It is not enough research should be strengthened also teaching. To suggest it is the High Level Group on the modernization of Higher Education European Union which, in a report commissioned by the European Commission last September, stresses the need, by 2020, all academic staff of the universities of the Old Continent receives pedagogical training certified.

The group, led by former President of Ireland Mary McAleese , counts among its members distinguished European academics and the chairman of Microsoft Corporation in Europe Jan Muehlfeit . In the report prepared for the Commission are contained 16 recommendations aimed at supporting the basic assumption, namely that the institutions should put in place a strategy for the support and continuous improvement of the quality of teaching and learning. How? By investing the right level of human and financial resources to give teaching the same dignity enjoyed by the search now.

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The European Commission, in the person of Commissioner for Education Androulla Vassiliou , has already declared its willingness to implement the recommendations, as they do not require large amounts of additional charges. “I very much welcome the proposal that all academics should be taught how to teach,” said Vassiliou.

Indeed, for some time in European universities the importance of teaching needed more recognition, especially for the career of teachers , as well as a more structured monitoring. The entrance of the academic staff, progression and promotion should take into account an assessment of teaching skills , along with other factors.

A crucial role to be played also by the public authorities responsible for higher education, you should worry about ensuring the existence of a well-funded and sustainable framework to support the efforts of European universities to improve the quality of teaching and learning. Finally, the report shows the need for the creation of a ‘ European academy for teaching and learning, guided by stakeholders and inspired by the best practices reflected in this report. The officials, however, said it was too early to say how much it costs and where the institution could be established its headquarters.