13 January 2014 11:53

Cyprus along with the Luxembourg and the German-speaking part of Belgium are among EU countries placing the greatest emphasis on learning foreign languages in schools.
This is according to the first EU Mobility Scoreboard that was released in Brussels on Friday, noting that learning languages "is often an important factor for deciding to study abroad".
Cyprus scored excellent for preparation of opportunities for learning mobility-foreign language skills and for portability of public grants and publically subsidised loans.
It also scored fair for information and guidance on learning mobility, strong for  mobility support provided to students with low socio-economic background and very weak for recognition of learning outcomes.
The Mobility scoreboard covers all 28 EU countries, as well as Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein and Turkey and it is the first overview of the factors covered in the 2011 Council Recommendation on learning mobility.
It will be the basis for future joint monitoring at EU level, with the next update planned for 2015, a press release said.
EU Commissioner for Education Culture, Multilingualism and Youth Androulla Vassiliou said:
"Studying and training abroad is an excellent way to gain valuable skills and experience, which is why the EU has greatly increased funding for mobility under the new Erasmus + programme."
"The Mobility Scoreboard allows us to see for the first time how well countries are creating a positive environment for student mobility to flourish-and where they could do more," she added.
The Mobility Scoreboard focuses on five key factors that influence young people's motivation and ability to study or train abroad.
"It reveals that these factors vary significantly between Member States  and that no single country scores highly on all measures of their mobility environment."


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