11/07/2013 at 12:30
Where: Brussels, Belgium
Topic: Culture, education and youth
Organiser: European Commission
Strategic partnerships with higher education institutions outside Europe enhance the quality of European higher education and contribute to innovation and job creation by equipping European graduates with broader skills and by attracting international students, researchers and academics to the EU. European universities have excellent links inside Europe but many lack a clear strategy for strengthening their ties with non-European partners. Therefore, on 10 July, the European Commission will adopt a Communication on 'European higher education in the world' which will provide recommendations on how Europe's 4 000 higher education institutions can work strategically to promote themselves in the rest of the world. More than €400 million per year will be made available for European universities to collaborate with partners worldwide under the EU's new programme for education, training, youth and sport.
Higher education is at the heart of the Europe 2020 strategy and universities have a key role in ensuring that Europe becomes a smart, sustainable and inclusive economy. Europe's universities have worked and cooperated together for decades, but it is clear that they need to build partnerships beyond the EU's borders so that they continue to attract the most talented students and remain competitive in an increasingly globalised higher education landscape.
Europe currently hosts 45% of the 4 million students who study outside their home countries each year. They are attracted by world-class curricula, teaching excellence and cultural diversity. But if Europe is to maintain this lead against mounting competition from Asia and Latin America, the Member States and the Commission must work together to create the right conditions for international cooperation to flourish.
12.30 Androulla Vassiliou, the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, will present the Communication after the midday briefing in the Commission's press room. A press release and MEMO will be available on the day.