With this statement EUA responds to the Communication of the European Commission on a Renewed EU Agenda for Higher Education published on 30 May 2017. The Renewed Agenda is a follow-up to the 2011 Modernisation Agenda, and is the first major communication by the Juncker Commission focusing exclusively on higher education, setting the discourse for higher education in the EU and proposing concrete actions.
EUA welcomes the Agenda, as it provides a broad vision on the role of higher education, with a strong emphasis on topics of critical importance for the European higher education sectors, such as the enhancement of the study experience, transition into the labour market, social inclusion and the wider contribution of higher education to society. It presents a good basis for discussion and collaboration for the sector, for the EU, the European Higher Education Area and the European Research Area, as well as for the global higher education community. EUA is looking forward to taking the issues raised by the Agenda further through in-depth discussions with its members.