The best public support systems for promoting and giving advice to higher education students about opportunities to study or train abroad are in Germany, Belgium, Spain, France and Italy, according to the first EU ‘Mobility Scoreboard‘. The Scoreboard is part of the European Commission’s response to a call by Member States to remove obstacles to studying and training abroad as part of wider efforts to help young people gain the skills and experience they need to increase their employability.
The report published today, Towards a mobility scoreboard: conditions for learning abroad in Europe, follows the Council Recommendation on promoting the learning mobility of young people, adopted in 2011: Member States committed to promoting and removing obstacles to learner mobility, and to supporting the European Commission in the creation of a framework for monitoring progress.
The report is the result of a feasibility study prepared by the Eurydice Network, working in close cooperation with the Commission and an advisory group of experts from the Member States. It defines indicators which reflect the objectives of the Council Recommendation. The Scoreboard indicators focus on five areas: information and guidance; foreign language preparation; portability of public grants and loans; recognition of learning outcomes and mobility support to students from a low socio-economic background.
The Scoreboard covers all 28 EU Member States, as well as Iceland, Turkey, Liechtenstein and Norway. Data is not available for Switzerland. The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia are not covered by the report as they joined the Eurydice network in the course of 2013, after the project had started.
EU Mobility Scoreboard: Frequently Asked Questions (Commission Européenne – MEMO/14/7 10/01/2014)
EU Mobility Scoreboard: more effort needed to promote studies and training abroad for students (Commission Européenne – IP/14/9 10/01/2014)