“Expert Voices” is an online platform featuring original commentary and analysis on the higher education and research sector in Europe. It offers EUA experts, members and partners the opportunity to share their expertise and perspectives in an interactive and flexible exchange on key topics in the field.
All views expressed in these articles are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of EUA.
19 Oct 2020
19 Oct 2020
13 Oct 2020
Learning outcomes and public trust in higher education
Learning outcomes are increasingly used in qualifications frameworks and quality assurance processes. As such, they aim to secure and foster public trust among education providers. Yet, against the backdrop of internationalised higher education, questions arise on whether learning outcomes can fulfill this function on a global scale and whether there is a way, and need, to verify if learning outcomes have been achieved.
09 Oct 2020
Micro-credentials: What is behind all the buzz?
Micro-credentials are growing exponentially in popularity, attracting the interest of various stakeholders due to their flexibility and ability to meet the demands of a rapidly changing labour market. EUA experts Elena Cirlan and Tia Loukkola break down what exactly micro-credentials are, why higher education institutions should pay attention to the discussion around them, and what needs to be considered when developing a European approach to micro-credentials.
22 Sep 2020
EU-guaranteed student loans: A means to enhance international degree mobility?
As part of the Erasmus+ programme, the European Union launched the Master Student Loan Guarantee Facility in 2015. At the time, it was fresh and ambitious, but certainly not uncontested. However, it has not received much public attention since. Now, with the next generation of programmes about to start, loan facilities are destined to play a bigger role – but not under Erasmus+. EUA experts Luisa Bunescu and Michael Gaebel look at the lessons learnt and provide some ideas for future implementation.
16 Sep 2020
Multidisciplinary entrepreneurship training develops the capacity for effectiveness
Providing students with the skills for multidisciplinary collaboration and entrepreneurship supports social impact. The Tampere Universities community promotes this endeavour through multidisciplinary entrepreneurship training, presenting students with innovation challenges aimed at creating societal benefit, and by facilitating interaction between people from multidisciplinary backgrounds. As Taru Pilvi explains, through active, targeted measures, universities can provide the tools and skills required to address today’s challenges – and this is increasingly attractive to students.
15 Sep 2020
European quality assurance framework: Why all the attention?
The Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area (ESG) have led to major developments, however there are now proposals for revisions. EUA expert Tia Loukkola looks into what is behind these calls and offers examples that highlight the flexibility of the ESG as a key success factor.
10 Jul 2020
Universities and Covid-19: Inventiveness and goodwill at the service of society
During the Covid-19 crisis, universities innovated greatly in various fields to bring solutions to complex and unprecedented challenges. This article by Annick Castiaux analyses an innovation project led by the University of Namur in Belgium, providing evidence of the particularities of innovation in times of crisis and the societal role of universities.
09 Jul 2020
Possible scenarios on the path towards a European degree
The idea of a European degree is fascinating and attractive, but it also raises many conceptual and practical questions. What does a European degree mean? How would it differ from the current degrees awarded by universities across Europe? Who would award it? And what would be the added value of such a degree? EUA’s Tia Loukkola and ENQA’s Maria Kelo tackle the various scenarios.
07 Jul 2020
The sound of silence: Universities need to facilitate places to focus
The university campus matters, which was demonstrated best – ironically – when the campus was closed during the coronavirus crisis. University communities missed both the silence and buzz that are important for academic activities and social needs. Alexandra den Heijer from Delft University of Technology looks at why combining the physical and virtual campus is a challenge for many universities.