An agenda for the modernisation of Europe's higher education systems: communication from the commission to the European parliament, the council, the European economic and social committee and the committee of the regions
The Europe 2020 strategy, its flagship initiatives and the new integrated guidelines put knowledge at the heart of the Union's efforts for achieving smart, sustainable and inclusive growth; the commission's proposal for the multiannual financial framework 2014-2020 supports this strategy with a significant increase in the budget devoted to investment in education , research and innovation., plays a crucial role in individual and societal advancement, and in providing the highly skilled human capital, and the articulate citizens that Europe needs to create jobs, economic growth and prosperity.... Higher education institutions are thus crucial partners in delivering the European Union's strategy to drive forward and maintain growth. Section 2 of this Communication identifies key policy issues for Member states and higher education institutions seeking to maximise their contribution to Europe's growth and jobs. The specific actions that the EU will take, bringing its added value to support the modernisation efforts of public authorities institutions are presented in section 3. The Staff Working Document accompanying this communication discusses the analytical evidence underpinning these policy issues and actions.