EU agenda for Higher Education

November 20th, 2017 § 0 comments § permalink

European Parliament Factsheet

The Factsheet recalls that “In accordance with the subsidiarity principle, higher education policies are decided at the level of the individual Member States. The role of the EU is therefore mainly a supporting and coordinating one.”

The Factsheet refers to the Commission Communicaton on a ‘Renewed EU agenda for higher education’ (COM(2017) 0247) which focuses on four priority areas: 1. aligning skills development in higher education with the needs of the labour market; 2. making higher education widely accessible, more inclusive and increasing its societal outreach; 3. boosting the innovation capacity of higher education; 4. increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of higher education.

Having regard to the Communication COM(2017)0247, the Factsheet notes that the Parliament’s Committee on Culture and Education (CULT) will draw up an own-initiative report entitled ‘Modernisation of Education in the EU’, expected to be voted in plenary in the first half of 2018.

The Factsheet can be downloaded here.

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Council to discuss EU agenda for Higher Education today

At today’s meeting, the Council is expected to adopt, amongst others, its conclusions on a renewed EU agenda for higher education. The conclusions will “reflect the need for highly skilled individuals to ensure the future prosperity of Europe. The overall aim is to modernise higher education so that it keeps up with a rapidly changing world”.

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The CCBE Training committee will follow the EU institutions’ work in this area.