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EU-USEdPolForum-Oct8-9-09

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EU-US Education Policy Forum Washington, DC, October 8-9, 2009 JOINT STATEMENT The first EU-US Education policy forum took place in Washington, DC, on October 8th  and 9 th , 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  
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