Covid-19 and universities

The coronavirus crisis has challenged higher education institutions in many new and unexpected ways. As universities have to take radical measures and make major efforts to slow the contagion and to better understand the virus, they are forging new paths in crisis management. This brings both challenges and opportunities to Europe’s universities, in particular in relation to digitalisation and digitally enhanced learning and teaching, Open Science, research, quality assurance, university autonomy, funding and civic engagement.

On its part, EUA is working closely with members in this difficult moment. The Association has moved its public events online and added new events dedicated to needs that have arisen from the crisis. In many cases, the content of existing events, as well as surveys and projects, has been adapted to those same needs. EUA is working to facilitate the sharing of crisis-related good practices among members. It also gathers useful information via member questionnaires and the monitoring of European-level policy developments and shares information through its many communications activities. EUA has created the hashtag #UniversitiesAtHome so that universities can relay what they are doing via social media to adapt their working methods.

As places that gather many people, universities are emptier now than before, but this does not mean that they are closed. Learning and teaching are very active online and universities remain central in the research of new treatments and possible vaccines. The crisis has opened a window of opportunity for universities to engage even more with society, support governments through research and innovation and to help prepare a more resilient society.

EUA supports its members in these missions, with the hope of best preparing Europe’s societies for addressing global challenges.

 

 

 

Resources

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  • IAU releases Global Survey Report on Impact of Covid-19 in Higher Education

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  • NIDL’s online survey on the affect in online teaching during Covid-19

    Partners news

    13 May 2020

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  • ASEM Education Secretariat calling for examples of practices on inclusive...

    Partners news

    4 May 2020

    In the context of the coronavirus crisis, the Secretariat of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Education Process would like to showcase and disseminate different types of initiatives and measures, with a focus on the inclusion of vulnerable or disadvantaged students in distance education and...

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  • InSPIREurope 2020 Virtual Stakeholder Forum, 8 June 2020

    Partners news

    24 Apr 2020

    The 2020 InSPIREurope Stakeholder Forum, originally scheduled to take place at the Collège de France in Paris, will now take place virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic. Registrations are now open to the online event, which is the first of three annual fora taking place over the duration of...

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  • Resources for digital learning and teaching during the coronavirus pandemic

    News

    23 Apr 2020

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  • ESU’s survey on student life during the Covid-19 pandemic

    Partners news

    21 Apr 2020

    The European Students’ Union (ESU), together with the Institute of Development of Education in Croatia and an interdisciplinary team of researchers based at the University of Zadar in Croatia, launched a survey on student life during the Covid-19 pandemic, open until 30 April. The survey...

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  • LIBER statement on Covid-19

    Partners news

    17 Apr 2020

    During the coronavirus crisis, LIBER, the Association of European Research Libraries, calls on European Commissioners, Member State governments, publishers and authors to urgently help libraries, universities and other educational establishments, so that they can continue supplying researchers,...

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  • EQAR and ENQA offer support for quality assurance agencies during coronavirus...

    Partners news

    14 Apr 2020

    In the light of coronavirus pandemic, both the European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education (EQAR) and the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA) have issued statements and actions of support for quality assurance agencies and the higher education sector...

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  • ERC President resigns, EUA calls for unity and cooperation as the way forward

    News

    9 Apr 2020

    The President of the European Research Council (ERC), Mauro Ferrari, resigned on 7 April citing his dissatisfaction with the EU response to the coronavirus crisis.  Ferrari proposed using the ERC for targeted funding related to the crisis. This would have been against the purpose and rules of...

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  • #EUvsVirus – the official EU Hackathon for coronavirus challenge

    Partners news

    9 Apr 2020

    The European Commission launched EUvsVirus, a pan-European non-profit online hackathon on 24, 25 and 26 April to connect civil society, innovators, partners and buyers across Europe to develop innovative solutions to overcome coronavirus-related challenges.   Universities are invited to...

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  • Consortia and universities call for wide access to electronic resources amidst...

    News

    9 Apr 2020

    In a reaction to the ongoing coronavirus crisis and the halt of on-campus operations in Europe and beyond, digital access to scientific research and electronic resources is more important than ever. Several national rectors’ conferences and national consortia, including in France, Spain,...

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  • Coronavirus: European Commission takes special measures for Erasmus+ and...

    News

    8 Apr 2020

    The coronavirus pandemic has implications for student and staff mobility and projects funded by EU programmes such as Erasmus+ and Horizon 2020. Several application deadlines for Erasmus+ have been extended. Furthermore, the Commission announced to apply maximum flexibility in the...

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  • UNIMED’s collection of online learning stories during Covid-19

    Partners news

    8 Apr 2020

    UNIMED (Mediterranean Universities Union) created an online space aimed at collecting stories from its members and the wider community on how educators and institutions are coping with the present coronavirus emergency. As Covid-19 continues spreading in many countries of the world, how to keep...

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  • IAU global survey on the impact of Covid-19 on Higher Education

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    3 Apr 2020

    The International Association of Universities (IAU) launched a survey on the impact of Covid-19 on Higher Education, open until 14 April. The questions relate to students and academic staff mobility; access to classes/campus; extent of disruption of teaching, learning and research, as well as...

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  • RDA Covid-19 Working Group - Call for Expert Contributions

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    26 Mar 2020

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  • Survey on impact of Covid-19 on Higher Education Admissions

    Partners news

    25 Mar 2020

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  • Coronavirus: EUA stands united with members and invites universities to share...

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    With the spread of the coronavirus, Europe and the rest of the world are facing a true test in terms of civic duty and the sharing of knowledge and resources. Europe’s universities are taking radical measures to slow the contagion and to better understand the new virus. EUA stands united with its...

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  • EHEA Ministerial Conference 2020, 18 – 20 November, Rome

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    20 Mar 2020

    Due to the coronavirus crisis, the EHEA Ministerial Conference has been postponed to 18 -20 November 2020. The Conference will take place in the same location, La Nuvola Conference Centre. The event will be open to European Higher Education Area (EHEA) delegations and includes a Bologna Global...

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    Partners news

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