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19
Nov
‘12

The 2014 Humanities Research Centre Visiting Fellowship Program is now open

The Humanities Research Centre, RSHA, Australian National University 2014 Visiting Fellowship is now open. 2014 Annual Theme: Now Showing: Cultures, Judgments, and Research on the Digital Screen Deadline is the 31 March 2013. For more information, please click here. Enquiries: Ms Leena Messina T: +61 2 6125 4357  F: +61 2 6125 1380 E: Leena.Messina@anu.edu.au

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19
Nov
‘12

Creative Instinct on ABC Radio National: Who is Germany? (Part 1)

This week, Creative Instinct begins a 3-part series that will look at aspects of a country that, once again, finds itself at a pivot point of history—Germany. Germany is a relatively modern construct, but a lot has happened in its 140+ years. The 20th Century saw Germany play a central role in some of the most seismic global events. In recovery from both WWII and the Cold War, Germany somehow managed to reinvent itself as an economic powerhouse. And yet, once again, events have conspired to give Germany a decisive part in a global drama. Economic commentators and political pundits tie themselves in knots trying to figure out the future of European economies, but understanding some of the underlying elements of German modern identity may help us to better interpret how events in Europe will unfold. In today's program we hear from some keen socio-political observers, who have thought much about the question of 'Who is Germany?' As part of the intensive series of interviews conducted recently in Germany, the EU Centre's media colleague and cultural associate Michael Shirrefs, producer of the ABC Radio National programme Creative Instinct, interviewed Michel-Eric Dufeil (Head, German & Netherlands Desk of the D-G for Regional Policy in the European Commission) and Dr Lars Klein, (previous visitor to the Centre and Senior Lecturer with the Euroculture Programme, University of Gottingen). To listen to Part 1 of the series, please click here.

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16
Nov
‘12

Allied in the fight - Europe and Australia tackling global health threats

In another edition of International Innovation, a range of institutions, programmes and individual projects is presented from Europe and Australia covering some of the greatest health threats facing the world today including mental health, child health, nutrition and infectious and non-infectious dieases. To read the edition online, please click here.

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16
Nov
‘12

Ms Helga Schmid, Deputy Secretary General for Political Affairs in the European External Action Service, visited Australia

Ms Helga Schmid, Deputy Secretary General for Political Affairs in the EU's European External Action Service (EEAS) visited Australia from 5-7 November 2012. During that time Ms Schmid gave an insider’s perspective on what the EU considers to be its main security challenges and elaborated on the EU’s comprehensive response to these challenges. She focused on the conflicts in the Middle East, including Iran’s nuclear issues, the maritime territorial disputes in the South China Sea, as well as other challenges in some African regions and the EU’s Eastern neighbourhood. On 6 November Ms Helga Schmid participated in a Round Table discussion at the ANU Centre for European Studies with representatives from the diplomatic community, government agencies and academia. Ms Schmid also conducted the Australia-EU Strategic Dialogue and took part in a Boardroom Forum and lunch at the European-Australian Business Council.

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07
Nov
‘12

New publication on Australia’s evolving relationship with the European Union

Nina Markovic, a PhD candidate at the Centre, has just published a research paper for the Australian Parliamentary Library titled "Australia’s evolving relationship with the European Union: an update". To read the paper, please click here.

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04
Nov
‘12

EU Delegation in Australia newsletter 350

The EU Delegation in Australia has published its latest Newsletter 350.

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04
Nov
‘12

Advancing healthcare research in Europe and Australia

International Innovation presents another issue on health featuring Australian contributors. It includes exclusive analysis of global health post-2015, the deadline to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, and insights into the implications of recent cuts in funding for Alzheimer's research. To read the edition online, please click here.

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22
Oct
‘12

ANUCES participates in EUSI Tokyo conference at Tsuda College

ANUCES Visiting Fellow Jiro Okamoto participated in an international conference organised by the EU Studies Institute (EUSI) in Tokyo on 12 and 13 October 2012 at Tsuda College. Tsuda College is a member institute of the EUSI Tokyo along with Hitotsubashi University and Keio University. The theme of the conference was “the EU at a Crossroad: The Euro-zone Crisis under Globalisation”. Jiro presented a paper on Australia-EU policy cooperation and coordination in the context of Asian engagement.

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18
Oct
‘12

EU awarded The 2012 Nobel Peace Prize

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2012 is to be awarded to the European Union (EU). The Union and its forerunners have for over six decades contributed to the advancement of peace and reconciliation, democracy and human rights in Europe. In a joint statement, the President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy and the President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso, said "It is a tremendous honour for the European Union to be awarded the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize. This Prize is the strongest possible recognition of the deep political motives behind our Union: the unique effort by ever more European states to overcome war and divisions and to jointly shape a continent of peace and prosperity. It is a Prize not just for the project and the institutions embodying a common interest, but for the 500 million citizens living in our Union." The High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the Commission, Catherine Ashton stated: "I am delighted at the news that the European Union has been awarded the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize, in recognition of its work on reconciliation, democracy, promotion of human rights and in enlarging the area of peace and stability across the continent." European Union Ambassador to Australia, H.E. David Daly, greeted the announcement with enthusiasm, saying “The Nobel Peace Prize recognizes the great achievements the EU has made in regional integration for peace. What started with six countries forming a Coal and Steel Community following World War II to help secure peace and stability has grown into a Union of 27 - soon to be 28 countries - working together. We are grateful for the indispensable support we have received from Australia over the 50 years of diplomatic relations with Australia, and together with my fellow EU Member States Ambassadors here in Canberra, I will continue to work closely with our Australian partners to promote peace, democracy, and prosperity around the world." Noting its collaboration with the United Nations, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon congratulated the EU for being awarded the 2012 Nobel Peace Prize, stressing its role in helping to build peace, promote human rights and support economic and social development across the world. In the inter-war years, the Norwegian Nobel Committee made several awards to persons who were seeking reconciliation between Germany and France. Since 1945, that reconciliation has become a reality. The EU is currently undergoing grave economic difficulties and considerable social unrest. The Norwegian Nobel Committee wishes to focus on what it sees as the EU's most important result: the successful struggle for peace and reconciliation and for democracy and human rights. The stabilising part played by the EU has helped to transform most of Europe from a continent of war to a continent of peace. The work of the EU represents "fraternity between nations", and amounts to a form of the "peace congresses" to which Alfred Nobel refers as criteria for the Peace Prize in his 1895 will. For more information, visit the website of the Delegation of the European Union to Australia and New Zealand.

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15
Oct
‘12

High level group to focus on quality and excellence in teaching

Higher education is crucial for developing the knowledge and skills that Europe needs to compete in the world economy, but Member States are not investing enough to modernise their higher education systems. A new High Level Group on the Modernisation of Higher Education, launched by the European Commission today, will address this issue as part of a comprehensive three-year review of the sector across the European Union. The group, chaired by Mary McAleese, former President of Ireland, will focus this year on how best to achieve quality and excellence in teaching and learning; then, next year, it will discuss how to adapt learning in the digital age. The Group will identify best practices and creative solutions, as well as making recommendations to national and European policy makers, universities and colleges. It will report for the first time in 2013 and has a mandate until 2015. Androulla Vassiliou, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, said: "Everybody remembers a teacher who inspired or motivated them. With the help of the high level group I want to ensure that every student, regardless of where they live or study in Europe, will benefit from quality teaching. This is a pre-condition for innovation, jobs and growth. Teaching excellence is also a fundamental requirement for identifying and supporting sustainable pathways out of the current crisis." Mary McAleese added: "I am very honoured to chair this group. I care deeply about Europe and its young generation, which has been struck so hard by the crisis. Our group will examine how to nurture excellent teaching in our universities so that our young people receive the best education and the best possible employment prospects." During the next three years the group will consult experts from higher education, government and businesses, as well as students and teachers. The launch of this group is a part of a broader strategy to modernise the higher education sector in Member States. The Commission has already made considerable progress in this area. The Bologna Process has made it easier for students to study abroad and have their qualifications recognised throughout Europe. The European multidimensional university ranking system, due to be published for the first time in 2013, will also facilitate comparisons between universities so that students will be able to make a more informed choice about where to study. It will also enable the Commission to track the progress of universities in a range of different the areas which will be the basis for the new ranking: quality of teaching and learning, research, knowledge transfer, international outreach strategies, and the role of universities in regional development.

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