Birkbeck joins European University Association
Birkbeck has become a full member of the European University Association (EUA), the representative organisation of universities in 47 European countries.
The College joins 60 other institutions in the UK and over 850 internationally who are members of the Association, which aims – as an independent voice for universities across Europe – to positively influence EU policies on higher education, as well as wider issues around research and innovation.
The Association also plays a crucial role in the Bologna Process, which is a series of agreements between the countries of Europe – within the framework of the EU – to improve compatibility between different countries’ qualifications, in addition to improving the competitiveness of European higher education and meeting the changing demands of the European labour market.
Commenting on Birkbeck’s joining the Association, Professor Stephen Frosh, the College’s Pro-Vice-Master for Internationalisation, said:
“Joining the European University Association is the latest part of our strategy to continue building Birkbeck’s reputation as an internationally-recognised, research intensive institution.
“It reflects our success in increasing recruitment of students from across the EU, a diverse range of staff from across our academic body securing European research grants – and their collaboration, too, with partners from across the continent – and recognises our increasingly international outlook, both across Europe and beyond.”
The announcement follows news that Birkbeck has been ranked the 50th most international university in the world in a recent Times Higher Education league table.
The ranking, based on the THE’s “international outlook” indicator of its World University Rankings methodology, placed Birkbeck in the top 10% in the world out of a cohort of 800 universities, and took into account both the diversity of the student body of those universities ranked, the proportion of international staff as well as the level of international collaboration among the academic body.