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e-newsletter - March 2013

Androulla Vassiliou
Androulla Vassiliou
Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth
"Digital competence has become a core skill that everyone should be learning at school - it is essential to our economic growth and to people's employability and inclusion in society. I will soon propose a new EU Initiative on opening up education by embedding ICT and open educational resources into the learning and teaching that takes place in our schools and universities."
 
In the spotlight
European Commission has launched Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs
European Commission has launched Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs

The European Commission has called on Europe's digital businesses, governments, training and education sectors to join a Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs to address up to 900 000 job vacancies expected to exist in Europe in Information and Communication technologies (ICT) by 2015. Despite the current levels of unemployment, the number of digital jobs is growing by more than 100 000 per year and the number of fresh ICT graduates and skilled ICT workers is not keeping up. The European Commission is keen to tackle this mismatch.

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Youth employment: Commission has welcomed Council agreement on Youth Guarantee

Under the Youth Guarantee Member States should put in place measures to ensure that young people up to age 25 receive a good quality offer of employment, continued education, an apprenticeship or a traineeship within four months of leaving school or becoming unemployed.

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eTwinning: best cross-border school projects of the year awarded

The « Rainbow Village » project brought together students from France, Greece, Romania, the United Kingdom, Turkey, Italy, Slovakia and Poland to use their imagination to create a new world after Armageddon has destroyed earth involving themes such as survival, conservation, social structure and of course citizenship.

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Marie Curie fellow identifies molecular system for treating Alzheimer's disease

Scientists from the University of Southampton in the UK have identified the molecular system that could help develop treatments for Alzheimer's disease. This research is funded by a Marie Curie fellowship from the European Union and a pilot research grant from Alzheimer's Research UK.

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Oscar triumph for MEDIA-backed films Amour and Searching for Sugar Man

Austrian director Michael Haneke scooped the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film with Amour, a moving portrayal of an elderly couple as they approach the end of their lives. Searching for Sugar Man, the true story of rock guitarist Sixto Rodríguez, who vanished into obscurity in the mid-70s only to be re-rediscovered working as a labourer, won Best Documentary Feature.

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