EU 2020

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EU 2020 – EU higher education collaboration strategy & goals


Three years ago, in 2010, the EU heads of state and government adopted the “Europe 2020 Strategy” to ensure the EU would be fit to face the challenges of the future. Education, science and research have a special role to play within the Europe 2020 Strategy.

Within the EU 2020 Strategy, education, science and research are viewed as core elements required to secure Europe’s competitive edge in the future. The EU heads of state and government have also set an appropriate quantitative goal: in 2020, at least 40% of 30- to 34-year-olds should have a higher education degree. In 2011, the EU average for this quota was still 34.6%. In terms of promoting mobility, the EU has adopted the Bologna objective: by 2020, it intends to ensure that at least 20% of higher education graduates can show they have spent time abroad. EU countries should also be spending 3% of GDP on research and innovation by 2020. This is intended to make Europe more internationally competitive as a research region.

To achieve these goals, both the EU member states and the European Commission are being called on to implement appropriate measures. The forthcoming generation of EU education and research programmes will thus have a special role to play.

Further information can be found on the webside of European Commission: http://ec.europa.eu/europe2020/index_de.htm