Nine different Irish higher education institutions are among a record number of applications received under the Tempus Programme 6th Call. Six Irish HEIs have applied to lead a total of 8 projects with Irish HEIs also involved in 38 proposals as partner institutions. A total of 937 proposals from eligible countries has been received by the Executive Agency in Brussels compared to 676 in 2012, an increase of 39%. Irish applications, either as co-ordinators or partners, have grown by 67% since the First Call in 2008.
The international higher education landscape is changing dramatically in shape and size, with greater competition from countries such as China and India. This calls for an overhaul in the way Europe's 4 000 universities operate - not only internationally, but also in how they deliver education to European students in their home countries. The European Commission has launched a new strategy, 'European higher education in the world', aiming to ensure European graduates gain the international skills they need to work anywhere in the world and that Europe remains the most attractive destination for international students. Erasmus+, the new EU programme for education, training, youth and sport, will allocate more than €400 million a year to support international student exchanges and increased cooperation between European universities and their partners worldwide.
Statement of Androulla Vassiliou, Commissioner responsible for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth
The European Commission Monday 8th July 2013
In response to The Gathering 2013, CIT hosted its inaugural Erasmus Staff Training Week with twenty-five international visitors from CIT's partner institutions in France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Poland, Denmark, and the UK, attending the event. The visitors participated in a packed programme of training and information events across the five CIT campus locations: CIT Bishopstown Campus (including the Department of Tourism & Hospitality, the Rubicon and Nimbus Centres), CIT Cork School of Music, CIT Crawford College of Art & Design (including the Wandesford Quay Gallery), the National Maritime College of Ireland (NMCI) below, and the CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory.
The Erasmus National Agency hosted a three-day Informal meeting of Directors of the Lifelong Learning Programme at the University of Limerick from 23-26 June 2013. The meeting marked the National Agency's contribution to the Irish Presidency of the European Council and The Gathering.
Over 4 million people to benefit from EU grants for education and training over next seven years
The European Commission Website Tuesday 25th June 2013
The European Commission Thursday 20th June 2013
The EU high-level group on modernisation of higher education has published its first report on improving the quality of teaching and learning in universities. The group, chaired by former President of Ireland Mary McAleese, makes 16 recommendations (see Annex 1) which include a call for mandatory certified training for professors and other higher education teaching staff, more focus on helping students to develop entrepreneurial and innovative skills, and the creation of a European Academy of Teaching and Learning.
The European Commission Tuesday 18th June 2013
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The Higher Education Authority has welcomed the historic policy statement on higher education by the Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairi Quinn, setting out a new configuration for the higher education system. This provides for a major programme of structural reform including institutional mergers and much greater levels of institutional collaboration, with the creation of a series of regional clusters of institutions. The Minster has also announced his approval for three groups of institutes of technology to proceed towards detailed planning for a formal application for designation as technological universities.
According to US organisation - the Institute of International Education, Ireland is the 9th most popular study abroad destination for American students. In 2010-11, 7007 students from the USA enrolled on higher education courses in Ireland a 3% increase on the previous year.
University World News, 23 May 2013