Higher Education and Research


The European Commission

The work of the European Commission in the field of higher education is primarily conducted by the Directorate General for Education and Culture.

While each EU member state remains responsible for the content and organisation of its education and training systems, the EU provides:

    - Multinational education, training and youth partnerships.
    - Exchange schemes and opportunities to learn abroad.
    - Innovative teaching and learning projects.
    - Networks of academic and professional expertise.
    - A framework to address across-the-board issues, such as new technologies in education and the international recognition of qualifications.
    - A platform for consensus, comparisons, benchmarking and policy-making.

For further information please consult the European Commission site on European Cooperation in Education and Training.

We also provide relevant documents for the work of the European Union in general and the European Commission in the field of higher education and research. These are sorted according to main topics connected with the European Higher Education Area.

General documents

 

Detailed work programme on the follow-up of the objectives of education and training systems in Europe, adopted in 2002

 

Communication from the European Commission on strengthening cooperation with third countries in the field of higher education, adopted in 2001

   

Qualifications framework and two cycles system

 

Communication from the European Commission on European benchmarks in education and training, adopted in 2002

 

Report of the phase 1 of the Tuning project, supported by the European Commission and coordinated by the University of Deusto and the University of Groningen

   

Recognition issues and “easily readable and comparable degrees”

 

Communication from the European Commission on Special measures for promotion of the ECTS and the Diploma Supplement, adopted in 2002

 

Explanation of the Diploma Supplement and exemplary format

   

Academic mobility

 

European Union Action plan for mobility, adopted in 2000

 

Socrates programme

 

TEMPUS programme

 

Erasmus programme

 

Erasmus Mundus programme

   

Lifelong learning

 

Communication from the European Commission on Lifelong learning “Making the European Area of Lifelong learning a reality”, adopted in 2001

 

Resolution of the Council of the European Union on Lifelong learning, adopted in 2002

 

European Union report on quality indicators in lifelong learning, published in 2002

   

The Attractiveness of the European Higher Education Area

 

Communication from the European Commission on the Role of Universities in the Europe of Knowledge, published in 2003

   

The European Research Area

 

Communication from the European Commission on the European Research Area, published in 2002

 

Communication from the European Commission on investing more into research “More Research for Europe – towards 3% of GDP”, published in 2002

   

The Bruges-Copenhagen process

 

Decision of the Council of the European Union on Promotion of enhanced European cooperation in the field of vocational education and training, adopted in 2002

 

Publication of the European Training Foundation on Core and entrepreneurial skills in vocational education and training, published in 2003