"EU WINDOW" China-EU language exchange programme

On June 2nd 2008, the Commissioner for Multilingualism, Mr. Leonard Orban, and the Vice Minister of Education of China, Mr. Zhang Xinsheng, will officially launch the China-EU Language Exchange Programme, entitled "EU Window".

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Three new Calls for Proposals for the Life Long Learning Programme

The European Commission has published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJ), on the 30th May, three new Calls for Proposals within the Life Long Learning framework programme with a total of 6.5 million euros budgeted. The deadline for the three calls for proposals is 13th of August 2008.

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Canadian Composite Learning Index to become a role model for Europe?

Lifelong learning works as a catalyst to competitiveness, prosperity and social cohesion and yet no country has attempted to measure lifelong learning within its population. The Canadian Council on Learning have developed a way to sudy how thier population is "lerning" which come to the attention of European authorities.

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The EESC makes proposals to improve the mobility of young people in Europe

During its Plenary Session on 28 and 29 May 2008, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) will adopt an exploratory opinion on the mobility of young people in Europe. In this opinion, prepared at the request of the future French presidency, the EESC calls for increase the number of people benefiting from mobility programmes and to enhance their quality.

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Erasmus programme awarded "Prize for Excellence in integrating young people into the workforce"

The EU’s Erasmus programme for student and staff exchanges in higher education has received the "Prize for Excellence in integrating young people into the workforce" awarded by the NoviaSalcedo Foundation of Bilbao, Spain. The Erasmus programme was the winner of the "public bodies" category for its exemplary action in promoting excellence in the professional integration of young people.

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European E-Skills 2008 Conference

The successful implementation of a long term e-skills strategy is of great importance within the renewed Lisbon strategy and as part of lifelong learning strategies and the Recommendation on key competences. This challenge will be discussed at the forthcoming European e-Skills 2008 Conference “Implementing a long term e-skills strategy in Europe”. Participation at the conference is free of charge but on invitation only. Pre-registration is mandatory and will be open until 30 June 2008.

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Commission encourages applications for new Expert Group on Financial Education

The European Commission is to create an Expert Group on Financial Education (EGFE). The group will be composed of financial education practitioners and will aim to promote exchange of ideas, experiences and best practices. The group will also advise the Commission on its policy-making in the area of financial education. Interested candidates are invited to send an application to the Commission by 13 June 2008.

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Interest in the Erasmus programme for students and universities continues to increase

Established in 1987, Erasmus, the EU's flagship education and training programme for mobility and cooperation in higher education across Europe, continues to expand. Erasmus receives approximately € 450 million per annum under the EU's Lifelong Learning Programme 2007-2013. For the academic year 2006/07, figures show that 3% more students and 10% more university teachers went abroad compared to the previous year. This brought the total participants to almost 160 000 students and 26 000 teachers in that year alone. Central and Eastern European countries, as well as Turkey, have had the biggest growth in the numbers participating in the programme.

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Six of the best: European cultural heritage projects Europa Nostra

The six winners of the 2008 "European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards" are outstanding projects in the Czech Republic, Greece, the Netherlands, Spain and Romania. The prizes announced today serve as recognition of exceptional conservation, research and education efforts and are each worth € 10 000. The prizes are awarded jointly by the European Commission and Europa Nostra, the pan-European Federation for Cultural Heritage. They will be presented at the European Heritage Awards Ceremony on 12 June 2008 in Durham Cathedral in the United Kingdom.

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