On 30 May 2017, the European Commission presented its new strategy to support high quality, inclusive and future-oriented school and higher education.
Tibor Navracsics, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, said:
A good education lays the foundation for personal development and active citizenship. It is the starting point for a successful professional career and the best protection against unemployment and poverty. But for individuals and societies to reap these benefits, we need high-quality education systems throughout the EU. The initiatives outlined today and ongoing EU support will help Member States and education providers take the steps needed to improve opportunities for all young people in Europe, helping to build fair and resilient societies
A great start in life
In the Communication School development and excellent teaching for a great start in life, the Commission identifies areas where action is urgently needed and how EU support can help EU countries address the current challenges.
Based on evidence from Member States, the communication highlights three priority areas:
- raising the quality and inclusiveness of schools
- supporting excellent teachers and school leaders
- improving the governance of school education systems
The Commission proposes to address these issues through mutual learning activities and a new support mechanism to help Member States design education reforms. Read more in the press release and the supporting questions and answers.
The new strategy is outlined in the Communication. An accompanying Staff working document provides useful insights into research evidence and results of EU-level work on school education policies.
A renewed higher education strategy
The renewed EU agenda for higher education identifies four main goals for higher education in the EU:
- making sure higher education equips graduates with the right skills for today's economy
- building inclusive higher education systems
- bridging the innovation gap between higher education, research and business
- ensuring different parts of higher education systems work together effectively and efficiently
A key part of today's package is the proposal for a Council recommendation on graduate tracking. This aims to encourage EU countries to improve the information available on what graduates do after completing their studies.
Read more in the press release and the supporting questions and answers.
Full details are available in the Communication. Background and analysis can be found in the Staff working document.