Trends 2015: Quality assurance, internationalisation, information and communication technology

15 May 2015

EUA – the European University Association – recently released the report titled Trends 2015: Learning and Teaching in European Universities.

This report presents an excellent picture of recent changes in European higher education. This year’s questionnaire was answered by 451 universities from 46 countries.

The results confirm the pre-eminence of both quality assurance and internationalization as key factors. Thus, 92% of institutions state that internationalization has contributed to improving the quality of learning and teaching, notably through the mobility of students and staff, as well as international collaboration. Regarding cooperation with Latin America, 19% of the responding universities state their interest in the region; and an additional 12% a specific interest in collaborating with Brazil (the institution were limited to three choices). It is interesting to underline that, together with countries that traditionally collaborate with Latin America, like Spain and Portugal, other countries express an interest well above the average, as is the case for Austria (30 LA + 20% BR), Ireland (29% +29%) and Finland (25 + 25%).

The use of ICT has become the third ranked priority for Higher Education institutions. Investements in ITC are increasing in order to offer more blended learning. Universities also plan to rely on e-learning to increase access and offer more flexibile learning oportunities. For detailed information please access the full Trends 2015 paper.

Early July, Columbus will organize a videoconference hosting Andrée Sursock, the author of the Trends 2015 report.

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