Brussels, 10 January 2014
EU Mobility Scoreboard: more effort needed to promote studies and training abroad for students
The best public support systems for promoting and giving advice to higher education students about opportunities to study or train abroad are in Germany, Belgium, Spain, France and Italy, according to the first EU 'Mobility Scoreboard'. The Scoreboard is part of the European Commission's response to a call by Member States1 to remove obstacles to studying and training abroad as part of wider efforts to help young people gain the skills and experience they need to increase their employability.
Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth said "Studying and training abroad is an excellent way to gain valuable skills and experience, which is why the EU has greatly increased funding for mobility under the new Erasmus+ programme. The Mobility Scoreboard allows us to see for the first time how well countries are creating a positive environment for student mobility to flourish – and where they could do more."
The Mobility Scoreboard focuses on five key factors that influence young people's motivation and ability to study or train abroad. It reveals that these factors vary significantly between Member States – and that no single country scores highly on all measures of their "mobility environment".
The Mobility Scoreboard covers all 28 EU Member States, as well as Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein and Turkey. It is a first overview of the factors covered in the 2011 Council Recommendation on learning mobility and will be a basis for future joint monitoring at EU level, with the next update planned for 2015.
The Mobility Scoreboard was developed by the Eurydice Network, working in close cooperation with the European Commission and an advisory group of experts from the Member States. Eurydice is a network of national units, coordinated by the European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA), which provides information on and analyses of European education systems and policies.
MEMO/14/07 Mobility Scoreboard: Frequently Asked Questions
Eurydice report: Towards a Mobility Scoreboard: Conditions for Learning Abroad in Europe
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