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One in five adults in Europe have low skills in literacy and numeracy, and even a university degree in the same subject is no guarantee of the same level of skills in different countries, according to the first comprehensive international Survey of Adult Skills published by the OECD and European Commission. The survey assessed the skills of adults aged 16-65 in 23 countries including 17 EU Member States. The findings underline the need to target investment at improving education and training to increase skills and employability.Read more
The winners of the 2014 European Border Breakers Awards celebrating the top new talents in European pop music were announced on 15 October by Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth and the European music conference and showcase festival Eurosonic Noorderslag. The winners are: GUGABRIEL (Austria), LUKAS GRAHAM (Denmark), WOODKID (France), ZEDD (Germany), ASGEIR TRAUSTI (Iceland), KODALINE (Ireland), JACCO GARDNER (Netherlands), ENVY (Norway), ICONA POP (Sweden) and DISCLOSURE (United Kingdom).Read more
Erasmus+, the new EU programme for education, training, youth and sport, will provide grants for more than four million people across the EU – most aged under 25 – to spend part of their studies or training in another country. This international experience is aimed at increasing knowledge of foreign languages and other skills which boost employability. Envisaged to have a budget of nearly €15 billion between 2014 and 2020, Erasmus+ is open to students, apprentices, teachers, youth leaders and volunteers.Read more
6 researchers directly involved in the revolutionary sub-atomic particle discovery of the Higgs Boson were funded by Marie Curie Actions. Experts believe this particle gives matter mass. The discovery is to stand out as one of the great scientific achievements of the 21st Century so far. Peter Higgs and François Englert received this year's physics Nobel Prize for this discovery.Read more
More than 400 pupils from nine European countries take part throughout this autumn in the media diaries project, initiated by the European Commission and in close cooperation with the European Parliament Lux Prize, the Cinémathèque Network, and the International sales agent Adriana Chiesa Enterprises.Read more