EU Education

EDUCATION IN EUROPE

Education is an important aspect of the overall harmonisation of occupations and professions throughout Europe.

Two main aspects have been considered:

  • access to educational programmes
  • outcome of educational programmes.

This has happened at all levels - primary, secondary, further and higher education.

The information presented below deals with several aspects:

  • LIFELONG LEARNING AND THE EU
  • EU STRATEGIES FOR EDUCATION
  • EU EDUCATION PROJECTS AND INITIATIVES
  • ORGANISATIONS AND ASSOCIATIONS WITH INTEREST IN EDUCATION AT EU LEVEL

LIFELONG LEARNING AND THE EU

The major aim of the EU is the free movement of people, goods and services.  To achieve the free movement of people and services, the EU needs to ensure that educational programmes achieve outcomes that are comparable throughout the EU.

A number of initiatives on education at all levels have been set up to achieve comparable levels of education at all educational levels.

COMENIUS

"Covering pre-schools through to upper secondary schools, the Comenius programme seeks to develop understanding of and between various European cultures through exchanges and co-operation between schools in different countries – these experiences foster personal development, skills and competences, and cultivate the notion of European citizenship.

 

LEONARDO DA VINCI

The Leonardo da Vinci programme is part of the European Commission’s Lifelong Learning Programme and aims to build a skilled workforce across Europe.

 

ERASMUS

"Erasmus, the EU’s flagship education and training programme, emphasises student and staff mobility and European co-operation involving higher education institutions and other key players in the knowledge-based economy. It supports the creation of a European Higher Education Area (EHEA) through increased mobility. "

 

TEMPUS

The Trans-European mobility scheme for university studies is the EU programme that supports the modernisation of higher education in the partner countries of the Western Balkans, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, North Africa and the Middle East. It contributes to creating an area of cooperation in the field of higher education between the European Union and partner countries surrounding the European Union.it. Established in 1990 following the fall of the Berlin Wall, Tempus has been renewed four times (Tempus II, Tempus IIbis and Tempus III - 2000 to 2006).

EU STRATEGIES FOR HIGHER EDUCATION

Background

The harmonisation of higher education in Europe is a process that started in the latter years of the 20th century and will continue for some years to come.  The major documents that trace the evolution of this process are listed below.

Year Site Title of declaration or communiqué
1997 Lisbon Convention on the recognition of qualifications concerning higher education in the European region
1998 Sorbonne, Paris Harmonisation of the architecture of the European higher education system
1999 Bologna

Bologna Declaration
Bologna Process

"The Bologna Process aims to create a European Higher Education Area by 2010, in which students can choose from a wide and transparent range of high quality courses and benefit from smooth recognition procedures."

2001 Prague Towards the European Higher Education Area
2003 Berlin

Realising the European Higher Education Area

2005 Bergen From Berlin to Bergen
2007 London

From Bergen to London - The contribution of the European Commission to the Bologna Process

2009

Leuven/Louvain-la-Neuve

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ORGANISATIONS AND ASSOCIATIONS WITH INTEREST IN EDUCATION AT EU LEVEL

EUROPEAN UNIVERISTY ASSOCIATION (EUA)

The European University Association "represents and supports higher education institutions in 46 countries, providing them with a unique forum to cooperate and keep abreast of the latest trends in higher education and research policies".

 

EUROPEAN NETWORK FOR QUALITY ASSURANCE IN HIGHER EDUCATION (ENQA)

The European Network for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA) "disseminates information, experiences and good practices in the field of quality assurance (QA) in higher education to European QA agencies, public authorities and higher education institutions."

 

European Association of Institutions in Higher Education (EURASHE)

"EURASHE (European Association of Institutions in Higher Education) is the (international) association of European Higher Education Institutions – Polytechnics, Colleges, University Colleges, etc. – devoted to Professional Higher Education and related research within the Bachelor-Masters structure."