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Here you can consult the most recent news items from across the Eurydice network and recent Eurydice publications. News items are listed in chronological order.

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National Student Fee and Support Systems in European Higher Education – 2017/18

Date of publication: 19 October 2017

Is there anywhere in Europe where students can study without paying fees? Which countries charge the highest fees? What kind of financial support is offered to students, and who actually receives it? Read this new report on student fee and support systems in Europe to find the answers to these questions and more!

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Eurydice Brief: Modernisation of Higher Education in Europe: Academic Staff – 2017

Date of publication: 10 October 2017

The Eurydice Brief Modernisation of Higher Education in Europe: Academic Staff – 2017 explores the current realities for academic staff within the changing higher education landscape in Europe. It presents some of the main findings of the report of the same name, comparing country differences across Europe, focusing on the characteristics and challenges of academic staff and concluding with some remarks on areas that policy-makers could explore further.

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

Date of publication: 26 September 2017

The new Eurydice Key Data on Teaching Languages at School in Europe 2017brief builds on the May 2017 reportsummarising its main findings and including recent research works and EU policy documents. This Brief is structured around five key EU and national language policy themes: the importance of learning 'at least two foreign languages from a very early age'; the range of foreign languages learnt by students; foreign language teaching (focusing both on teachers and their visits abroad for professional purposes, and CLIL as a teaching approach); the expected levels of attainment in foreign languages; language support measures to facilitate the integration of newly arrived migrant students.

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Date of publication: 26 September 2017

Eurydice is pleased to present brand new infographics, illustrating figures from the Key Data on Teaching Languages at School in Europe 2017 and the Eurydice Brief of the same publication.

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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.

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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.

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Malta: My Journey: Achieving Through Different Paths

Date of publication 7 April 2017

On the 23 November 2016 the Ministry for Education and Employment in Malta launched new secondary education reforms. The reforms are titled My Journey: Achieving through different paths.

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Focus on: Education systems in a post-truth world

Date of publication: 31 March 2017

"I think people in this country have had enough of experts" – Michael Gove, former Secretary of State for Education of the United Kingdom

There is no denying that evidence and those providing it are under fire in the public debate. The word "post-truth " has become so ubiquitous in our everyday discussion of politics that the Oxford English Dictionary has declared it its Word of the Year 2016.

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Date of publication: 16 February 2017

These thematic overviews provide background information to the Education and Training Monitor 2016, and examine education structures, policies and reforms in five key areas:

  • Early childhood education and care
  • Achievement in basic skills
  • Early leaving from Education and Training
  • Higher Education
  • Graduate Employability.

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Focus on: What future for student mobility?

Date of publication: 14 February 2017

"I look forward to a United States of Europe, in which the barriers between the nations will be greatly minimised and unrestricted travel will be possible." - Winston Churchill in 1942

Student mobility is undoubtedly of huge value to European society. But while it brings benefits to individuals, to countries and to Europe itself, support measures for student mobility are not uniform across the EU. We ask: what are the factors that motivate young people to study abroad, what different possibilities does EU citizenship provide them with, and is there a hopeful future for transnational study in today's current political climate?

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2016 - Eurydice publications

Date of publication: 10 February 2017

In 2016, Eurydice published a number of reports on various educational topics.

An overview of our 2016 publications is now available. With just one click, you can easily get access to all our reports!

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United Kingdom, Wales: Wales introduces a framework for digital competence

Date of publication: 09 February 2017

In September 2016 the Welsh Government published a Digital Competence Framework for use in schools and other educational settings with learners aged three to 16-plus. The Framework aims to encapsulate the skills that will help learners thrive in an increasingly digital world.

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Support Mechanisms for Evidence-based Policy-Making in Education

Date of publication: 26 January 2017

This report describes the mechanisms and practices that support evidence-based policy-making in the education sector in Europe. It comparatively looks at institutions and practices in evidence-based policy-making, as well as the accessibility, and mediation, of evidence. The report presents more detailed information on each individual country, with specific examples of the use of evidence in policy formulation for each separate country.

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Hungary: New names for Vocational Education and Training institutions

Date of publication: 10 January 2017

As of September 2016, the government has re-named and re-structured all Vocational Education and Training (VET) institutions in Hungary. The names of all three types of Initial Vocational Education and Training (IVET) programmes have been changed.

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France: New organisation for programmes leading to Master's degree

Date of publication: 04 January 2017

A joint proposal was made by Unions and the Department of National Education, Higher Education and Research to reform the organisation of Master's programmes, and will be implemented in September 2017.

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Eurydice Newsletter 2016, Winter edition

Date of publication: 22 December 2016

Welcome to the winter 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.

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Focus on: Are education systems focusing on the right skills?

Date of publication: 20 December 2016 "Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere."– Albert Einstein

Are education systems focusing on developing the right skills at school and universities? Societies are ageing, workforces are shrinking, productivity is slowing, radicalism is growing, and young people are aspiring to jobs with maximum security. Is Europe losing its dynamism? Its innovative capacity? And if things continue on the same path, what will be the consequences for our way of living and position on the international stage?

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Sweden: Fast Track Training for Newly Arrived Teachers and Preschool Teachers

Date of publication: 19 December 2016

As of autumn 2016, five Swedish universities have been offering a new course for newly-arrived teachers and preschool teachers to help skilled migrants gain work in a short time.

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Lithuania:A New Law on Science and Studies in Lithuania

Date of publication: 09 December 2016

After three years of discussions, the Lithuanian Parliament has approved a new Law on Science and Studies. The new law will come into force on 1 January 2017.

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Mobility Scoreboard: Higher Education Background Report

Date of publication: 8 December 2016

The new Eurydice ‘Mobility Scoreboard: Higher Education’ background report includes six indicators in five thematic areas: information and guidance, foreign language preparation, portability of grants and loans, support provided to students with low socio-economic background, recognition of earning outcomes and qualifications. It has been produced to support the European Commission’s Mobility Scoreboard, whose purpose is to provide a framework for monitoring progress made by European countries in promoting, and removing obstacles to, learning mobility.

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Germany: The National Decade for Literacy and Basic Education Has Begun!

Date of publication: 06 December 2016

On 28 November 2016 the Federation and the Länder officially launched the National Decade for Literacy and Basic Education 2016 to 2026 (Nationale Dekade für Alphabetisierung und Grundbildung 2016 bis 2026).

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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

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

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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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.

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Focus on: Innovation at school

Don't limit a child to your own learning, for he was born in another time - Rabindranath Tagore

There is an often repeated saying that we have schools from the XIX century, teachers from the XX century and pupils from the XXI century. However, schools are not entirely stuck in the past, and innovation is arriving in different ways and at different speeds. Architecture, teaching methods and new technologies are all having an impact on the skills we develop in our children, and key elements of School 2.0 for the XXI century are already with us.

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Malta: Education Act – Public Consultation 2016

Date of publication: 16 September 2016

Maltese Prime Minister, Joseph Muscat, and the Education Minister, Evarist Bartolo, launched a public consultation process on a new Education Act on 4 July 2016. The Education Regulatory Act proposes important changes to the education system, and is open for public consultation until October 17.

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The Organisation of the Academic Year in Europe – 2016/17

Publication date: 6 September 2016

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 – 2016/17

Publication date: 6 September 2016

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. It covers both primary and general secondary education and key points are illustrated by comparative figures. The information is available for 37 countries.

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Czech Republic: Inclusive education as a priority

One of the main priorities of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic is the common education of all pupils within mainstream education. Therefore, several legislative changes have been made to promote inclusive education, including the adoption of the Education Act Amendment.

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Focus on: The long and winding road back to school!

Publication date: 26 July 2016

'In the summer, the days were long, stretching into each other. Out of school, everything was on pause and yet happening at the same time, this collection of weeks when anything was possible.' - Sarah Dessen in Along for the Ride

Everyone has childhood memories attached to the summer.  It is the period of the year with the greatest sense of freedom. The kind of freedom that may push you to the most exciting adventures or leave you to survive the most boring, suffocating, hot days. This Focus on article reflects on the different educational effect that summer holidays can have on children, seeing an opportunity for schools and society to do things differently to the rest of the school year.

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Focus on: Does good evidence make good education policy?

Publication date: 23 June 2016

'Everything that can be counted does not necessarily count; everything that counts cannot necessarily be counted' – Albert Einstein 

In recent decades there has been a strong move towards evidence-based policy making in the public sector. Few education policy-makers today would dare to introduce a reform that is not backed up by data and research evidence. But what is the nature of evidence being used, and can we rely on it to make better policy?  

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Recommended Annual Instruction Time in Full-time Compulsory Education in Europe 2015/16

Date of publication: 9 June 2016

Reading, writing and literature, mathematics, natural sciences and foreign languages are recognised as core subjects in all European countries. But how much time do students spend on those subjects at school, and how much does this instruction time vary across countries? 

This report provides information about the recommended minimum instruction time across core subjects in full-time general compulsory education in 37 European countries participating in the Eurydice network. The reference year is 2015/16.

The publication offers a comparative overview of the differences between primary and compulsory general secondary education, and identifies the main changes since 2010/11. It also includes national diagrams and maps illustrating the data on minimum instruction time by country and by subject. 

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The Ministry of education announces the National teacher prize

Date of publication: 19 May 2016

On the same day of the award of the 'Global Teacher Prize', the Ministry of Education has announced the launch of a national teacher prize. The Ministry has underlined the importance of teachers' mission in building up a better society and the opportunity offered by international and national prizes to spotlight teachers' role.

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Eurydice Newsletter spring 2016

Date of publication: 12 May 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.

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Focus on: Educating at home: what can we learn

Date of publication: 29 April 2016

'...we have come to realise that for most men (sic) the right to learn is curtailed by the obligation to attend school' – Ivan Illich.

If you are a young European adult, you have probably spent a great amount of your time in a school, and if you are a European toddler, you will most probably spend even more time in school. According to the European Commission, almost all children from the age of 4 are now involved in some form of early childhood education and care, very close to the ET 2020 target of 95 %. At the other end of the school spectrum, Eurydice reports that many European countries have extended the number of years of compulsory education since the 1980s.

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Focus on: Europe's refugee tipping point: Can higher education respond 

Date of publication: 8 April 2016

Leaders and citizens realise that, without the European Union and its unity, we could not face the problems of terrorism, migrants, and refugees.Federica Mogherini, Vice-President of the European Commission.

In recent months, news related to the refugee crisis has painted a doom and gloom picture of European reality: chaos and tragedy at the borders and growing tensions inside EU countries between locals and alienated refugees. Yet, while news on this topic tends to be negative, there are many positive – but less reported – initiatives taking place. Higher education is one sector that does not often make headlines in this context but has considerable potential to transform current reality. So could our higher education systems be doing more?

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Promoting citizenship and the common values of freedom, tolerance and non-discrimination through education

Promoting citizenship and the common values of freedom, tolerance and non-discrimination through education – Overview of education policy developments in Europe following the Paris Declaration of 17 March 2015

Date of publication: 17 March 2016

This leaflet provides a short overview of recent education policy developments in European countries related to the objectives of the Paris Declaration. It also analyses the aspects of education systems covered by these policies as well as the levels of education concerned. 

It covers the 28 EU Member States, which are signatories to the Declaration, as well as other members of the Eurydice Network.  

The Paris Declaration was adopted in March 2015 to promote citizenship and the common values of freedom, tolerance and non-discrimination through education.

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Entrepreneurship Education at School in Europe

Date of publication: 22 February 2016

This report provides the most recent information on strategies, curricula and learning outcomes, and also covers themes such as funding schemes and teacher education. 

The analysis focuses on primary education, lower and general upper secondary education as well as school-based initial vocational education and training. Information covers 33 countries participating in the Eurydice network. In addition, national information sheets provide an overview of entrepreneurship education in each country. The reference year is 2014/15.

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Focus on: Is money the solution to widening participation in higher education?

Date of publication: 15 February 2016

What students pay to study, and the financial support they receive, has been highlighted by Eurydice as a key aspect of the social dimension of higher education. Whatever the economic and political reality in a country, issues about fees are often highly charged. Altering the balance of fees and financial support is one of the key levers that governments are able to pull in an age when higher education institutions enjoy substantial autonomy. But in which direction should the levers be pulled to help the disadvantaged?

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2015 - Eurydice publications

Date of publication: 12 February 2016

Last year, Eurydice published a number of reports on various educational topics ranging from early childhood education and care to higher education. 
An overview of our 2015 publications is now available. With just one click, you can easily get access to all our reports!

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Greece – New law applying to wages of public primary and secondary education teachers 

Date of publication: 20 January 2016

A new law (4354/2015) on 'Management of non-performing loans, wage settlements and other urgent regulatory provisions concerning the agreement of budgetary objectives and structural reforms' has recently been voted in Greece. It refers to the changes that will be introduced to public sector wages coming into effect from 1 January 2016.

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National Sheets on Education Budgets in Europe – 2015

Date of publication: 7 January 2016

The report on Education Budgets in Europe for 2015 provides the most recent data on planned education budgets by country. It makes it possible to identify changes in education budgets within a country between 2014 and 2015. National education budgets are presented by type of expenditure and education level.

Information covers 26 EU Member States as well as other countries participating in the Eurydice network.

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