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21 September 2017

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Welcome to the Eurydice Newsletter 

Welcome to the Autumn 2017 edition of the Eurydice Newsletter. Our 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 clearly explaining how those systems work.

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Latest publications  

Focus on: Do international university rankings serve a useful purpose?


"There are a few great orchestras in the world, thank goodness.
Although some people do put them in ranking order, it's not like a snooker match. Each orchestra has different things to offer." – Simon Rattle

The rise in popularity and influence of university rankings has been particularly striking in recent years. But as universities and governments devote more and more time and effort to adjusting their priorities and policies to the criteria of these rankings, is there an argument to be made for recognising each institution's individual qualities instead? What are the effects and limitations of ranking universities in this way?

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Focus on: Why, when and how should children learn a foreign language?

"The borders of my language are the borders of my world."Ludwig Wittgenstein, Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus (5.6)


Languages have always played a large role in the formation of our individual and collective identities. The languages we speak and use in society affect our perception of the world. Knowing this, can it be argued that early foreign language education could influence our identities, adding different layers and perceptions to create common ground? Are the current practices regarding early foreign language education enough to reach language acquisition targets? Discover what is being done and what still needs to be done.

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Focus on: Is one country's brain gain another one's drain?

"I not only use all the brains that I have, but all I can borrow."Woodrow Wilson

The freedom of movement of workers is one of the fundamental principles of the EU and is guaranteed under the Treaties. This freedom of movement usually seen as beneficial to the collective wealth of the Union. However, the disproportionate effects of such mobility on the home and host countries receive less focus. How is the heavy movement of workers out of certain Member States into certain others affecting these countries economically? What are the effects of this brain drain on education policies of EU member states?

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>> Organisation of School Time in Europe: Primary and General Secondary Education – 2017/18 School Year

This publication contains national data on the length of the school year, including start and end dates, school holidays and the number of school days in both primary and general secondary education and key points are illustrated by comparative figures. 

>> The Organisation of the Academic Year in Europe – 2017/18

This publication contains national data on how the academic year is structured (beginning of the academic year, term times, holidays and examination periods). Differences between university and non-university study programmes are also highlighted.

>> Modernisation of Higher Education in Europe: Academic Staff – 2017

This report maps key issues related to the situation of academic staff in Europe. It considers how national policy towards academia has changed in recent years in response to the increasing demands on higher education.

>> Recommended Annual Instruction Time in Full-time Compulsory Education in Europe – 2016/17

A comparative analysis of the recommended minimum instruction time in full-time compulsory general education in 2016/17 in 42 European education systems, including data by country and by subject.

>> Key Data on Teaching Languages at School in Europe – 2017 Edition

National data on the main education policies regarding the teaching and learning of languages in 42 European education systems. It answers questions on the languages learnt, instruction time, expected level of proficiency and more. 

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Forthcoming (2017 - 2018)

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The Eurydice Network's task is to provide reliable information on, and comprehensive analyses of, European education systems and policies. The network drafts descriptions of national education systems, comparative studies devoted to specific topics, indicators and statistics. Through its work, Eurydice aims to promote understanding, cooperation, trust and mobility at European and international levels. All Eurydice publications are available free of charge on the Eurydice website. The network consists of national units located in European countries and is co-ordinated by the EU Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency.

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Eurydice Brief: Key Data on Teaching Languages at School in Europe
in Europe – 2017

This report provides an overview of the state of play of various areas of language education across Europe with a focus on factors such as starting age or teaching method, as well as further avenues to be explored to encourage language learning (26 September 2017).

Eurydice Brief: Academic Staff in Higher Education

This Brief highlights the key findings from the report on Academic staff in higher education. It reflects on the main human resource policy challenges facing Europe's higher education sector (October 2017).

Citizenship Education at School in Europe

This report provides a comparative analysis of the state of play of various areas of citizenship education across Europe, in the context of an increasing focus on citizenship, mutual respect and the respect of fundamental values (October 2017).

National Student Fee and Support Systems 2017/18

This report provides a comparative overview of fees and financial support, with country sheets that explain the details of how fees, grants, loans and other benefits actually work (October 2017).

Lunchtime conference on the Eurydice Academic Staff report

Conference to discuss the findings from the Modernisation of Higher Education in Europe: Academic Staff report. Webstreaming available (24 November 2017).

Diagrams of the Structure of European Education Systems – 2017/18

Diagrams that show how the national education system is organised at different levels (November 2017).

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>> Communication from the Commission on a renewed EU agenda for higher education

>> Communication from the Commission on School development and excellent teaching for a great start in life

>> Erasmus+ has launched a new education and training website where you can find out about the EU's policies and initiatives all across Europe.