New Commission campaign for companies to create more internship positions

'We Mean Business' is the name of the European Commission's campaign launched to boost that companies offer more trainee placements with the aim at improving young people's skills and employability. In addition, it has announced that in 2012-2013, the Commission will provide funding support for a total of 280,000 placements through its Leonardo da Vinci and Erasmus schemes.

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Launched the MEDEA Awards to encourage innovation and good practice in the use of media in education

The organisers of the MEDEA Awards have just launched 2012’s call for entries which will be opened until 17 of September. The MEDEA Awards recognise and promote innovation and good practice in the use of digital moving images and sound in education,
as well as excellence in the production and pedagogical design of media-rich learning resources.

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Entrepreneurship education is recognised in the primary education curricula of two-thirds of European countries

According to a Commission's report, half of European countries are engaged in a process of educational reforms which include the strengthening of entrepreneurship education. The report also highlights that entrepreneurship education is being increasingly promoted in most European countries.

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Announced the winners of the eTwinning awards for cross-border learning

The European Commission presented the winners projects of the the European Commission's 'eTwinning' competition 2012. Among the winners, there are schools from Italy, the United Kingdom, Poland, France, Turkey, Spain, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Greece, Romania, Portugal and Slovenia, that developed cross-border educational projects using information and communication technologies (ICT).

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The highest shares of computing graduates were registered in 2009 in Malta, Austria, Spain, Cyprus and Estonia

Eurostat published its figures in computer skills registered in 2009 on the occasion of the e-Skills Week 2012. According to this figures, the share of computing graduates was 3.4% of all university graduates in 2009, compared with 4.0% in 2005 in the EU. In addition, the share of individuals having used a PC varies between 50% in Romania to 96% in Sweden.

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The Commission launched the implementation phase of the European Agenda for Adult Learning

An event celebrated in Brussels by the European Commission marks the launch of the European Agenda for Adult Learning. Overall, this agenda shows a renewed commitment to adult learning at EU level. It focuses on providing second-chance opportunities for low qualified adults by strengthening their basic skills, such as literacy, numeracy and digital knowledge.

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A report shows that the number of graduates specialising in education is falling in the EU

The report presented by the Commission to the Education Ministers Council highlights that funding for education is stable in most Member States and it underlines that higher education remains the best insurance policy against unemployment, with graduates more likely to find a job faster than non-graduates. However, it also warns of growing teacher shortages.

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Announced the 27 winners of the Juvenes Translatores Contest

A winner for each EU country was selected to the EU Young Translators' Contest. According to the European Commission, the winners demonstrate that a knowledge of languages can take you further and open your mind to new possibilities.

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Hands off my Design competition, has its winners

The EU competition "Hands off my Design" has announced its winners for this edition. The competition is organised in order to draw attention on the cost that piracy has for the creative industry that estimates in €10 billion and more than 185,000 jobs in 2008 alone. The awards has been granted at an Award Ceremony held in the European Parliament.

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25º anniversary of the Erasmus programme: changing lives, opening minds for 25 years

The Erasmus programme celebrates its 25 anniversary under the theme 'Erasmus: changing lives, opening minds for 25 years', the silver anniversary celebrations'. In particular, more than 250 000 students will benefit from the Erasmus programme this academic year. The celebrations include events organised in the Member States and a conference in Brussels.

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