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European Commission launches its new Rethinking Education strategy

The European Commission announced the launching of its new ‘Rethinking Education strategy’ in a press release on 20 November 2012. ‘The youth unemployment rate is close to 23% across the European Union – yet at the same time there are more than 2 million vacancies that cannot be filled. Europe needs a radical rethink on how education and training systems can deliver the skills needed by the labour market’ - the press release said. 
The objective of the strategy, as per the release, is to encourage Member States to take immediate action to ensure that young people develop the skills and competences needed by the labour market and to achieve their targets for growth and jobs. Rethinking Education calls for a fundamental shift in education, with more focus on 'learning outcomes' - the knowledge, skills and competences that students acquire.
The new strategy also gives due importance to the use of ICT, Open Educational Resources (OERs) and modernisation of assessment methods to e…

Leadership and capacity for efficient public service management; an insider’s perspective

This is actually an abstract of a (scheduled) working paper prepared for submitting to 'International Conference on Governance and Public Service Transformation in South Asia' scheduled to be conducted from 7th to 9th Dec this year in Dhaka. But unfortunately missed the deadline for its submission. Now I post it here to make me committed to complete this paper later - perhaps a trick to overcome writer's block :) 
Leadership and capacity for efficient public service management; an insider’s perspective
Leadership and capacity are vital to the successful carryout of any business. Basically, leadership is supposed to have the capacity to successfully complete the mission entrusted upon it, that is, leadership capacity. When we talk about leadership and capacity separately, capacity would also indicate other factors such as legal framework, various kinds of resources etc that are essential to fulfill a task. 
Currently - owing to numerous factors such as cumbersome procedures…