Supporting and improving education and culture in Europe
The EU high-level group on modernisation of higher education has published its first report on improving the quality of teaching and learning in universities. The group, chaired by former President of Ireland Mary McAleese, made 16 recommendations which include a call for mandatory certified training for professors and other higher education teaching staff, more focus on helping students to develop entrepreneurial and innovative skills, and the creation of a European Academy of Teaching and Learning.Read more
The winners of the 2013 European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards were honoured on 16 June during a ceremony in Athens in the presence of Karolos Papoulias, the President of Greece, Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, and Plácido Domingo, the world-renowned tenor and President of Europa Nostra. The ceremony took place in the Odeion of Herodes Atticus, at the foot of the Acropolis, in front of an audience of up to 5 000 people.
The public choice award winner, chosen in an online poll from is The Propylaea Central Building in Athens. The seven Grand Prix winners are: Tallinn Seaplane Harbour, Estonia; Roman Theatre of Medellin, Spain; Strawberry Hill, Twickenham, United Kingdom; Restoration of the Exceptional Machines of Wielemans-Ceuppens Brewery, Brussels, Belgium; Association for the Promotion of Art and Culture in the Eastern Part of Germany, Berlin, Germany and SOS Azulejo Project, Loures, Portugal.Read more
Commissioner Vassiliou chaired Panel Debate and Youth in Action Award Ceremony. In the context of the European Youth Week and in celebration of 25 years of EU youth programmes, she presented Awards to three outstanding projects from the following categories of the EU Youth in Action programme: Youth Exchanges, Training and Networking Opportunities for youth workers and the European Voluntary Service.Read more
More students from Southern Mediterranean countries will benefit from the EU's new programme for education training and youth: this was the message from European Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou at a university 'summit' in Nicosia. The Commissioner said the new programme, due for launch in January 2014, would build on the success of the existing Tempus and Erasmus Mundus programmes. Since 2007, more than €140 million has been allocated for projects involving Southern Mediterranean universities to develop new curricula, retrain teachers, support new teaching methods and invest in equipment. In addition, €150 million has been provided in grants for more than 4 500 students from the region to spend part of their studies in the EU. More than 750 academic staff have also taken part in exchanges organised with European universities.Read more
The July 2012 country-specific recommendations sought to ensure that youth employment remains high on the policy agenda of all Member States where youth unemployment rates are particularly dramatic. The European Commission proposed in December 2012 a Youth Employment Package to help Member States specifically tackle youth unemployment and social exclusion by giving young people offers of jobs, education and training. This package includes: a proposal for a Council Recommendation to introduce a Youth Guarantee, a Quality Framework for Traineeships and a European Alliance for Apprenticeships.Read more