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The Directorate General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture (DG EAC) of the European Commission is currently conducting a consultation on the feasibility of developing a European framework for attractive and sustainable careers in higher education.

Such framework would aim to respond to long-established needs on careers in higher education highlighted by the Member States and stakeholders, and as announced in the European Commission Communication on a European Strategy for Universities.

As part of this consultation, an online survey is currently conducted by research consultancy Ecorys.

All stakeholders in the European higher education sector are invited to take part to the survey, to identify challenges and share practices that ensure the provision of flexible and attractive academic careers, valuing teaching, entrepreneurship, management, leadership, and research activities. It would be important that the voice of higher education institutions is heard through this consultation.

The survey will take between 20 and 30 minutes to complete and covers a wide range of issues: the importance of teaching and learning on equal weight with research; academic freedom; transnational cooperation; career development paths; appraisal, promotion and reward; financing and management in higher education; institutional autonomy; workload pressures; contract conditions; remuneration; recruitment; gender; inclusion and equity. The survey is available in English, French and German.

The deadline to complete the online survey is 19 May. For any further information, please contact

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