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Modernisation of Higher Education in Europe

The House of Lords EU Social Policies and Consumer Protection Sub-Committee, which was chaired by Baroness Young of Hornsey, conducted an inquiry into the EU’s contribution to the modernisation of higher education in Europe. The report was published on 22 March 2012 and was debated by the House on 11 October 2012.

The inquiry investigated the EU's contribution to the modernisation of European higher education, including the role of the separate Bologna Process. The report called on the Government to overcome the UK's lack of mobility culture, including by making language learning compulsory in primary and secondary schools. Coupled with financial, socioeconomic and cultural barriers, the Committee warned that the UK's future participation in mobility programmes, such as the EU's Erasmus scheme, could not be assured. The Committee also called on the Government to ensure the continuation of the domestic Erasmus fee waiver scheme and support the proposed development of the EU Masters-level student loan guarantee facility. They believed that both of these measures will help more students, and those who are disadvantaged in particular.

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