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e-newsletter - September 2013

Androulla Vassiliou
Androulla Vassiliou
Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth
"The education landscape is changing dramatically, from school to university and beyond: open technology-based education will soon be a 'must have', not just a 'good-to-have', for all ages. We need to do more to ensure that young people especially are equipped with the digital skills they need for their future. It's not enough to understand how to use an app or program; we need youngsters who can create their own programs. Opening up Education is about opening minds to new learning methods so that our people are more employable, creative, innovative and entrepreneurial."
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The Commission launches a new initiative for "Opening up Education" #OpenEdEU
The Commission launches a new initiative for "Opening up Education" <a href='https://twitter.com/search?q=%23OpenEdEU' target='_blank'>#OpenEdEU</a>

More than 60% of nine year olds in the EU are in schools which are still not digitally equipped. The European Commission today unveils 'Opening up Education', an action plan to tackle this and other digital problems which are hampering schools and universities from delivering high quality education and the digital skills which 90% of jobs will require by 2020. To help kick-off the initiative, the Commission today launches a new website, Open Education Europa, which will allow students, practitioners and educational institutions to share free-to-use open educational resources.

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Vassiliou backs Lithuanian EU Presidency's push for education and youth

Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, visited Lithuania on 5-10 September to support the Lithuanian EU Presidency’s push to ensure that quality education and opportunities for young people are at the top of the political agenda. During her visit, Commissioner Vassiliou opened the EU Youth Conference with Dalia Grybauskaitė, President of Lithuania, and the 'European Higher Education in the World' Conference with Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevicius.

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Winners of the 2013 European Union Prize for Literature

The winners of the 2013 European Union Prize for Literature, recognising the best emerging authors in Europe, were announced on 26 September at the opening of the Göteborg Book Fair in Sweden by Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth. This year’s winners are: Isabelle Wéry (BE), Faruk Šehič (HR), Emilios Solomou (CY), Kristian Bang Foss (DE), Meelis Friedenthal (EE), Lidija Dimkovska (MK), Katri Lipson (FI), Marica Bodrožić (DE), Tullio Forgiarini (LU), Ioana Pârvulescu (RO), Gabriela Babnik (SI) and Cristian Crusat (ES).

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Erasmus+ will boost EU's Eastern Partnership

Commissioner Vassiliou highlighted the new opportunities which will be created by Erasmus+, the EU's new programme for education, training, youth and sport, for students from Eastern Partnership countries who aim to spend part of their degree studies at EU universities. The Commission envisages that non-EU partner countries will receive €400 million per year for mobility opportunities and cooperation under the programme. Capacity building projects, presently funded under the Tempus programme, will also receive additional funding from Erasmus+.

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26th September: European Day of Languages

Since 2001, 26th September has been the European Day of Languages. The initiative was launched by the Council of Europe and the European Union to celebrate Europe's linguistic diversity, with its 24 official languages, about 60 regional and minority languages, and more than 175 migrant languages.

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