The Central Statistics Office (CSO) has published "Measuring Ireland's Progress" a statistical report that provides an overall view of the economic, social and environment situation in Ireland. The indicators are generally presented in both a national time series and an international context, to permit benchmarking over time and across countries. Data are given for the other 26 EU member states and for six additional countries (Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, Croatia, Turkey and Macedonia) whenever data were available for them..
Commission Communication:Rethinking Education: Investing in skills for better socio-economic outcomes The above communication was adopted by the European Commission on 20 November 2012. Rethinking Education aims to help Member States to deliver informed and evidence-based policies, clearly demonstrating how education must contribute to the drive for growth and jobs. It is an important contribution to the European Commission Annual Growth Survey. It sets out a number of policy priorities, focusing on the delivery of the right skills for employment, increasing the efficiency and inclusiveness of our education and training institutions, new approaches to funding and working collaboratively with relevant stakeholders.
Higher education has emerged as a major economic issue in many countries because of its importance in preparing young people for the job market. Yet it is often not seen as relevant to the needs of the economy, an International Finance Corporation conference heard in Dubai this week
The Higher Education Authority (HEA) today (Monday 13th February) publishes a series of papers that set out a roadmap for implementing significant reform in Irish higher education, following on from the recommendations of National Strategy for Higher Education. A key objective of the measures, now published, is the creation of a more coherent system of higher education institutions, coordinated by the HEA to deliver the complementary range of institutions and academic programmes needed by individuals, society and the labour market. High levels of inter-institutional collaboration will be required so that specialisation at institutional level does not lead to diminished opportunities and choices for students at regional and national levels.
EU Heads of State and Government have stressed that the Europe 2020 strategy is Europe's growth strategy and its comprehensive response to the challenges it is facing. One of the targets of Europe 2020, through the Innovation Union flagship is to boost innovation, research and development in Europe. In particular Europe needs to improve its ability to transform good research into innovative products and services that meets market demand. The conclusions of the European Council stress the need for more efforts to complete the European Research Area by 2014, as well as a number of other important advances that are necessary. This memo sets out progress achieved on some key areas of EU action on research and innovation, a vital component of Europe's future competitiveness and growth.
New HESA data shows a record 15,555 Americans pursuing full degrees at British universities in 2010-11; and UCAS data reveals a 10% increase in US applicants for courses starting 2012-13
The Call for applications for the 2012 Erasmus University Charter has been published.
The Higher Education Authority (HEA) published a series of papers on Monday 13 February 2012 that set out a roadmap for implementing significant reform in Irish higher education, following from the recommendations of National Strategy for Higher Education.
A Memorandum of Agreement has been signed by Dundalk Institute of Technology (DkIT) and Satakunta University of Applied Sciences (SAMK) at a ceremony in Pori, Finland which was attended by leaders from both higher education institutions. The agreement commits both parties to greater collaboration in the areas of programme development, joint research initiatives and enterprise and innovation supports.
New publication: Investing in Success - Highlighting 15 successful projects.
Latest figures show that the European Commission is keeping its promises on research funding for Small- and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). SMEs will receive 15.3% (€2.4 billion) of the Cooperation Programme budget of €16.3 billion committed so far under the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). This surpasses the goal set by the European Parliament and European Council for FP7. €2.4 billion has already been allocated to almost 8.900 SMEs by 1 January 2012. SME funding under the Cooperation Programme is estimated to remain above 15% for the rest of the period of FP7, thereby meeting the commitment taken by the European Commission.
Europa Website Wednesday 8th February 2012
The 25th anniversary year of the Erasmus Programme was launched in Brussels with a Conference and Gala Dinner at which the Erasmus Student and Staff Ambassadors were presented with their awards.
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