Committee on Culture and Education (CULT)

What can the EU do to ensure improvements in the education and mobility of young EU citizens? Should there be a general EU education policy to ensure the same qualification standards in education and skills for those wishing to work within the EU?

Honorable delegates,

Education, cultural diversity and youth empowerment are all very important issues in the EU and are vital in guaranteeing a peaceful, well-developed and democratic future. Therefore our committee will be tackling a question combining all of these three aspects.

As it will be up to you and your fellow delegates to draft the resolution, it is vital that you have a good understanding of the topic. Enclosed are a few links, which can be used for your research and will hopefully make the preparation work easier for you. However, feel free to use other sources of information in order to expand your knowledge.
Please bear in mind that it is significant to know what the European Union is capable or not capable to change in the sector of education. Detailed knowledge of the key terms, organisations, projects and initiatives of the EU concerning higher education and youth empowerment is expected of you. MEP work is done at the assumption of an unlimited budget, therefore you must not worry about costs while preparing and collecting ideas. Always try to stay objective with your own approach to the topic!
As preparation is highly important, we would like to ask you to write a summary (350 words +) about the given issue in preparation for your presentation on the first day of our committee meeting. I strongly advise you to take a few of the provided links into consideration.
Enjoy your research and the learning process and be ready to dive into the world of MEP – you have everything to gain and nothing to lose!

With my very best wishes,

Your Committee President and Co Committee
Cecilia Hoyos and Frederik Windfeld

Sources

• The following website contains a general article about EU activities in the field of higher education:
http://ec.europa.eu/youth/policy/youth_strategy/eat_en.htm

• This link provides an article about educational policies and initiatives of the EU:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Educational_policies_and_initiatives_of_the_European_Union
This article should give each delegate an overview about the topic, very general!

Eurasmus+

• This link leads to the official website of Eurasmus+
http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/about_en

• http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/erasmus-plus_en

• The next website contains a brief summary about the LLP:
http://ec.europa.eu/education/tools/llp_en.htm
In order to fully understand Eurasmus+ each delegate should have basic knowledge about its precursor (The LLP)

Eurydice

• The following link leads to the official Website of Eurydice:
http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/education/eurydice/index_en.php
Each delegate should navigate through the site to gather information about positive and negative aspects of this network.

Student Mobility

• The following link comprises a PDF file concerning Eurasmus student mobility:
https://www.wiso.uni-hamburg.de/fileadmin/sowi/politik/governance/ConWeb_Papers/conweb2-2009.pdf
Reading and analysing the whole file is NOT required, however it should give you a good perspective regarding student mobility within Europe.

• The proximate article raises awareness of Europe´s student mobility brain drain problem:

Tackling Europe’s student mobility brain drain


Each delegate should be aware of the fact, that this article is focused on education in the Baltic countries. (Try to find out about the current situation in your home country concerning brain drain/gain!)

Article

• This article is about the on going changes within higher education and challenges universities have to face all around the world:
http://www.economist.com/news/briefing/21605899-staid-higher-education-business-about-experience-welcome-earthquake-digital

Statistics

• http://ec.europa.eu/education/tools/statistics_en.htm
• http://ec.europa.eu/education/library/statistics/ay-12-13/annex-2_en.pdf
• https://epthinktank.eu/2015/04/03/higher-education-in-the-eu-approaches-issues-and-trends/