Minister of Education addresses Ministerial Conference on Higher Education held in Paris

Minister of Education and Culture Kostas Champiaouris, declared his support for European initiatives to promote the European Student Card and European Networks Universities, that are crucial for the promotion of intercultural dialogue, democracy and freedom.

He made the remark in a speech at the Ministerial Conference on Higher Education held in Paris from May 24-25. It was opened to registered European Higher Education Area (EHEA) delegations and included a Bologna Policy Forum that was an opportunity to pursue a dialogue between EHEA and non-EHEA countries.

The Cypriot Minister further said that education is a necessary basis for the creation of a peaceful, just and sustainable society. Universities are able, he noted, to provide citizens with the necessary skills for the labour market, thus contributing to employability, social cohesion and the fight against poverty.

The European Higher Area includes 48 countries centering on the European region, and stakeholders such as students’ representatives (ESU), the European association of universities, the representatives of higher education institutions, the representatives of teachers and staff, the European Commission, the Council of Europe, the representatives of employers.

It aims at increasing the mobility of students and staff thanks to common concrete tools such as European credits transfer system (ECTS), structuration of the studies into three cycles and quality assurance of higher education.

The Paris Conference was an opportunity to reinforce the cooperation between countries for a better future of higher education. The Communique stresses the necessity to improve the implementation of fundamental values, especially democracy, since the standards of higher education convey notions of peace and freedom, the EHEA website added.

Source: Cyprus News Agency