European cooperation in higher education
The Council adopted conclusions on a European strategy for strengthening the position of higher education institutions for Europe's future and a recommendation on building bridges for effective European co-operation in higher education.
The conclusions on a European strategy to strengthen the position of higher education institutions for Europe's future call for European cooperation on four key issues:
• Strengthening the European dimension of higher education and research;
• Promoting Europe's role and leadership in the world ;
• Strengthen Europe's recovery and response to the green and digital transition ;
• and deepening the sense of European belonging.
In order to implement this strategy, the Council recommendation on transnational cooperation sets out the actions to be taken within a year by the Member States and the Union. The aim is, in particular, to experiment with a European label for joint diplomas from 2022, which will open the way to a future European diploma. New instruments to institutionalise cooperation between institutions may also be tested, for example through an alliance statute. There is also mention of future European funding for European universities.
Increasing the mobility of teachers and trainers
In the conclusions on increasing teacher and trainer mobility, Member States are invited to remove existing obstacles, provide organisational and financial support and encourage the mobility of teachers and future teachers.