Report highlights major differences among EU countries with regard to student support

According to report published by the European Commission, the cost of higher education for students varies dramatically in Europe. Tuition fees are highest in England, while nine countries (Austria, Cyprus, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Malta, Norway, UK (Scotland) and Sweden) do not charge fees in most cases. Also, the report highlights that major differences exist with regard to student support.

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A report underlines the need to attract more male teachers in the EU to act as role models for boys

According to a report published by the expert group chaired by HRH Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands, there is a need to attract more male teachers to act as role models for boys, who read much less than girls. The report is, according to Princess Laurentien, a wake-up call to the member states about the crisis that affects every country in Europe.

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Commission publishes recommendation to establish national systems for the validation of non-formal and informal learning

The European Commission urged to member states to recognise skills gained outside school and university by 2015. Furthermore, the proposal aims to increase job opportunities in particular for the young unemployed and those with few formal qualifications such as older and low-skilled workers. It also seeks to increase access to higher education, especially among mature students.

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Still time to present nominations to participate in Marie Curie Prize contest

The Marie Curie Actions invite their current and former fellows to participate in this year's Marie Curie Prize contest. The application process, that is open until 31 of August, will be based on nomination by a peer (colleague, professor, employer, host institution) who has the capacity to judge the fellow

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Last days for candidates to submit works to the Erasmus Entrepreneurship Awards 2012

Deadlines to present candidatures in three of the categories of the Erasmus Entrepreneurship Awards 2012 will be closed between 13 and August 17. This award aims at highlighting successful cases of new young and host entrepreneurs as well as the best cases of collaboration and work of intermediate organizations.

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A European study analyses the use of payback clauses as a way to encourage investment in training

The European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (CEDEFOP) has published a study which examines how the use of financing schemes using payback clauses for training may encourage companies to invest in employees' training. These clauses allow companies to offer training to their workers by safeguarding their investment if the employee leaves the company.

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The Commission will make open access to scientific publications a general principle of Horizon 2020

The European Commission presented the measures to improve open access to scientific information produced in Europe. According to the Commission, broader and more rapid access to scientific papers and data will make it easier for researchers and businesses to build on the findings of public-funded research.

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