Higher Education : Executive Unveils New Reform Strategy

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Higher Education : Executive Unveils New Reform Strategy


To achieve the education goals of the Europe 2020' strategy, the European Commission encourages member states and higher education institutions to improve the quality of curricula, promote mobility and research, make cooperation easier and ensure efficient funding. Meanwhile, it pledges to respect its commitments, including establishing a multidimensional ranking of universities to help students choose the courses of study best suited to their needs, and a student loan guarantee scheme for the Erasmus for Masters programme. These are some of the measures outlined in the new EU strategy on reform of higher education, focused on modernisation and employability, published on 20 September. The aim of this new agenda is to increase the number of graduates, to attract a broader cross-section of society into higher education and to reduce the number of drop-outs. "Our success will depend on the skills, knowledge and innovation capacities of the population of Europe. That is why the Commission is proposing this strategy, to raise the number of graduates and improve the quality of education and the contribution it makes to helping the economy to emerge stronger from the crisis," commented Androulla Vassiliou, commissioner for education, culture, multilingualism and youth. Under the 2020 strategy, member states will aim to ensure that, by the end of the decade, at least 40% of young Europeans complete higher education (compared with 33. …

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