Interview

Servoz: 'Better linking to business is essential for vocational and higher education’'

It seems that 2017 will have a lot in store for DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion . Reason for Neth-ER to ask Michel Servoz, Director-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion (...

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Smits: '2017: another crucial year for European science and innovation'

Embedding science and innovation in all EU policy activities is in full motion as well as the preparation for FP9. Robert-Jan Smits, Director-General for Research and Innovation underlines the...

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Thyssen: New Skills Agenda aims to build bridges between education and labour market

With high (youth) unemployment throughout the continent and with a rapidly changing demand for skills, making sure people acquire the right skills is of utmost importance. To address these...

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Bussemaker: 'There is still much work to be done to improve the quality of education'

Building cognitive and social skills, combating radicalisation and coping with migration are the Presidency’s key priorities for education, according to Jet Bussemaker, Dutch Minister for

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Dekker: 'We will realise Open Access by 2020'

Sander Dekker, State Secretary for Education, Culture and Science of the Netherlands, is pushing for more widespread use of Open Access as a means of publishing the results of publically-f

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Open science: Action with caution

The open science ‘Amsterdam’ action agenda speaks for itself: scientists should be ready to embrace open access and open data as part of an open science agenda for Europe

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Science in Europe can be more than the sum of its parts

It is well over four decades ago that I seized the opportunity to participate in the Summer Student programme of CERN, the European centre for particle physics. At the age of 21 I entered an amazing...

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Rinnooy Kan: 'We give focus to Dutch research in the years to come'

Alexander Rinnooy Kan and Beatrice de Graaf finished their work as presidents of the National Research Agenda (Nationale Wetenschaps Agenda) of the Netherlands in January 2016. This agenda...

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Alignment, alignment and alignment

Research and development are the conditional drivers for innovation that are indispensable for the sustainability of our welfare and wellbeing. Innovation is the generation and application of new...

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