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Unformatted text preview: EU-US Education Policy ForumWashington, DC, October 8-9, 2009JOINT STATEMENTThe first EU-US Education policy forum took place in Washington, DC, on October 8th and 9th, 2009. The forum was organized by the European Commission's Directorate General for Education and Culture and by the US Department of Education. It was co-chaired by Mrs. Martha Kanter, US Under Secretary of Education, and by Mrs. Odile Quintin, European Commission Director General for Education and Culture.The purpose of the EU-US Education policy forum was to exchange views on common challenges and share experiences and best practices in selected policy areas. The agenda of the meeting focused in particular on higher education reforms—notably the Bologna process—and on university-business cooperation aiming at enhancing openness and responsiveness of education and training systems to tackle the skills mismatch. The forum was organized in the framework of the third US-EU Agreement in Higher Education and Training concluded in 2006 for an eight-year period. The Agreement underpins the Atlantis program through which the two sides support transatlantic joint/double degree programs and mobility projects, and the Schuman-Fulbright program providing grants to students, researchers and professionals for conducting studies on the EU or EU-US relations.Odile Quintin, Director General for Education and Culture at the European Commission, and Ms. Martha Kanter, US Under Secretary of Education, stressed that: "The first EU-US Education Policy Forum provided us an unprecedented opportunity to foster mutual understanding and deepen transatlantic cooperation. Investment in Education and international cooperation is today more important than ever in the context of the current economic crisis and globalization. We face common challenges in America and in the EU especially in terms of modernization of higher education and opening our universities to the word of business. On the basis of the good results of this meeting where we agreed on several joint actions, we are committed to continue and strengthen this dialogue on a regular...
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