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1 Internationalisation Conference Keynote Dr Chris Yeomans, Head of Policy, UK Higher Education International Unit

2 The EU, Bologna and internationalisation – new opportunities and challenges from Europe Dr Chris Yeomans UK HE International Unit

3 The strategic turn 94% of institutions now have an internationalisation strategy 75% with a European strategy have it embedded in the international strategy Joint Outward Mobility Steering Group International Education Advisory Forum

4 Context: EU 2020 strategy The Europe 2020 strategy follows on from the Lisbon Strategy (2000-2010) that set out to create 'the most competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economy' in the worldLisbon Strategy 3% of the EU's GDP should be invested in R&D by 2020 The share of early school leavers should be under 10% and at least 40% of the population aged 30-34 should have completed tertiary or equivalent education

5 The next generation of EU HE and Research programmes New budgetary cycle: 2014-2020 Rationalising, simplifying, connecting Focus on added value of European level Europe in international context

6 Erasmus for All: More money, less paperwork New European Commission programme proposal to run from 2014-2020 Unites the seven existing programmes for education, youth, training and sport Proposed budget of 19 billion: an increase of 70%

7 Erasmus for All: Proposed changes Streamlined architecture supports three key actions: - Learning mobility - Cooperation for innovation and good practices -Support for policy reform 2/3 funding on mobility grants 5 million people to benefit between 2014-20

8 Erasmus for All: Opportunities Erasmus activities: substantially strengthened and expanded internationally Staff mobility: significantly strengthened International collaboration: consolidation Collaborative degrees Erasmus Master

9 Collaborative degrees - on the rise 2007 IU survey: do you have the power to award? 2011: 47/80 institutions award a joint degree or multiple/dual double degree 48 collab. programmes with UK partner; 78 with European partner; 48 with HEI outside Europe Building on success of Erasmus Mundus B

10 Collaborative degrees - on the rise Most regularly cited problems/obstacles: administrative burden; curriculum compatibility; credit equivalency; conflicting quality assurance expectations; legal issues Of those who do not offer a collaborative degree: 26% are in the process of establishing Erasmus for All will strengthen support for collaborative programmes – EU and non-EU

11 Erasmus Master Student Loan Guarantee Facility Too little full degree mobility – partly due to limited nature of national support schemes. Support cannot be provided by another state Erasmus Master will offer chance for Masters kevel students to access loans at favourable rates Tell us more......provided it does not impinge on Member State autonomy

12 Innovative cooperation Strategic Partnerships –Cross sector alliances between educational establishments and youth organisations –23,000 partnerships Knowledge Alliances –Large scale partnerships between HEIs and businesses –400 alliances

13 And theres more...... IT support platforms Virtual mobility E-Twinning Jean Monnet Knowledge Alliances HE capacity-building projects Transnational traineeships

14 Concerns Vague – need more details Too good to be true? EU tools for valorisation: U-Multirank Also keen to ensure that the international element of Erasmus for All includes all regions

15 Value of EU research policy to UK universities

16 Horizon 2020: renewing the EU research landscape 15% of the EU budget allocated for the current Framework Programme has gone to UK researchers. Total contribution of FP7 to UK research expected to reach 7 billion. Annually, FP7 contributes 5% of the UKs national science budget, which is equivalent to the spending power of a medium-sized UK research council.

17 Horizon 2020: renewing the EU research landscape Horizon 2020 is the proposed new EU programme for research and innovation. 2014 – 2020, total budget of 80 billion – a substantial increase on the budget for FP7 H2020 brings together all existing EU programmes for research and innovation under single umbrella: FP7, Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP) and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). Innovation focus

18 Horizon 2020: Three key strands Excellent Science (24.6 billion) 77% increase for ERC; Special attention to Future and Emerging Technologies (FETs); International co-operation encouraged Societal Concerns (31. 7 billion) : Health, demographic change and wellbeing; Food security, sustainable agriculture and bio-economy; Secure, clean and efficient energy; Smart, green and integrated transport; Climate action, resource efficiency and raw materials; Inclusive, innovative and secure societies. Industrial Leadership (17.9 billion).

19 Horizon 2020: Broadly aligned with UK HE sector interests Substantial budget increase for European Research Council Continuation of excellence as underlying principle for allocation of EU research funding Single set of administrative rules for all components of Horizon 2020. Extension of administrative model of the European Research Council across Horizon 2020, allowing a 100% reimbursement rate (direct eligible costs). Move towards a more trust based control strategy eg. acceptance of the accounting practices of all participants

20 Remaining issues for the UK HE sector Increased role for the European Structural Funds in capacity building and widening participation across Europe. Cost declaration through full costing will not be possible. Specific Grand Challenges identified by the Commission under the Societal Concern strand of Horizon 2020 Balance of funding between innovation and research

21 Key Bologna Process Reforms Bachelor – Master – Doctoral cycles (UK already uses this structure) Overarching Framework for Qualifications of the EHEA (UK HE qualifications frameworks self-certified) European Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the EHEA (Quality Assurance Agency – QAA) European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) (Experience of using credit – NUCCATS, SCQF) Diploma Supplement (New challenge – development of HEAR)

22 Bologna Process 2009-2012: Leuven Communiqué Student mobility: in 2020, 20% of students graduating in the European Higher Education Area should have had a study or training period abroad Lifelong Learning: Ministers formally acknowledged learning outcomes as the basis for recognition of formal and informal learning. Multidimensional transparency tools: BFUG to monitor development of classifications/typologies and rankings of HEIs Expanding Bolognas remit: to include additional policy areas International dimension enhanced in 2009

23 But what is interesting.... increasing implementation 79% HEIs currently use the Diploma Supplement – 20% more than in 2007 Of those who do not use the DS, 28% plan to introduce it 61% use ECTS for credit transfer; 26% for accumulation

24 Bologna doesnt stop at Europe Enhances global attractiveness Deep integration - sits at heart of internationalisation strategy Erasmus Mundus – worldwide since 2009 Horizon 2020 – third countries Erasmus for All -

25 To finish with...good news from the IU survey 294 one-year or 12-month Masters Degrees currently offered – compared to 69 two-year Masters degree programmes Recognition of UK qualifications: 72% not aware of any difficulties experienced by UK Integrated Masters graduates, 80% not aware of any difficulties experienced by one-year full-time Masters graduates – compares to 66% not aware of difficulties in 2009.

26 Internationalisation – does it make a difference to the student experience? A student and graduate perspective. Kian Golzari, (MA Soc Sci 2010), Product Development Manager, Highlander Outdoor Wear Student Study Abroad Ambassadors, Kate Goldie and Lynsey Wallace

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