29 septembre 2014

An Erasmus accessibility strategy wanted

ESU - European Students' UnionThe Erasmus Impact Study brings evidence of the need to continue to improve funding schemes and implement strategies to widen access to mobility programmes in higher education. The European Commission presented the findings of this report on 22 September.
Although student mobility has been increasing over the past years and the amount of students from a lower socioeconomic background has increased proportionally, mobility still remains a privilege of the few.. According to the survey, financial reasons constitute the biggest obstacle for mobility for more than fifty per cent of non-mobile students. This can for example be due to uncertainty about the costs of the study abroad or insufficient financial support. More than twenty per cent of the students claimed that the supporting grant would be insufficient to cover the costs. More...

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New Indian Rankings on the Way

http://www.ireg-observatory.org/templates/sub_business2/images/ireg_top2013.pngIndian universities have never done very well in any of the major university rankings. The Times of India reports the widespread belief that this is because “the ranking being skewed to technical and humanities universities and international parameters not being applicable to the Indian system.”  Now, there is a move to create a new ranking designed specifically for Indian universities.  An announcement was issued following a recent meeting of the Council of the Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs).
Times of India. More...

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QS Young Universities Rankings: Asia in the Lead

http://www.ireg-observatory.org/templates/sub_business2/images/ireg_top2013.pngA week after the publication of its World University Rankings, QS has revealed its list of the top universities founded within the last fifty years. Although there are representatives from a broad range of countries, these rankings are dominated by Asia. Universities concentrating on science and technology do particularly well.
The top five are:

  1. Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  2. Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  3. Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
  4. Pohang Institute of Science and Technology (POSTECH) , South Korea
  5. City University of Hong Kong

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European Language Label in Italy

European Commission logoThe 2014 Calls for Proposals of the European Language Label now published in Italy. Deadline for applications: 13 October 2014.
A significant contribution to the promotion of multilingualism is provided by the European Language Label (ELL) initiative, which has been encouraging new initiatives in the field of language teaching and learning and fostering good practice for the last 15 years.
If you are an Italian organisation, active in the field of vocational education and training (VET) or school education and you have conceived an innovative project on language learning, you can participate in the ELL 2014 Italian campaign. In Italy the ELL is managed by ISFOL – Erasmus+ National Agency (for the vocational training field) and by INDIRE – Erasmus+ National Agency (for the education field), with the coordination of the Ministry of Labour and Social Policies and the Ministry of Education, University and Research. Specific Calls for Proposals and application forms have been published for each of the two fields. The deadline for submission of applications is 13 October 2014. More...

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Erasmus+ Online Linguistic Support

European Commission logoThe Online Linguistic Support (OLS) is a new opportunity for Erasmus+ participants to assess and improve their language skills. The OLS was presented for the first time at the European Day of Languages conference in Florence.
The new free linguistic support service for participants in Erasmus+ long-term mobility (at least two months abroad) will be available online as from 1 October, 2014.
In 2014, the service will benefit all higher education students going on mobility and young volunteers undertaking European Voluntary Service (EVS). As from 2015, it will be extended to Vocational Education Training (VET) learners. More...

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Why languages matter: European and national perspectives on multilingualism

European Commission logoI'd like to start with the first European Survey on Language Competences, which we carried out in 2011 in close cooperation with the Member States. The results showed that the level of language skills as taught in schools throughout Europe is insufficient. The survey provided the basis for future Europe-wide assessments of proficiency in two foreign languages among 15 year-olds.
In May this year, all Member States reached political agreement about the need to better assess language skills in education in order to be able to improve the outcomes of language learning and progress towards the target levels. They will work on making language teaching in schools more efficient by introducing new teaching methods like content language integrated learning and by taking advantage of modern technologies. More...

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European Day of Languages: diversity's in our DNA

European Commission logoA European-themed cocktail bar in Budapest, multilingual concerts in Zagreb and Vilnius, a 'speak' dating session in Prague, a travelling exhibition in Paris featuring translations of Homer's Odyssey and mini-language courses at libraries in Berlin: these are just some of the events planned tomorrow and over the next week to celebrate the annual European Day of Languages and linguistic diversity. European Commission offices in Member States are organising or supporting many other events including the 'LinguaFest' awards in Bucharest, a Shakespearian storytelling session for children in Madrid, a language-based treasure hunt in London and the Drongo festival in Amsterdam. The historic Piazza Ognissanti in Florence will be the setting for an open-air gathering to promote EU-funded initiatives to support language learning such as Erasmus+. More...

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Language Quiz

European Commission logoThink you know a thing or two about languages? Test your knowledge with our Language Quiz in 22 European languages.
The EU language quiz is a fun game to play in the language classroom or at home, with lots of quirky questions that will challenge your brain cells.
Facts & Fun
Interested in  facts and trivia about languages? You can self-evaluate your language skills, learn country names in internatational sign language, listen to celebrities speaking different languages and find facts and fun information about langauges on the the Council of Europe's website for the European Day of Languages . More...

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Deadline for Receiving Applications for the 2018 Ministerial Conference Host and for the EHEA Accession

Bologna Process - European Higher Education AreaDeadline for Receiving Applications for the 2018 Ministerial Conference Host and for the EHEA Accession
On Wednesday, 24 September 2014 the BFUG Secretariat sent out the call for the selection of the 2018 Ministerial Conference host with the deadline for receiving candidacies of 1 November 2014.

Moreover, as agreed by the BFUG on 7-8 November 2013 in Vilnius, the EHEA applications for membership should arrive by 1 November 2014.

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Australian public investment in research lowest in over thirty years

By Courtney Sloane (NTEU National Office). An analysis of the recently released ‘Science, Research & Innovation Budget Tables’ undertaken by the Parliamentary Library on behalf of Adam Bandt, Greens spokesperson on science and research, reveals that the level of investment in science, research and innovation when measured as a share of GDP is at its lowest level in over three decades.
“It is extraordinary that at a time when Australia’s future economic prosperity has never been more reliant on our capacity to compete in the knowledge economy, that this government is slashing funding to science and research and to higher education,” said Jeannie Rea, NTEU National President. More...

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