Committee on Culture and Education – Study requested by CULT Committee, commissioned and managed by the Policy Department – “Digital Skills in the 21st Century” – Presentation by Justina Vaikutytė-Paškauskė, Public Policy and Management Institute
Brussels, 24 September 2018, 15:15-16:00
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On 17 January 2018, the Commission released Digital Education Action Plan and a Staff Working Document setting out how education and training systems can make better use of innovation and digital technology and support the development of relevant digital competences. The study identifies potential blind spots in the field of digital skills and competences that are not addressed by the Action Plan and other existing initiatives at EU level.

A presentation of the study, organized by the EP’s Policy Department for Structural and Cohesion Policies was held on 24 September 2018 and focused on five following issues:

– Low connectivity and insufficient skills
– Lack of digital student services
– Losing labour market competitiveness
– Low media literacy and gender gap
– The need for data on digital education.

The debate that followed the expert’s presentation raised notably the following issues:

– The need to bridge the digital gaps:

  • at the geographical level (acquisition of ICT skills and development of broadband in rural areas and in the outermost regions of the EU)
  • at the gender level (working with networks of women entrepreneurs who have succeeded in this field; encouraging young girls in studying STEM and ICT maybe through quotas in the related trainings)

– The relevance of teaching code as for the primary school as well as the need for critical thinking and digital citizenship in this field
– How to work towards an even closer relationship between the universities and the business in the field of digital skills (example of the of Berkeley and Stanford in the Silicon Valley) and how to encourage the development of trainings employment oriented in the field of artificial intelligence
– The predominance of English in the field of ICT

Link to watch video of the event (with multilingual interpretation) Study presentation starts at 15:17:06
Further reading: “Research for CULT Committee : Digital Skills in the 21st century”


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