European Union: Students Still Face Barriers Across Europe

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Science  02 Feb 1996:
Vol. 271, Issue 5249, pp. 694
DOI: 10.1126/science.271.5249.694


Brussels—Although the 15 members of the European Union (EU) have removed many obstacles to trade and industry, one barrier remains stubbornly in place: Educational qualifications from one country are often meaningless in another. Students, moreover, find it hard to study in another country because the work may not count toward their degree. The EU cannot impose standardization because European governments have declared education to be a strictly national concern, but the EU is trying to reduce the barriers through a variety of student exchange programs and efforts to assess teaching quality across Europe.