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Lords debate on modernising higher education in Europe – University World News

The Modernisation of Higher Education in Europe debate, which took place on 11 October, was about proposals published in September by the European Commission titled Supporting Growth and Jobs – an Agenda for the Modernisation of Europe’s Higher Education Systems [COM (2011) 567].

The commission’s thesis was that the potential contribution of higher education to Europe’s prosperity remains underexploited.

While acknowledging that education is a member state, not an EU, responsibility, they want to see a number of actions that would build on the current Erasmus and Bologna programmes, encouraging collaboration and the exchange of students, promoting closer links between academia and industry and making sure that other EU programmes such as Horizon 2020 and-or Structural Funds contribute to these objectives.

They also proposed the establishment of an EU loan facility to encourage mobility at the masters degree level; the development of EU-based U-Multirank university league tables; and more consideration of the socio-economic impact of higher education policies across Europe.

In introducing the debate, Baroness Young of Hornsey, who had chaired the committee looking at the proposals, explained that their report had generally welcomed the commission’s paper.

via Lords debate on modernising higher education in Europe – University World News.

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