The major aim of Socrates Thematic Network on 'Speech Communication Sciences' is to reflect on future directions in phonetics education and to initiate activities that promote desirable and needed developments. The Thematic Network started in 1996 and first made an analysis of the current state of education in Speech Communication Sciences in Europe. Building on this work, the working groups of the network made proposals on the outline and contents of academic studies in Phonetics, Spoken Language Engineering and for the Speech Communication component in Speech and Language Therapy. This paper presents (i) the most important results of the survey which summarized 89 institutions' answers on aims, elements and tools of study (etc.) as well as (ii) the proposals for phonetics education with linguistics-oriented aims.