Startup Europe: European Commission wants to foster Web Talent through MOOCs

As part of its Startup Europe initiative, the European Commission announced the launch of a network of MOOC providers to foster regional web and app skills.

The network aims to map the demand for web-related skills across Europe and to promote the use of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) for capacity-building in those fields.

According to European Commission Vice President Neelie Kroes who is responsible for the EU’s Digital Agenda, in 2020, 90% of jobs will need digital skills. But Europe is not ready for the knowledge economy as already today there is a shortage of skilled ICT workers throughout the European Union.

Through the network the European Commission aims to identify the gaps in the current system through the network and invites web entrepreneurs as well as MOOC providers and universities to join the mission. Participants can also exchange their ideas and experiences on a dedicated portal called Open Education Europa and there is a conference planned for the second half of 2014.

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