Europe's most celebrated student exchange programme is set to win a 71% funding increase under European Commission plans for the 2014-2020 budget, with education and training schemes now all regrouped under the Erasmus brand.
Most business leaders believe that Europe's young people lack the so-called 'soft skills' that are considered essential by many employers. Closer links between business and schools are seen as a way to bridge this skills gap.
Making sure that all Roma children go to school is a top priority for the European Commission, which presented proposals yesterday (5 April) for each EU member state to develop a national strategy for Roma integration by the end of the year.
The recent economic crisis and soaring prices of basic foodstuffs affected women in particular, Irina Bokova, director-general of UNESCO, the UN organisation that promotes education, science and culture, told EurActiv in an exclusive interview.
Despite some progress made in promoting gender equality, negative trends persist and some developing countries have even seen regressions, Irina Bokova, director-general of UNESCO, told EurActiv in an exclusive interview on the occasion of the hundredth anniversary of International Women's Day.
Britain stood up against the European Commission at a meeting of education ministers in Brussels yesterday (14 February), refusing to cooperate with the EU in setting national targets on early school leavers and higher education.
Entrusted by EU leaders to come up with a proposal to reform the bloc's economic governance by the end of the month, European Council President Herman Van Rompuy said his taskforce had reached agreement on the main points, but was still stuck on the nitty-gritty of the blueprint.
While some of the EU's Eastern member states are confident about achieving the bloc's 2020 education targets, others – Hungary, Bulgaria and Romania – may struggle to satisfy the European Commission's expectations. EurActiv's media network reports.
Germany has committed itself fully to the European Union's 2020 education targets, after the German federal states and the federal government ended their resistance to the EU-wide goals. EurActiv.de reports.
Bulgaria will have to work hard to achieve the education targets in the EU's new 'Europe 2020' strategy. The country's biggest problem appears to be the high number of kids who stop attending school at an early age. Dnevnik, EurActiv's partner in Bulgaria, reports.
The EU's 'Europe 2020' target of reducing the number of early school leavers is the only one of the strategy's goals that is not causing a headache for Slovakia, which is generally wary of the Lisbon Strategy's successor. EurActiv.sk reports.
Education, one of the five headline targets of the EU's 'Europe 2020' strategy, is not worrying the Czech Republic - its national targets seem attainable. Yet during the negotiation process, Prague repeatedly stressed that the EU-wide targets must respect the existing absorption capacity of the market. EurActiv.cz reports.
Poland is one of the leading member states when it comes to the EU's 2020 education goals and has set itself high targets. Yet it is lagging behind in other areas, such as kindergarten attendance rates and lifelong learning for adults. EurActiv Poland reports.
Two education goals and two differing situations: France is currently lagging behind in its 'Europe 2020' aim of reducing the number of early school leavers, but is exceeding its target of increasing the proportion of people who complete higher education. EurActiv.fr reports.
Hungary's national education targets under the EU's 'Europe 2020' strategy will be difficult for the country to meet. While the higher education aim may be achievable, its proposed early school leavers' goal is "not realistic," according to the Ministry of Education. EurActiv Hungary reports from Budapest.
UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova yesterday (17 February) broke new ground with the EU for enhanced cooperation with the United Nations' educational, scientific and cultural organisation. Her compatriot Kristalina Georgieva, the EU commissioner for humanitarian aid, outlined joint action to help alleviate the Haiti crisis.
Realistic targets, shared commitments and scientific education are the three ingredients which Wim Philippa, secretary-general of the European Round Table of Industrialists, believes are needed to make the EU fit for the challenges which lie ahead.
European schools and museums need to make a clearer link between the Holocaust and human rights today when teaching about Nazi atrocities, according to a study published yesterday (26 January) ahead of today’s International Holocaust Memorial Day.
Five panels of experts have issued a joint policy paper demanding major changes to Europe's innovation policy just weeks before the EU's first commissioner for research and innovation is due to take office.