The European Commission adopted today a Communication on 'Mobilising the brainpower of Europe: enabling universities to make their full contribution to the Lisbon Strategy'. Accompanied by a Commission Staff Working Paper on 'European Higher Education in a Worldwide Perspective', this text is a follow-up to the Communication on 'The role of universities in the Europe of Knowledge'[1] and to the subsequent consultation of stakeholders. It underlines the fact that European universities are faced with many challenges and that, if nothing is done, the gap with the EUs main competitors in the field will continue to widen.

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