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e-newsletter - July-august 2013

Androulla Vassiliou
Androulla Vassiliou
Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth
"We call on all stakeholders to join the European Alliance for Apprenticeships and contribute to more and better apprenticeships in Europe," said the Commissioners in a joint statement. "Apprenticeships can play a crucial role in tackling youth unemployment by giving young people the skills and experience sought by employers."
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European Alliance for Apprenticeships #EAFA
European Alliance for Apprenticeships <a href='' target='_blank'>#EAFA</a>

The European Alliance for Apprenticeships has been launched by Commissioners Androulla Vassiliou (Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth) and László Andor (Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion) at the 2013 WorldSkills competition in Leipzig, Germany.

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Number of Erasmus students tops 3 million

Released figures reveal that more than 3 million students have benefitted from EU Erasmus grants since the exchange scheme's launch in 1987. The statistics, covering the 2011-2012 academic year, also show that the programme enabled more than 250 000 Erasmus students – a new record – to spend part of their higher education studies abroad or to take up a job placement with a foreign company to boost their employability. More than 46 500 academic and administrative staff also received support from Erasmus to teach or train abroad, an experience designed to improve the quality of teaching and learning in the 33 countries which participate in the scheme (EU Member States, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland and Turkey).

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The LUX Prize announces Official Selection 2013

The 10 films of the LUX Prize 2013 Official Selection have been unveiled. These are the 10 films chosen by the LUX Prize Selection Panel as showcasing the richness, diversity and excellence of European cinema.
The 10 films of the LUX Prize 2013 Official Selection are as follows (in alphabetical order):

  1. Äta sova dö (Eat Sleep Die), by Gabriela Pichler - Sweden
  2. Grzeli nateli dgeebi (In Bloom), by Nana Ekvtimishvili, Simon Groß - Georgia, Germany, France
  3. Krugovi (Circles), by Srdan Golubovic - Serbia, Germany, France, Slovenia, Croatia
  4. La Grande Bellezza (The Great Beauty), by Paolo Sorrentino - Italy, France
  5. La Plaga (The Plague), by Neus Ballús - Spain
  6. Miele (Honey), by Valeria Golino - Italy, France
  7. Oh Boy!, by Jan Ole Gerster- Germany
  8. Pevnost (Fortress), by Lukáš Kokeš, Klára Tasovská - Czech Republic
  9. The Broken Circle Breakdown, by Felix van Groeningen - Belgium
  10. The Selfish Giant, by Clio Barnard - United Kingdom

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Eastern Partnership Ministerial Conference on Culture, Tbilisi, Georgia

Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, took part in the first Eastern Partnership Ministerial Conference on Culture in Tbilisi, Georgia, on 27-28 June. The conference, hosted by the Government of Georgia, in the presence of Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili, gathered Ministers of Culture from across the region and the EU.

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European universities need to think global

The international higher education landscape is changing dramatically in shape and size, with greater competition from countries such as China and India. This calls for an overhaul in the way Europe's 4 000 universities operate - not only internationally, but also in how they deliver education to European students in their home countries. The European Commission launches a new strategy, 'European higher education in the world', aiming to ensure European graduates gain the international skills they need to work anywhere in the world and that Europe remains the most attractive destination for international students.

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