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Innovating with Digital Media: Looking Towards the Future of Academia

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Digital media are becoming an increasingly integral element of the academic environment, writes Anthony Salamone. He argues that different forms of digital engagement bring their own research and professional benefits and that, in the long run, innovating with digital media can be a strong advantage in an academic career. Advances in technology over the past […]

Engaging Beyond Your Research: Make the Most of Opportunities to Expand Your Horizons

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Research students often experience the pressure of managing various commitments, in the face of expectations and the competitive academic environment, writes Anna Wambach. She reflects on how the commitments she decided to focus on have complemented her research, allowing her to acquire additional skills and to build up contacts with other researchers in European studies. […]

Facing facts about the EU referendum

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It’s often said that truth is the first casualty of war, and it seems that’s also the case with the way the EU referendum is going so far. Facts, stats and data are flying about all over the place from all sides, and it’s not surprising that many people are confused.

What is higher education regionalism? And how should we study it?

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Meng-Hsuan Chou and Pauline Ravinet Higher education is undeniably global. But this did not prevent interested policy actors, meeting on the occasion of the 650th anniversary of the University of Vienna in 2015, to emphasise the significance of the global and international dimension, as their colleagues have done at the 800th anniversary of the University […]

Interdisciplinarity in ferment

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Filipa M.Ribeiro What do subjects like personalized learning, curriculum reforms, research agendas and institutional frames have in common? Interdisciplinarity. Whether we discuss the duality of vocational versus general education or the impact of ideologies on research, interdisciplinarity is an in-between topic. Interestingly enough, it is often overlooked even if interdisciplinarity is one of the most […]

Teaching with Twitter

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How can Twitter be integrated into teaching and learning European Studies? What are the pitfalls and challenges faced when using this medium? Here, Egle Dagilyte, shares advice and tips from UACES social media academic enthusiasts.

Machines, not migrants, are the threat to jobs

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Eurosceptics often complain that migrants are taking British jobs and bringing down wages, especially in the low-skills sector. But the real threat isn’t from migrants – it’s from machines and robots that are predicted to replace half of all British jobs within twenty years. Yes, 15 million jobs in Britain lost to robotics in most […]

Why Britain needs migrants

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Britain has more job vacancies than can be filled by the native workforce. That, in a nutshell, is why we need migrants. The country has a chronic skills shortage and without migrants helping to fill that gap, Britain – and Britons – would be poorer. Britain now has more people at work than ever before. […]

Horizon 2020: EU investment offensive or offensive investment?

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As many of the Member States of the European Union painstakingly, and in many cases painfully, deal with the aftermath of the global financial crisis, the Commission attempts to facilitate and aid their recovery in any way it can.[1] The latest attempt to do so is the establishment of the European Fund for Strategic investment […]

Theoretical Theatre: An innovative teaching method for EU Studies

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The European Union has an image problem. The “permissive consensus”[1] (aka non-informed consent) that supported European integration up to the early 1990s is long gone, and the image of “the European construction” as a guarantee of peace is no longer sufficient. Even the last European Commission thought a “new narrative for Europe” was required. Of […]

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