Focusing on Graduate Education and a Research Agenda

Similarly, the article on Horizon 2020 highlights the EU’s largest ever focus on graduate education and research opportunities. In addition to outlining the high priority research topics that will be pursued around “Excellent Science,” “Industrial Leadership,” and numerous “Societal challenges,” it also discusses the possibilities for collaborative research projects, joint training of graduate students and opportunities for early career researchers. This initiative shows that the historically robust research collaboration between the U.S. and Europe can grow even stronger through EU investment in a well-defined research agenda.

Overall, the report finds that academic mobility between Europe and the U.S. has been an important building block in the geopolitical landscape and the betterment of global education. However, while more U.S. students have been pursing degrees in Europe since 2000, the opposite is true of Europeans in U.S. degree programs. The downward trend may be the result of any combination of the aforementioned greater efforts to improve the quality of education within Europe, potential lack of familiarity with the English language, and rising tuition costs for American institutions.

Moving forward, colleges and universities on both continents were encouraged by the report to rededicate themselves towards understanding the needs of international students in order to better attract and accommodate them.

Finally, the report includes a number of shorter features called “postcards” that detail region-wide programs and initiatives within Italy, Croatia, Germany and Belgium, and how they play out at the national level. It also includes a few “snapshot” sections providing insight into the origins of the EU, information on international student fees in Europe, and the issue of quality assurance and accreditation for internationalization.

For more on all of these topics and more, read the full report here. ACE’s Center for Internationalization and Global Engagement also hosted a webinar about the report in partnership with the Boston College Center for International Higher Education that is currently available for download.

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Ronald Bethke


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