On 30 May, the Commission published a strategy paper known as Communication, setting out its perspective on how higher education needs to adapt to a changing world and help shape the Europe of the future. The new strategy identifies four main priority areas, and proposes specific EU-level activities to complement the work done by national authorities and by higher education institutions.
The renewed higher education strategy was devised following extensive consultation and builds on the 2011 Modernisation agenda.
In the Communication, the Commission sets out its plans for four key areas:
- Ensuring graduates leave higher education with the skill sets they and the modern economy need;
- Building inclusive and connected higher education systems;
- Making sure higher education institutions contribute to innovation in the rest of the economy;
- Supporting higher education institutions and governments in making the best use of the human and financial resources available.
Finally, to ensure that higher education can help boost growth and job creation, higher education institutions need to tailor curricula to current and anticipated needs of the economy and society, and prospective students need up-to-date, solid information to help them decide what courses to choose. This is why the Commission also brought forward a proposal for a Council Recommendation on graduate tracking. This will encourage and support Member State authorities to improve the quality and availability of information on how graduates progress in their careers or further education after finishing their studies.
2018 Erasmus+ calls will provide support to higher education Institutions to implement this strategy. Stay tuned!