Education and culture

At the EU policy making level, education and culture are closely intertwined. Both areas have an important role to play in the development and sharing of European values amongst EU citizens.

European citizens are amongst the best educated, and some European education and training systems rank among the best in the world. However, Europe needs to remain vigilant to ensure that everyone has the skills and competencies they need to live and work in the knowledge society. As such, a strong investment in the resources and knowledge we in Europe have concerning education and training systems is important. Relevant issues to consider when investing include improving the quality and effectiveness of education and training systems, ensuring equality of access, and opening education and training to the wider world. This focus on human capital is a key element in the EU’s Lisbon Strategy for growth. However, the development of human capital during a person’s life, in large part through their education, is an important area to consider as well. Having carried out studies on education across levels and life phases, Panteia has a good track record in education policy.

Over the last few years, Panteia has executed a number of different studies on education and culture. These included assessments, monitoring, evaluations, and analyses in all areas of education, including primary education, secondary education, higher education, vocational education and training, and adult education. These projects and the different levels of education they investigated related to areas such as, management of educational institutes, curriculum development, harmonising education and the labour market, safety in schools, and internationalisation of education.

Just as education is key to generating human capital in Europe by teaching people across ages and levels, culture is an important element in European societies. Culture helps stimulate creativity and the development of EU values and diversity and therefore has close ties with education. Panteia has carried out several projects and studies in the wide and wonderful area of culture. These have included studies to help develop a reliable statistical baseline and deeper qualitative information regarding all sorts of cultural activities across Europe.

For example, Panteia has been involved in the Enumerate project. This project created a reliable baseline of statistical data about digitization, digital preservation and online access to cultural heritage in Europe. Currently, statistical data on Europe’s digital heritage is tentative and scattered at best. For the European Commission and many of the agencies and actors in the field of culture there is no consistent evidence base for making strategic decisions on investments in digitisation. ENUMERATE has brought about major improvements in the quality and availability of intelligence about digital heritage.

Together with VU Brussel (iMinds-SMIT), Panteia is currently running an EU-wide network of experts on culture and audiovisual media. The experts assist the EC by, for example, providing input for OMC Working Groups on a broad field of relevant topics, such as integration of immigrants, cultural heritage, the music industry and sustainable cultural tourism.

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