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Latest news on the European Union's education and training policies.

Fundraising Manager, World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts 05 December 2017, 23:08 CET
The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) has a vacancy for a Fundraising Manager - Trusts & Grants (Maternity Cover).

Policy Learning Forum on Upskilling pathways: a vision for the future (Brussels, from 07 February 2018, 09:00 CET to 08 February 2018, 17:00 CET) —
Cedefop, together with the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and in collaboration with the European Commission, is organising the Policy Learning Forum (PLF) on Upskilling pathways: a vision for the future on 7-8 February 2018 in brussels.

Erasmus+ Annual Report 2016 01 December 2017, 00:01 CET
The European Commission published on 30 November 2017 the Erasmus+ Annual Report 2016, which covers the third year of Erasmus+, one of the European Union's most successful and iconic programmes. Since 2014, it has become much broader, providing opportunities for study periods and traineeships/apprenticeships for both higher education and vocational education and training students, youth exchanges, volunteering and staff exchanges in all fields of education, training and youth as well as projects in the field of sport. Erasmus+ is also more open to people from disadvantaged backgrounds than any of its predecessors.

Skills shortages: a threat for SMEs 22 November 2017, 15:16 CET
The 2nd European Vocational Skills Week is a real opportunity to showcase the high value of Vocational Education and Training in Europe. It is a unique opportunity to promote and recognise the importance of vocational skills acquired on the job through national, regional and local events taking place across Europe, many of them organised by UEAPME members.

European Vocational Skills Week 21 November 2017, 23:27 CET
From 20 to 24 November 2017, the European Commission is organising the second European Vocational Skills Week, building on the success of last year's initiative. Why a European Vocational Skills Week? Skills are a pathway to employability and prosperity. This is at the heart of the New Skills Agenda

Legal framework agreed for EU youth volunteer corps 21 November 2017, 20:51 CET
EU education ministers agreed a legal framework Monday for the new European Solidarity Corps - which provides opportunities for young people to volunteer or work in community projects at home or abroad.

EU portal to teach youngsters about tax issues 20 November 2017, 23:07 CET
The European Commission has launched a new education portal for young people to teach them in a fun and interactive way about tax issues. TAXEDU is a digital resource to educate children about the purpose of taxes and how they affect daily life. The hope is that it will also help to stimulate the ongoing debate about fair taxation. The portal is full of multilingual e-learning tools, games, videos and educational material for teachers to use in schools.

Towards a European Education Area by 2025 15 November 2017, 17:57 CET
The European Commission set out Tuesday its vision for creating a 'European Education Area' by 2025, as part of its various ideas for the future of Europe initiated by the UK's Brexit referendum vote.

Inequality still a challenge for education in Europe: report 09 November 2017, 22:44 CET
While Europe's national education systems are becoming more inclusive and effective, a new report also confirms that educational attainment still largely depends on their socio-economic backgrounds.

Education and Training Monitor 2017 10 November 2017, 11:40 CET
The European Commission published on 9 November the 2017 edition of the Education and Training Monitor, which analyses and compares the main challenges for European education systems. The Monitor shows that national education systems are becoming more inclusive and effective. Yet it also confirms that students' educational attainment largely depends on their socio-economic backgrounds.

Citizenship Education at School in Europe 2017 - Eurydice Report 08 November 2017, 13:30 CET
There has been a strong focus in recent years on the promotion of citizenship education, as a result of the increasing threats to fundamental values such as peace, equality and human rights Europe is faced with, and several countries are making changes to their policies in this area. But what is citizenship education? How is it taught? How are students evaluated? Can citizenship skills be developed outside the classroom? What training and support do teachers receive? The report is divided into four chapters, each of which is complemented by a case study on recent policy initiatives: Curriculum Organisation and Content; Teaching, Learning and Active Participation; Student Assessment and School Evaluation; Teacher Education, Professional Development and Support

ERASMUS+ Confronting Wicked Problems: Final Report available 17 October 2017, 23:40 CET
In the summer of 2014, the Architects' Council of Europe (ACE), the European Association for Architectural Education (EAAE) and several universities were awarded an Erasmus+ Project titled "Confronting Wicked Problems: Adapting Architectural Education to the New Situation in Europe".

Brussels looks to boost long-term apprenticeships abroad 07 September 2017, 00:05 CET
Seven pilot projects offering long-term apprenticeships abroad of at least 6 months are to be pre-financed by the European Commission, in a bid to promote apprenticeships abroad of longer duration.

Google and Bertelsmann fund 75,000 new Udacity scholarships across Europe 06 September 2017, 23:04 CET
Google and Bertelsmann announced Tuesday that they are to fund 75,000 scholarships through Udacity to provide free technology education to residents of Europe and beyond. The launch builds on the success of last year’s programme, where 70,000 people applied for 10,000 Udacity scholarships.

EU healthy eating scheme for schools under way 02 August 2017, 00:27 CET
A new EU school fruit, vegetables and milk scheme for healthy eating was in place from 1 August, ready to be implemented across the European Union as of the first day of the 2017/2018 school year.

Modernisation of Higher Education in Europe: Academic Staff - 2017 15 June 2017, 22:51 CET
The higher education sector has experienced profound changes in recent years. Student numbers have continued to increase, while the sector has diversified and experienced significant structural changes, such as new funding arrangements, and new quality assurance systems. The challenges for academic staff have also been growing. Staffs are responsible for teaching ever greater numbers of students, undertaking research, and responding to growing societal needs, while academic jobs become more competitive, and job security more tenuous. Modernisation of Higher Education in Europe: Academic Staff – 2017 explores the current realities for academic staff within this changing higher education landscape. The report focuses on the qualification requirements for academic staff, the recruitment process, employment and working conditions in academia, the impact of external quality assurance, and top level strategies for internationalisation. It also includes national diagrams showing key characteristics of academic staff categories. The report is based mainly on qualitative data gathered by the Eurydice Network, covering higher education systems in 35 countries. The data collection focused on academic higher education staff who are primarily responsible for teaching and/or research. In addition, quantitative data from Eurostat and the European Education Tertiary Register (ETER) are also used, as well as information gathered from surveys developed for this report to academic staff Trade Unions and Quality Assurance agencies.

EU activities in the field of higher education 31 May 2017, 13:57 CET
Through its Erasmus+ and Horizon 2020 programmes, the EU supports international exchanges for students, academic staff and researchers, as well as structured cooperation between higher education institutions and public authorities in different countries. The objective is to create new opportunities for people in higher education to learn from one another across national borders and to work together on joint projects to develop good learning and teaching, undertake excellent research and promote innovation.

EU school policy 31 May 2017, 13:54 CET
The European Commission works with EU countries to develop their school education systems. While each country is responsible for the organisation and content of its education and training systems, there are advantages in working together on issues of shared concern.

Upgrade for EU's higher education strategy 31 May 2017, 14:05 CET
The Commission adopted new initiatives on school and higher education Tuesday, including a 'graduate tracking' proposal to help states gather information on what graduates do after their studies.

European Solidarity Corps 31 May 2017, 00:26 CET
The European Commission adopted on 30 May a proposal for a dedicated legal base and budget for the European Solidarity Corps.

Higher vocational qualifications to meet the skills needs of SMEs 16 May 2017, 13:08 CET
In the context of the Erasmus+ project QA HiVETnet, UEAPME organised a European conference "Qualifications We Need, Quality We Want".

Extremely Together - counter-extremism guide for young people 31 March 2017, 11:49 CET
The project Extremely Together is managed by the Kofi Annan Foundation with the support of the European Commission and One Young World. It brings together exceptional young leaders to prevent violent extremism. In this Guide, ten young leaders pool their experience for the benefit of young people who want to take action against violent extremism of all kinds.

Move2Learn, Learn2Move 28 March 2017, 17:59 CET
Move2Learn, Learn2Move is a new initiative financed under the Erasmus+ programme which directly benefits young Europeans between the age of 16 and 19. A minimum of 5,000 young people will be selected and will receive an entitlement for the purchase of travel tickets for an amount between 350 EUR and 530 EUR. The objective is to allow them to travel to at least one other EU country to increase European consciousness and identity.

Students get Brussels ticket to discover Europe 29 March 2017, 15:40 CET
A new one-off initiative under the Erasmus+ exchange programme, unveiled Monday by the EU Commission, will enable around 5,000 young people to travel to another EU country in a sustainable manner.

Public procurement of food for health: technical report on the school setting 23 February 2017, 00:23 CET
The purpose of this document is to support EU Member States in translating their national school food standards related to health and nutrition into food procurement specifications. This is done by collecting the major obstacles experienced in real-life implementation and by sharing relevant examples from across Europe.