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A big surprise in the EU Commission’s proposal of new European Education Area is the establishment of a new “Sorbonne Process”. It focusses on cross-border recognition of school, higher education and further education diplomas.

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We talk to Helge Schwitters, president of the European Students' Union about what this means for the Bologna process and student participation. To listen to the podcast, click


As the spread of English-taught degree courses in Europe’s universities seems inexorable, many people are concerned that we are moving too fast into uncharted waters, and leaving the public behind.


We talk to Annette de Groot, professor of psycholinguistics at the University of Amsterdam, about the implications of teaching and learning in English for European students. To listen to the podcast, click


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As the end of the gargantuan research funding programme, “Horizon 2020” comes into view, we talk to Mr. Martin Pigeon from the Corporate Europe Observatory about the problems the programme has presented since its introduction in 2014, and how its successor, “FP9” might become a “giant battle for subsidies”. 
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What are the policy options in terms of foreign students’ fees, and how do they relate to current political events? OECD policy analyst Gabriele Marconi took a closer look at the different tuition fee policies in a “Education in Focus” brief.


ESNA Media reporter and editor Tino Brömme asked Mr Marconi: What is the main reason for goverments to set higher fees for international students? What importance have fees for international students’ choices? To listen to the podcast, click


The March for Science, born as an anti-Trump demonstration in Washington D.C., has spontaneously caused this great participation of citizens concerned about a new wave of irrational opinion-making and policies. We are here at the rally in Berlin, Germany, on April 22, 2017, to hear what people have to say.

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So the March for Science in Berlin, arrives from Humboldt University at the Brandenburg Gate, many representatives of science organisations are here, and even mayor Michael Müller. Altogether 2000 persons, maybe more, have come together in defense of science.
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Under Article 16 of the Greek constitution, private universities are expressly prohibited. But debate has constantly surrounded this law, with attempts to reform it having been met with vigorous protest.

Glavinis interview


Panagiotis Glavinis, associate professor at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki's Faculty of Law, talked to us about the historical context of this law, why he thinks it should be reformed, and how that reform might come to fruition. To listen to the podcast, click here.


Leading scientists are in high demand and European countries, especially Germany, are starting to adopt the American approach of bringing in foreign talent rather than training their own. In his presentationThe World Race for Top Scientists

De Wit lecture


Hans De Wit, director of the Center for International Higher Education in Boston, explained why this is happening and how universities can attract and retain the best talent. To listen to the podcast, click here


Online services have radically reshaped the way scientists work and communicate. Enter Philip Mirowski, Professor of Economics and the History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Notre Dame. In his presentation ‘Science 2.0 as a Neoliberal Program’




he explained that it is necessary to keep a critical distance from the comforts of social media and realise that the economy behind social media sites is explicitly commercial. To listen to the podcast, click here


The German foreign minister calls it “foreign education policy”, but in and outgoing students, lecturers and researchers and international relations put a strain on university administrations and staff. What was said at the ACA conference ‘Internationalisation: from strategy to implementation’


we asked Ulrich Teichler, professor and former Director of the International Centre for Higher Education Research (INCHER) in Kassel. To listen to the podcast, click here


Young researchers pursuing a PhD are a wanted species, sought by academia as much as by industry and public administration. In anticipation of the EUA conference The Future of Doctoral Education – where do we go from here?



we talked with Thomas Ekman Jørgensen, who is responsible for the EUA Council for Doctoral Education. To listen to the podcast, click here