"Dès le début, le Parlement a toujours cherché à avoir un programme facile d'utilisation et nous sommes clairement parvenus à atteindre cet objectif", a déclaré Doris Pack (PPE, DE), qui a mené les négociations pour Parlement.
"Ce programme m'est cher. A l'avenir, les étudiants qui n'ont pas pu obtenir de bourses auront la possibilité d'obtenir des prêts à des conditions favorables pour étudier pendant une année ou deux de leur master dans un autre pays de l'UE."
"La dénomination "Erasmus+" montre que ce nouveau programme couvre davantage que la simple mobilité des étudiants. Nous avons renforcé les activités à destination des jeunes et pour la première fois, il y aura une ligne budgétaire séparée pour le sport", a-t-elle ajouté.
Le nouveau programme est composé de trois piliers principaux: l'éducation et la formation, la jeunesse et le sport. Sur l'enveloppe totale, 77,5% seront alloués au secteur de l'éducation et de la formation, 3,5% au mécanisme de garantie de prêts. Le secteur de la jeunesse bénéficiera de 10%, le sport de 1,8%. Les trois institutions se sont accordées en faveur d'une augmentation substantielle du budget du programme mais les chiffres finaux dépendent de l'issue des négociations sur le CFP.
La commission de la culture doit se prononcer sur cet accord et le texte final sera ensuite mis aux voix en plénière probablement en octobre.
Young people have long been an important focus of policy at EU level and this is particularly true today. The current EU Youth Strategy (2010–2018) has the challenging objectives of:
- providing more and equal opportunities for young people in education and in the labour market;
- encouraging young people to be active citizens and to participate in society.
Addressing the youth employment crisis is at the top of Europe's political agenda, giving rise to the European Commission's Youth Employment Package and the Youth Guarantee from the European Parliament and Council of the EU, among other measures. The strategy is committed to evidence-based policymaking and Eurofound's mission to provide knowledge to assist in developing social and work-related policies is highly relevant here. Eurofound's four-year work programme 2013–2016 includes as a priority 'Youth in Europe - improving prospects for all'. Read more...
On 1st July 2013 Croatia joins the European Union, increasing the number of EU official languages to 24. DG Translation is welcoming the new Member State with a flag ceremony in Luxembourg (12:30-13:15), which will be webstreamed live.
Androulla Vassiliou (Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism, Sport, Media and Youth), Rytis Martikonis (Director-General of DG Translation) and Miljenka Prohaska Kragović, (Director of the Translation Centre of the Croatian Ministery of Foreign Affairs) will provide the official welcome, accompanied by representatives of the Croatian diplomatic corps and the staff of the European institutions.
To start and end the ceremony, Nikolina Korečić (translator at DGT and professional opera singer) will perform the Croatian and European anthems.
On 1 July 2013 Croatia becomes the European Union’s 28th Member State. To mark the occasion Cedefop has prepared a statistical overview on vocational education and training (VET) and lifelong learning in Croatia.
Selected for their policy relevance and importance to achieving the Europe 2020 strategy’s objectives, the indicators quantify key aspects of VET and lifelong learning and relate Croatia’s performance to the EU average.
The indicators are those in Cedefop’s recently published country statistical overviews updated for Croatia with the latest available data. The full publication, provides data on other European countries, defines the indicators and explains other data issues and is available at: http://www.cedefop.europa.eu/EN/publications/21408.aspx
Access, attractiveness and flexibility
Indicators in this area show participation patterns in initial and continuing VET training by various groups such as age, gender, educational attainment, working status and type. Participation patterns are used as proxies to indicate the attractiveness of VET as a learning option. Read more...
In line with earlier forecasts, Cedefop’s projections for skill supply and demand in the European Union (EU) foresee a gradual return to job growth and an older, but better qualified workforce.
The latest forecast extends the time horizon from 2020 to 2025 and differs from its predecessors in seeing demand for high-level qualifications speeding up.
The forecasts consider three scenarios – baseline, optimistic and pessimistic – to show how different economic circumstances may influence the labour market from now until 2025. All three point to skill mismatches (skill shortages and overqualification) in the European labour market in the medium term. Download the briefing note.
In a recent interview at L’Etudiant Thierry Curiale, Digital Education and MOOC Marketing Director at Orange, revealed his company’s plan to launch a francophone MOOC platform to address the growing need of lifelong learning tools in order allow citizens of all ages to acquire new skills and knowledge. According to Curiale, MOOCs big players like Coursera or edX, based in the United States, “have not yet invested in the Francophonie, even though there will be 700 million French-speakers in 2050, mainly because of the population explosion in Africa.” With the creation of a platform dedicated to promote MOOCs in French, especially in Africa, Orange aims to contribute to the widespread adoption of ITC in education. Several first-class publishers, universities and higher education institutions based in France and Africa have been approached to take part in this project and offer the first MOOCs of the platform, due to see the public light in the fourth quarter of 2013. The target of the project are French-speaking learners, but Curiale points out that they are not excluding the possibility of integrating MOOCs in English or any other language in the platform. More information.
eLearning Papers, a digital publication created as part of the European Commission’s elearningeuropa.info portal, has been included among the 99 Best Online College Resources on Open Courseware and MOOCs by the Top 5 Online Colleges blog.
Published five times a year, the online magazine highlights the latest trends on e-learning in Europe and stimulates research. eLearning Papers provides all those interested with an opportunity to have their texts published. Through these articles, the journal promotes the use of ICT for lifelong learning in Europe.
eLearning Papers has been listed among the best General Open Learning online resources, a selection of sites which provide access to open education resources, including lecture transcripts and recordings, textbooks, class syllabi, assignment rubrics, and educational material in any format that can be transmitted electronically. Click here to access the eLearning Papers archive. “MOOCs and Beyond”, its latest issue, focuses on the challenges and future of Massive Open Online Courses.
By Li Yuan, Stephen Powell, Hongliang Ma. Designing Learning for the 21st Century (DL21C) is an online course developed by collaboration between a UK and Chinese University to explore new approaches for open learning courses, and the key attributes of Massive Open Online Courses.
A primary motivation for this project included the exploration of business models, this is essential if long-term viability of new approaches and courses are to be assured. From a pedagogical design perspective, the motivation was to create interactive, responsive and pedagogically effective on-line and blended learning, freely available as an open educational resource (OER). A particular challenge was how to make the course developed culturally, linguistically and pedagogically useful in different languages, cultural contexts and educational settings.
The rapid expansion of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) has sparked great interests about their potential to disrupt the higher education system and the provision of open online courses as strategic choices for the future in institutions. The course developed by the team fulfills the criteria of a MOOC in that it was online and free to access, although in practice the only students registered with the Chinese university participated and were awarded credit. Download Complete Text.