The second meeting of actionuni with swissuniversities, VSS and swissfaculty took place last week. The most pressing topic we discussed was the upcoming political debate about how Switzerland can be fully associated to Horizon2020 and Erasmus+ again.
An important communication tool is the Blog AdValue by swissuniversities:
Have you been negatively impacted by the discontinuation with Horizon2020 and Erasmus+ after February 2014? Contribute with your story to the blog “AdValue”. Contact us or the blog-responsible Maria Christoffel directly at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to contribute to the blog.
It is needed to make the benefits of Horizon2020 and Erasmus+ clear to a wide audience and keep a constant buzz regarding the importance of re-integrating Switzerland into the European research area.
Further topics we discussed were:
- time-line for the definition of the next federal message on education, research and innovation
- integrating refugees into higher education (project by the national students union VSS/UNES)
actionuni has given feedback to the proposed financing scheme within the HFKG. For Universities of Applied Sciences, the model 85/15 is preferred unanimously, implying a moderate shift towards giving research a higher importance. Among the members of the universities, no clear consent was reached which financing model should be used.
A second feedback was requested regarding the topic of a simplified second accreditation process for universities, which have passed a first accreditation without obligations. actionuni supports the position of the Swiss Accreditation Council to postpone the decision whether and how a simplified accreditation process should be implemented until 2019 once more experience about the new accreditation system has been gathered.
Antwort Vernehmlassung Finanzierung HFKG
Antwort Vernehmlassung Vereinfachte Akkreditierung
The Annual Report was published as well as the Mission Statement (Leitbild) of actionuni.
On 12 May, actionuni co-presidents met with Christoph Grollimund, director of the Swiss Agency for Accreditation and Quality Assurance, AAQ. It was agreed to meet twice a year for an informal exchange on topics around the ongoing accreditation processes, timeline and challenges as experienced by the AAQ.
Das SBFI schlägt eine Revision der “Verordnung über die Ergänzungsprüfung für die Zulassung von Inhaberinnen und Inhabern eines eidgenössischen Berufsmaturitätszeugnisses zu den universitären Hochschulen” vor, die es neu auch Inhaberinnen und Inhabern einer gesamtschweizerisch anerkannten Fachmaturität den Zugang zu den universitären Hochschulen ermöglicht.
actionuni begrüsst die vorgeschlagene Ergänzung.
Salome Adam, William Ralvenius and Clemens Nyffeler attended to annual Eurodoc conference as well as the Annual General Meeting in Luxembourg from 20-23 April 2016.
They have written an interesting report about discussions on the future of young researchers in Europe, European funding schemes and eastern european PhD training…
Continue reading Eurodoc 2016. Early stage researchers’ training – which future?
On 13 April 2016, co-president Florian Lippke (University of Fribourg) represented actionuni during a hearing of Science, Education and Culture Committee SECC of the National Council (WBK-N / CSEC-N). The hearing regarded the recently released federal message on education, research and innovation policy.
actionuni stressed as its main points:
- Increase the financial growth rate in the message to 3-4% annually
- Not to jeopardize those actions that are aimed at improving career paths for young researchers if there are budget cuts
- Increase the number of new Tenure Track positions from 40 to 100 new positions per year
- Definition of concrete actions and indicators for measuring the success of reaching the goal of improving careers for young researchers.
A position paper to support Florian Lippke’s presentation was developed by the board:
BFI-Botschaft 2017-2020_Position Mittelbau_WBK-N 13-04-16_d
Message FRI 2017-2020_Positions Corps intermédiaire_CSEC-N 13-04-16_f
Last week, on 6 April, actionuni held its yearly assembly of delegates. Amongst other business, the board was elected, seeing some old and new faces.
Carla Duss (PH Lucerne) and Andrea Tamas (ZHAW) were confirmed as co-presidents; additionally SAR-representative Florian Lippke (University of Fribourg) was elected as co-president. The change to having three instead of two co-presidents was initiated by the board and acknowledges the importance to always represent the three types of universities in Switzerland.
Continue reading New structure of presidency of actionuni
Last week, three members of the board of actionuni were invited to a meeting with the new president of swissuniversities, Prof. Dr. Michael Hengartner, the secretary general and vice secretary general of swissuniversities, Dr. Martina Weiss and Dr. Sabine Felder, as well as representatives of VSS and swissfaculty.
We had an open brainstorming about topics that could be of common interest and should therefore be pursued jointly in the future. Moreover, we addressed the issue that actionuni is not represented in any of swissuniversities’ commitees .
The following important issues where we prospectively should work together were identified:
- political statements
- commitment for a Switzerlands integration into the European research and innovation area
- exchange about career options for young researchers
The BFI-Botschaft / message FRI / messaggio ERI has been defined on 25 February 2016 by the Federal Council. According to the government, in the next four years investments in research and education shall grow 2%, which is significantly less than in the previous period. This is stated in the federal message on education, research and innovation policy for the years 2017-2010 (BFI-Botschaft), which was passed on 24th February. Back in November 2015, in the course of the stabilisation programm for the national finances 2017-2019 which is currently being negotiated, growth in investments had already been reduced from 3.2 to 2.2 %. According to a response by swissuniversities, the Swiss National Science Foundation, the ETHs and the Swiss Academies of Arts and Sciences this puts the role of Switzerland in the area of research, education and innovation into jeopardy at a moment in time in which the country threatens to lose its access to European research programmes. The total budget projected for research and education amounts to 26 billion CHF. Continue reading The federal message on education, research and innovation policy has been published