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Education & Training in the European Union

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

Head of Human Resources, European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training 11 August 2017, 15:37 CET
Cedefop, the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training, is organising a selection procedure to draw up a list of suitable candidates for the position of Head of Human Resources.

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.

Record numbers take part in Erasmus exchange programme 26 January 2017, 23:05 CET
678,000 Europeans - more than ever before - were able to study, train, work and volunteer abroad with the help of Erasmus+, the EU's education and training programme, which is 30 years old this year.

30 years of the Erasmus exchange programme 26 January 2017, 22:26 CET
The Commission launched on 26 January celebrations on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the start of Erasmus, one of the most successful programmes of the European Union.

European Solidarity Corps 08 December 2016, 11:36 CET
The European Solidarity Corps is a new European Union initiative which creates opportunities for young people to volunteer or work in projects in their own country or abroad that benefit communities and people around Europe. Young people who take part in the European Solidarity Corps will all agree with and uphold its Mission and Principles. You can register for the European Solidarity Corps when you are 17 years old, but you cannot start a project until you are over 18. European Solidarity Corps projects will be available to people up to the age of 30 years old.

European Solidarity Corps 08 December 2016, 12:09 CET
The European Commission launched the European Solidarity Corps on 7 December 2016, providing young people between the ages of 18 and 30 with the opportunity to sign up for new opportunities to make an important contribution to society across the EU, and to gain invaluable experience and acquire valuable skills at the start of their career.

European Vocational Skills Week 06 December 2016, 23:43 CET
The first European Vocational Skills Week, organised by the European Commission, aims to inspire people to discover, use and improve their talents and abilities through vocational training.

Education and Training Monitor 09 November 2016, 23:31 CET
The Education and Training Monitor is an annual publication that captures the evolution of education and training in the EU. It contributes to the objectives of the EU strategic framework for cooperation in education and training, the overall Commission's strategy for growth and employment and the European Semester cycle of economic policy co-ordination.

2016 Education and Training Monitor 09 November 2016, 23:34 CET
The 2016 edition of the European Commission's Education and Training Monitor shows progress towards important EU targets, but also highlights that Member States need to make their education systems more relevant and inclusive, in particular regarding the integration of newly arrived refugees and migrants.

Revised Europass Framework 06 October 2016, 21:28 CET
The European Commission adopted on 6 October a proposal to revise the framework for Europass, a suite of tools and services which support the transparency of skills and qualifications across the European Union.

Youth Guarantee and Youth Employment Initiative - progress report 06 October 2016, 17:53 CET
A Communication adopted by the European Commission on 4 October highlights the main achievements of the Youth Guarantee and Youth Employment Initiative (YEI) since their launch in 2013.

MEPs want free rail passes for young Europeans 05 October 2016, 14:25 CET
Young Europeans could be offered a free InterRail pass on their 18th birthday, helping to promote better understanding and knowledge about Europe, following a vote by MEPs on Tuesday.

EU spending needs closer link between education and employment: EU auditors 30 June 2016, 13:23 CET
EU funding on education, while in line with EU objectives, does not always establish a clear link with its impact on employability, according to a new report from the European Court of Auditors.

New EU rules to attract non EU students & researchers 12 May 2016, 16:38 CET
Harmonised EU entry and residence rules were approved by the EU Parliament Wednesday, making it easier and more attractive for people from third countries to study or do research at EU universities.

More Europeans age 30-34 complete tertiary education 27 April 2016, 23:57 CET
An increasing number of Europeans aged 30 to 34 complete tertiary education - from 23.6% in 2002 to 38.7% in 2015 - while there are fewer and fewer early leavers from education and training, figures from Eurostat show.