"Investing in education, training and research is the best investment we can make for Europe's future. In the period 2014 – 2020, Erasmus+, the EU's new programme for education, training, youth and sport, will enable more than 4 million people to study, train, work or volunteer abroad. This experience enhances their skills, personal development and job prospects - and it can also contribute to overcoming the crisis."
The European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) and the Cyprus Institute signed a partnership agreement on 22 July to boost joint research, innovation and cooperation in fields such as sustainable water and land management, environmental protection, climate change, energy and cultural heritage preservation.
Cultural heritage organisations should seize the opportunities of European Union funding programmes and policies to help address the challenges facing the sector, according to a new report by the European Commission.
Female EU Commissioners have signed a letter supporting a call by President-Designate Jean-Claude Juncker for Member States to nominate at least 10 women for the next Commission. The letter, addressed to Mr Juncker, states that the European Union is committed to making continual progress towards gender equality and that such progress demands an increase, not a decrease, in the number of female Commissioners.
The latest Erasmus statistics released by the European Commission today reveal that nearly 270 000 students - a new record - benefitted from EU grants to study or train abroad in 2012-2013. While studying at another university continues to be the most popular choice, one in five students (55 000) opted for Erasmus job placements in companies. The three most popular destinations for Erasmus students in 2012-2013 were Spain, Germany and France. Countries sending the highest number of students as a proportion of their graduate population were Luxembourg, Liechtenstein, Finland, Latvia and Spain.
Experts from the European Commission and Member States are meeting in Brussels on 11th July to accelerate the programming arrangements and practical implementation of the Youth Employment Initiative at a special seminar organised by the Commission. The aim of the seminar is to work jointly on the programming of measures financed by the Youth Employment Initiative so that all eligible Member States can start receiving the funds as soon as possible.
What is the European Tertiary Education Register (ETER)? The European Tertiary Education Register (ETER) is funded by the European Commission with the aim of compiling a register of European higher education institutions (HEIs) based on comparable data.
The new European Tertiary Education Register (ETER) publishes its first results today, providing easy access to information on universities in 36 countries, including all EU Member States. For the first time at European level, ETER will provide a one-stop-shop for detailed and comparable data on 2 250 institutions hosting more than 16 million students. The data includes university size, number of students and staff, subjects and degree levels covered, as well as information about research and international activities. ETER was set up with €500 000 in EU funding from the former Lifelong Learning programme (now Erasmus+).
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