Tertiary education in EU countries

Janka Poráčová, Mária Zahatňanská, Melinda Nagy, Mária Konečná, Marta Mydlárová Blaščáková, Vincent Sedlák, Renáta Tkáčová

Abstract


Tertiary education provided by universities and other higher education institutions play an essential role in society, by fostering innovation, increasing economic development and growth, and improving more generally the well-being of citizens. Some European universities are among the most prestigious in the world. Many commentators predict that in the coming years there will be increased demand for highly skilled people. Driven by digital technology, jobs are becoming more flexible and complex. This has resulted in a growing number of employers seeking staff with the necessary capacities to manage complex information, think autonomously, be creative, use resources in a smart and efficient manner, as well as communicate effectively. Education is an essential part of any modern, successful and rich country. EU countries are no exception. The need for a university-educated workforce is increasing every year by employers.  Educated graduates and workers are also needed in other areas of society, e.g. in healthcare, in the economic, social, legal, education, etc. One of the EU's main challenges is to ensure that policy developments are monitored to take account of the considerable geographical diversity in the EU. The territorial dimension of EU policy is increasingly recognized, as growth and job creation depend on making the best use of all resources while ensuring the coordinated and sustainable use of shared resources. This section provides an overview of some of the main EU policy developments that have a territorial impact.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3311/ope.421

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