At the Education and Youth Council of 12 December, Education Ministers will discuss the socio-economic benefits of education and training and highlight the opportunities presented by the Commission's new €315 bn Investment Plan at a time when many countries have cut their education and training budgets.
What should be the approach of the European audiovisual policy in the digital era? What are the EU's priorities for culture in 2015-2018? How can sport encourage innovation and economic growth? These and many more topics were discussed when EU Ministers of Education, Culture, Youth, Sport, Media and Communication met in Brussels.
Join the Facebook chat on Erasmus+ in the world on 25 November, 14.00 – 15.00 CET and find out more about worldwide opportunities for education, training and youth work.
On 1 November 2014 the Juncker Commission officially started its term of office, which will run until 31 October 2019. Mr Tibor Navracsics is the new Commissioner in charge of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport.
The European Union's High-Level Group on the Modernisation of Higher Education publishes its report today on 'new modes of learning and teaching in universities'.
Levels of student tuition or administrative fees, grants and loans continue to highlight stark differences across Europe, according to a report published today by the European Commission's Eurydice network.
The Erasmus+ Programme Guide for the 2015 General Call for Proposals was published in English on 06/10/2014, with further language versions to follow at the end of October.
The impact of the Commission's policies and new programmes on education, youth, culture and sport are the focus of a booklet which will be launched by Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou in Cyprus tomorrow (3 October).
Hearings of the Commissioners-designate will take place at the European Parliament from 29 September to 7 October. Mr Tibor Navracsics, the nominee for the portfolio on education, culture, youth and citizenship, will appear in the Committee on Culture and Education on Wednesday, 1 October (18:00-21:00). Follow the hearing live on the European Parliament's website.
A European-themed cocktail bar in Budapest, multilingual concerts in Zagreb and Vilnius, a 'speak' dating session in Prague: these are just some of the events planned to celebrate the annual European Day of Languages and linguistic diversity.
Registration for Juvenes Translatores, the annual translation contest for 17-year-old pupils all over Europe, opens on 1 September 2014. Don’t miss it!
Xavier Prats Monné is the new Director-General of DG Education and Culture as of 1 August 2014.
The latest Erasmus statistics released by the European Commission reveal that nearly 270,000 students, a new record, benefitted from EU grants to study or train abroad in 2012-2013.
Today in Lisbon, the President of the European Commission, José Manuel Barroso, joins the Prime Minister of Portugal, Pedro Passos Coelho, the Deputy Prime Minister of Portugal, Paulo Portas, the Nestlé Europe CEO Laurent Freixe and Nestlé’s business partners to sign up to the European Commission’s European Alliance for Apprenticeships.
European Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou has written a letter to EU Education Ministers urging them to ensure that children have the opportunity to develop basic computer coding skills in school.
The European Commission has launched a call for tenders for a study on a citizen tool for the self-assessment of transveral skills. The deadline for sumission is 15/09/2014, with further information available in the call notice.
Following a Commission study on Young People's Lifestyles and Sedentariness’ in 2005 and political decisions in 2005/2006, a Working Group Sport & Health was set up. Based on the 2007 White Paper on Sport, it developed the EU Physical Activity Guidelines (EU PA GL), that were endorsed by EU Sport Ministers, meeting informally in 2008.
On 21 May 2014, the EU Council approved the second EU Work Plan for Sport (2014-2017).
When the 71st Venice Film Festival opens on the 27 August, three of ten films selected for the Main Competition are being supported by EU's Creative Europe programme. The MEDIA sub-programme is represented in Venice by some of the most outstanding, award-winning European directors: Fatih Akın, Roy Andersson and Xavier Beauvois. Photo Credit ©: poster by Simone Massi - progetto grafico: studio Graph.x Milano
The results of the first call for proposals under the Creative Europe – Culture Sub-programme for European Platforms are out now! Who got what and how much? Check all the details.
The results for the call for literary translations projects, originally scheduled for July 2014, have had to be postponed to August for technical reasons
Registration for Juvenes Translatores, the annual translation contest for 17-year-old pupils all over Europe, opens on 1 September 2014. Don’t miss it!
Free internet learning platform enhances language learning through interactive games, exercises and telling stories
A new flyer called "Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions in brief: your next career move!" has been released, providing a general overview of the MSCA 2014-2020. Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, and Russian language versions will be made available shortly.
On 18 November 2014, the MSCA will organise the second Awards Ceremony of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Prizes, which will take place at the Italian EU Presidency conference Empowering the Next Generation of Researchers in Trento .
‘Science 2.0’ describes the on-going evolution in the modus operandi of doing research and organising science. These changes in the dynamics of science and research are enabled by digital technologies and driven by the globalisation of the scientific community, as well as the need to address the Grand Challenges of our times.
The winners of the 2014 European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards were honoured on 5 May during a ceremony in Vienna.
The European panel in charge of monitoring preparations by the 2015 European Capitals of Culture, Mons, Belgium, and Plzeň, Czech Republic, has recommended that both should receive the Melina Mercouri Prize in recognition of the quality of their preparations. The prize amounts to €1.5 million for each city, to be paid under the EU Creative Europe programme.
Crowdfunding is an important tool to foster cultural diversity and a viable source of finance for the cultural organisations and creative SMEs. The Commission has launched a call with a view to selecting members of an Informal Expert Group on crowdfunding. Deadline 16 May.
EPALE, the Electronic Platform for Adult Learning in Europe, a new initiative funded by the European Commission is the latest development in the EU’s long-term commitment to promoting high quality adult learning in Europe.
The first award ceremony for the European Heritage Label took place on Tuesday, 8 April, in Brussels at the Solvay library
Creative goods account for 4.3 % of the EU external exports. Cultural export is also one of the key elements in the development of creative ecosystems, says a new report by the Open Method of Coordination (OMC) Member States Expert Group on Cultural and Creative Sectors’ Export and Internationalisation Support Strategies.
European creators and intellectuals, policy makers and culture professionals met on 4-5 April, 2014 at the Forum de Chaillot to debate challenges and opportunities for culture in Europe.
On 1 April, the European Commission launched an open call for tenders for supporting the implementation of a renewed structured dialogue with the cultural and creative sectors.
For a new episode of “Generation Y”, Euronews went to Barcelona to meet Lucas and Mar, who both decided to go back into education after having dropped out earlier, to obtain a qualification that gives them better prospects in life.
New Trends in Language Didactics is an international conference that will take place at ”Babe-Bolyai” University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania, on 9-10 May 2014.
A two day conference held in Athens, Greece outlined the opportunities for cooperation with the Western Balkans under Erasmus+, the EU's new education, training, youth and sport programme.
Member States must shift from a box-ticking approach and upgrade their quality systems if they want to improve the performance of universities and vocational colleges, according to two reports published by the European Commission today on quality assurance in higher education and vocational training.
On 24 January 2014, the European Commission adopted its Report on the implementation of the first EU Work Plan for Sport (2011-2014).
Excellence and innovation in language learning and language teaching
French national agency 2e2f has been organizing the European Language Label for more than a decade. This initiative encourages excellent projects in the field of language teaching and learning. The Label is opened to any language including regional and minority languages, the sign language, and addresses everyone and all sectors.
The Open Education Challenge is about innovation in education. It is a new Europe-wide initiative that will give educational practitioners and innovators passionate about education a new opportunity to create, develop, strengthen and fund a startup in Europe.
Eurostat has published a new section dedicated to youth statistics, with elements on various aspects of young people's lives.
Every unemployed citizen of Brussels can now learn French, Dutch, English and German online
The best public support systems for promoting and giving advice to higher education students about opportunities to study or train abroad are in Germany, Belgium, Spain, France and Italy, according to the first EU 'Mobility Scoreboard'.
The EU Conference on gender Equality in Sport took place in Vilnius on 3-4 December 2013 at the initiative of Commissioner Vassiliou. It involved 120 experts from sport organisations and governments and secured wide-ranging commitment and support for concrete actions on equality between women and men in sport.
Migration, Multilingualism and Schooling in Southern European countries
Today, the Eurydice Network published a new report: Education and Training in Europe 2020 - Responses from the EU Member States.
Today the European Commission launched a consultation on the European Area of Skills and Qualifications, which will run until 15 April 2014.
Organisations wishing to bid for funding in 2014 through Erasmus+, the European Union's new programme for education, training, youth and sport, can start to prepare their grant applications from today.
The list of higher education institutions awarded with the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education has been published!
The latest OECD report on the maths, science and reading skills of 15 year olds reveals mixed results for Member States.
The European Commission welcomes the Council's adoption today of Erasmus+, the EU's new programme for education, training, youth and sport, with a budget of €14.7 billion over the next seven years - 40% higher than current levels.
Erasmus+, the new EU programme for education, training, youth and sport, due to begin in January, was approved today by the European Parliament.
Today, the European Commission, together with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), is launching a new online self-assessment tool for universities to measure how entrepreneurial they are.
Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, and Namsoo Seo, Minister of Education of the Republic of Korea, today signed an agreement to strengthen higher education partnerships between the European Union and Korea.
Sixteen Member States decreased their spending on education between 2008 and 2011, with six showing further significant budget decreases in 2012, according to the latest Education and Training Monitor released today by the European Commission.
Primary school in the Netherlands and Ireland starts at the age of 4 and finishes when children are 12 years old. Greece recently introduced changes in its secondary and post-secondary education structure. How is education currently organised in your country? How does one structure compare to another?
Erasmus+, the EU’s new programme for education, training, sport and youth, will provide more opportunities for students and staff in Eastern Partnership countries to study or train in the European Union – and vice versa.
On 18 October, the European Alliance for Apprenticeships gathered in Brussels to discuss ways to improve and expand high quality apprenticeships across Europe.
Two annually updated Eurydice reports will give you clear and simple answers to these questions in addition to providing you with a comparable, European-wide overview.
Androulla Vassiliou, the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, will highlight the increased European Union support which will be available from January under the new Erasmus+ programme when she visits the London Language Show on 18 October.
Too many EU students from under-represented groups leave higher education before completing their degrees, according to a Commission report published 17 October 2013. Students coming from poor socio-economic backgrounds are by far the most likely to drop out of higher education.
Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, will highlight the increased European Union support which will be available from January under the new Erasmus+ programme when she opens the 2013 European Education, Training and Youth Forum in Brussels tomorrow (17 October).
One in five adults in Europe have low literacy and numeracy skills, 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 today by the OECD and European Commission.
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.
Through the Entrepreneurship 2020 Action Plan and the Rethinking Education Communication, the European Commission has emphasised the need to embed entrepreneurial learning in all sectors of education, and the central role played by teachers.
The Commission has proposed today adjustments to its proposal for the 2014 EU budget. The changes mainly reflect the political agreement reached on the Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) 2014-2020 between the leaders of the European Parliament, Council and Commission on 27-28 June.
Publication of the template for inter-institutional agreements between higher education institutions.
A new study shows that cross-border higher education affects only a very small minority of students within the EU, but it is on an upward curve.
The international higher education landscape is changing dramatically in shape and size, with greater competition from countries such as China and India. This calls for an overhaul in the way Europe's 4 000 universities operate - not only internationally, but also in how they deliver education to European students in their home countries.
Figures released today reveal that more than 3 million students have benefitted from EU Erasmus grants since the exchange scheme's launch in 1987.
The European Alliance for Apprenticeships is launched today by Commissioners Androulla Vassiliou (Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth) and László Andor (Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion) at the 2013 WorldSkills competition in Leipzig, Germany.
Vladslo is a small Belgian village, near Diksmuide, famous for his WWI German cemetery, the resting place of over twenty five thousand soldiers. Many visitors come to admire one of the most touching sculptures of all time that is located inside, the Grieving Parents, by Käthe Kollwitz.
On 17-18 June in Brussels, 200 stakeholders came together at the European Commission conference "We Mean Business – Trainees on the Move" to share experience on traineeships abroad for vocational training and higher education students.