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Eurydice report Modernisation of Higher Education in Europe: Academic Staff – 2017 published in June 2017, reveals the current realities for academic educators and researchers within the context of recent significant changes in the higher education sector. The report covers higher education systems in 35 countries in Europe and focuses on the qualification requirements for academic staff, working conditions in the higher education institutions, the impact of external quality assurance, and top level strategies for internationalisation.

A recently published OECD report Starting Strong 2017: Key Indicators on Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) shows that even though the universal access to at least one year of ECEC has become a norm, many challenges regarding its funding, quality and affordability, teachers working conditions and curriculum design still prevail in the sector.

According to the European Parliament Resolution on Ending female genital mutilation (2012), an estimated 500,000 women living in the EU have been subjected to female genital mutilation (FGM) and 180,000 girls and women are at risk of undergoing this procedure every year. The most common age of girls subjected to FGM is 14 and younger.

On 29-30 June 2017, Christine Blower, ETUCE President, and Susan Flocken, European Director, took part in the conference “The Role of Trade Union in Realisation of Social Partnership” in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. The conference was organised under the auspices of the Trade Union of Education and Science of Republic Tajikistan, TUESRT, ETUCE member organisation in Tajikistan. Dozens of representatives from region and oblast trade union organisations, higher education institutions as well as representatives from the Tajik Ministry of Education and Science participated in the conference.

ETUC has published the 10th Annual Gender Equality Survey report, formerly known as 8th March Survey. The survey aims at assessing the proportion of women in membership and decision-making positions of the trade union movement. In addition, this year’s survey dealt with the gender pension gap. ETUCE and its member organisations contributed to the report by responding to the survey.

The European Agency for Safety and Health at Work (EU-OSHA) has published an e-guide on healthy workplaces for all ages, specifically addressing the needs of an ageing workforce. The e-guide is country specific and available for all 28 EU Member States plus Iceland, Norway and Switzerland. It addresses different target groups (employers, workers, HR managers and OSH professionals) and contains specific information and good practices for every target group, divided into four main sections: Ageing and work, Healthy workplaces for all ages, Health promoting workplaces and Return to work.