Demand for highly skilled people is increasing; by 2025, half of all jobs will require high-level qualifications. The COVID-19 pandemic has suddenly accelerated the digital transformation of higher education institutions. Yet, much more needs to be done for deep technological and structural changes to the benefit of learning and
teaching, allowing for more inclusion and flexible learning approaches.
This input paper is designed to help participants prepare for the conference on Supporting Key Competence Development: Learning approaches and environments in school education (Brussels, 12-13 November 2019). It presents key terms and concepts and provides a starting point for reflection about policy support to local and national approaches.
The European Commission organised the international conference on Supporting Key Competence Development: Learning approaches and environments in school education, in Brussels on 12-13 November 2019. The aim of the conference was to encourage participants to develop and implement concrete school policy actions to support the development of key competences. Participants discussed learning approaches and environments in school education, including Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) and initial Vocational Education and Training (IVET).
The OECD ‘Programme for International Student Assessment’ (PISA) tests reading, mathematics and science performance of 15-year-old pupils across the world. It takes place every three years and the 2018 wave has a special focus on reading. In an EU perspective, PISA results are particularly important because they feed into the strategic cooperation framework ‘Education and Training 2020’ (ET2020).
The 2020 European Universities call for proposals was published on 7 November 2019 and will close on 26 February 2020. For further information, see this presentation on the second call for proposals given at the info session on the European Universities Initiative on 7 November 2019.
Digital competences constitute an essential skill for participating in a technology-driven world. At the same time, digital competences are an area with research gaps, and insufficient data. The International Computer and Information Literacy Study (ICILS) seeks to bridge these gaps by studying the extent to which young people are able to use information and communication technology (ICT) productively in school, at home, in society, and their future workplaces.
CIVIS – a European Civic University – is a far-reaching vision whose goal is to have a significant impact on the development of societies, both locally and globally.