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Eurydice is a network whose task is to explain how education systems are organised in Europe and how they work.

We publish descriptions of national education systems, comparative studies devoted to specific topics, indicators and statistics in the field of education.

Our reports show how countries tackle challenges at all education levels: early childhood education and care, primary and secondary education, higher education and adult learning. More About us

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Netherlands: Associate Degrees receive autonomous status in Higher Education

Date of publication: 28 November 2016

Higher Education in the Netherlands now has a new educational level. Associate Degrees (AD) will now take their place in the Higher Education system alongside existing HBO-bachelor degrees (University of Applied Sciences), HBO-master degrees, WO-bachelor degrees (Research University) and WO-master degrees. Following a proposal from the Dutch Education, Culture and Science Minister Jet Bussemaker, the Ministerial Council has agreed a bill to regulate the autonomous status of ADs. 


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Focus on: Are teachers in Europe paid enough?

Date of publication: 11 November 2016

"Without you, without the affectionate hand you extended to the small poor child that I was, without your teaching and example, none of all this would have happened." - Albert Camus to his school teacher after receiving the Nobel Prize

Anybody would agree with American journalist Charles Kuralt that 'Good teachers know how to bring out the best in students'. But do governments and public authorities know how to bring out the best in teachers? What are the factors that motivate young people to enter the teaching profession, support them in doing the best job possible, and encourage them to stay?


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Structural Indicators for Monitoring Education and Training Systems in Europe – 2016 

Date of publication: 7 November 2016

This report contains more than 30 structural indicators that focus on country progress and key policy developments in five areas: early childhood education and care, achievement in basic skills, early leaving from education and training, higher education and graduate employability. It provides background and complementary information to the European Commission's Education and Training Monitor 2016

Information for the year 2015/16 covers 40 European education and training systems.


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National Student Fee and Support Systems in European Higher Education – 2016/17

Date of publication: 25 October 2016

This report on student fee and support systems in Europe provides a comparative overview of which students pay fees, how much they pay, and to what extent they receive financial support during their studies. Individual country sheets outline the main elements of national systems. While attention mostly focuses on first and second cycle full time students, it also shows data for short cycle students for the first time.

Information covers the 28 EU Member States as well as Bosnia and Herzegovina, Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Montenegro, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Norway, Serbia and Turkey.


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Czech Republic: Amendment to the Higher Education Act adopted

From September 2016 an amendment to the Higher Education Act will be in force. The amendment follows up a long-term public discussion and reflects the need for systemic changes in order to assure the quality and competitiveness of higher education in the Czech Republic.


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Teachers' and School Heads' Salaries and Allowances in Europe – 2015/16

Date of publication: 5 October 2016

This annual report provides a comparative analysis on teachers' and school heads' statutory salaries and allowances in 2015/16 in 40 European countries or regions. It also looks into how teachers' statutory salaries have changed as compared to 2014/15 and how their purchasing power has developed since 2009. The report includes national data sheets with detailed information on annual statutory and actual salaries, salary progression and available allowances in each country.


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The Structure of the European Education Systems 2016/17: Schematic Diagrams

Date of publication: 29 September 2016

This report provides information on the structure of mainstream education in European countries from pre-primary to tertiary level for the 2016/17 school and academic year. It includes national schematic diagrams, an explanatory guide and maps showing the main organisational models of pre-primary and compulsory education. The information is available for 43 European education systems covering 38 countries participating in the EU's Erasmus+ programme.


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Compulsory Education in Europe – 2016/17

Date of publication: 29 September 2016

This publication focuses on the duration of compulsory education/training in Europe. It highlights the starting and leaving ages and distinguishes the notions of full-time and part-time compulsory education/training. The information is available for 43 European education systems covering 38 countries participating in the EU's Erasmus+ programme.


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Eurydice Newsletter 2016, Autumn edition

Date of publication: 22 September 2016

Welcome to the spring 2016 edition of the Eurydice Newsletter. The Newsletter provides you with updates on the most recent and forthcoming Eurydice publications, as well as news from the European education world. Education systems vary significantly across Europe, and Eurydice aims at understanding and explaining clearly how those systems work.