Marseille (France) and Košice (Slovakia) are the European Capitals of Culture in 2013. The cultural programme officially began on 12 January in Marseille in the presence of European Commission President José Manuel Barroso and on 19 January in Košice. The European Capital of Culture is one of the most high-profile cultural events in Europe. The Capitals are selected on the basis of a cultural programme that must have a European dimension, involve the public, be attractive at the European level and fit into the long-term development of the city.
It is also an excellent opportunity for the cities to change their image, put themselves on the world map, attract more tourists and rethink their own development through culture.
The title has a long-term impact, not only on culture but also in social and economic terms, both for the city and for the surrounding region.
Five hundred universities from across Europe and the world are expected to take part in a new international university ranking initiated by the European Commission.
The new listing, U-Multirank, will differ from existing rankings by rating universities according to a broader range of performance factors, aimed at providing a more realistic and user-friendly guide to what they offer.
Androulla Vassiliou, the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, outlined some of the ideas which will be explored as part of the Commission's new strategy on 'Opening up Education' when she addressed European Ministers and high-level policy-makers in Oslo.Read more
Current and future Erasmus students can be reassured: Member States and the European Parliament have averted a funding crisis which threatened the popular exchange scheme after a last-ditch agreement which has enabled the EU to plug a shortfall in the 2012 budget and remove uncertainty about funding for 2013. Thanks to the agreement, the Commission will be able to provide around 280 000 Erasmus student grants in the 2013-2014 academic year.Read more
The French DJ collective C2C received the EU co-funded EBBA public choice award during a ceremony at the Eurosonic Noorderslag music festival in Groningen (The Netherlands). The award ceremony featured performances by seven of the ten EBBA award winners: Nabiha (Denmark), Ewert and The Two Dragons (Estonia), French Films (Finland), C2C (France), Dope D.O.D. (Netherlands), Amor Electro (Portugal) and Juan Zelada (Spain). Of Monsters and Men (Iceland), Niki and the Dove (Sweden) and Emeli Sandé (United Kingdom) sent video messages.Read more