European universities are little too digitized and linked to the national languages, so they can not compete fairly in the global world. To reverse the trend need more English and computer. To declare is the European Commissioner for Education, Androulla Vassiliou , that in this respect has launched “European Higher Education in the World”, a strategy aimed at ensuring that graduates acquire the EU international skills needed to work in any part of the world and that Europe retains its ability to attract non-EU students.

For Vassiliou, European universities have to “act in a strategic way to enhance the reputation of Europe for the quality of university education must promote the international mobility of students and staff, offer innovative curricula of the first order and ensure excellence in teaching and research. ” In fact, although with time different universities have established strong links within the borders of the EU, many of them “is missing – said the European Commissioner – a clear strategy to strengthen links with partners outside Europe, a situation that requires urgent change. ”


For all these reasons it is necessary that European universities require several courses in English and more information: the only way to promote the internationalization and competitiveness of these institutes around the world. Europe currently attracts 45 per cent of all international students, but the future promises to be less rosy, especially because other competing countries are increasing investment in secondary education.

In addition, as pointed out by Commissioner Vassiliou, it is necessary that universities promote “an international perspective in quell’85 percent of students reluctant to move, so that the proper skills required international in a globalized world “, thus preserving the competitiveness of European youth worldwide.

Not only more English and computer, then. With this in mind, a great engine of international trade between students and cooperation between European universities will – from next year – Erasmus + , the new program of the European Union for education, training, youth and sport . Through this new project will be financed 135 thousand exchanges of students and staff between the EU and the rest of the world, or well 100 thousand more than is the case with the current Erasmus Mundus program.