Louis Galea addresses EU Council
meeting on education
Education Minister Louis Galea yesterday participated
in the first EU Council of Ministers meeting, where the Council of Ministers
for Education, Youth and Culture agreed on the institution of two new
community programmes directly linked to Maltas vision within an
These EU Council meetings will become a common occurence for ministers
given Maltas EU membership.
The Council officially noted Galeas contribution that networking
must be considered of fundamental significance to the development of
excellence via the exchange and dissemination of good practice.
Galea provided a model of excellence in the description of how the Mediterranean
Academy of Diplomacy based in Malta, has been used in an inter-governmental
partnership, to bridge relations through teaching and research in the
There was general agreement on the need to adapt both to the demands
of the knowledge society and the improved level and quality of employment.
For these ends, an e-Learning programme and the much-awaited Erasmus
Mundus were established.
The e-Learning programme will aim at combating digital illiteracy and
the inability to use IT resources. This initiative was considered to
be of prime importance by EU Education and Culture Commissioner Viviane
Reding and Research Commission Mr Phillipie Busquin.
The Commission is looking into bridging the developments in IT with
citizens in Member States. The e-Learning programme will also support
agreement between universities in order to promote students virtual
mobility and the e-twinning of secondary schools throughout an enlarged
Europe, allowing students to participate in digital projects across
Erasmus Mundus will aim to make higher education in the Union more attractive
to students and teachers in third countries by means of scholarships
and the setting up of around 90 inter-university networks, which will
provide 250 European Masters Courses.
The proposal will allow 4,200 post-graduate students to receive grants
at a level of around EUR21,000 per year.