September 12, 2011 05:00 ET

GRE® European Advisory Council Discusses the Evolution of Postgraduate Education in Europe

AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS--(Marketwire - Sep 12, 2011) - Top higher education leaders from universities and organizations across Europe met with officials from Educational Testing Service (ETS) and representatives from the GRE Board for the inaugural meeting of the GRE(R) European Advisory Council (EAC). The gathering was hosted in June by the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) in Barcelona, Spain. The newly formed council is advising the GRE Board on matters related to postgraduate education in Europe, and is the first GRE advisory council to be formed outside of the United States of America.

"ETS's decision to become more familiar with the needs of the higher education community in Europe and to enter into an active partnership with European Universities and institutions is very timely," said Prof. Josep Joan Moreso, Rector, UPF. "The setting up of the ETS European Advisory Council will foster a much needed European - American dialogue on graduate education. UPF is highly concerned about these challenges and is very much committed to contributing to the success of this venture."

The work of the GRE EAC will give European higher education representatives a formal channel to influence GRE program policy. The GRE Board represents the graduate community and is an independent body that establishes policies for the GRE testing program, administered by ETS. The Board oversees GRE tests, services and research in consultation with its committees.

"Having a European Advisory Council is an important next step for the GRE Program as we continue our work toward meeting the needs of institutions and educational organizations in Europe and around the world," said David Payne, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of ETS's Higher Education Division. "As graduate and business school education becomes more globalized, it is important for us to be attuned to the issues and challenges being faced so that we can continue to support the assessment needs of these programs."

The theme of the first meeting was the Evolution of Postgraduate Education in Europe. Marion Müller, Managing Director of Berlin's Einstein Foundation, Germany commented, "The GRE EAC meeting in Barcelona was an enriching conference with interesting participants, highly stimulating discussions, and an open exchange of thoughts, connecting graduate education in Europe and the U.S. I am honored to participate in this important transatlantic dialogue."

The next meeting of the GRE EAC will take place in Istanbul during the summer of 2012. For more information contact

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