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there should also be time to teach children how the internet works, coding and how technological devices function. We agreed that universities should provide students with the possibility of learning a foreign language and coding as electives for all study programs. There should be several MOOC’s available to students and Internet platforms should be created as a forum where students can interact with peers from different countries. Another interesting topic that we discussed was how our societies have developed in accordance with the technological advance. I was enlightened to hear about the practices of other countries. We discussed how much we use credit cards, internet banking, cloud storing and how to ensure an adequate level of security. We all felt that the storage of our private information is very important.

Augustin Roncin, France The more a country progresses in terms of digital knowledge, the more people separate it from what they use. In order to bridge the gap between technology and the people, some education needs to be given very early age. Sadly enough, the Research and Development and the education sectors often face severe budget cuts when the economy stalls. However, those long term investments are the best to provide long term economic growth, and to reduce inequalities among people. The NTIC revolution that started ten years ago is about to generate a lot of money and to reinvent our way of living. This is why Europe needs to catch up while national governments are often timid to dedicate lots of effort in the sphere of digital technologies. Furthermore, investments will be successful only if Europe manages to pool its efforts to invest. Indeed, scale economies and specialisation will be reached if countries coordinate their efforts on the European scale. As Mr Rodrigo Ballester stressed, about 1/5Â of the European population still encounters difficulty to read or to write. This number is eloquent enough to steer investments toward the sector of education. As we have seen, the digital education should start as early as a child enters school. I believe that the digital education should take into account two sorts of education:

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Closing the gap: digital and entrepreneurial skills for all

Closing the gap: digital and entrepreneurial skills for all  

A collection of essays from participants at the 2015 EPP Group in the European Committee of the Regions and the EDS Study Visit on digital a...

Closing the gap: digital and entrepreneurial skills for all  

A collection of essays from participants at the 2015 EPP Group in the European Committee of the Regions and the EDS Study Visit on digital a...

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