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European Commission launches a renewed agenda for higher education

01 June 2017

On 30 May, the European Commission launched its renewed agenda for higher education.

As was the case with the 2006 and 2011 Communications, the present agenda outlines the European Commission’s policy priorities for higher education and also proposes some concrete actions, such as a European Graduate Tracking initiative. 

While the 2011 European Commission Communication, “Supporting growth and jobs – An agenda for the modernisation of Europe’s higher education systems”, had five priorities, one of them being “Strengthening quality through mobility and cross-border co-operation”, the renewed agenda continues with only four priorities: 

• Tackling future skills mismatches and promoting excellence in skills development; 
• Building inclusive and connected higher education systems; 
• Ensuring higher education institutions contribute to innovation; 
• Supporting effective and efficient higher education systems. 

They match by and large the 2011 priorities, but an attempt has been made to focus more on, and to take account of, the changed higher education landscape. 

EUA welcomes the European Commission putting higher education back on the agenda at European level at a time when Europe is debating about the direction of future cooperation.

Based on its input to the 2016 public consultation, EUA will further analyse the renewed agenda. The organisation looks forward to discussions with the European Commission and other relevant actors at European level on how to take this further, also in the context of the debate on future EU funding for universities.

For further information, please refer to the following documents:

COMMISSION STAFF WORKING DOCUMENT Accompanying the document Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the  European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions

Proposal for a COUNCIL RECOMMENDATION on tracking graduates

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