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The Rector and the President of the Board attended the 5th EUA Convention of European Higher Education Institutions

The Rector and the President of the Board attended the 5th EUA Convention of European Higher Education Institutions held in Prague, 18-21 March 2009, on the topic 'Facing Global Challenges: European Strategies for Europe's Universities.' The Rectors of SS Cyril and Methodius University, Skopje and St Kliment Ohridski University, Bitola, and a Vice-Rector from the State University of Tetovo were also present.

Discussions were on four themes: (i) the university as an inclusive and responsive institution, (ii) universities as research institutions, (iii) governing and managing complex institutions - new challenges in higher education: impact and institution response, (iv) global outreach - Europe's interaction with the wider world. During the meeting the representatives of the universities from R Macedonia, led by the Rector of St Kliment Ohridski University Bitola as President of the Rector's Conference, sent a formal written protest to EUA at the use of the acronym 'FYROM' in the Convention materials rather than the constitutional name of R Macedonia. A formal response from the Board of EUA is awaited and will be published when it is received.

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