At the request of the Committee on Culture and Education (CULT) of the European Parliament (EP), the Brussels-based Academic Cooperation Association (ACA) has carried out an analysis of “A renewed EU agenda for higher education”. The European Commission has now published the resulting report as Research for the CULT Committee –Modernisation of higher education.
The study analyses the policy developments since the Commission’s 2011 plan for the modernisation of Europe’s higher education systems and assesses the events against the aims of the agenda. It shows that since 2011, the Commission has broadened the purpose of its HE policy from a more narrow focus on employability to include other societal aspects of skills development; but still with a relatively small focus on STEM fields rather than on an interdisciplinary approach. The study also notes “…an almost complete absence of internationalisation activities and contributions.”