Launch of the High Level Group on the Modernisation of Higher Education: extracts from the joint press conference by Androulla Vassiliou and Mary McAleese

Type: Summary of press conference   Reference: I-074547   Duration: 10:02:38  Lieu:
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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10:00:00 Title 00:00:05
10:00:05 General view of the press conference 00:00:08
10:00:13 Soundbite by Androulla Vassiliou, Member of the EC in charge of Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth (in ENGLISH): Over the next three years, the group will discuss key issues for modernising higher education in Europe. They will focus this year on how best we can achieve excellence and quality in teaching and then next year, they will discuss how to adapt learning in the digital age. The group will make recommendations to support policy reforms and innovations in the higher education sector. 00:00:32
10:00:45 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:03
10:00:49 Soundbite by Androulla Vassiliou (in ENGLISH): I am confident that the high level group can help us identify sustainable routes out of the current crisis. The experience of all group members will help us to find the right mix of policies to give the young generation hope, and to pave their way into the labour market by equipping them with the right skills. 00:00:26
10:01:15 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:04
10:01:19 Soundbite by Mary McAleese, Chair of the High Level Group on the Modernisation of Higher Education (in ENGLISH): We want to be able to contribute to a debate about how young people get and how we can ensure between us all they can get access to the best possible education and we hope over the course of three years of discussions and in particular with the focus on the individual areas that have been chosen, first of all, by the Commissioner and will be also chosen by us in the later stages. Then we will be able to help the systemic improvement of the quality of teaching and learning but also the systemic improvement of higher education right trough right at the European Union. 00:00:40
10:01:59 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:04
10:02:04 Soundbite by Androulla Vassiliou (in ENGLISH): We want to guarantee equity in education. We cannot afford having higher education exclusively just for those who can afford it. So, in case a Member State decides to impose fees I would strongly recommend that it goes together along with scholarships and also students loans. 00:00:33
10:02:38 General view of the press conference 00:00:06
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