The European Commission wants to make it easier for young people to study abroad with a new EU student ID card, according to the European Commissioner for Education, Tibor Navracsics, who said the goal of the programme is to give European students the chance to study at any of the Member States’ universities using more cost-effective methods while also cutting the number of bureaucratic hurdles that each individual has to jump through in order to gain admission at an EU institution of higher learning.
Navracsics said that by no later than 2021, the bloc’s universities should be able to view a student’s diplomas and academic background via, while each student will be able to use the new data encrypted ID to borrow books or pay in restaurants or laundrettes in any EU Member State.
The new student card is one of several initiatives that the Commission intends to roll out by 2025, which will include the establishment of Vocational Education and Training Centres of Excellence to promote an active role for specific skills that assist with local and regional economic development.
“No region of the EU should be excluded because of their geographical circumstances,” said Navracsics, who added that European higher education should become more competitive and more efficient in its approach.
The Commission will also focus on providing language education to European students that allow them to speak at least two foreign languages in addition to their mother tongue. Navracsics said the initiative will be a part of the mandatory secondary education curriculum acorss the European Union because, “The sooner they start, the better.”
The European Commission’s proposals are part of an agreement by the EU Member States that were signed at a summit in Gothenburg, Sweden in November which aims to jointly strengthen education and cultural identity across the bloc.