Over the past six years, I have had the chance to discreetly observe how French-speaking higher education institutions operate on a daily basis within the Agency for Quality Higher Education in Wallonia-Brussels Federation (WBF). I have participated in the evaluation of over 70 programs at 50 institutions. Based on interviews with several thousand people across all networks and all forms of education, I have distilled what I have learned into nine actionable recommendations (and some more sub-recommendations) for those involved in administering education.

While these proposals are intended to inspire educational institutions in their policymaking, I think that we could also consider them within the context of education across the EU.

Read more at https://accidentaleuropean.com/euducation-nine-proposals-for-quality-higher-education/

Originally published at https://accidentaleuropean.com on June 7, 2021.

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The New European Bauhaus (NEB) initiative invites us to rediscover our relationship with natural environments and sustainable living. With residential and non-residential buildings responsible for about 40% of the European Union’s (EU) total energy consumption and one-third of its greenhouse gas emissions, the project aims to build green housing that is affordable and accessible to all. That is what the European Commission has expressed in its official mission statement: however, in practice, how inclusive is the NEB? Will less-privileged citizens benefit? Does the project consider the social aspects of sustainability?

Read more at: https://accidentaleuropean.com/the-new-european-bauhaus-beauty-privilege-win-again/

Originally published at https://accidentaleuropean.com on May 25, 2021.

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Regulation 1141/2014 (on the statute and funding of European political parties and European political foundations) might not sound particularly interesting, but it’s pretty important. It represents a chance for the European Parliament to present reform proposals for European parties, and it’s currently under review. Oft-forgotten and underutilised, European Parties could be very influential in shaping the future of European democracy, if treated right by policymakers. In this article, I explain what European parties are, what they should be doing, and how we can work towards more forward-thinking, influential European parties.

Read more at: https://accidentaleuropean.com/european-parties-a-cinderella-story/

Originally published at https://accidentaleuropean.com on April 28, 2021.

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