Decreasing democracy: A direct threat to higher education

29 January 2022 Online

In this article in University World News, Sjur Bergan, the outgoing Head of the Council of Europe’s Education Department, explores why decreasing democracy is a threat to higher education.

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European Higher Education Area: Looking Back, Looking Forward

6 December 2021 Strasbourg

In this article in University World News, Sjur Bergan, Head of the Council of Europe’s Education Department, takes a look at how the European Higher Education Area developed as well as at some of it main challenges for the years to come.

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Fair and transparent recognition of refugees qualifications towards successful participation in higher education and labour market

29 September 2021 Online

A webinar moderated by Katia Dolgova-Dreyer, the Council of Europe co-Secretary of the Lisbon Recognition Convention Committee and the ENIC Network, took place on 29 September and gathered over 70 credential evaluators from the ENIC and NARIC centres. On the basis of presentations by the Danish,...

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Council of Europe at the World University Service Conference on the human right to quality education

23 September 2021 Vienna

The World University Service was established in Vienna in 1920, and the Council of Europe worked extensively with WUS in South East Europe in the 1990s and 2000s. The conference marking WUS’ centenary (postponed for a year because of COVID) was held in Vienna on September 21 – 23, 2021 and...

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Higher education must develop democratic competences

19 September 2021 Online

In this article in University World News, published on September 19, the Head of the Council of Europe Education Department, Sjur Bergan, and the Secretary General of the International Association of Universities, Hilligje van’t Land, argue that higher education needs to play a key role in...

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