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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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12
Oct
‘12

EU Delegation in Australia newsletter 348

The EU Delegation in Australia has published its latest Newsletter 348.

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29
Aug
‘12

Australia and European Commission agree on pathway towards fully linking Emissions Trading Systems

28 August 2012 The Australian Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, the Hon Greg Combet MP, and the European Commissioner for Climate Action, Ms Connie Hedegaard announced today that Australia and Europe will be linking their emissions trading systems. A full two-way link, by means of the mutual recognition of carbon units between the two cap and trade systems, is to commence no later than 1 July 2018. Under this arrangement, businesses will be allowed to use carbon units from the Australian emissions trading scheme or the European Union Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) for compliance under either system.

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28
Aug
‘12

The European Parliament will host the 2nd European Gender Summit on 29-30 November in Brussels

Building on the great success of last year's event, the European Gender Summit 2012 brings together top-level researchers, science leaders, and policy makers to examine gender issues that impact on the implementation of the upcoming Horizon 2020, the European Research Area, and Innovation Union. We are very glad to announce that this year's Summit will be held at the European Parliament, Brussels. As a high-level platform dedicated to promoting research evidence and consensus-seeking dialogue involving top-level leaders in science and policy and gender research scholars and experts, the Summit is dedicated to supporting and advancing excellence and effectiveness of research and innovation at all levels. This is an unprecedented opportunity to align research, innovation and gender mainstreaming policy agendas to improve quality and effectiveness of the scientific endeavour at national and European levels at a time of important challenges facing society.  Speakers include: Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn and Deputy Director-General Dr Anneli Pauli (DG Research & Innovation), Chief Scientific Adviser to the President of the European Commission Prof Anne Glover, Pro Rector Prof Curt Rice (University of Tromsø), Vice Rector Prof Simone Buitendijk (LERU - League of European Research Universities), Head of Research Prof Dr Thomas Illig (Helmholtz Centre Munich), Director of Integrative Activities Dr Wanda Ward (NSF - United States National Science Foundation), and Head of Quality Assurance and Programme Development Dr Ulrike Eickhoff (DFG - German Research Foundation). Registration for the Summit is already open and offers excellent 'early bird' rates until the 7th of September.

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28
Aug
‘12

EU-Australia health research partnerships – funding agencies discuss their importance

International Innovation presents a special issue dedicated to health partnerships between Europe and Australia, titled "Europe and Australia band together". To read the edition online, please click here.

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28
Aug
‘12

2012-2013 EUCN MEP and Domestic Internships now calling for applications

The NCRE is pleases to announce the launch of the 2012-2013 EUCN MEP and Domestic Internships and is now calling for applications for these. EUCN MEP Internship Since 2003, the National Centre for Research on Europe, in conjunction with Members of the European Parliament's Delegation responsible for relations with Australia and New Zealand, has coordinated a programme allowing New Zealanders to work as interns for a Member of the European Parliament (MEP). This internship programme is now being organised by the New Zealand European Union Centres Network and in 2011 two postgraduate students from EUCN Partner Universities will be selected to work as interns at the European Parliament. EUCN Domestic Internship The EUCN is pleased to announce a new opportunity for students studying the EU in New Zealand at the post-graduate level (Honours, Masters or Doctoral). We are seeking applicants for national EUCN Internships. These internships will be up to 3 months and will be undertaken with key actors in EU-New Zealand relations within New Zealand (for example the Delegation of the European Union, New Zealand Europe Business Council or various Member State agencies). Interns will be asked to work on a variety of projects including but not exclusively: helping to prepare documents, undertaking small research papers, helping with administrative tasks, and helping to arrange events.

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