The European Commission has launched a large international study on the mobility patterns, career paths and working conditions of researchers. If you would like to share your views and experiences on these topics, please visit
The European Union has put a special emphasis on stimulating mobility of workers, learners and volunteers by making their qualifications and experiences more comparable to employers and educational institutions throughout Europe. A set of European tools have been created that aim to aid individuals in presenting their knowledge, skills and competences in a clear way. The Europass initiative is one of them.
The European Commission has launched a new dialogue with Southern Mediterranean countries on higher education policies and programmes as part of its roadmap for anchoring progress in the region following the 2011 'Arab Spring'. Androulla Vassiliou, the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, is hosting a two-day event in Brussels (2-3 July) with Ministers and senior officials from Southern Mediterranean countries to assess the challenges they face in higher education and to see how the EU can strengthen its cooperation and support for them in the future. George Demosthenous, the Cypriot Minister of Education and Culture, is representing the EU Presidency at the event. Other Ministers taking part include Fathi Akkari, Libya's Deputy Minister for Higher Education.
The National Transport Authority has launched an iPhone app version of its new online National Journey Planner.
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"Ireland is setting its sights on regaining momentum as a top-tier study abroad destination. Its higher education system saw major expansion in the Celtic Tiger years (roughly 1995-2007) – with China becoming an important source of students – but it has been struggling with the Irish economy’s troubles in recent years, reputation damage as a result, and corresponding cuts to higher education funding."
The Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn TD, has launched the Ireland India Institute, a new national centre at Dublin City University to drive enterprise, research and academic collaboration between Ireland and India.
According to the latest report, almost every European (98%) considers mastering foreign languages useful for their children's future and 88% think that knowing languages other than their mother tongue is useful for themselves.
"There is a relative lack of Irish graduates with foreign language proficiency and international market experience. Employers value such a period abroad, which increases the students' employability and job prospects" according to Una Halligan, Chairperson of the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs (EGFSN). Ms Halligan was speaking on the occasion of the launch of the latest EGFSN Report " Key Skills for Enterprise to Trade Internationally (June 2012).
The Marie Curie Actions Conference 2012 has been opened up to the wider research community. Marie Curie Fellows past and present, and anyone else who would like to attend can register at the webpage below.
A new scheme managed by the Irish Research Council will allow students be based in a company full time working on research relevant to that company and he or she will gain a postgraduate award at the end of the period as well as a strong probability that they will be taken on permanently. The student employee must be paid a minimum of €24,000 a year and the Irish Research Council will fund €16,000 of that.
American colleges say they are more supportive than ever of international education, but in many cases their efforts to internationalise may fall short, a new report from the American Council on Education suggests.
The Centre for Cross Border Studies in Armagh has published a report "Delivering a Prosperity Process: Opportunities in North/South Public Service Provision" by consultant Michael D'Arcy.
Almost nine out of ten EU citizens believe that the ability to speak foreign languages is very useful and 98% say that mastering languages will be good for the future of their children, according to a new Eurobarometer opinion poll on EU citizens' attitudes towards multilingualism and foreign language learning.