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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.Read more
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.Read more
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).Read more
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+.Read more
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.Read more