Where: Commission's press room
Topic: Culture, education and youth
Organiser: European Commission
On 18 June, the high level group on the modernisation of higher education, chaired by the former President of Ireland Mary McAleese, will publish a report on improving the quality in teaching and learning in Europe's higher education institutions.
The group's report looks at whether university and college teachers are sufficiently trained and resourced, so that students graduate with the high level skills needed to spur productivity and job creation in Europe. It will include practical examples of how Member States, higher education institutions and the European Commission can support a better teaching and learning environment, taking into account the diversity of the European higher education landscape.
The high level group was launched last September as part of the Commission's strategy to modernise higher education in Member States. A lot of progress has already been made in this area. The Bologna Process has made it easier for students to study aboard and get their qualifications recognised throughout Europe. The European Agenda for the modernisation of higher education, endorsed by Education Ministers in November 2011, identifies areas where EU countries need to do more to achieve their shared objectives and sets out how the Commission can support their modernisation policies. Priorities include improving the quality and relevance of higher education, so curricula meet the needs of students, employers and the careers of the future, as well as increasing the number of graduates.
Erasmus for All, the new EU programme for education, training, youth and sport, due for launch in January 2014, will support policy reform in Member States, with a focus on strengthening the evidence base for policy making and exchange of good practices. The programme is expected to have a budget of around €14.5 billion for 2014-2020 - 40% more than the current programmes.
Androulla Vassiliou, the Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, and Mary McAleese, chair of the high level group, will present the main findings of the report at 11:30 in the Commission's press room. A press release and copies of the report will be available on the day.