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Sunday, March 16, 2014

E.U. Fights to Get Everyone Speaking Same Language on Education

The New York Times – PETER TEFFER

“In 2002, government leaders of the member states called for “at least two foreign languages to be taught from a very early age,” and in 2005, the Union’s executive body, the European Commission, declared a long-term objective ‘to increase individual multilingualism until every citizen has practical skills in at least two languages in addition to his or her mother tongue.’”(more)

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Europe’s Educational Evolution

Project Syndicate – Mary McAleese

“Europe is grappling with great challenges – too great for any one country to address. Facing economic crisis, widespread unemployment, and rising competition from developing economies, Europe must adjust to technological advances…Education holds the key not only to better jobs and stronger GDP growth, but also to the cultural, political, and social development that is needed…”(more)

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Inflexible education exacerbates EU youth crisis – study

Reuters – Martin Santa

“In a study published this week, based on a survey of 5,300 young Europeans, 2,600 employers and 700 technical schools, colleges and universities, McKinsey found a severe mismatch between graduates and the skills businesses say they need.”(more)

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Poland: Education’s superpowers have a new kid on the bloc

The Sydney Morning Herald – Alicia PQ Wittmeyer

“Shanghai (which, as many have pointed out, is not a country), Hong Kong, Taipei, Singapore, Korea and Japan continue to dominate in maths. The US continues to stagnate and declinists continue to fret. But overlooked amid this familiar routine is the ongoing rise of Poland: eastern Europe’s new education powerhouse.”(more)

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Malala makes impassioned plea for child education

The Kansas City Star – Staff Writer

” In a speech accepting the EU’s top human rights award, Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai has urged the 28-nation bloc to better help the millions of children who are denied a formal education.”(more)

Friday, September 13, 2013

Commission highlights benefits of foreign language skills for UK students and business

Europa – Press Release

“More needs to be done to encourage British students to study languages at A Level and university, according to the European Commission. The importance of foreign language skills is self-evident in all EU countries, given that businesses increasingly operate internationally…” (more)

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

How do you say monolingual in Mandarin?

The Terrace Standard – Al Lehmann

“With its tolerance and variety in cultures and languages, contemporary Europe has become a model of what is culturally possible. Globalism should mean more than wearing sweatshop clothing and selling junk food in China. We need to adopt the European attitude of broadening our linguistic competence. Mandarin might be a good start.” (more)

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Europe needs to bridge gap between education supply and labour market demand

The Baltic Course – Staff Writer

“”Europe needs a rethink on how education and training systems can deliver the skills needed by the labour market. We need to get young people to study STEM subjects, as well as more actively choose research careers”, said Lithuanian Minister of Education and Science.” (more)

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Science researchers make subject ‘more fun’

The UK Star – Staff Writer

“Science education researchers from Sheffield Hallam University are leading a multi-million pound project to train teachers across Europe.”(more)

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Schools switch to languages after English Baccalaureate, says report

BBC Angela Harrison

“Schools in England have been encouraging more teenagers to take up languages since the introduction of the English Baccalaureate league table measure, a report suggests.”(more)