By Dirk Van Damme Head of the Innovation and Measuring Progress division, Directorate for Education and Skills. As Education at a Glance 2014 found, education systems continue to expand and levels of educational attainment continue to rise throughout the world. Across OECD countries in 2012, 32% of 25-64 year-olds – over 220 million individuals – held a tertiary degree. Among young adults, the proportion is even higher: 40%. Never before have so many people attained that level of education. Just 12 years earlier, only 22% of 25-64 year-olds had a tertiary education. The tertiary attainment rate among 25-34 year-olds grew by an average of 3.4% per year between 2000 and 2012, and in most countries, it is not likely to slow down anytime soon. Read more...
Is expanding access to higher education worth the price?
Who is most likely to be left back at school?
By Marilyn Achiron Editor, Directorate for Education and Skills. It was the kind of thing you whispered about with your classmates, while for the kid himself – and it usually was a “he” – it was an embarrassment that some tried, unsuccessfully, to dress up as a badge of honour. Being left back at school was no joke; and the practice continues to take a toll on millions of students every year – even though it does little to benefit the individual student who is required to repeat a grade.
The latest PISA in Focus highlights how successive rounds of PISA have found that grade repetition shows no clear benefit, either for individual students or for school systems as a whole. Read more...
Dhaka Declaration adopted at ILD event in Bangladesh
On the occasion of International Literacy Day, an International Conference on “Girls’ and Women’s Literacy and Education: Foundation for Sustainable Development” took place in Dhaka on 8 September 2014. It was organised by the Government of Bangladesh in partnership with UNESCO and in support of the United Nations Secretary General’s Global Education First Initiative. The inaugural session was attended by around 2,000 participants, including the Prime Minister of Bangladesh as the Chief Guest, the Director-General of UNESCO as Guest of Honour, eight Ministers and Deputy Ministers, representatives of civil society organisations, bilateral donors, UN agencies and a big group of school children. During this session, the 2014 UNESCO Confucius and King Sejong Literacy Prizes were awarded to programmes from Algeria, Burkina Faso, Ecuador, South Africa/USA and Spain. More...
IEP: marking a twenty-year contribution to institutional change
EUA’s Institutional Evaluation Programme (IEP) is celebrating its twentieth anniversary this year, a milestone that has been marked by the launch of a new publication and an event in Brussels on 18 September.
Created in 1994, IEP is an independent membership service of the European University Association (EUA) which has carried out over 300 institutional evaluations in higher education institutions (HEI), in Europe and worldwide, and a number of system-level evaluations in countries such as Ireland, Portugal and Romania. The mission of IEP is to support HEIs and systems in developing their capacity for change through the process of institutional evaluation.
The new publication, entitled “A twenty-year contribution to institutional change: EUA’s Institutional Evaluation Programme” brings together a series of papers and articles that have been provided by a panel of authors who have been involved with the Programme over the last two decades. More...
New policy initiative - Doctoral Education: The Shape of Things To Come
EUA’s Council for Doctoral Education (EUA-CDE) is to prepare a new policy initiative designed to set the agenda for doctoral education in the next decade.
Since the publication of EUA’s Salzburg Principles in 2005 and the Salzburg Recommendations in 2010, European universities have developed a common vision for developing institutional structures for doctoral education, mostly through doctoral schools. More...
EUA’s contribution to 2014 European Research Area Progress Report
On 16 September, the European Commission (EC) presented its latest European Research Area (ERA) Progress Report, which aims to provide an update on progress towards the ERA priorities. The report is accompanied by the ERA facts and figures 2014 publication which includes a section with details of actions carried out by EUA and other European organisations involved in the ERA Stakeholder platform.
To complement the ERA Progress Report, EUA has also published this week further details of its recent ERA-related activities and which highlight the contribution of universities to achieving the ERA goals.
According to the European Commission, its 2014 ERA Progress Report published this week confirms that the ERA partnership between member states, research stakeholders and the Commission has made good progress in delivering ERA. More...
EUREQA project update: publication translations and training workshop
EUA is currently coordinating the EUREQA project* (“Empowering Universities to fulfil their responsibility for Quality Assurance”) which aims to support universities in the Western Balkans in developing their internal QA systems. In the context of this project, the EUA publication, “Examining Quality Culture” (parts II and III) has been translated into Albanian, Bosnian, Croatian and Serbian. Meanwhile, the third EUREQA training workshop took place in Bosnia and Herzegovina from 4 to 5 September.
“Examining Quality Culture in Higher Education Institutions” (EQC) was a project funded by the European Commission and coordinated by EUA (2009-2012), with the aim of identifying internal quality assurance processes in place in institutions, focusing in particular on the implementation of part 1 of the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area (ESG). More...
Thematic University-Business Forum: ‘Driving Competitiveness, Employability and Prosperity’, Berlin, 20-21 November 2014
The European Commission, in partnership with the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK) and the Confederation of German Employers’ Associations, will organise this thematic University-Business Forum focusing on cooperation between higher education and business.
The event, that will take place in Berlin, Germany, from 20 to 21 November 2014, will include plenary sessions and parallel sessions that will focus on a number of themes such as:
- Dual Study Programmes – Combining Academic and Professional Learning
- Adapting Higher Education to Lifelong Learning
- The Impact of University-Business Cooperation
- Higher Education and Entrepreneurship
The event looks to bring together policy makers and representatives from business, higher education and public authorities from across Europe.
More information on the event, programme and how to register is available here. More...
New publication: OECD Education at a Glance 2014
The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has published the latest (2014) edition of its “Education at a Glance – OECD Indicators” publication, which “provides data on the structure, finances, and performance of education systems in the OECD’s 34 member countries, as well as a number of partner countries”.
More information, including country notes, multilingual summaries, and the full publication, are available on the OECD website. More...
EURASHE Seminar, Otočec, Slovenia (16-17 October 2014)
EURASHE, the European Association of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) that offer “professionally oriented programmes and are engaged in applied and profession-related research”, are co-organising a Seminar on Professional Higher Education (PHE) entitled “Building bridges for a more professional higher education” in Otočec, Slovenia, on 16 and 17 October 2014.
For more information or to register, please visit the event website. More...