The central recomendation of the European Union’s (EU) High Level Group on the Modernisation of Higher Education is that by 2020 “all staff teaching in higher education institutions should have received certified pedagogical training”.
The group, headed by the former president of Ireland Mary McAleese and composed of a number of distinguished European academics plus the chair of Microsoft Corporation in Europe Jan Muehlfeit, makes 16 recommendations in support of its basic pitch that “teaching matters as much as research matters – we must put the quality of teaching and learning centre-stage”.
Commissioner for Education Androulla Vassiliou said the recommendations were “timely, practical and do not necessarily require large amounts of additional expenditure”.
The role of teaching in defining academic merit needed a stronger emphasis and recognition, especially in career terms, said Vassiliou.
Source: University World News