Key Data on Teaching Languages at School in Europe – 2017 Edition

Key Data on Teaching LanguagesThere are over 60 official languages in Europe. It is a continent of considerable linguistic diversity, and that breadth is only increasing with recent migration flows.
The 2017 Edition of Key Data on Teaching Languages at School in Europe depicts the main education policies regarding teaching and learning of languages in 42 European education systems.

Some of the questions answered in the report:

  • How long do students spend studying foreign languages?
  • What are the ten most commonly offered foreign languages?
  • Do foreign language teachers travel abroad for training?
  • How many immigrant students speak the language of schooling at home?
  • Plus much more

Although the main focus of the report is on foreign languages, some information about the regional/minority and classical languages in the curriculum is provided. The report also discusses the language support measures available for newly arrived migrant students.

More information and report

Call for Applications: Rhodes Model Regional Co-operation 2017

International Simulation Conference – October 11-15, 2017, Rhodes, Greece

Rhodes Model Regional Co-operation 2017The awarded and prestigious Rhodes Model Regional Co-operation or RhodesMRC returns this year with two separate editions, offering to the world academic community unique simulations of international regional organizations and the amazing experience of Rhodes, a top destination, with the experience of having served more than 1200 students from 22 countries.

The 8th RhodesMRC will take place in Rhodes, Greece, October 11-15, 2017, for the university level – open to students and graduates -, and November 09-12, 2017, for the high school level – open to grades 9-12.
Students, young scientists of law, political science or international relations and diplomats or just international relations “fans”, gather together in Rhodes every year to simulate the works of the organs and committees of a regional international organization, gaining valuable experience on negotiations and resolution making.

Being academically innovative and challenging, RhodesMRC is dedicated to Regional Co-operation. During its seven years of run, it has provided the international academic community with unique simulations of the Union for the Mediterranean, the Black Sea Economic Co-operation Organization, the Organization for the Security and Co-operation in Europe, the North Atlantic Council and the EuroAtlantic Partnership Council of NATO, the Organization of American States, the African Union, a Middle East Peace Conference and the Council of Europe, while this year it adds the European Union, the League of Arab States and the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation to its offerings.

For its academic innovation and unique nature, RhodesMRC has received various recognitions:

  • the prestigious patronage of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Mr. Thorbjørn Jagland, for 2015, 2016 and 2017,
  • distinction as one of the top projects for European Youth in 2013 by the Nantes Creative Generations program in France,
  • being the cornerstone of the House of Europe in Rhodes award by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean, in 2012.

Further developing its always current theme “Towards effective peacebuilding and sustainable development on a regional level”, from 2017 onwards, RhodesMRC will honor and commit itself to the accomplishment of the Global Goals for Sustainable Development, as set by the United Nations. Our whole organizational model, our agenda topics and our attitude as a conference, are constantly adjusted to become more related to the Global Goals, in multiple direct or indirect ways. RhodesMRC 2017 will further honour and participate to the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, as celebrated by the World Tourism Organization, being a fine example of academic tourism and an incubator of young travellers that learn to cherish diversity and respect cultural heritage.

Rhodes Model Regional Co-operation 2016RhodesMRC 2017 is being organized by the House of Europe in Rhodes. The Region of South Aegean, the City of Rhodes, the Dept. of Mediterranean Studies of the University of the Aegean, and the European Network for Education and Training, e.V. – EUNET serve as organizing partners. The International Center for Black Sea Studies, the Center of International and European Studies of Kadir-Has University and the Institute of European Integration and Policy serve as academic partners, while RhodesMRC is strongly affiliated with the ThessISMUN, Europa.S, FredMUN and SheffieldMUN conferences.

A highly-experienced Organizing Committee is in charge of all aspects of running such a demanding task. A Scientific Committee of 23 professors, academians and experts from 9 universities from 4 countries are supervising the simulation preparation that will be run by a skilled Board of young scientists, students and professionals.

RhodesMRC 2017 will be the 8th University Edition of the Rhodes Model Regional Co-operation, a conference simulating the works of regional international organizations. Growing from 2 committees and 50 participants in 2010 to 9 committees and 500+ available seats for 2017, RhodesMRC was always about innovation and expanding as to include everyone. Till today more than 1000 young students and professionals from 22 countries have visited Rhodes for five days in October to have an amazing academic experience, develop their skills, entangle in a benefiting intercultural exchange, in one of the most amazing heritage backdrops available.

One World | 9 Committees | 500+ Participants

For its 8th Edition, RhodesMRC, has split the University and High School conference in two completely separate events, in order to facilitate the participation of more participants in both. RhodesMRC 2017 has been designed with specific targets in mind: 1. Maximize the possible number of participants, 2. Further diversify its set of simulated organizations, 3. Be representative of almost every region of the world.

  1. With 9 committees and exercising the dual delegation practice, this year’s conference will have up to 460 seats for member states and observer states to its offerings, a high increase to our available seats of initially planned 220 back in 2016 (that ended up expanding to 350 delegates). Along with the Board, Staff and the Organizers, the whole event could surpass the 500 people mark.
  2. Adding two organizations, we further enhance our offerings to organizations with high political significance (NATO, OSCE, LAS, MEPC), with democracy and human rights at their core (Council of EuropeOASAfrican Union) or strong financial and development aspects (BSECAPEC), covering a wide range of topics as our agenda will prove.
  3. With the addition of APEC, the East Asia and the Pacific are now represented to the conference, which including the observer-states of our organizations it includes almost every country of the world (sorry Nepal and North Korea).

The simulated committees for the University Edition will be:

  • Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe
  • NATO’s North Atlantic Council (dual delegation)
  • Council of Europe
  • a Middle East Peace Conference (crisis committee)
  • Black Sea Economic Co-operation
  • League of Arab Nations
  • Organization of American States
  • Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation, and
  • African Union

RhodesMRC 2016This year’s innovation is the joint crisis element that will run conference-wise and will have to be addressed by at least four of our committees. We will foster committee-to-committee interaction, country delegations and a diplomatic experience like no other.

A more European affair, the High School edition of RhodesMRC is currently at its 5th edition and is designed to accommodate up to 160 delegates. Further plans are in place, to cope with the demand if such necessity arise, with the opening of new committees. An annual meeting that brings together school students from Greece and abroad (e.g. Denmark, FYROM, Germany, Qatar, Turkey, Lebanon), the High School Edition of RhodesMRC 2017 will start to grow on its own, separately from the University Edition, with new dynamics and the full-on attention of the organizers to provide the younger diplomats an amazing educational experience.

The simulated committees for the High School Edition will be:

  • EU’s European Council
  • Council of Europe – Democracy & Human Rights
  • Council of Europe – Education

Applications are now open for the University Edition. Already 1/3 of the available seats are covered after a record breaking early bird period. Discounted fees are still available for both individuals and group delegations till 31/07/2017.

Applications for the High School Edition will open on June 01, 2017.

More information on how to apply, fees e.t.c. are available at www.rhodesmrc.org.

For general information: contact@rhodesmrc.org
For applications: applications@rhodesmrc.org

Open consultation on Erasmus+ and predecessor programmes

30 years Erasmus+This public consultation is designed to support the mid-term evaluation of Erasmus+.
The mid-term evaluation covers the activities undertaken under the Erasmus+ Programme during the period 2014-2016.

The open public consultation is an important part of the assessment of how well the Erasmus+ programme has been working and whether and how it should be amended in the future. It is also important to know your views on how well these predecessor programmes have worked in the past.

Deadline: 31 May 2017. Check here for more info.

The European Parliament must do more to improve lobby transparency

100 organisations for lobby transparencyOver 100 civil society organisations warned MEPs in an open letter that the Commission’s proposal risks providing even less transparency to the public than the current one and that if they are serious about transparency in the big EU institutions then they must start with their own house.

A few weeks before Commission, Parliament and Council are expected to start negotiating a revision of the joint EU Transparency Register, the Alliance for Lobby Transparency and Ethics Regulation (ALTER-EU), Civil Society Europe and Transparency International EU have brought together a broad civil society coalition to make key demands that will ensure meaningful reform.

To guarantee reforms that deliver greater lobby transparency, rather than a weakened register, the signatories urge MEPs to champion the following points during the negotiations:

  • a strong commitment by MEPs to only meet registered lobbyists
  • a financial commitment to help the register secretariat ensure data quality
  • maintaining the existing definition of lobbying, which includes direct and indirect lobbying
  • a commitment to a legally-binding lobby register in the longer-term

The letter is supported by more than 100 organisations active in areas such as worker and consumer rights, environment and public health protection, education and development cooperation.

CSO letter on EU lobby transparency

International Conference on the European Solidarity Corps

European Solidarity Corps
Background, implementation approaches, perspectives

Europäische Akademie Berlin; 23.05.2017 from 9 – 22h

European Solidarity CorpsThe European Solidarity Corps (ESC) is a newly established EU-initiative which shall provide opportunities for young Europeans to engage in solidarity activities across Europe, to gain experience, develop skills and increase their chances on the labour market. However, as pointed out by civil society organisations, many questions still remain to be discussed, especially concerning financial and organisational issues as well as regarding the synergies with established EU exchange and volunteer programmes (EVS, Erasmus).

In cooperation with EUNET and European partners, the European Academy Berlin is organising a one-day expert conference for German and European disseminators.

The conference will pursue the following aims:

  • Information and multiperspective discussion on the current development of the ESC, especially regarding its aim to foster solidarity between the EU member states and to contribute to fighting youth unemployment in Europe,
  • Discussion about the positioning of the ESC within the landscape of existing European programs and initiatives and the possible synergies between them,
  • Exchange on best practices and exploitation of possible common measures in civic (youth) education and voluntary work regarding the strengthening of European solidarity.

Programme Conference on European Solidarity Corps
Registration Form Conference on European Solidarity Corps

Due to the kind support of the German Federal Foreign Office and the European Union, participation in the conference is free of charge (including meals and programme costs).
The number of places is limited.

For those participants who need accommodation in Berlin, rooms at the European Academy Berlin are available at a preferential rate of 69 Euro per person/room, including breakfast.

Please register as soon as possible and at the latest by May 9, 2017.

For any further details please contact
Claudia Rehrs
Tel.: +49 30 89 59 51 37
E-Mail: cr@eab-berlin.eu