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Parliamentary questions
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16 January 2020
 E-003326/2019
Answer given by Ms Gabriel
on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-003326/2019

The Commission takes action to encourage, support and complement Member States' activities in the field of education, while respecting that in accordance with Article 165 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, education and training are exclusive competences of the Member States. It develops common reference tools (like the framework for Key Competences(1)), facilitates peer-learning between Member States on shared issues and provides financial support through, among others, its Erasmus+ programme with the aim of promoting inclusive educational practices, reducing early school leaving and increasing the level of academic achievement.

The Commission has no information on the number of higher education institutions that have full or part-time lecturers in gender studies. Neither does the Commission have information on the types of professions that are open to gender-studies graduates nor data on how much financial support gender studies departments in universities and higher education institutes in the Member States receive. Should the Honourable Member have information on this, the Commission would be glad to receive it.

The Commission supports the European Tertiary Education Register, which collects data on gender balance among academics working in European higher education institutions. The majority of higher education institutions achieved gender balance among academic staff, while female professors/rectors are still in the minority(2). The Honourable Member may wish to contact the European Institute for Gender Equality for further information on gender statistics and more recent research on gender studies(3).

(1)https://ec.europa.eu/education/education-in-the-eu/council-recommendation-on-key-competences-for-lifelong-learning_en
(2) https://eter-project.com/uploads/assets/pdf/ETER_gender.pdf
(3)https://eige.europa.eu https://eige.europa.eu
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