The Commissioner participated in the committee's meeting on 26 October. In her speech, she said: "It is education that will help to put Europe on the path of smart and inclusive growth. It is education that helps us to fight some of the deepest inequalities in our society. It is education that can integrate our different communities at a time of rising social tension."
Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou offered her personal congratulations to Cypriot academic Christoforos Pissarides today (11 October) following the announcement of this year's Nobel Prize for Economic Sciences. Commissioner Vassiliou, who spoke by telephone with Mr Pissarides, emphasised the importance of his award for Europe. "Many times in the past I have referred to the vast potential of European universities and their academics. Their contribution to the creation of a knowledge based society and economy is paramount, and the award to Mr Pissarides recognises that. As a Cypriot and as a close relative to Christoforos, I feel great pride. His award is the culmination of many years of work and constitutes a great honour for his Cyprus. Once more, well done Christofore".
Commissioner Vassiliou lent her support to the 7 October launch of the "we are more"campaign. The campaign, led by Culture Action Europe, seeks to mobilise everyone who cares about culture, calling on decision-makers to strengthen the recognition of the role of arts and culture in the development of our societies, by explicitly supporting culture in the upcoming negotiations on the next EU budget. The aim is to increase support for cultural activities that will affect all those living in Europe and stimulate their participation in and enjoyment of the arts in the next ten years, whether at local, regional, national or European level.
The first EU-China High-Level Cultural Forum will bring together renowned European and Chinese intellectuals and artists on 6-7 October in Brussels. The event will be opened by the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, and the Prime Minister of the People’s Republic of China, Wen Jiabao. Chinese Minister for Culture, Cai Wu, and the Minister for Culture of the French Community of Belgium, Fadila Laanan will also participate in the opening ceremony.
The forum, which is organised jointly by the European Commission and the Ministry of Culture of the People's Republic of China as part of the 13th EU-China Summit, will be chaired by Italian author Umberto Eco and Chinese researcher Qiu Xigui. The event's main objective is to strengthen people-to-people exchanges and to foster mutual understanding between the EU and China.
On 26 October, the Commissioner met Wim Wenders – director and president of the European Film Academy – to discuss the role of culture, media literacy and European cinema. During the meeting, Ms Vassiliou underlined the role played by the MEDIA programme in the European film industry and commended the Academy's approach to promoting European cinema. With support from MEDIA, the Academy awards a cross-border prize from a selection of the best European productions.
The Commissioner met with Mr. Julio Gonzalez Ronco, Director of the Real Madrid Foundation on 28 October. She explained the EU's new competence in sport and the Commission's plans for future action in this area. She also encouraged the Foundation to participate in already existing Commission activities, including Sport Preparatory Actions and certain projects under the Lifelong Learning Programme. The Real Madrid Foundation is active in promoting the intrinsic values of sport and is interested in cooperating with the Commission on areas of mutual interest.
The Commissioner participates in an informal meeting of Sports Ministers, taking place on 21-22 October in Antwerp, Belgium. The agenda covers the fight against doping, including the EU's role in the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), the recognition of sport qualifications across the EU, social inclusion in and through sport and volunteering in sport, especially in the context of the European Year of Volunteering in 2011. For more information about the European dimension of sport, visit the sport website
The Commissioner delivered the keynote speech at the conference's closing session in Palermo, Italy on 23 October. She spoke about the growing diversity of Europe's higher education and about the future role of universities. She said: "Europeans everywhere should have access to higher education; but not all institutions should deliver the same programmes and appeal to the same students. (…) We need excellence in every corner of higher education: we need high performing teacher training institutions, professional and vocational schools, lifelong learning centres, etc."
Teachers' Day will be celebrated worldwide on October 5th. It is a day that is meant to pay special tribute to the daily work of millions of teachers around the globe.
Teaching is a profession that we can all relate to, as children and adults. Apart from midwifery, it is perhaps the only profession in life that we all have an experience of before entering the job market. Being a teacher means something for the whole of our lives, the way we live, the way we behave, the way we learn, the way we communicate, the way we collaborate. A good teacher is for a lifetime.
Commissioner Vassiliou wants more of Europe's brightest students, researchers and entrepreneurs to join forces with the new European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT).
In a new video message, the Commissioner encourages young people "who want to make a difference" to apply for places on Masters' and PhD courses approved by the EIT.
"If you want to make a difference with your creativity, enthusiasm and knowledge, watch this space, there may be an opportunity for you: don't miss out on the EIT," she declares.
Commissioner Vassiliou opened the two-and-a-half day event dedicated to the Youth on the Move campaign in Bordeaux on 14 October. Visitors had the chance to take part in debates and exchanges about the challenges facing young people in Europe in education and employment and the responses proposed by the EU, including opportunities to study and work abroad.
In her opening speech Commissioner Vassiliou acknowledged that young people are among those most seriously affected by the economic crisis, which has made the transition from the world of education and training to employment more difficult for them and that we must now give back hope to the generations on whom our future depends.
Commissioner Vassiliou opens the Youth on the Move event in Bordeaux this Thursday, October 14, launching two and half days of debates and exchanges about the challenges facing young people in Europe in education and employment and the responses proposed by the EU, including opportunities to study and work abroad.
The activity is based on discussions around projects by schools and NGOs and personal accounts from young people who've benefited from EU grants, rounded out with cultural and entertainment events.
Ms Vassiliou will launch the event, accompanied by the current world longboard surf champion Antoine Delpero, who is the Youth on the Move ambassador for France, and Alain Juppé, former French Prime Minister and mayor of Bordeaux.