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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.

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Eurydice Newsletter 2017, Autumn edition

Date of publication: 21 December 2016

Welcome to the winter 2017 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.


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

Date of publication: 14 September 2017

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

For a few years now, international university rankings, such as the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings, the QS World University Rankings, and the Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities, have been very influential in shaping university priorities and even government policy on higher education.


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

Date of publication: 11 September 2017

The academic calendar 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. The information is available for 37 countries.


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The Organisation of School Time in Europe. Primary and General Secondary Education – 2017/18

Date of publication: 11 September 2017

The school calendar contains national data on the length of the school year, the start and the end dates of each school year, the timing and length of school holidays and the number of school days. Key points are illustrated by comparative figures. The information is available for 37 countries covering both primary and general secondary education.


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

Date of publication: 31 August 2017

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

The stories your parents told you. The games you used to play in the playground. Conversations you have with people around you. All of these form an integral part of your identity, and what they have in common is language. Personal identity does not exist in a vacuum, but is shaped by and in turn affects the collective identity of the surrounding society.



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

Date of publication: 17 July 2017

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

As one of the four fundamental freedoms guaranteed by EU law, freedom of movement for workers, pursuant to article 45 guarantees every EU citizen the right to move freely, to study and work in another member state. From a European perspective, the fact that people are able to pursue education and employment opportunities across borders unhindered – generating greater individual and collective wealth as a consequence – is usually considered beneficial. But are the results of this fundamental freedom positive for everyone, or are some paying a price for this freedom? 


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Modernisation of Higher Education in Europe: Academic Staff – 2017

Date of publication: 15 June 2017

The higher education sector has experienced profound changes in recent years. Student numbers have continued to increase, while the sector has diversified and experienced significant structural changes, such as new funding arrangements, and new quality assurance systems. The challenges for academic staff have also been growing. Staffs are responsible for teaching ever greater numbers of students, undertaking research, and responding to growing societal needs, while academic jobs become more competitive, and job security more tenuous.


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

Date of publication: 8 June 2017

The Council of the European Union has set the goal of reducing low achievement in reading, mathematics and science among 15-year-olds to less than 15 % by 2020. But how are European countries going to achieve this? Effective learning depends on many factors, but one key element in the learning process of students is the instruction time available to them. How can they best organize limited time between different subjects, ensuring that all students have the opportunity to develop their learning potential in a range of different areas?


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

Date of publication: 18 May 2017

The 2017 Edition of Key Data on Teaching Languages at School in Europe depicts the main education policies regarding teaching and learning of languages in 42 European education systems. It answers questions about what foreign languages are learnt, how long students spend studying foreign languages, the level of foreign language proficiency students are expected to reach by the end of compulsory education and what kind of language support is provided to newly arrived migrant students as well as many other topics. The indicators are organised into five different chapters: Context, Organisation, Participation, Teachers and Teaching Processes. A variety of sources were used to build the indicators, and these include the Eurydice Network, Eurostat, and the OECD’s PISA and TALIS international surveys.


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Homework: what is it good for?

Date of publication: 28 April 2017

“I'm learning skills I will use for the rest of my life by doing homework...procrastinating and negotiation.” ― Bill Watterson

According to the recent OECD PISA 2015 data, 15-year old pupils spend on average 17 hours per week on activities such as homework, additional instruction and private study.