Launch of the High Level Group on the Modernisation of Higher Education: round table of the working session and extracts from the opening speeches by Androulla Vassiliou and Mary McAleese
End production: 18/09/2012 First transmission: 18/09/2012
On 18 September 2012, Androulla Vassiliou, Member of the EC in charge of Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, participated in the launch of the High Level Group on the Modernisation of Higher Education. The group, chaired by Mary McAleese, former President of Ireland, will focus this year on how best to achieve quality and excellence in teaching and learning; then, next year, it will discuss how to adapt learning in the digital age. The Group will identify best practices and creative solutions, as well as making recommendations to national and European policy makers, universities and colleges. It will report for the first time in 2013 and has a mandate until 2015.
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||Joint arrival of Androulla Vassiliou, Member of the EC in charge of Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, and Mary McAleese, Chair of the High Level Group on the Modernisation of Higher Education, and handshake (2 shots)
||Androulla Vassiliou (2 shots)
||Soundbite by Androulla Vassiliou (in ENGLISH): Good quality higher education is a key factor in our ability to create growth, jobs and innovative and creative economies, but also in line with the foundations for the sort of society we all want to see, based on strong attachment to share values, democracy and civic engagement .
||Soundbite by Mary McAleese (in ENGLISH): We believe that education is such an essential element, an essential part, not just the human experience but the human experience that tries to be the best to create the best world that we can. Our young people deserve the best teaching because teaching is essential to that education and I do not believe that teaching in university is the cherry on the top, I believe it is the leaven inside the cake.
||General views of the round table (3 shots)