Up to 50,000 students in Irish higher education institutions are expected to benefit from the new Erasmus+ programme which will come into effect in January 2014. Erasmus is the world’s most successful student exchange programme, established in 1987 and operating now in 34 countries.
The European Commission, together with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), is launching a new online self-assessment tool for universities to measure how entrepreneurial they are. HEInnovate enables institutions to assess their performance in seven areas: leadership and governance, organisational capacity, teaching and learning, pathways for entrepreneurs, university-business exchange, the internationalised institution, and impact measurement.
The Erasmus+ National Agency will host an afternoon seminar (starting time be finalised) in Dublin Castle on 10 December 2013 on “Learning Mobility in Teacher Education”. Among the contributions will be presentations from
Sixteen Member States1 decreased their spending on education between 2008 and 2011, with six2 showing further significant budget decreases in 2012, according to the latest Education and Training Monitor released today by the European Commission. The 2013 Education and Training Monitor provides a picture of each country's progress in relation to specific benchmarks and indicators, and highlights the latest policy developments and analysis. Accompanied by 28 individual country reports and an online visualisation tool, it provides a wealth of data to facilitate evidence-based policy making across Europe.
Uachtarán Chumann Lúthchleas Gael (President of the Gaelic Athletic Association) Liam Ó Néill has accepted the European Citizens Prize 2013 on behalf of the GAA in light of the Association’s role in promoting enhanced mutual understanding and closer integration between citizens.
1. What does the Survey of Adult Skills measure and how are the skills measured?
One in five adults in Europe have low literacy and numeracy skills, and even a university degree in the same subject is no guarantee of the same level of skills in different countries, according to the first comprehensive international Survey of Adult Skills published today by the OECD and European Commission. The survey assesses the literacy, numeracy and problem-solving ICT skills of adults aged 16-65 in 17 EU Member States - Belgium (Flanders), Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Cyprus, The Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Slovak Republic, Spain, Sweden and the UK (England/Northern Ireland), as well as in Australia, Canada, Japan, Republic of Korea, Norway and the United States. The findings underline the need to target investment at improving education and training to increase skills and employability in European countries.
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More than 60% of nine year olds in the EU are in schools which are still not digitally equipped. The European Commission today unveils 'Opening up Education', an action plan to tackle this and other digital problems which are hampering schools and universities from delivering high quality education and the digital skills which 90% of jobs will require by 2020. To help kick-off the initiative, the Commission today launches a new website, Open Education Europa, which will allow students, practitioners and educational institutions to share free-to-use open educational resources.
The National Agency for Erasmus+ broke all previous records when distributing 12,000 brochures/pens and making direct contact with thousands of students at the Irish Times Higher Options from 18-20 September 2013. Officials on the stand noted much greater awareness among school students of the programme which offers the promise of greater take up in the years ahead.
The Chair of the Irish Research Council, Professor Orla Feely, has highlighted the importance of a rich and diverse research resource in Ireland and its key role in Ireland’s ongoing recovery.