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26 September 2013

Eurydice News


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Welcome to this first Eurydice Newsletter!

Education systems vary enormously across Europe. Eurydice's task is to understand and explain how they are organised and how they work in order to promote cooperation and mobility at European and international levels. Through this newsletter you will be regularly informed on Eurydice's publications and receive 'Focus on' articles on various topics from the world of European education.

Focus on 

Revealing misconceptions: Young people's new approach to politics

*Young people's disengagement from political participation has long been a cause for concern. Little interest in and knowledge of political processes, low levels of trust in politicians and growing cynicism towards democratic institutions are often seen as indicators of young people's political apathy.

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Education budgets at a time of crisis: how much can make a difference?

*Europe needs well-educated highly skilled staff to boost economic growth echoes a familiar mantra from the European Commission. But how much investment in education is actually needed for an economy to thrive? And how much of a priority should educational spending be at a time of crisis?

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What do politicians mean by the "Social Dimension" of higher education in Europe?

*"There are still too many capable individuals who do not participate in higher education for social, cultural or economic reasons or due to insufficient systems of support and guidance." - Council Conclusions on the social dimension of higher education, May 16 2013 .

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Recognition of students' informal learning gains ground as a response to societal challenges

*In a fast-evolving technology-rich environment, people are expected to update their knowledge and skills through activities that may not always be acquired through formal learning. These informal activities are now more and more recognised as pre-requisites to enter higher education institutions.

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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 

>> Government Education Expenditure in the European Union during the Economic Crisis (2008-2011)

Many European countries managed to safeguard investment in education budgets during the early years of the economic crisis.

>> School and academic calendars 2013/14 PDFen

How are the school and academic years structured throughout European countries.

>> Key Data on Teachers and School Leaders PDF en

Only one in three European countries has specific procedures in place to select the best candidates to become teachers!

>> Physical Education and Sport at School in Europe PDF deenfrro

Games and gymnastics are the two most commonly taught mandatory activities during physical education at school in Europe.

>> Funding of Education in Europe 2000-2012: The Impact of the Economic Crisis PDF en

More EU countries are cutting education budgets.

>> Annual taught time during compulsory education PDF en

Newly updated report tracing the recommended curriculum by grades/stages in European countries.


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Facts and Figures on National Student Fee and Support Systems

These national data sheets contain a short overview of the national public fee and support systems across European countries.

Facts and Figures on Teachers' and School Heads' Salaries and Allowances in Europe

This annually updated data collection contains national descriptions and a comparative overview on teachers' and school heads' salaries in Europe.

How do EU countries respond to the priorities of the Europe 2020 reform process in the field of education and training?

This report contains a brief comparative analysis of national responses to the Europe 2020 priorities in the field of education and training.

Facts and Figures on the structure of the European education systems 2013/14: Schematic diagrams

Diagrams providing an overview of the educational structure for mainstream schooling in Europe.

Facts and Figures on Education Budgets

These annually updated national data sheets intend to provide an overview of trends in educational spending and details on education budgets across all Eurydice Network countries.


Education News from the Commission 

>> Preparations for the new Education Programme, Erasmus +, which will begin in 2014, are now well advanced

>> The Commission has launched a new communication on higher education internationalisation

>> The number of Europeans who have participated in Erasmus mobility since 1987 has now reached 3 million

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