Europe has thousands of universities and higher education institutions that are not only well established and renowned the world over, but perhaps more importantly play a vital role throughout society. This is achieved by propagating and generating new knowledge that is then passed on to students that in turn nurtures and drives innovation. Together with increased European integration, free movement and the development of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) through the Bologna Process, this has only strengthened the desirability to gain a higher education in Europe.
At present there are approximately 4000 universities and higher education institutions throughout Europe with more than 19 million students employing over 1.5 million staff, with many of them now offering English taught degrees and masters programmes. This is only set to grow due to rising education costs in the UK, increased mobility and links between higher education institutions and systems, that enable foreign students to easily transfer their qualifications.
Students also benefit from the incredible range of diversity and additional skill sets that are available to them from studying, working and living in Europe.
Moreover, the European Commission (EC) is working very closely with member states across 47 countries to further develop the ‘European Higher Education Area’. The EC have and are continually gathering, analysing and sharing information relevant to HE policy, and are actively encouraging the exchange of good policy and practice between countries to share experiences and overcome common challenges within higher education.