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Fisheries Innovation Platform - Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

Fisheries Innovation Platform - Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it
A new platform connecting researchers and policy makers The platform is a source of information on innovation in OECD countries, identifying policies, research centres, projects and plans. You can use it to connect with potential research partners across the OECD or simply to learn more about what is happening in fisheries innovation. It also provides indicators that characterise innovation systems: qualitative indicators, which focus on policy and institutional settings, and quantitative indicators related to the performance and impact of policies that are quantitatively measurable.
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Some nice interactive tools and access to information on aquaculture and fisheries development
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Better design, better targeting needed for sustainable development of aquaculture

Better design, better targeting needed for sustainable development of aquaculture | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

A report published today by the European Court of Auditors (ECA) reveals that measures to support aquaculture in the period up to 2013 were not well designed and implemented at EU and Member State level, and that the European Fisheries Fund (EFF), as the funding instrument of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP), failed to deliver value for money and effective support for the sustainable development of aquaculture.

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Essential (if depressing) reading for students of European aquaculture support policies -  and even more so practitioners!  

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Remember the young ones: Improving career opportunities for Britain’s young people | IPPR

Remember the young ones: Improving career opportunities for Britain’s young people | IPPR | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it
This report looks at five critical elements of the school-to-work transition for young people – the role of employers, vocational education, apprenticeships, careers guidance, and the benefits system – and at lessons the UK can learn from European economies with better youth employment records.

A long period without work at a young age can have a long-lasting effect on a person’s life chances, leading to a higher future likelihood of unemployment and lower future earnings. For this reason, UK policymakers should be particularly worried about the present level of youth unemployment. There are currently 868,000 young people aged 16–24 unemployed in the UK, and 247,000 of them have been looking for work for over a year.

This is not simply due to the financial crash and recession. While the last six or seven years have been particularly tough for the latest generation of young people, even before the financial crisis many of those entering the labour market for the first time were struggling to compete with older workers for jobs. This suggests that even a full-blown economic recovery is unlikely to solve the problem of youth unemployment in the UK.

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Another report from the UK Institute for Policy Research on vocational education and the need for strong engagement between employers and the education system. The UK needs to learn lessons from elsewhere in Europe!

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EUROPA - PRESS RELEASES - Education and training is not up to the job, say quarter of Europeans in survey

EUROPA - PRESS RELEASES - Education and training is not up to the job, say quarter of Europeans in survey | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

A new Eurobarometer survey on the 'European Area of Skills and Qualifications' (Special Eurobarometer 417) shows also that around a quarter (23%) of EU citizens feel that their education or training has not provided them with the skills to find a job in line with their qualifications. While over half of the respondents (56%) think their qualifications would be recognised in other Member States, 6% tried to work or study in another Member State but were unable to do so, either because their qualifications were not recognised by their prospective employer or education institution, or because the respondents lacked information about recognition of their qualifications abroad.


The survey's findings are echoed by the results of a separate Commission online consultation, 'Towards a European Area for Skills and Qualifications', aimed at education and training specialists. It collated views on the obstacles faced by people in having their skills and qualifications recognised across Europe and found that there is strong support for action to simplify European tools for recognition of skills and qualifications, to make them more coherent and easier to use, and to ensure a stronger focus on the needs of pupils, students, workers and employers. Respondents also call for more emphasis in education and training on what is learnt rather than the number of hours of instruction.

 

"Our objective is simple: everyone in Europe should be able to have their skills and qualifications understood and recognised, within and across national borders, by employers and educational institutions. They need to be recognised in a fair, comparable and transparent way, so that people's skills and qualifications improve their employability or open the way for further learning," said Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth.

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OKFestival: Open Educational Resources and Policy: July 16 • 12:00 - 13:00

OKFestival: Open Educational Resources and Policy: July 16 • 12:00 - 13:00 | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

"Over the last five years, Open Educational Resources (OER) policies have increasingly developed around the world, creating new opportunities and introducing new challenges. The European "Opening Up Education" initiative, launched last year, brought the idea of open education into the mainstream, while also introducing the potential for "openwashing": thinning out the standards of openness. The workshop will be targeted at people working on the development of open policies, but who are not necessarily knowledgeable about OER. We will start with a global overview of OER policy, a quick snapshot of key cases and models being adopted. In the second part, we will lead a discussion on what is a model OER policy and how it related to other open policies (for Open Access or Open Data, for instance)."

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Open Educational Resources (OER) ou Recursos Educacionais Abertos (REA)

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Short Course: Fisheries governance

Short Course: Fisheries governance | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it
The number of the world's fish stocks in trouble today seems to exceed the number of those in good shape. The causes are many, but overfishing is a major one – for which fisheries managers are often blamed. Their complexity, diversity and dynamics, and the involvement of a large number of stakeholders, make fisheries difficult to govern.
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Short course announcement: 3-21 November 2014 at Wageningen University, Netherlands

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Facts and Figures on European Education

Facts and Figures on European Education | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

Facts and figures about European Education compliled by Eurydice: Includes national educational budgets, national student fee and support systems, academic calendars, guides to the structure of European education systems etc.

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A great resource for the "big picture" or national comparisons.

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Facts about the EU education system. 

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Cedefop | News | European Online Education and Training Monitor

 

The annual report Education and Training Monitor presented every autumn by the Commission, sets out the progress on the ET 2020 benchmarks and core indicators, including the Europe 2020 headline target on education and training.

It illustrates the evolution of education and training systems across Europe, with a particular focus on the country-specific recommendations adopted in the field of education and training, and contributes to the analytical basis for the next European Semester.

It is accompanied by 28 individual country reports and an online visualisation tool

 

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A very useful document for providing an overview of changes in European Education and Training provision and EU policy directions

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Social Media Policy vs Guideline vs Best Practice in Higher Education

Social Media Policy vs Guideline vs Best Practice in Higher Education | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

Social media use and understanding is no longer an option in education.  Some higher education institutions may have been slower than others, but overall one can see that social media has become part of the fabric of a college campus.  Not just in student use, but in marketing, community relations, student life, classroom activities and alumni engagement.

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Although the specific examples relate to the USA, this blog article will be a useful starting point for anyone considering the deeper implications of using social media in a higher education context.

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Rethinking Education | United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

Rethinking Education | United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

We are living in a world characterized by change, complexity and paradox. These changes signal the emergence of a new global context for learning that has vital implications for education. It requires that we revisit the purpose of education and the organization of learning. The complexity of today’s world requires a comprehensive approach to education policy embedded in a better understanding of the way in which knowledge is created, controlled, disseminated, acquired, validated and used. It also requires further development of the ethical principles that govern education and knowledge as common goods.

 

Rethinking the purpose of education and the organization of learning has never been more urgent. The result of the work of a Senior Experts Group established by the Director-General of UNESCO to rethink education in a changing world has now been completed. 

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The next time politicians talk about going back to basics on education, I hope they give this document a read!

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EUROPEAN UNION: Call for Applications - Membership of the Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries (STECF)

EUROPEAN UNION: Call for Applications - Membership of the Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries (STECF) | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

The European Commission is to renew the membership of the Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries (STECF). The Committee will be composed of scientific experts competent in the area of fisheries and aquaculture management.

 

It will aim to advise the Commission on matters pertaining to the conservation and management of living aquatic resources, including biological, economic, environmental, social and technical considerations. Interested candidates are invited to send an application to the Commission by 15 December 2014.

 

The call for application is addressed to highly qualified experts in fisheries management in the area of assessment of stock status, fisheries knowledge, fishing fleets dynamics, fish population dynamics, fisheries dynamics, technical measures, scientific data collection, management measures for Marine Protected Areas, management plans, fishery economics, socioeconomics, control and enforcement and aquaculture.

 

A minimum 30 and maximum of 35 members will be appointed. Members of the STECF are required to contribute to the overall work programme of the STECF and to participate in plenary meetings and relevant Expert Working Groups as appropriate.

 

The Commission shall appoint members in a personal capacity for a three-year, renewable mandate. Members shall commit to act independently and in the public interest.

 

Call for application: http://ec.europa.eu/fisheries/partners/stecf/call_for_applications/2014/practical-information/index_en.htm

 

STECF website: https://stecf.jrc.ec.europa.eu/

 

Legislation

 

OJ L225, 31.08.2005, p. 18: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?qid=1410446474542&uri=CELEX:32005D0629

 

 

OJ L37, 10.02.2010, p. 52:  http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/ALL/?uri=CELEX:32010D0074

 

Call for application poster: http://ec.europa.eu/fisheries/partners/stecf/call_for_applications/2014/call-for-applications-poster.pdf

 

 

 

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Winning the global race? Jobs, skills and the importance of vocational education | IPPR

Winning the global race? Jobs, skills and the importance of vocational education | IPPR | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it
This briefing paper analyses the latest projections on the changing shape of the jobs market in the UK to presents a more complex picture of the skills needs of our economy.

In their desire to ‘win the global race’, policymakers have focused on increasing the number of graduates in the economy. However, winning the race will require more than simply expanding general higher education.

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A timely report highlighting the need for greater focus and support for vocational education in the UK

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Eurydice Report: Modernisation of Higher Education in Europe 2014

This is the second report in a series following the evolution of the modernisation agenda for higher education in Europe, following a 2011 report on funding and the social dimension. It examines policy
and practice related to the student experience of higher education through three stages: access, which requires awareness of the offer of higher education, the requirements to be admitted, and the process
of admission; progression through the study programme, including support that may be provided when problems are encountered; and the transition from higher education into the labour market.

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Very interesting overview on how Higher Education Institutions are responding to policy objectives across Europe

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Sustainable Aquaculture: Five Strategies to Getting Growth Right

Sustainable Aquaculture: Five Strategies to Getting Growth Right | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

A guest blog by Richard Waite of the World Resources Institute (WRI), Michael Phillips of WorldFish, and Randall Brummett of the World Bank.


The world’s appetite for fish is steadily growing. Finfish and shellfish currently make up one-sixth of the animal protein people consume globally. As the global wild fish catch peaked in the 1990s, aquaculture—or fish farming—has grown rapidly to meet world fish demand, more than doubling production between 2000 and 2012. New research shows that aquaculture production will need to more than double again between now and 2050 to meet the demands of a growing population.

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Continuing the theme of sustainability - this blog article from Worldfish and associated paper sets out some strategies for ensuring future sustainability in aquaculture

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The Rising Cost of Not Going to College

The Rising Cost of Not Going to College | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

For those who question the value of college in this era of soaring student debt and high unemployment, the attitudes and experiences of today’s young adults—members of the so-called Millennial generation—provide a compelling answer. 

 

On virtually every measure of economic well-being and career attainment—from personal earnings to job satisfaction to the share employed full time—young college graduates are outperforming their peers with less education. And when today’s young adults are compared with previous generations, the disparity in economic outcomes between college graduates and those with a high school diploma or less formal schooling has never been greater in the modern era."

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This study is from the USA, but suggests the qualification bar for accessing better paid employment is by and large going up. (Thanks to Sonia for passing this on...)

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Aquaculture in Motion 2013 - FEAP

Aquaculture in Motion 2013 - FEAP | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

FEAP organised the 2nd edition of 'Aquaculture in Motion',  Wednesday 6th of November in Le Méridien Hotel in Brussels. This year the event focussed on the ‘Strategic Guidelines for the Sustainable Development of European Aquaculture’ that were published by the European Commission in April 2013. These Guidelines aim to assist the EU Member States to define national targets while taking account of their circumstances, institutional arrangements and relative positions in terms of aquaculture activities. While the aims to promote aquaculture are intended to be achieved through a voluntary open process of coordination, it is also proposed, where appropriate, that common objectives be identified, alongside measurable indicators for progress.


In providing a focus on the need for quantified targets and relevant indicators, Aquaculture in Motion intends to stimulate the identification of Best Practice for the key performance indicators that need to be agreed as measures of progress and development. Moving European aquaculture forward with successful sustainable strategies was the target of this year’s Aquaculture in Motion.

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Presentations from this conference are now available via the weblink. They provides some useful insights into the constraints and policy issues for European aquaculture development

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European Open Educational Resources Policy Project

European Open Educational Resources Policy Project | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

The European Open Educational Resources Policy Project is an initiative that brings together a coalition of international experts to strengthen the implementation of open education policies across Europe. It will do so by developing a community of activists and advocates, producing policy materials, and connecting with policy makers.

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DG Mare: Fisheries & Aquaculture in Europe No. 62

DG Mare: Fisheries & Aquaculture in Europe No. 62 | Aqua-tnet | Scoop.it

Latest edition of this magazine from the European Commission contains articles including "Reform of the Common Fisheries Policy", "Seafood Expo promotes European innovation", "European Maritime Day", "Atlantic Strategy Action Plan seeks to protect marine environments while creating jobs", "Ocean energy holds great potential for Europe’s low-carbon future".

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Latest news magazine from the European Commission DG Mare.

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