"European Universities" part of EC initiatives for working towards a European Education Area
The European Commission (EC) has launched today a set of initiatives aiming at further boosting the role of youth, education and culture policies. By doing so, the Commission is advancing work to build a European Education Area by 2025. The package presented by the EC today includes an overarching Communication on 'Building a Stronger Europe: the role of youth, education and culture policies' which outlines how the Commission is taking forward the Gothenburg agenda and the European Council's mandate. Other elements are a Youth Strategy for the period 2019–2027, as well as proposals for Council Recommendations on High Quality Early Childhood Education and Care Systems, the Automatic Mutual Recognition of Diplomas and Learning Periods Abroad, and on Teaching and Learning of Languages; and a New Agenda for Culture.
Amongst other issues, the Communication highlights the work being carried out with Member States and the education sector to develop European Universities. According to the EC, these European Universities should consist of bottom-up networks of existing universities will boost cross-border cooperation through long-term institutional strategies. They will promote innovation and excellence, increase mobility for students and teachers and facilitate language learning. The Commission expects that this also help to make European higher education more competitive, and aims to launch pilots in 2019 and 2020 under the Erasmus+ programme before the full roll-out of the initiative in 2021. The EC has indicated on previous occasions that funding for these networks could also come from the next Research Framework Programme.
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