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Bruxelles, den 18. september 2012

Gruppen på højt plan skal fokusere på høj kvalitet og ekspertise i undervisningen

Videregående uddannelser er af afgørende betydning for udviklingen af den viden og de færdigheder, som Europa har brug for til at konkurrere i den globale økonomi, men medlemsstaterne investerer ikke nok i moderniseringen af de videregående uddannelsessystemer. En ny gruppe på højt plan om modernisering af videregående uddannelser, som Europa-Kommissionen lancerede i dag, vil behandle dette spørgsmål som en del af en omfattende treårig undersøgelse af uddannelsessektoren i hele Den Europæiske Union. Gruppen, der ledes af Mary McAleese, tidligere præsident for Irland, vil sætte fokus på, hvordan vi bedst kan opnå en høj kvalitet og ekspertise i undervisningen og læringen, og derefter næste år drøfte, hvordan vi kan tilpasse læringen til den digitale tidsalder. Gruppen vil identificere bedste praksis og kreative løsninger og fremsætte henstillinger til de nationale og europæiske politiske beslutningstagere, universiteter og højere læreanstalter. Den vil aflægge sin første rapport i 2013 og har et mandat frem til 2015.

Androulla Vassiliou, EU-kommissær for uddannelse, kultur, flersprogethed og ungdom, udtalte: "Alle husker en lærer, som inspirerede eller motiverede dem. Med hjælp fra den højtstående gruppe vil jeg sikre, at alle studerende, uanset hvor de bor eller studerer i Europa, vil få fordel af fremragende undervisning. Dette er en forudsætning for innovation, vækst og beskæftigelse. Høj kvalitet i undervisningen er også en grundlæggende betingelse for at identificere og yde støtte til bæredygtige veje ud af den nuværende krise."

Mary McAleese tilføjede: "Jeg er meget beæret over at være formand for denne arbejdsgruppe. Jeg er meget bevidst om Europa og den unge generation, som er blevet ramt så hårdt af krisen. Vores gruppe vil undersøge, hvordan man kan fremme fremragende undervisning på universiteterne, så vore unge får den bedste uddannelse og de bedste udsigter for beskæftigelse."

I de kommende tre år vil gruppen høre eksperter fra videregående uddannelsesinstitutioner, myndigheder og virksomheder samt studerende og lærere.

Lanceringen af denne gruppe indgår i en bredere strategi for modernisering af de videregående uddannelser i medlemsstaterne. Kommissionen har allerede gjort store fremskridt på dette område. Bolognaprocessen har gjort det nemmere for studerende at læse i udlandet og få deres kvalifikationer anerkendt i hele Europa. Det europæiske flerdimensionale rangordningssystem for universiteter, som offentliggøres for første gang i 2013, vil også gøre det lettere at sammenligne universiteterne, så de studerende får mulighed for at foretage et mere kvalificeret valg om, hvor de skal studere. Det vil også give Kommissionen mulighed for at følge universiteternes fremskridt på en række forskellige områder, som vil danne grundlag for den nye rangordning: kvaliteten af undervisningen og læringen, forskning, videnoverførsel, internationale opsøgende strategier og universiteternes rolle som led i den regionale udvikling.

Baggrund:

Den europæiske dagsorden for modernisering af de videregående uddannelser, som blev vedtaget af ministrene i Rådet (uddannelse) den 28.-29. november 2011, udpeger de prioriterede områder, hvor EU-landene skal gøre en ekstra indsats for at nå deres fælles mål, og redegør for, hvordan Den Europæiske Union kan støtte landenes moderniseringspolitikker. Prioriteringerne omfatter en forbedring af de videregående uddannelsers kvalitet og relevans, så studieordningerne dækker de studerendes, arbejdsgivernes og de fremtidige karrierers behov, og en forøgelse af antallet af studerende. Dagsordenen fremmer et stærkere samarbejde mellem universiteter, virksomheder og forskningscentre. Dagsordenen er en del af Kommissionens bredere strategi for at skabe vækst og arbejdspladser i Europa, hvor uddannelse spiller en afgørende rolle.

Yderligere oplysninger

Dagsorden for modernisering af de videregående uddannelser

Europa-Kommissionen: Uddannelse

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Bilag: Medlemmer af gruppen på højt niveau om moderniseringen af de videregående uddannelser

Mary McAleese (Chair)

Mary McAleese was President of Ireland from 1997-2011. She graduated in law from Queen's University, Belfast, in 1973 and was called to the Northern Ireland Bar in 1974. In 1975, she was appointed Reid Professor of criminal law, criminology and penology at Trinity College Dublin and in 1987, she returned to Queen's to become director of the institute of professional legal studies. In 1994, she became the first female pro-vice chancellor of the Queen's University.

Agneta Bladh

Dr Bladh chairs the governing board of the Jönköping School of Health Sciences and Stockholm University library board. She is also a member of Uppsala University governing board, the board of Oslo and Akershus College of Applied Science (Norway) and a board preparing the merger between two universities in Norway. Dr Bladh is a member of the Danish Accreditation Council and the administrative board of International Association of Universities. Dr Bladh was rector of the University of Kalmar, Sweden, from February 2004 to December 2009. From 1998 to 2004, she served as state secretary at the Swedish Ministry of Education and Science, responsible for higher education and research, and from 1995 to 1998, was director general at the National Agency for Higher Education. Agneta Bladh holds a PhD in political science from Stockholm University (1988).

Vincent Berger

Vincent Berger is president of the University Paris Diderot. From 1990 to 2001 he worked at the Laboratoire Central de Recherches for aerospace multinational Thales (ex Thomson CSF). In 2001 he joined the University Paris Diderot - Paris 7 as professor, and until 2006 was head of the quantum phenomena and materials laboratory. He received the Fabry-De Gramont award and the MIT Young Innovator award in 2002. He has published around 150 papers in international journals, and holds 16 patents. In 2012 he was nominated general rapporteur of the national assizes on higher education and research in France by Education Minister Genevieve Fioraso. 

Christian Bode

Christian Bode was secretary general of the German Academic Exchange Service for 20 years (1990-2010). Christian Bode was educated in law and received his PhD from the University of Bonn in 1971. Between 1972 and 1982 he held different senior positions in the federal Ministry of Education and Science. From 1982 to 1990 he was secretary general of the German Rectors' Conference. He was one of the founders of the Academic Cooperation Association in Brussels and served as its vice president several times.

Christian Bode has published widely on all aspects of higher education policy, with a focus on international cooperation between universities. He is a member of several administrative boards of universities in Germany and abroad (Munich, Berlin, Muscat, Shanghai) and professional societies.

Jan Muehlfeit

Jan Muehlfeit is chairman of Microsoft Corporation in Europe. Over nearly 20 years with Microsoft, he has served in various positions, in its Czech/Slovak subsidiary from 1993 to 2000 and responsible for central and eastern Europe in 2000-05. He served as vice president of Microsoft’s public sector team in 2005 and vice president of Corporate & Government Strategy in 2006, for Europe, Middle East and Africa. Mr Muehlfeit is a vice-chair of the Academy of Business in Society, board member of Junior Achievement, co-chairman of the European e-Skills Association and a member of the board of the student organisation AIESEC (Association Internationale des Etudiants en Sciences Economiques et Commerciales) and the advisory body of Ovum, a company that specialises in analysis and consulting on technology. He has served on various advisory boards for several European governments on information technology, national competitiveness and education. He also represents Microsoft on the Transatlantic Business Dialogue and is an advisor on different projects for the World Economic Forum, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and European Policy Centre.  He is also a board member of the Czech National Museum and member of the Leaders' Council of the International Business Leaders Forum. He graduated from the Czech Technical University and later completed executive development programs at Wharton, the London School of Economics and Harvard.

Tea Petrin

Tea Petrin is professor in the faculty of economics at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, where she is also the head of the entrepreneurship academic unit. She is a member of the university senate. Ms Petrin was a visiting professor at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and at the Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley. She was also a Fulbright professor at the Institute of International Studies at UC Berkeley and at the Centre for Industrial Competitiveness in the University of Massachusetts Lowell. She is a renowned expert in entrepreneurship and innovation policies, and regional development programmes. From 1999-2004, she was Slovenia's Minister of Economy. From 2004-2008, she was Slovenian ambassador to the Netherlands, and has been her country's representative on the European Small Business Council and a member of the International Small Business Council. She is vice-president of the board of advisors of the Competitiveness Institute, a member of the academic advisory board of the European Forum of Entrepreneurship Research and a member of the board of the Academic Research Network. She chaired the cluster policy group at the European Commission's Directorate General for Enterprise and Industry (2009-2010), was a member of the synergies expert group at the European Commission's Directorate General for Research (2010-2011) and of the United Nations' committee for development policy for the period January 2013 – December 2015.

Alessandro Schiesaro

Alessandro Schiesaro is professor of Latin literature at the University of Rome-Sapienza and director of the Sapienza School of Advanced Studies. After studying in Pisa, Berkeley and Oxford, Alessandro Schiesaro lectured in the United States, including as professor of classics in Princeton, and in the United Kingdom as professor of Latin at King´s College London. Since 2008 he has chaired the technical secretariat of the Italian Ministry for Universities and Research.

Loukas Tsoukalis

Loukas Tsoukalis is Jean Monnet Professor of European integration at the University of Athens and visiting professor at the College of Europe in Bruges. He is president of the Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy, and has been special adviser to the President of the European Commission. He has taught at the University of Oxford, London School of Economics, Sciences Po in Paris, and the European University Institute of Florence. He has written many books and articles on European integration and international political economy, translated into several languages.

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