Nordic and Baltic educational landscape integrates

Friday, 01 October 2010

From 2008 the Nordic educational programmes Nordplus will be extended to cover the three Baltic States too. This significant development is the theme for a Kick-Off event in Copenhagen on 8 - 9 February with participants from the Nordic countries and the Baltic States.

Halldór Ásgrímsson, Secretary General of the Nordic Council of Ministers, said at the opening, that if you thought education was expensive, you should try ignorance. There are now new opportunities for co-operation within the educational system which is much broader than just the Nordic countries:

"The current Nordplus programmes involve the 5 Nordic countries. Back in 2004 the Nordic and Baltic ministers for education and research decided to aspire to broader Nordic-Baltic co-operation. As a result of this process Nordplus will now be an equal partnership between 8 Nordic and Baltic countries from 2008.

Nordplus Language will, however, continue as a Nordic partnership based on the Nordic language community and the same applies to parts of Nordplus Junior. The other programmes, however, will be extended to include Baltic participation from next year. Thousands of pupils, students and teachers have enjoyed the benefits of the Nordplus programmes which will now be available on both sides of the Baltic Sea.

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