On 21 September, the EU Commission launched a new edition of the Erasmus+ app. The new app, available in all EU languages, gives every student a digital European Student Card that is valid throughout the EU.
European Universities Initiative
The 35 German universities and higher education institutions that are represented in existing European University Alliances published a joint statement on the full roll-out of the European Universities Initiative.
Slowenian EU Council Presidency
On 1 July 2021, Slovenia took over the Presidency of the Council of the EU as the last partner of the trio Germany-Portugal-Slovenia. The country will complete the jointly set initiatives.
The Communication on "Building a European Area of Education by 2025" of September 2020 announces a Council Recommendation for a "European Approach to Micro-credentials" in 2021. In preparation for this approach, the European Commission has now launched a public consultation. It is open until 19 March 2021.
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The European Commission has rejected the association of individual regions such as Scotland or Wales with Erasmus+. In Switzerland, on the other hand, the universities are calling for the negotiations to be reopened.
On 11.11.2020, the negotiators of the European Parliament and the Council reached a compromise on the future EU budget after months of negotiations. The now available package deal foresees 23,4 Billion € for the Erasmus+ programme.
Global on- and offline event
The global idea hackathon #DigiEduHack2020, hosted by the German EU Council Presidency, kicks off with the main stage event on 12-13 November in Berlin/ online.
In its work programme for 2021, the Commission plans a global approach to research, innovation, education and youth in addition to clear priorities on digitalisation and climate change.
On 22 October, the European Parliament adopted a resolution on the "Future of education in Europe against the background of the COVID 19 pandemic" with a large majority.
The study examines how ongoing university transformations in research and innovation can best be accompanied by EU support.
Future of EU Higher Ed Policy
Here you can find an overview of the development process, the ideas and political decision papers.