Towards a European degree and greater opportunities to learn and study abroad

The European Commission has recently introduced a set of ambitious proposals aimed at transforming higher education in Europe, with the ultimate goal of establishing a European degree. This initiative includes a comprehensive plan for creating a new, widely recognized qualification through enhanced transnational collaboration among higher education institutions, which is a cornerstone of the European Education Area.

The proposed plan details a specific cooperation framework and provides support measures for EU countries and their higher education systems to work towards the establishment of a European degree. Additionally, the Commission has put forward two proposals for Council recommendations focused on:

  • Implementing a European quality assurance and recognition system in higher education
  • Promoting attractive and sustainable careers in higher education

These proposals extend beyond the mere ambition of developing a European degree and offer significant benefits to the diverse higher education sector. The primary policy goals for the European degree include increasing the number of joint programmes to enhance skills and fostering strategic cooperation to boost global competitiveness.

Key elements of the package include:

The blueprint for a European degree
The path towards a European quality assurance and recognition system
Attractive and sustainable careers in higher education

The Council of the European Union has endorsed a recommendation aimed at encouraging the advantages of learning, studying, or training abroad, both within and outside the EU. This recommendation, titled ‘Europe on the Move – Learning Mobility Opportunities for Everyone,’ outlines various suggested measures and targets to facilitate more individuals in pursuing study, training, or informal learning experiences outside their home country. It specifically focuses on including those who usually have fewer opportunities to engage in international learning. Learning mobility offers numerous benefits, including the acquisition of essential knowledge and skills for personal, educational, and professional growth. It helps address skills gaps crucial for the green and digital transitions and fosters a strong sense of citizenship and understanding of common values across Europe and beyond.

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