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Eurydice Newsletter 2014, edition 1
22 January 2014

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Welcome to the New Year Edition of the Eurydice Newsletter

New year, new start, new Eurydice Newsletter - your update on recent and forthcoming Eurydice publications and news from the world of European education. Education systems vary enormously across Europe. Eurydice's task is to understand and explain how they work and to share that information with you. Eurydice wishes you a happy 2014!


Focus on 

A great invention for European education


*Great inventions respond to simple needs. Wanting to move faster than on foot surely led to the first ever bicycle sketch, often attributed to Caprotti in 1493. Now the speed of technological innovation is increasing, so fast it seems that our cars will soon drive themselves. Science is finding technological fixes to our problems before most of us realise there was a problem in the first place.

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The perfect life of teachers


*Being a teacher is easy, isn't it? After all, teachers enjoy generous holidays, few contact hours at school, flexible working conditions, an enviable work/life balance and they get additional benefits, incentives and rewards. On top of that, teachers' salaries are quite good compared to other professions. At least, that's a common stereotype held by people who are not teacher

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Fees for free? The many guises of higher education tuition fees in Europe


*Comparing tuition fees - the fee charged to higher education students for educational instruction - seems straightforward. It should be as simple as crunching a few numbers or better yet, locating dots on a chart.

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The new Erasmus+ programme will boost higher education staff mobility from 2014. But what is staff mobility?


*As the debate on internationalisation of higher education grows stronger, so does the interest in mobility not only of students, but also of staff. This is likely to intensify in the coming months, as the European Commission's new Erasmus+ programme, starting in 2014, promises more opportunities and funding for higher education and teaching staff to study, train and work in another country.

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Who we are

The Eurydice Network's task is to provide reliable information on, and comprehensive analyses of, European education systems and policies. It consists of 40 National Units based in all 36 countries participating in the EU's Lifelong Learning programme: EU Member States, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Iceland, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.


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Latest publications 

>> Towards a Mobility Scoreboard: Conditions for Learning Abroad in Europe

First ever report outlining and 'scoring' existing EU Member State policies to help and encourage higher education students to spend part of their studies or training abroad.

>> Education and Training in Europe 2020. Responses from the EU Member States

How have countries so far responded to the Europe 2020 priorities in the field of education and training?

>> Education Budgets in Europe 2013

Lack of recent information on public investment in education in Europe has made it difficult to monitor and discuss the topic. This report should fill the gap.

>> Compulsory Education in Europe 2013/14

What is the duration of compulsory education (full-time and part-time) in European countries?

>> Structure of European Education Systems 2013/14 PDFdeenfr

How are national education systems organised in Europe? What does their structure look like?

>> Teachers' and School Heads' Salaries and Allowances in Europe, 2012/13 PDFdeenfr

How much do teachers and school heads earn in European countries? What allowances are available?

>> National Student Fee and Support Systems 2013/14
See the main characteristics of public fee and support systems in European countries at a glance.

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Modernisation of Higher Education: Access, Retention & Employability

The report sheds light on current national and institutional policies and practices aimed at increasing and widening access, reducing student dropout, and improving the employability of higher education graduates in Europe.

Key Data on Early Childhood Education and Care

The report aims to provide insights on what constitutes high quality ECEC through policy-driven and internationally comparable indicators on ECEC.

Funding of School Education (mechanisms - decision making levels)

Funding of school education is today at the heart of many debates in the field of education and is considered a key priority of Europe 2020. The report will contain diagrams on financial flows in individual countries.

Facts and Figures on Instruction Time

The Eurydice national data collection on instruction time targets the recommended compulsory curriculum by grades/stages for full-time compulsory education.


Education News from the Commission 

>> Public consultation on a "European Area of Skills and Qualifications"

>> Erasmus+ guide published, €1.8 billion in funding available in 2014

>> Commission and OECD launch website for universities to measure entrepreneurial impact

>> Education and Training Monitor highlights impact of budget cuts and skills mismatch

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