ERIC Number: ED481330
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
Passport to Mobility: Learning Differently, Learning Abroad.
Commission of the European Communities, Brussels (Belgium). Directorate-General for Education and Culture.
Personal mobility, which is becoming increasingly necessary in the era of the Internet and the globalization of trade, is a crucial part of the European Union's (EU) goal of becoming a knowledge society. While millions of young people, students, teachers, and trainers have participated in educational, training, and linguistic exchanges in the past decade, socioeconomic, linguistic, psychological, and practical administrative problems continue to limit mobility. Implemented in 51 countries, the Socrates (education), Leonardo da Vinci (vocational training), and Youth (mainly young volunteers) programs represent an EU response to a growing demand for mobility. After ensuring that these programs are implemented with optimum efficiency, the following steps will be undertaken: (1) member states will be urged to cooperate in removing barriers to mobility; (2) procedures for recognizing qualifications and training courses will be improved; and (3) a European "curriculum vitae" will be developed. A mobility action plan that aims to maximize opportunities for mobility emphasizes the following: (1) improving the language preparation of applicants; (2) expanding the training of support staff; (3) exploring new financial arrangements; and (4) launching a major public-awareness campaign highlighting opportunities. (Lists seven web sites in an "Information on the Internet" section.) (MO)
Descriptors: Agency Cooperation, Communicative Competence (Languages), Cooperative Programs, Educational Policy, Foreign Countries, Global Approach, International Cooperation, International Educational Exchange, International Programs, Occupational Mobility, Postsecondary Education, Professional Development, Second Language Instruction, Secondary Education, Staff Development, Student Mobility, Study Abroad, Training, Vocational Education, World Wide Web
For full text: http://europa.eu.int/comm/publications/booklets/move/29/txt_en.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Authoring Institution: Commission of the European Communities, Brussels (Belgium). Directorate-General for Education and Culture.
Identifiers - Location: European Union