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Universities all around the world operate by following several institutional missions, with a central purpose on teaching and research activities. The importance of each aspect alongside the connection between them provide a disputed topic in the literature, many authors confirming or rejecting the intuitive inverse relationship by using various means, more or less quantitative. This paper aims to examine the teaching and research dimensions of the research-active European universities from a data mining perspective. For each dimension previously considered we employ the K-means Clustering in order to identify the groups of similar higher education institutions and we analyze the insights produced by the results. In addition, we build some target variables considering the teaching and research outputs and we investigate their drivers by employing the Logistic Regression. Furthermore, we explore the controverted relationship between the two institutional missions we considered through the use of Correspondence Analysis. Preliminary results illustrate that the dataset contains two types of universities: a category of very large and prestigious institutions and a second group of small and medium sized institutions, quite different from each other. Interest insights are given by the third part of the study, in which the Correspondence Analysis confirms an inverse relationship between teaching and research activities. Unfortunately, this is very likely a consequence of the time constraint – both activities require the same limited resources and therefore increasing the teaching burden for academics may diminish the time and energy dedicated to research.

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Purpose of the article is to describe purpose of symposia oriented at sustainable development, existing achievements of the Pan-European University in organization of such events and future plans. Methodologyused in this manuscript is simple observation. Manuscript discovers potential of the Pan-European University to come up with further similar events in the year 2015. Concluding remarks are that described activities fully conform into the vision of the Pan-European University to become a well-known institution within the Global Research Area, traditionally elaborating research and scientific collaboration across national borders. Sustainable Development Symposium and follow-up events belong to top-rated international events bringing together scientists, professionals, and policymakers from many countries.

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In the education process, the student-teacher relationship has great significance, especially considering that in higher education students are enrolled from different high schools, countries, social strata and cultures. Faced with a new environment, new ways of teaching and meeting fellow students from different cultures is a difficult start for students, greater care of students by teachers would facilitate overcoming such challenges.

Respect for the student's individuality, monitoring of student progress in the educational process and recognition of student nature is the subject of study of this paper. The research was conducted at South East European University using an online questionnaire with students of different years of study, by gender, various faculties and students with different permanent residence. The online survey was also conducted with SEE University teachers to get their opinions about the topic of research. From the results obtained, we compared the views of students and teachers about teacher-student relationship from the perspective of teachers on one side and from the point of view of students from another side. From the collected data we have come to a confirmation of the hypothesis that the attitude of students towards the teacher-student relationship does not depend on the success of the student or the student's year of studies.

References AGHION, P., DEWATRIPONT, M., HOXBY, C., MAS-COLLEL, A., SAPIR, A. (2007). Why reform Europe’s universities? [online] The Bruegel Policy Brief Series. Issue 2007/4. Available at: http://bruegel.org/wpcontent/uploads/imported/publications/pbf_040907_universities.pdf [Accessed: 5/5/2016] AGHION, P., DEWATRIPONT, M., HOXBY, C., MAS-COLLEL, A., SAPIR, A. (2008). Higher Aspirations: An Agenda for Reforming European Universities. Bruegel Blueprint Series. vol. 5, ISBN 978-9-078910-07-7. AGHION, P., DEWATRIPONT, M., HOXBY, C., MAS-COLLEL, A., SAPIR, A. (2009

References • Yerevan Communiqué, EHEA Ministerial Conference, 2015. Retrieved on 03.07.2015 from http://www.ehea.info/Uploads/Submited-Files/5_2015/112705.pdf • Emini, R. (2015). Improving the Quality of Teaching and Learning through an Observation Process. Quality of Assessment, Qualification and Evaluation in Higher Education. Conference Proceedings. South East European University, 2015. ISBN 978-608-4503-99-6 • Henshaw. H. (2015). The development and Impact of Quality Assurance in the Republic of Macedonia. Quality of assessment, Qualification and Evaluation

. Standards and Guidelines of Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area, Helsinki, 2005. Retrieved on August 19, 2013 from http://www.enqa.eu/files/ESG_3edition%20(2).pdf 4. Fry Heather, Ketteridge Steve and Marshall Stephanie. (Eds.) (2003). A Handbook for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. Routledge. New York and London. 5. Kareva Veronika. The Influence of Classroom Communication on Student Commitment to University. South East European University dissertation. (2011) Available from v.kareva@seeu.edu.mk 6. Lim David. (2001). Quality Assurance in

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This study explored the impact of transactional distance dialogic interactions on student satisfaction in an international blended learning master’s degree program. The program examined was collaboratively delivered by three European universities to a cohort of students residing on several different continents. Students reported experiencing transactional distance for learnerlearner and learner-teacher dialogic interaction elements and dissatisfaction in the online components of the program but reported a sense of community and satisfaction for the inperson elements of the program. Transactional distance for the dimension of learner-content dialogic interaction was highest for elements of the program that were impacted by its multiinstitutional nature, but students reported general satisfaction for the program overall. This study has practical implications for distance educators, administrators, instructional designers, and policy makers concerned with student satisfaction in blended courses and programs, and it contributes to the literature on student satisfaction and multi-institutional programs.

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Nowadays, in many Italian and European universities, teachers’ training includes one or more examinations related to new didactic methodologies and practices. The topic of this paper is how it is possible to realize a new video analysis laboratory as a didactic and research “tool” for teachers’ training at the University of Salerno that can support teaching–learning process for new teachers. The main idea of this project is to design and implement a mobile video analysis laboratory for video recording real or simulated didactic activities. In addition, the concept that drives this research is to develop a “plug-and-play” laboratory that can be installed everywhere in less than 15 minutes by everybody. This laboratory is already designed and tested and is composed of five cameras, a control room software and an open source video analysis software.

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In this study of English Foreign Language Learners, the author explored the learning preferences of 14 students (ages 18-20) enrolled in English for Specific Purposes (ESP) course. All students were provided with the same content, course materials, assignments and time for completing the assignments. They were all given the same pre and post-learning questionnaire, writing tasks and final exam. However, they completed these tasks either in a digital environment or in-class.

The study was conducted at South East European University in Macedonia where digital instruction is not well known or practiced. The results indicate that the best way for students to learn is by combining the two learning environments. By completing an assignment both ways, students discovered not only that some tasks are best done in a digital environment and others in class, but also they discovered their preferred way of learning.

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Surveys represent popular, traditional tools for collecting data from users. They have been especially popular with the growth of convenient electronic delivery methods, through email, electronic forms and especially because of the ability to distribute them quickly through social networks. In the past years, South East European University has been relying a lot on surveys for the purpose of evaluating the quality of service offered by the university to its students. Through these surveys, the university has obtained a large amount of data which is used as an invaluable feedback tool from students and contributes to the improvement of the quality of service of the university. This paper aims to investigate the possibility of applying advanced statistical methods against these datasets with the purpose of uncovering hidden information and providing the office of Quality Assurance with a variety of methods that will aid the process of evaluating staff members.