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Promoting higher education in Europe

EU meeting to address issues on education and research


 According to the President, social sciences and humanities deliver knowledge and experience to address conflicts and achieve peace through negotiations, collaborative work and communication – not by force or arms. Studies in these sciences offer the people and society competences of communication and collaboration, a broad cultural outlook, and a humanistic approach to the world.

68 participants made presentations on topical issues. The discussion will included key aspects of promoting higher education in Europe and the role social sciences and humanities should play in implementing the strategic framework Horizon 2020.

Horizon 2020 aims to boost scientific development, attract and foster talented people, develop research infrastructure, deal with today´s major social challenges, and increase the EU´s global competitiveness.

As Katarína Neveďalová, a member of the S&D group responsible for a report including recommendations on higher education, stated: “Education systems in EU do not meet the requirements of the labour market. We have an unusually high number of university students and graduates, but also an unusually high number of unemployed, whose education does not correspond to what the labour market needs.”

According to Eurostat data, investment in higher education has been in line with student numbers in nearly all EU countries over the last decade. However, considerable variation in investment levels was observed, with the highest levels of spending seen in Sweden and Denmark and the lowest in Latvia, Bulgaria and Romania.

Overall in the EU in 2010, an average of 17.3% of the income of higher education institutions came from private sources, while the share of public funding ranged from around 25% in the UK to over 95% in Denmark and Finland.

Nevertheless, the directors’ meeting aims at drawing the attention on how to get the most from the money invested on higher education and how to ensure social equity.

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