News from the European University Association

The European University Association (EUA) is pleased to announce that Michael Murphy of University College Cork will be its next president. Elections were held at the EUA General Assembly in Paris on Thursday 11 April. A majority of the members present voted in favour of Murphy. He succeeds Rolf Tarrach, who has served EUA diligently over the past decade – first in the EUA Council, then as Board member and finally as president since 2015.
Murphy, a member of the EUA Board since 2017 and Chair of the EUA Learning & Teaching Steering Committee, has held a variety of leadership roles including President of University College Cork, Vice-Chancellor of the National University of Ireland, Chair of the Health Research Board of Ireland, Chair of the Irish Universities Association and Chair of the Permanent Working Group of European Hospital Doctors. He graduated in Medicine from University College Cork and received his doctorate from the National University of Ireland.
Murphy competed with Martine Rahier for the EUA presidency. Rahier is the former Rector of the University of Neuchâtel. She too has dutifully served EUA over the years, notably as Vice-President since 2015. After the EUA presidential election, Rahier was re-confirmed for a second term on the EUA Board.
The EUA president serves a four-year term and presides over the EUA Board, which is responsible for the preparation and implementation of the Association’s policy and the planning of its activities.
In addition, the following new Board members have been elected for a first term:
EUA is also pleased to announce that one sitting Board member was re-confirmed for a second term:
The EUA General Assembly was held in the context of the Association’s 2019 Annual Conference, hosted by Sorbonne University and focused on “Driving innovation in Europe’s universities”.
Nearly 450 participants gathered at the EUA Annual Conference on 11-12 April at the Sorbonne University in Paris to discuss how to drive innovation in and through universities across Europe.
EUA, All European Academies (ALLEA) and Science Europe have issued a joint statement on the urgent need to back commitments to academic freedom and university autonomy with solid actions.
Members of the European Parliament have now adopted the Horizon Europe regulation, paving the way for preparations and implementation in time for 2021.
The EU Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market was adopted by the European Parliament on 26 March 2019. While EUA welcomes the strengthened exemptions for the education and research activities of European universities, it remains cautious about the agreement’s impact on other sectors and society at large.
The European Commission’s High-level Expert Group on Artificial Intelligence presented the Ethics Guidelines for trustworthy Artificial Intelligence on 8 April. EUA welcomes the guidelines, which come after a stakeholder consultation held earlier this year.
EUA’s Institutional Evaluation Programme (IEP) is accepting registrations for the 2019/20 round of evaluations.
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