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The Return of the Higher Education Republic

During the Renaissance scholars and students were wandering between the growing amount of universities searching for the knowledge and engaging environments of their own choice. As the centuries went by this goal was abandoned in favour of the nations’ demands. Especially from the 19th Century and onwards the main goal was to build a powerful nation-state. In this spirit, the equation of education during the past two centuries has been that the nation has acknowledged… Continue reading

20 European Universities by 2024 and introducing a European Student Card

eLearningworld News At the European Council meeting 14 December higher education was one of the most prioritised areas on the agenda. Besides declaring the efforts to boost mobility and student exchange with the Erasmus+ programme, a European Student Card was introduced with purpose to develop student participation in cultural activities across Europe. Another agreement at the meeting was the intention of creating 20 European Universities in order to further simplify the process of combining studies… Continue reading

Gamification in Practice in Schools and a Museum

eLearningworld News How to improve language learning in school? In a EU funded project via the Erasmus+ programme, partner schools from Malta, Spain, Poland, Greece, Turkey and Italy are exploring the opportunities. The driving forces on the gamified learning area in comparison with traditional pedagogy is engaging storytelling, problem-solving and using strategies, playing by the rules and gaining points as the pupil progress. The languages the pupils learn is English and German as a second… Continue reading

Boosting qualitative and effective apprenticeships in Europe

eLearningworld News The European Commission has identified 14 criteria that EU countries and stakeholders should use to develop qualitative and effective apprenticeships across Europe. The criteria includes learning and working conditions, like written contract; learning outcomes, pedagogical support, pay and/or compensation, as well as work, health and safety conditions. Other criteria concerns framework conditions, like regulatory framework, support for companies and career guidance. The Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility, Marianne Thyssen,… Continue reading

Celebrating 30 years of Learning across European Borders

eLearningworld News from Berlin 1987 the student exchange program Erasmus of the European Union was launched and now on the 30th birthday, a ceremony is held in Berlin. EU-Commissioner of Education Tibor Navracsics and the German Minister of Education Johanna Wanka both participated in the ceremony, she said: “There is no more passionate ambassador for a common Europe than people who have themselves experienced how enriching it is to get to know other cultures. We… Continue reading