International student mobility contributes to a better qualified
workforce and a more diversified culture all over Europe. It also
improves the capacity to interact in a globalised world by fostering
open-mindedness, adaptability and creativity of millions of European
students. It is, however, hindered by many obstacles, such as lack
of information, long bureaucratic procedures, doubts about the quality
of studies abroad or their proper recognition and lack of financial
resources. These obstacles must be removed.
The report therefore urges Council of Europe member States
to ratify the Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications concerning
Higher Education in the European Region and to streamline administrative procedures
that have an impact on student mobility. The action of ENIC-NARIC centres
and networks, which provide information and recognise academic qualifications,
should also be strengthened.
In addition, the report invites the Committee of Ministers
to consider revising the European Agreement on Continued Payment
of Scholarships to Students Studying Abroad with a view to enhancing
portability of student loans and grants and introducing new measures
for financial support.
Finally, the report calls on national authorities to develop
and implement policy measures to encourage the return to their home
countries of graduates who take part in student mobility programmes,
in particular by facilitating their access to employment.