Volume 1, Issue 3 November 2017

Welcome to the regular update on research for the CULT Committee. In this issue we focus on the upcoming workshop on “Cultural Work with Refugees” planned for 9 November. Alison Phipps, UNESCO Chair in Refugee Integration through Languages and the Arts, explores the question of “Why cultural work with refugees” here . In his briefing, Rasoul Nejadmehr looks at the current practices of cultural work with refugees in the EU , and Rosanna Lewis and Polly Martin have ideas on how to set up the next generation of EU programmes  to facilitate that work. All three are going to give presentation in the workshop in the CULT Committee scheduled for 9 November from 10:30 onwards in ASP 5G2.

Policy Department CULT team

Why cultural work with refugees

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Recent research for CULT Committee

European Solidarity Corps and Volunteering:
This study provides an assessment of the legislative proposal for the establishment of the European Solidarity Corps. While the study considers the initiative welcome, it points out certain concerns: 1) level of engagement of stakeholders in the ESC framework; 2) feasibility to achieve 100,000 solidarity activities; 3) assuring participation of disadvantaged groups; 4) disparities between volunteers in different programmes; 5) the status of the quality label; 6) capacities of National Agencies; 7) lack of clarity on how to distribute ESC activities and funding across Member States; 8) lack of a monitoring system; 9) unclear definition of ‘solidarity activity’; 10) lack of safeguards to prevent replacing paid employment; 11) the choice for not integrating ESC in Erasmus+ should be better explained. Please give us your feedback on this publication.

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Modernisation of Higher Education:
This study analyses the policy developments since the Commission’s 2011 agenda for the modernisation of Europe’s higher education systems and assess the developments against the aims of the agenda. Second, it summarises most important achievements, shortcomings and challenges, to assess the effectiveness of the policy measures taken to reach the objectives set out in the 2011 agenda. Third, it assesses the renewed EU agenda in the light of these achievements, shortcomings and challenges and its renewed objectives. Last, it makes recommendations for actions by the Committee including follow-up with other major stakeholders.

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Also on this topic: Eurydice Brief on Modernisation of Higher Education in Europe: Academic Staff – 2017

Upcoming research for CULT Committee

In response to requests from the CULT Committee, the Policy Department for Structural and Cohesion Policies aims to deliver studies on the following subjects in the second half of 2017:

  • Best practices in safeguarding cultural heritage.
  • Workshop on Protection of minors in the digital age.
External publications of interest

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