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Display results by tag: Europe 2020

  • EU for high quality learning: Updates from the High Level Group on the Modernisation of Higher Education

    Jan Muehlfeit Chairman of Microsoft Europe - 04 April 2013

    You’ve all seen the figures over the past year and more that show high youth unemployment across some European Union Member States. But do people know that technology can have an enabling role in Europe and beyond? 

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  • Modernizing education in order to secure smart, sustainable and inclusive growth

    Events - 22 Nov. 2012

    Microsoft’s event “Transforming education to regain economic prosperity”, will seek to promote and explore new assessment methods around collaborative problem solving. The discussion with key actors involved in this project, will provide guidelines to policy makers on how to help education communities prepare for PISA 2015.

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  • Employment Forum 2012: Creating Jobs for Growth

    Events - 14 Nov. 2012

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  • Moving towards a European Youth Guarantee

    Sylvie Laffarge Director EU Institutional Relations and Citizenship - 04 Oct. 2012

    "Europe needs a youth guarantee - that young people will be in work, training or education within months of leaving school’’ László Andor, European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion.

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  • Europe 2020 goals: let’s not underestimate the role of technology

    Jan Muehlfeit Chairman of Microsoft Europe - 25 Sept. 2012

    Youth unemployment in Europe is high. In many cases there are jobs available but the skill sets to meet them are scarce. Digital skills are in high demand and essential for enhancing employability, and driving innovation and sustainable growth in Europe. 

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  • Computation helps understand cancer

    Jasmin Fisher Researcher at Microsoft Research Cambridge, Programming Principles & Tools group - 20 June 2012

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  • Seizing the opportunity to build a brighter, more competitive future for Europe

    Niels Soelberg Vice President,Public Sector Sales, Microsoft EMEA - 07 June 2012

    With economic headwinds buffeting Europe, governments are confronted by many difficult challenges. But in these unpredictable times, one thing is certain – that Europe has to embrace change, to do things in a better, more efficient and innovative way.

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  • Transformative technology for active and healthy ageing

    Ray Pinto Senior Government Affairs Manager - 20 April 2012

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  • Efficient legislative network for prospering European SMEs

    Per Werngren CEO, Idenet AB - 30 March 2012

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  • Basic research as a driver of our economic future

    Fabien Petitcolas Director for Innovation, Europe - 08 Feb. 2012

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  • Building an innovative and competitive environment for SMEs in Europe

    Lisa Boch-Andersen Senior Director for Communications Europe - 03 Feb. 2012

    As always on our website, we try and bring you a wide variety of opinion pieces from specialist guest bloggers from both the private and public sector.

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  • Emerging markets - what’s in a name?

    Don Grantham President, Microsoft Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) - 20 Jan. 2012

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  • Outlook for 2012, fuelling the European economy

    John Vassallo Vice President - EU Affairs - 18 Jan. 2012

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  • Event: European Employment Forum, Brussels, 22-23 November

    Events - 10 Nov. 2011

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  • What’s up with the Digital Agenda? Momentum!

    Ian Clifford Deputy Chair, Telecentre Europe - 27 Oct. 2011

    There is a great sense of momentum right now in the digital inclusion community. From grass roots volunteers getting people online across Europe, to the highest level policymakers, everyone has noticed it.

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  • Microsoft joins global coalition to tackle employment challenge faced by people living with multiple sclerosis

    Rob Sinclair Chief Accessibility Officer - 20 Oct. 2011

    You, readers may recall James Thurston’s earlier blog on the Europe 2020 strategy; leveraging the labour market to drive European economic growth, via a ‘smart, sustainable and inclusive model’ to harness untapped employment potential. As the world continues to battle to the burden of recession, this quest remains as relevant as ever.

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  • Big ideas for growth and innovation

    Ron Zink Associate General Counsel - 17 Oct. 2011

    How can we make our economies succeed, provide jobs and build for the future?  These are the big questions on government leaders’ minds this year – not to mention those of business and of people everywhere.

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  • How to recruit innovation into Europe’s SMEs

    Nigel Gibbons Chairman of UniTech - 29 Aug. 2011

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  • The smart way to roll out smart grids

    Klaus Holse Andersen VP Western Europe - 18 Aug. 2011

    Governments around the world are racing to invest in smart electricity grids to reduce energy consumption and battle climate change. The European Union’s Strategic Energy Technology (SET) Plan includes a €2 billion investment in smart grids over the next ten years. By 2020, the EU aims to have smart meters in 80 per cent of homes.

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  • How to make the most of the open data opportunity?

    Francesca Di Massimo Security & Interoperability Lead, Western Europe - 13 July 2011

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  • Working smarter for a more competitive Europe

    Klaus Holse Andersen VP Western Europe - 20 June 2011

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  • Thoughts on the future of EU research funding

    Andrew Herbert Chairman, Microsoft Research EMEA - 31 May 2011

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  • “Getting the elephant out of the room!" European Employability Alliance calls for a more inclusive workforce

    Sylvie Laffarge Director EU Institutional Relations and Citizenship - 12 April 2011

    “This is not a niche group!”, “ Let’s not still be having the same discussion in 20 years!”, “Let’s get the elephant out of the room!” were just some of the impassioned rallying cries at the Employer Forum on Accessibility in the Workplace last week.

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  • We are moving forward on cloud computing in Europe on all levels

    Niels Soelberg Vice President,Public Sector Sales, Microsoft EMEA - 06 April 2011

    If ever proof was needed of the importance of cloud computing to local regional and national governments, then I heard a wealth of evidence during my visit to Rome today.

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  • Policy for fostering innovation

    Fabien Petitcolas Director for Innovation, Europe - 04 April 2011

    Since the launch of the Innovation Union flagship by Commissioner Máire Geoghegan-Quinn last October, instruments and policies to improve the performance of the research and innovation systems in Europe have never been so much in the spot light.

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  • EVENT: EU Spectrum Policy , 13 April

    Thomas Myrup Kristensen Former Senior EU Policy Director - 04 April 2011

    On 13th April, Microsoft is hosting a roundtable event to discuss recent developments in spectrum policy and their impact on the ICT industry.

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  • Get ready for cloud technology!

    Don Field Senior Director, Microsoft Certification Programs - 14 March 2011

    Business is moving to the cloud. According to IDC* predictions for 2011, 80% of new software will be available as cloud services; by 2014, over one-third of software purchases will be delivered through the cloud.

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  • Event: Worldwide Government Solutions Forum 2011, 6-7 April

    Events - 09 March 2011

    Efficiency and Opportunity: how the Cloud is powering Future Government.

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  • Working towards a cloud-active strategy in Europe

    Jean-Philippe Courtois President, Microsoft International - 09 March 2011

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  • Event: Official opening - Cloud & Interoperability Center, 22 March

    Events - 07 March 2011

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  • An Innovation Union for SMEs

    Máire Geoghegan-Quinn EU Research and Innovation Commissioner - 02 March 2011

    Small and medium-sized enterprises – SMEs – will be the powerhouse of the Innovation Union that the EU must become if we are to enjoy sustainable prosperity in the face of ever stronger global competition.

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  • Getting Europe online

    Sylvie Laffarge Director EU Institutional Relations and Citizenship - 28 Feb. 2011

    Get Online Week starts today across Europe, running from the 28th February – 5th March 2011. As the name suggests, the awareness week aims to get people using the Internet and gaining the skills needed to participate in the new information-based economy. Even in this age of smartphones, wi-fi hotspots and social media, 200 million people in Europe are still without the Internet.

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  • Boosting the apprenticeship drive

    Stephen Uden Head of Skills & Economic Affairs, Microsoft U.K - 22 Feb. 2011

    Youth unemployment remains around 20% within the UK and across the OECD. A key challenge facing young people is that they are lacking the experience to enable them to successfully compete for jobs in a tight labour market. 

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  • A debate on digital values – trust

    Cornelia Kutterer Senior Policy Counsel - 16 Feb. 2011

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  • Privacy and Innovation

    Ron Zink Associate General Counsel - 14 Feb. 2011

    The protection of one’s personal information continues to garner attention as online services become increasing popular, whether it be social networking, communications via smartphone, or other aspects of cloud computing.

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  • Digital Values series: Securely Connected

    Cornelia Kutterer Senior Policy Counsel - 14 Feb. 2011

    The online world allows for people to be more connected than ever before. On the other hand, increasing connectivity intensifies the security risks.

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  • Safer Internet Day 2011 – It’s not a game, it’s your life…Beware of virtual You!

    Sylvie Laffarge Director EU Institutional Relations and Citizenship - 11 Feb. 2011

    On Safer Internet Day 2011 I spent a few hours at my daughter’s school talking to a class of 10 year olds, as part of our employee engagement program on child online safety.

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  • Extending learning possibilities - Office 365 for education

    Matthew Fox WE Education - Cloud Solutions Sales Lead - 10 Feb. 2011

    Office 365 for education will extend learning possibilities to students while helping them master technology they will use in their future careers.

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  • Safer Internet Day

    Events - 07 Feb. 2011

    Microsoft supports Safer Internet Day, a global campaign promoting a healthy Internet for all. Organized by Insafe and co-founded by the European Union, Safer Internet Day promotes more responsible use of online technologies and services.

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  • Preparing today’s students for the jobs of tomorrow

    Anthony Salcito Vice President of Microsoft Education - 04 Feb. 2011

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  • Microsoft volunteers play key roles in community e-skills programs

    Microsoft - 04 Feb. 2011

    Since its launch in 2003, Microsoft’s Unlimited Potential (UP) community technology skills program has reached more than 50,000 community organizations across the world in bringing technology access and skills training to more than 170 million individuals. 

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  • Much more than IT: Microsoft volunteers support NGOs on many fronts

    Microsoft - 04 Feb. 2011

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  • Microsoft tech volunteers bring magic of software to NGO causes

    Microsoft - 04 Feb. 2011

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  • Looking at the Agenda for New Skills for New Jobs

    Elena Bonfiglioli Senior Director, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Health Industry, Worldwide Health Team, Public Sector, Microsoft - 28 Jan. 2011

    Skills are the link to the successful economies of Europe 2020. The way in which we forecast skills demands, provide access to relevant learning tools and engage Europeans more readily in ongoing workforce development will rapidly impact the job profiles and employment opportunities seen on the European market.

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  • Students engage digital skills to help IGOs, NGOs and Nonprofits

    Suzi LeVine - 24 Jan. 2011

    Microsoft has recently launched Imagine Cup Solve This, a new program to provide inspiration for students looking to help solve the world’s toughest problems whilst giving them a platform to narrow their skills gap.

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  • Digital Values series: Human Trust

    Cornelia Kutterer Senior Policy Counsel - 17 Jan. 2011

    Just how strong is trust in a modern society? The more we depend on technologies to carry out or mediate our everyday activities, the more we need to make sure that we trust them to do so. How do you inspire user trust without any face-to-face contact? Do we need trustmarks or rather trust user experience?

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  • Europe's digital pathway

    Jan Muehlfeit Chairman of Microsoft Europe - 12 Jan. 2011

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  • Preparing for Europe 2020 jobs

    Jan Muehlfeit Chairman of Microsoft Europe - 05 Jan. 2011

    Many of the jobs in the next two decades simply do not exist today. Regardless of economic sector - retail, automotive, logistics, tourism, manufacturing or telecom- the transformation of industrial processes is upon us! However- are Europeans equipped and in the right skills ‘gear’ for a more digitally driven economy?

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  • The EBAN Winter University, opportunities for business angels and start-ups

    Brigitte Baumann President EBAN - 16 Dec. 2010

    See what Microsoft’s Blaise Vignon and Brigitte Baumann, President of EBAN, had to say on the event which provided opportunities for growth and highlighted the contribution of early-stage investors to the Europe 2020 strategy.

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  • The Privacy Design Imperative

    Ron Zink Associate General Counsel - 08 Dec. 2010

    Microsoft’s announcement this week of new privacy-enhancing technologies in our upcoming Internet Explorer 9 (IE9) browser is our latest move towards giving users simple, clear options for controlling how their information is used on the internet.

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  • Kroes calls for consultation on cloud computing

    John Vassallo Vice President - EU Affairs - 30 Nov. 2010

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  • Can you measure carbon abatement through cloud computing?

    Ray Pinto Senior Government Affairs Manager - 10 Nov. 2010

    The Europe 2020 strategy is driving massive change across European life. The Barroso Commission is not only striving for a stronger economy and more competitive Europeans but it  demands that we act smart in the process.

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  • Securing Europe’s future: innovation and technical progress are key, says Barroso

    Jean-Philippe Courtois President, Microsoft International - 05 Nov. 2010

    As the President of Microsoft International I had the honour of hosting the Government Leadership Forum (GLF) in London.

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  • Breaking the barriers to a cloud single market in Europe

    John Vassallo Vice President - EU Affairs - 04 Nov. 2010

    Growth has been the watchword at the Government Leaders Forum (GLF) in London. It’s an event that brings together some of the region’s most influential public sector figures under one roof, in an effort to find new ways to drive sustainable economic growth in Europe.

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  • Cloud driving change in the IT department & profession

    Nigel Gibbons Chairman of UniTech - 02 Nov. 2010

    The fusing of ICT with business economic delivery models is challenging the future of the IT profession.

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  • Together for Health: a strategy for the Europe 2020

    Octavian Purcarea Industry Solutions Manager - 26 Oct. 2010

    As we, the many stakeholders at regional and local level, work with the European Commission to help realise their health strategy Together for Health – a Strategy for the Europe 2020, I want to focus this post on some key challenges and opportunities arising from the availability and access to structural funds used in eHealth.

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  • CLOUD EVENT 4: Cloud computing - a new dimension of telemedicine

    Events - 26 Oct. 2010

    This Microsoft-hosted workshop will examine how the use of new technologies, especially cloud computing can ease the path toward e-Health. The workshop will gather together important leaders in the European Medical Community as well as Health organizations involved in innovative telemedicine projects. It is being held on November 11/12 in the Microsoft Executive Briefing Centre in Brussels.

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  • e-maturity of students and e-confidence of teachers

    Marc Durando Executive Director, European Schoolnet - 18 Oct. 2010

    Just a few weeks after the launch of the EU flagship initiative Youth on the Move, on 4 October, Microsoft and European Schoolnet hosted a successful EU roundtable on eEducation entitled “ICT – are we doing enough to keep Europeans ahead in education?” in Brussels.

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  • Europe's government leaders build a smart, sustainable and inclusive Europe

    Events - 18 Oct. 2010

    This year's Government Leaders Forum (GLF) in London discussed ideas and solutions on how governments can act as drivers of change in order to achieve the Europe 2020 vision.

    Keynote speakers Government Leaders Forum included:

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  • Innovation Summit encourages youth to jump in the fast lane

    Jan Muehlfeit Chairman of Microsoft Europe - 15 Oct. 2010

    Creativity is at the heart of stimulating innovation and fostering sustainable growth at European level.  When it is combined effectively with new digital technologies it can solve some of today’s greatest global challenges whilst at the same time generating new employment pathways in the region.

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  • Youth on the Move: Elevating young people for the new world of work

    Jan Muehlfeit Chairman of Microsoft Europe - 07 Oct. 2010

    I want to share my reflections on the recent announcement of the “Youth on The Move” initiative launched by the European Commission.  First of all, I was very pleased to see how much this initiative recognizes that opening doors to employability is at the heart of Europe’s success in 2020.  Microsoft is a partner in this journey.

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  • Welcome to the Innovation Union

    John Vassallo Vice President - EU Affairs - 06 Oct. 2010

    What Commissioner Geoghegan-Quinn released today should not be seen as business as usual to innovation in Europe, but exactly the opposite. The new flagship of the Europe 2020 strategy is a strong signal by the Commission to challenge the way research and development (R&D) is done  and an injection of new excitement to put us in Europe on the global and competitive stage.  

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  • How can start-ups & SMEs benefit from the European single market thanks to the Digital Agenda?

    Lisa Boch-Andersen Senior Director for Communications Europe - 27 Sept. 2010

    How can small businesses succeed in a market as internally varied as Europe? Will current EU regulation further help the growth process for businesses?

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  • Managing the Belgian EU Presidency on a dynamic cloud platform

    Mark Lange Director EU Institutional Relations - 16 Sept. 2010

    Few stories sum up the opportunity of cloud computing any better than the one shared in this video.

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  • The EU's Digital Agenda puts the focus on technology as a way to help all European citizens

    Ron Zink Associate General Counsel - 22 July 2010

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  • New skills for new jobs: opportunities for the inclusion of people with disabilities in the job market

    James Thurston Director, International Accessibility Policy - 20 July 2010

    The Europe 2020 strategy calls for economic growth based on a smart, sustainable and inclusive model that targets an overall employment rate of 75% and a reduction of poverty by 20 Million among other priorities.

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  • Employment Commissioner László Andor puts the European spotlight on ‘Global Skills Strategy'

    Elena Bonfiglioli Senior Director, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Health Industry, Worldwide Health Team, Public Sector, Microsoft - 18 May 2010

    The first ever meeting of the G20 employment ministers  set the tone for a concerted response to the current global employment challenge

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  • Digital skills open the way to greater social inclusion in Europe

    Microsoft - 17 May 2010

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  • Microsoft statement on Granada declaration

    John Vassallo Vice President - EU Affairs - 04 May 2010

    Microsoft strongly supports the efforts of the European Commission and governments across Europe to build smart, sustainable and inclusive growth outlined in the Europe 2020 strategy.

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  • EU e-skills week in Romania: Launching ICT skills portale - aptitudini.ro

    Stefania Popp Executive Director, Junior Achievement Romania - 20 April 2010

    www.e-aptitudini.ro portal puts the incentive on upgrading skills! An initiative launched during the European eSkills Week by Junior Achievement Romania and Microsoft to match the demand for eSkills trainings against available educational resources!

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  • Future European competitiveness – dependent on our ability to provide the best education for our children

    Kirsten Panton Western Europe Lead Partners in Learning - 20 April 2010

    The European Union has singled education and training as one of its priorities with the adoption of the Lisbon Strategy, its overarching program focusing on growth and jobs.

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  • Event | ICT-Are we doing enough to keep the Europeans ahead in education?

    Events - 26 March 2010

    Education is one of the important targets in Europe’s 2020 Strategy and rightly so.

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  • Funding boost for Telecentre-Europe will aid Europe’s digital literacy

    Microsoft - 15 March 2010

    With support from Microsoft, enabling Telecentre-Europe to meet and develop the bid, they have secured a €260,000 capacity-building grant from the EU Grundtvig Program. 

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  • New Skills for New Europeans – Immigrant Women Realizing Potential

    Sylvie Laffarge Director EU Institutional Relations and Citizenship - 04 March 2010

    Women now account for over half of Europe’s immigrants. They face many challenges including higher unemployment and are often clustered in less-skilled occupations.

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  • Video blog: e-skills and the future of Europe

    Jan Muehlfeit Chairman of Microsoft Europe - 04 March 2010

    The competitiveness challenge is one which will decide the future of Europe, and given the nature of globalisation, we as a continent need to get further into the business of selling ideas to be able to meet this challenge

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  • Innovation & e-skills: the lifeblood to Europe’s prosperity

    Jan Muehlfeit Chairman of Microsoft Europe - 03 March 2010

    I strongly believe that innovation is the lifeblood of the 21st century economy. If we just take the way research is done today compared to 15 to 20 years ago we can see a huge difference.

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  • Time to get going again

    Futures - 01 Dec. 2009

    When the new Commission is appointed, it will find a raft of proposals waiting for it – all aimed at putting research, development and innovation at the heart of policy.

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  • Technology Skills Training Provides Key Route To New Jobs In Portugal

    Editor - 01 Sept. 2009

    An innovative partnership in Portugal that helps unemployed textile workers gain essential ICT skills and jobs is being extended to other industries.

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