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Un Grupo de Alto Nivel se va a centrar en la calidad y la excelencia educativa

Commission Européenne - IP/12/976   18/09/2012

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Comisión Europea

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Bruselas, 18 de septiembre de 2012.

Un Grupo de Alto Nivel se va a centrar en la calidad y la excelencia educativa

La enseñanza superior es fundamental para desarrollar los conocimientos y competencias que necesita Europa a fin de competir en la economía mundial, pero los Estados miembros no invierten lo suficiente para modernizar sus sistemas de enseñanza superior. El nuevo Grupo de Alto Nivel sobre la Modernización de la Enseñanza Superior, que pone en marcha hoy mismo la Comisión Europea, se va a ocupar de este asunto en el contexto de la revisión exhaustiva del sector en toda la Unión Europea, que durará tres años. El grupo, presidido por Mary McAleese, Expresidenta de Irlanda, va a estudiar este año de qué manera se puede conseguir la calidad y la excelencia educativa en la enseñanza y el aprendizaje y, el próximo año, debatirá la forma de adaptar el aprendizaje a la era digital. El Grupo identificará las mejores prácticas y las soluciones creativas, y formulará recomendaciones para los responsables de la elaboración de políticas, las universidades y los centros educativos superiores a nivel nacional y europeo. Su primer informe lo emitirá en 2013 y su mandato durará hasta el año 2015.

Androulla Vassiliou, Comisaria de Educación, Cultura, Multilingüismo y Juventud, ha declarado: «Todos recordamos a los profesores que nos inspiraron o nos motivaron. Con la ayuda del Grupo de Alto Nivel, me gustaría garantizar a todos los estudiantes, independientemente del lugar en que vivan o estudien en Europa, una enseñanza de calidad. Esto es una condición previa para la innovación, la creación de empleo y el crecimiento. La excelencia educativa constituye asimismo un requisito fundamental para definir y apoyar estrategias sostenibles que nos ayuden a salir de la crisis actual».

Mary McAleese ha añadido: «Para mí es un gran honor presidir este grupo. Me preocupan profundamente Europa y su joven generación, a la que la crisis golpea de manera tan fuerte. Nuestro grupo va a estudiar la forma de fomentar una enseñanza de excelente calidad en nuestras universidades para que nuestros jóvenes reciban la mejor educación posible y las mejores perspectivas de empleo».

Durante los tres próximos años, el grupo va a consultar a expertos de la enseñanza superior, la administración y las empresas, así como a estudiantes y profesores.

La creación de este grupo forma parte de una estrategia más amplia para modernizar el sector de la enseñanza superior en los Estados miembros. La Comisión ya ha progresado considerablemente en este ámbito. El Proceso de Bolonia ha facilitado a los estudiantes estudiar en el extranjero y obtener el reconocimiento de sus cualificaciones en toda Europa. El sistema europeo pluridimensional de clasificación de universidades (Sistema de clasificación de universidades), que debe publicarse por primera vez en 2013, facilitará igualmente las comparaciones entre universidades para que los estudiantes dispongan de más elementos de juicio a la hora de elegir su lugar de estudio. También permitirá a la Comisión hacer un seguimiento de las universidades en una serie de ámbitos, que serán la base para la nueva clasificación: la calidad de la enseñanza y del aprendizaje, la investigación, la transferencia de conocimientos, las estrategias internacionales de divulgación y el papel de las universidades en el desarrollo regional.

Antecedentes

La Agenda Europea para la Modernización de los Sistemas de Educación Superior que fue adoptada por los Ministros en el Consejo de Educación los días 28 y 29 de noviembre de 2011, identifica ciertos campos prioritarios en los que los países de la UE deben esforzarse más para alcanzar sus objetivos comunes y especifica de qué manera puede contribuir la Unión Europea a las políticas de modernización. Entre las prioridades podemos citar la mejora de la calidad y la pertinencia de la enseñanza superior, de manera que los planes de estudio satisfagan las necesidades de los alumnos, empresarios y las carreras profesionales del futuro, y el incremento del número de estudiantes. El programa fomenta una mayor cooperación entre universidades, empresas y centros de investigación. La Agenda forma parte de una estrategia más amplia de la Comisión para la creación de empleo y el crecimiento en Europa, en la que la educación juega un papel fundamental.

Más información

La Agenda para la Modernización de los Sistemas de Educación Superior

Comisión Europea: Educación y Formación

Androulla Vassiliou's website

Siga a Androulla Vassiliou en Twitter: @VassiliouEU

Contactos:

Dennis Abbott (+32 22959258); Twitter: @DennisAbbott

Dina Avraam (+32 22959667)

Anexo: Miembros del Grupo de Alto Nivel sobre la Modernización de la Enseñanza Superior

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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