Bavaria to scrap tuition fees

Monday, 4th March 2013 | 0 comments
Germany’s Free State of Bavaria is now set to phase out tuition fees. Its Christian Social-Free Democrat coalition government has worked out a political deal that would compensate higher education for losses.

Denmark: Student's Right to Finance Case

Monday, 4th March 2013 | 0 comments
The chair of the Danish Rectors' Conference has described a recent European Court of Justice ruling on an international student’s right to financial support as representing a threat to Denmark’s student financial aid system in its current form. The European court ruled on 21 February on the principle of equal treatment as it pertains to eligibility for student grants or loans in Denmark of citizens of other member states who have gainfully obtained employment before initiating studies.

Erasmus Mundus Call: eForms available

Monday, 4th March 2013 | 0 comments
The following documents have been published on the Erasmus Mundus website for completion and submission of electronic applications for Action 2 and Action 3 within the Call for Proposals EACEA/38/12:

Research Minister launches Employment-based Postgraduate Programme

Thursday, 21st February 2013 | 0 comments
Minister for Research and Innovation, Sean Sherlock,  T.D. has launched  the Employment Based Postgraduate Programme for 2013. This  programme, managed by the Irish Research Council, offers researchers the opportunity to complete a Master’s Degree or PhD Degree while being employed by a private company or public organisation based in the "Republic" of Ireland.  A total of €1.8 million has been invested in the first round of awards, with €0.6 million of this coming from employer partners.

Erasmus for All: state of play

Tuesday, 19th February 2013 | 0 comments
Statement by Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, at the Education, Youth, Culture and Sport Council

Bologna Diploma Supplement Workshop

Wednesday, 13th February 2013 | 0 comments
The National Agency held the final event in its series of national regional workshops on the Diploma Supplement at Waterford Institute of Technology on 8 February 2013.  The Workshop was mainly focussed on staff at WIT and the Institute of Technology, Carlow.

Youth unemployment and skills focus for Friday's Education Council

Wednesday, 13th February 2013 | 0 comments
The fight against youth unemployment, currently nearly 24% in the European Union, will be at the forefront of discussion at the Council for Education, Youth, Culture and Sport taking place in Brussels on Friday 15 February. Androulla Vassiliou, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, will underline the importance of modernising education and training systems to ensure young people are equipped with skills needed by the job market. Education Ministers are expected to adopt conclusions on investing in education and training in response to the Commission's Annual Growth Survey and Rethinking Education strategy. David Puttnam, chairman of the Open University in the UK and a renowned film producer (Chariots of Fire, Midnight Express) will participate in a debate on 'education and skills for jobs, stability and growth', along with Andreas Schleicher, the OECD's deputy director for education. The Irish Presidency will also report on the latest state of play on the negotiations over Erasmus for All, the new programme for education, training, youth and sport which will start in 2014.

Irish Presidency Conference: Rankings and the Visibility of Quality Outcomes in the European Higher Education Area 30th–31st January 2013

Tuesday, 12th February 2013 | 0 comments
On 30th–31st January 2013, the Department of Education and Skills (DES) and the Higher Education Authority (HEA) hosted an international conference on ‘Rankings and the Visibility of Quality Outcomes in the European Higher Education Area’ at Dublin Castle. This conference was a key higher education event of Ireland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

New international university ranking launched in Dublin

Monday, 4th February 2013 | 0 comments
A new university ranking, set up with funding from the European Union, was launched under the Irish EU Presidency in Dublin on (30 January). The new 'multi-dimensional' listing marks a departure from traditional approaches to ranking university performance, most of which focus disproportionately on research excellence. Instead, it will rate universities according to a broader range of factors, in five separate areas: reputation for research, quality of teaching and learning, international orientation, success in knowledge transfer (such as partnerships with business and start-ups), and contribution to regional growth. Some 500 universities from Europe and across the world are expected to sign up to take part in the ranking and the first results will be published in early 2014.

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