The Erasmus+ National Agency extends its deepest condolence to the families, friends and fellow students of Sara Gibadlo and Dace Zarina, students at Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology on their tragic deaths in Leuven, Belgium.
The Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn T.D., has announced the publication of the Heads of a Bill which will allow the future establishment of Technological Universities and the mergers of institutes of technology.
6 Irish higher education institutions will share a total fund of €7,470,894.64 as part of the latest round of successful offers under the 6th Call of the Tempus Programme. The institutions are
The new Erasmus+ programme has integrated Sport within its ambit and the Irish NA has a promotional role in relation to this activity.
Androulla Vassiliou, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth addresses Greek Presidency event to launch Erasmus+.
Speaking at the launch of the McKinsey Report, Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou commented "In the past few years, we have put forward a number of policy initiatives aimed at helping Member States to bridge the gap between the skills people have and the skills the labour market needs. We made a comprehensive strategic proposal for reform in the Rethinking Education communication; we have provided ideas on how to embrace the digital revolution in education through Opening up Education; we have also put forward concrete suggestions on how European higher education systems can modernise and make the most of the opportunities offered by internationalisation.
The best public support systems for promoting and giving advice to higher education students about opportunities to study or train abroad are in Germany, Belgium, Spain, France and Italy, according to the first EU 'Mobility Scoreboard'. The Scoreboard is part of the European Commission's response to a call by Member States1 to remove obstacles to studying and training abroad as part of wider efforts to help young people gain the skills and experience they need to increase their employability.
The new ICI-ECP Call for proposals (EACEA 24/2013) has been published in the Official Journal on 20.12.2013.
Irish Erasmus Ambassador Jessica Gough featured in European Year of Citizens supplement in the Irish Independent.
For the first time, the National Agency will have a role in relation to promoting activities under the EU's Sports initiative which has been integrated with the other actions under Erasmus+.
The closing date has been extended to 17.00 hours 17 January 2014
U-Multirank is a new multi-dimensional university ranking for higher education institutions of all profiles, from all parts of Europe and the world. It is user-driven, and examines institutions' performance across a wide range of higher education missions. First results will be published in early 2014.
Rīga (Latvia) and Umeå (Sweden) are the European Capitals of Culture in 2014. The cultural programme will officially begin on 17 January in the Latvian capital and on 31 January in Umeå.
Brazilian students at NUI Galway shared a special Christmas Celebration with fellow Irish students. A carol service was held in the University Chapel where traditional Brazilian and Irish festive traditions were shared. Universitychaplain Fr. Barry together with Fr. Kevin who worked in Brazil for many years and says weekly mass in Portuguese encouraged the students to bring up candles to the alter and light them in remembering their family and friends back home.