration strategy

Insight Paper 1 on European collaboration strategy with Africa | 18 February 2020
In this insight paper, Professor Peter Maassen (University of Oslo) outlines in detail the particular need for investment in African research-intensive universities.