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Luxembourg:Higher Education

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Contents

Luxembourg:Political, Social and Economic Background and Trends

Luxembourg:Historical Development

Luxembourg:Main Executive and Legislative Bodies

Luxembourg:Population: Demographic Situation, Languages and Religions

Luxembourg:Political and Economic Situation

Luxembourg:Organisation and Governance

Luxembourg:Fundamental Principles and National Policies

Luxembourg:Lifelong Learning Strategy

Luxembourg:Organisation of the Education System and of its Structure

Luxembourg:Organisation of Private Education

Luxembourg:National Qualifications Framework

Luxembourg:Administration and Governance at Central and/or Regional Level

Luxembourg:Administration and Governance at Local and/or Institutional Level

Luxembourg:Statistics on Organisation and Governance

Luxembourg:Funding in Education

Luxembourg:Early Childhood and School Education Funding

Luxembourg:Higher Education Funding

Luxembourg:Adult Education and Training Funding

Luxembourg:Early Childhood Education and Care

Luxembourg:Organisation of Programmes for Children under 3 years

Luxembourg:Teaching and Learning in Programmes for Children under 3 years

Luxembourg:Assessment in Programmes for Children under 3 years

Luxembourg:Organisation of Programmes for Children over 3 years

Luxembourg:Teaching and Learning in Programmes for Children over 3 years

Luxembourg:Assessment in Programmes for Children over 3 years

Luxembourg:Organisational Variations and Alternative Structures in Early Childhood Education and Care

Luxembourg:Primary Education

Luxembourg:Organisation of Primary Education

Luxembourg:Teaching and Learning in Primary Education

Luxembourg:Assessment in Primary Education

Luxembourg:Organisational Variations and Alternative Structures in Primary Education

Luxembourg:Secondary and Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

Luxembourg:Organisation of General Secondary Education

Luxembourg:Teaching and Learning in General Secondary Education

Luxembourg:Assessment in General Secondary Education

Luxembourg:Organisation of Vocational Secondary Education

Luxembourg:Teaching and Learning in Vocational Secondary Education

Luxembourg:Assessment in Vocational Secondary Education

Luxembourg:Organisation of Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

Luxembourg:Teaching and Learning in Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

Luxembourg:Assessment in Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

Luxembourg:Higher Education

Luxembourg:Types of Higher Education Institutions

Luxembourg:First Cycle Programmes

Luxembourg:Bachelor

Luxembourg:Short-Cycle Higher Education

Luxembourg:Second Cycle Programmes

Luxembourg:Programmes outside the Bachelor and Master Structure

Luxembourg:Third Cycle (PhD) Programmes

Luxembourg:Adult Education and Training

Luxembourg:Distribution of Responsibilities

Luxembourg:Developments and Current Policy Priorities

Luxembourg:Main Providers

Luxembourg:Main Types of Provision

Luxembourg:Validation of Non-formal and Informal Learning

Luxembourg:Teachers and Education Staff

Luxembourg:Initial Education for Teachers Working in Early Childhood and School Education

Luxembourg:Conditions of Service for Teachers Working in Early Childhood and School Education

Luxembourg:Continuing Professional Development for Teachers Working in Early Childhood and School Education

Luxembourg:Initial Education for Academic Staff in Higher Education

Luxembourg:Conditions of Service for Academic Staff Working in Higher Education

Luxembourg:Continuing Professional Development for Academic Staff Working in Higher Education

Luxembourg:Initial Education for Teachers and Trainers Working in Adult Education and Training

Luxembourg:Conditions of Service for Teachers and Trainers Working in Adult Education and Training

Luxembourg:Continuing Professional Development for Teachers and Trainers Working in Adult Education and Training

Luxembourg:Management and Other Education Staff

Luxembourg:Management Staff for Early Childhood and School Education

Luxembourg:Staff Involved in Monitoring Educational Quality for Early Childhood and School Education

Luxembourg:Education Staff Responsible for Guidance in Early Childhood and School Education

Luxembourg:Other Education Staff or Staff Working with Schools

Luxembourg:Management Staff for Higher Education

Luxembourg:Other Education Staff or Staff Working in Higher Education

Luxembourg:Management Staff Working in Adult Education and Training

Luxembourg:Other Education Staff or Staff Working in Adult Education and Training

Luxembourg:Quality Assurance

Luxembourg:Quality Assurance in Early Childhood and School Education

Luxembourg:Quality Assurance in Higher Education

Luxembourg:Quality Assurance in Adult Education and Training

Luxembourg:Educational Support and Guidance

Luxembourg:Special Education Needs Provision within Mainstream Education

Luxembourg:Separate Special Education Needs Provision in Early Childhood and School Education

Luxembourg:Support Measures for Learners in Early Childhood and School Education

Luxembourg:Guidance and Counselling in Early Childhood and School Education

Luxembourg:Support Measures for Learners in Higher Education

Luxembourg:Guidance and Counselling in Higher Education

Luxembourg:Support Measures for Learners in Adult Education and Training

Luxembourg:Guidance and Counselling in a Lifelong Learning Approach

Luxembourg:Mobility and Internationalisation

Luxembourg:Mobility in Early Childhood and School Education

Luxembourg:Mobility in Higher Education

Luxembourg:Mobility in Adult Education and Training

Luxembourg:Other Dimensions of Internationalisation in Early Childhood and School Education

Luxembourg:Other Dimensions of Internationalisation in Higher Education

Luxembourg:Other Dimensions of Internationalisation in Adult Education and Training

Luxembourg:Bilateral Agreements and Worldwide Cooperation

Luxembourg:Ongoing Reforms and Policy Developments

Luxembourg:National Reforms in Early Childhood Education and Care

Luxembourg:National Reforms in School Education

Luxembourg:National Reforms in Vocational Education and Training and Adult Learning

Luxembourg:National Reforms in Higher Education

Luxembourg:National Reforms related to Transversal Skills and Employability

Luxembourg:European Perspective

Luxembourg:Legislation

Luxembourg:Institutions

Luxembourg:Bibliography

Luxembourg:Glossary

Higher education policy objectives

The main policy objectives are set out in the statement of reasons (exposé des motifs) for the relevant laws as well as the annual National Reform Programmes relating to the strategy Europe 2020. Important elements may also be found in the guiding principles of the University of Luxembourg.

  • Europe 2020: In its National Reform Programme, Luxembourg commits itself to strive for a share of 66% of 30 to 34 year olds having completed higher education. Luxembourg therefore undertakes particular efforts to increase educational attainment among its local population (see article 14.1 Education in Europe 2020 Strategy).
  • Policy objectives relating to the legislation covering higher education and training:*The University of Luxembourg has been founded in the year 2003 in order to contribute to the development of Luxembourg’s society and national identity, to its economic development and to its regional development and planning. The university is expected to play a role in the European innovation process while taking into account national particularities, such as the importance attributed to mobility and multilingualism.
    • In 2009, the organisation of higher education in Luxembourg has been reformed in order to create a framework for the vocational short-cycle programmes leading to an Advanced Technicians Diploma (BTS – Brevet de technicien supérieur), which complete the offer of higher education programmes provided by the university. Based on a strong implication of the economic sector concerned, BTS programmes are clearly oriented towards working life and allow students to develop higher professional, technological and general skills.
  • Fundamental principles of the University of Luxembourg: The principles set out in article 3 of the university’s founding law indicate the political importance accorded to following aspects of higher education:
    • From an ethical and methodological point of view, the university has to ensure
      • a scientific description of natural, social and human phenomena and the research of laws which govern them;
      • an objective account of principal schools of thought;
      • the use of rigorous, critical methods in the statement of scientific, social, political, philosophical or religious knowledge;
      • respect for other people’s thinking.
    • From an organisational point of view, it is based on:
      • interdisciplinarity;
      • the symbiosis of education and research;
      • an international character and cooperation with other universities;
      • mobility of students, teachers and researchers;
      • multilingual teaching and learning;
      • support of students through tutorship.

A more comprehensive description of the University’s principles is available online in its mission statement.


Types of institutions and programmes

Three types of higher education in Luxembourg may be distinguished:

  • Higher education provided by the University of Luxembourg: The university’s offer comprises bachelor programmes, master programmes and a range of other provisions, such as secondary school teachers’ training.
  • Short cycle provision (BTS programmes): Technical secondary schools (lycées techniques) propose vocational short cycle programmes leading to an Advanced Technicians Diploma (BTS – Brevet de technicien supérieur).
  • Private and crossborder provisions: A series of private or foreign institutions have been accredited in order to provide higher education in Luxembourg. Some programmes are organised via crossborder partnerships, for example between foreign universities and Luxembourgish research institutes or professional chambers.


Structure of the academic year

The academic year runs from mid-September to June / July. It is subdivided into two terms of equal length: the winter term goes from mid-September until the end of January and the summer term goes from February to the end of June or the beginning of July.
Details concerning the academic calendar at the University of Luxembourg are available here.


Legislation

Loi du 12 août 2003 on the creation of the University of Luxembourg, with subsequent amendment (loi du 27 août 2014) concerning the National Research Fund;

Loi modifiée du 19 juin 2009 on the organisation of higher education, setting procedures and conditions for short-cycle programmes,