Press conference by Androulla Vassiliou, Member of the EC, on the EC communication on the European higher education in the world
Androulla Vassiliou, Member of the EC in charge of Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, gave a press conference on the European higher education in the world. The international higher education landscape is changing dramatically in shape and size, with greater competition from countries such as China and India. This calls for an overhaul in the way Europe's 4 000 universities operate - not only internationally, but also in how they deliver education to European students in their home countries. In that context, Androulla Vassiliou presented the new strategy, entitled 'European higher education in the world', aiming to ensure European graduates gain the international skills they need to work anywhere in the world and that Europe remains the most attractive destination for international students. Erasmus+, the new EU programme for education, training, youth and sport, will allocate more than €400 million a year to support international student exchanges and increased cooperation between European universities and their partners worldwide.