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July, 2013



July, 2013

EDEN Conference News

EDEN Synergy Workshop
19-21 October 2013, Budapest University of Technology and Economics

Transnational Learning Forum

for Exchanging Practices and Ideas


The Synergy Workshop aims to facilitate the collective development of new, feasible ideas and plans, the creation and the strengthening of new and existing partnerships and to induce future collaborations by engaging the conference participants in highly interactive and practical working group activities (such as producing written outlines for future collaboration whether it is the organisation of joint events, reciprocal piloting/peer reviews, community sustainability or a new partnership for a future project).

We invite you to check the recently launched conference website. Please observe the opportunity of registration for face-to-face or online participation, and be so kind to only mark your physical presence if you are sure you will be able to travel to Budapest - the places are limited.

Updates about the event will be communicated via the event's website and the EDEN Newsflash. In case of any questions or enquiries, please contact the EDEN Conference Secretariat.

We are looking forward to meeting you soon in Budapest.


Synergy Workshop website


Community Update

Summer vacation at the EDEN office

We inform you that between 1 and 21 August, the EDEN Secretariat will be closed, however the Secretariat e-mail will be continuously attended.

We wish all of you a nice and relaxing summer!

on vacation

European Commission's Corner

European universities need to think global, says Commission

The international higher education landscape is changing dramatically in shape and size, with greater competition from countries such as China and India. This calls for an overhaul in the way Europe's 4 000 universities operate - not only internationally, but also in how they deliver education to European students in their home countries. Read more about the newly released Commission strategy: European Higher Education in the world.


Erasmus programme in 2011-12: the figures explained

The European Commission has published new figures on the number of students, teachers and other staff in higher education who benefitted from the Erasmus programme in the 2011-12 academic year. 252 827 European students and 46 527 staff in higher education received Erasmus funding to go abroad for studies, job placements, teaching or training. Read more...


Projects, practices, showcases

Guidance for inclusion: practices and needs in European Universities

The Report “Guidance for inclusion: practices and needs in European Universities” presents the results of the research work carried out in STAY IN. The overall aim was to review the ‘landscape’ of student guidance and counselling, taking into account the policies, programmes and practices that have developed in the field, and using the lessons learned to feed into the design of the STAY IN services. Read report...

Highlights from EDEN Members and Partners

The 1st Moscow International Salon of Education (MSE)

Moscow, Russia (31 October - 3 November, 2013)

EDEN member institution, Moscow State University of Economics, Statistics and Informatics (MESI), is inviting you to take part in The 1st Moscow International Salon of Education (MSE) which will be held in Moscow, Russia, from 31 October to 3 November 2013 by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation, the Government of Moscow and the Moscow Department of Education.

The business program of the Salon includes among others “Education 3.0” International Exhibition and the Conference “Digital educational environment: technologies, concepts, resources and services” which will be co-organized by MESI.

Please find more information at and contact


News from Open Universidade de Catalunia

Two IMS-GLC award-winning UOC apps

Two mobile applications developed by the UOC's Office of Learning Technologies have won awards in an international competition organized by the IMS Global Learning Consortium, an institution that works to develop technologies that improve open and online learning around the world. From among all the tools presented, the IMS's jury selected the eight best two of which are from the UOC: CloudTime and Tandem.

CloudTime is a tool developed to support engineering subjects that lets faculty create virtual cloud-based machines for students to use for practicals involving programming, operating systems and other tasks. There is a video about the tool 


Tandem is one of the SpeakApps tools. It is a mini content manager that lets students work on a range of contents in parallel and remotely. There is a video about the tool


New issue of UOC’s magazine eLearn Center Research Paper Series

The publication contains the results of the research programme “Time factor in e-learning” of the eLearn Center, the research, innovation and training center of the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC). Read more...

RUSC. Universities and Knowledge Society Journal publishes a new issue

The Universities and Knowledge Society Journal (RUSC) is an open-access e-journal jointly published by the Open University of Catalonia (UOC, Spain) and the University of New England (UNE, Australia) that comes out twice a year, in January and July. This issue has a special section focusing on the outlook and challenges for education and technology in Mexico and Latin America. RUSC’s vol. 10, num.2 is now available:


Publications and Events

Value of education rises in crisis but investment in this area is falling, says OECD

The jobs gap between well-educated young people and those who left school early has continued to widen during the crisis. A good education is the best insurance against a lack of work experience, according to the latest edition of the OECD’s annual Education at a Glance. Read more...


Rankings and Accountability in Higher Education - Uses and misuses

UNESCO, 2013
Read report


On the way to 2020: national and international data for vocational education and training and lifelong learning policies

Read publication


LX Design: Using Evidence to Ignite Learner Experience

Webinar, hosted by the Chronicle of Higher Education
Wednesday, July 31 - 2:00pm EST
Registration and more information on this link


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