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Startup Europe: European Commission wants to foster Web Talent through MOOCs


As part of its Startup Europe initiative, the European Commission announced the launch of a network of MOOC providers to foster regional web and app skills.

The network aims to map the demand for web-related skills across Europe and to promote the use of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) for capacity-building in those fields.

According to European Commission Vice President Neelie Kroes who is responsible for the EU’s Digital Agenda, in 2020, 90% of jobs will need digital skills. But Europe is not ready for the knowledge economy as already today there is a shortage of skilled ICT workers throughout the European Union.

Through the network the European Commission aims to identify the gaps in the current system through the network and invites web entrepreneurs as well as MOOC providers and universities to join the mission. Participants can also exchange their ideas and experiences on a dedicated portal called Open Education Europa and there is a conference planned for the second half of 2014.

The initiative is coordinated by p.a.u education in partnership with Berlin-based MOOC platform iversity. The two are also behind the European edtech incubator Open Education Challenge which is currently evaluating the 600+ submissions received from 74 countries worldwide.

The Open Education Challenge is a new 12 week incubator program that operates in partnership with the European Commission and aims at keeping education startup founders in Europe.

Further Reading

  • European Commission launches network to foster web talent through Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) | Press Release
  • Open Education Challenge – European EdTech Incubator in Partnership with the European Commission | EDUKWEST Europe

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