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The European AI Challenge and solutions

2100 European researchers have taken on the challenge to develop a Google-inspired infrastructure for artificial intelligence to take up competition against China and the US. The collaboration is called the Confederation of Laboratories for Artificial Intelligence Research in Europe  (Claire). It includes experts from 29 countries. As Europe has a great number of startups within the field. To meet the competition Europe has to improve infrastructure, funding and a clear develop a strategy for AI. One sign… Continue reading

European Innovation Scoreboard: EU is gaining ground in the global competition

eLearningworld trends The European Innovation Scoreboard is a yearly comparative analysis of innovation performance. The comparison targets EU-members, EU in comparison to other European countries as well as the performance in comparison to other regions globally. The European Innovation Scoreboard 2018 was released June 22 shows that European innovation performance is accelerating in comparison to United States, Japan, and Canada, while the fastest runner towards the future is China, but are still behind EU. However, within… Continue reading

BIG European AI hub to get into the race of global competition

A few weeks ago we wrote about the prospects of Artificial Intelligence and that Europe is lagging behind within the field. Now the EU Commission has presented the European strategy to get into the game, Vice-President for the Digital Single Market Andrus Ansip said: “Just as the steam engine and electricity did in the past, AI is transforming our world. It presents new challenges that Europe should meet together in order for AI to succeed… Continue reading

Making Blockchain a European Affair

Social-, educational- and economic transactions with no need for a middleman make blockchain sound like a well-adapted technology for Europe. In this spirit, the Blockchain Observatory and Forum were launched last week by the European Commission. Initially, it was created as a European Parliament pilot project that was proposed by MEP Jakob von Weizsacker. Vice-President for the Digital Single Market Andrus Ansip commented the launch in the following way: “We want to build on Europe’s… Continue reading

Promoting entrepreneurial education ahead of 1st European Education Summit

eLearningworld News Developing an entrepreneurial skill- and mindset is a key competence that supports social and economic well being, and is at the same time a required skill on todays and the future labour market. The European Commission that January 25 is arranging the first EU Education Summit ever with the aim to “laying the foundations of the European Education Area: for an innovative, inclusive and values based education”. Besides the opening statement by Tibor… Continue reading

European Commission takes action for Digital Learning

eLearningworld News EU Commission adopted on 16 January 2018 the Communication on the Action Plan on Digital Learning with the focus on adding more fuel to the digitization of education in Europe. This includes how the EU can help individuals, educational institutions and education systems to better adapt to life and work in an age of rapid digital transformation. In the form of making better use of digital technology for teaching and learning, developing relevant… Continue reading

Iceland considers to remove VAT on books

eLearningworld News The new government of Iceland plans to remove the VAT on books as a result of decreasing book sales and diminishing reading- and writing skills among the Icelanders. The Prime Minister Katrín Jakobsdóttir says that as a country that can be seen as the land of books with long storytelling traditions, the new proposal intends to improve the conditions for book publishers and the readers. In addition, the proposal also includes new possibilities… Continue reading

New Strategy to improve Foreign Language skills in Denmark

eLearningworld News The working life of the digital age requires extended language skills. The continual integration of the EU Single Market is boosting these demands from the business world. To meet these demands the Danish Government now is launching a new strategy to improve multi-language skills besides English on all educational levels. Besides boosting language skills the purpose with the new strategy is to improve understanding of other cultures and our common European history. Søren… Continue reading

Adding pieces together to form a European Education Area

eLearningworld News The EU Commission’s ambitions plan to develop a European Education Area is taking shape. Before the EU meeting in Gothenburg November 17 the EU Commission now is presenting eleven points for further integration and to inject the spirit of success stories like student exchange programmes like Erasmus+ to build a European Education Area. The purpose is that the EU Commission believes that education and culture can be important tools to fight several of… Continue reading

One more step towards a European eBook Market

eLearningworld News Step-by-step we see the lights of dawn for a European eBook market as the EU Commission and other EU institutions continue its work to create a European market for content and media. According to the new proposal that concerns geoblocking, all EU buyers abroad should be treated as locals, which means that EU-citizens should be able to buy digital- and physical products across the European borders without any price restriction or other obstacles.… Continue reading