07 avril 2013

Policy debate “Rethinking Education”

logo-lifelong-learning-programmeDavid Lopez, Secretary General of EUCIS-LLL, represented the Platform in a policy debate on “Rethinking Education” held on March 26th at the European Parliament. The event was hosted by MEP Katarína Neveďalová (S&D), rapporteur for the CULT Committee on the new Commission’s Communication. David Lopez presented key elements of EUCIS-LLL position on “Rethinking Education”: he pointed out the lack of a genuine lifelong learning approach in the text as no mention is made of non-formal and informal learning, but also the need to emphasise more transversal competences. Besides, he welcomed that the Communication acknowledged the importance of partnerships and reminded the crucial role played by civil society organisations of all levels.

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Juvenes Translatores - Award Ceremony 2013

Young linguists rewarded for their translations
On 11th April 2013, 27 secondary school students from all over Europe will receive their "Juvenes Translatores" prizes from Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth. The original texts were available in all 23 official languages of the European Union, and were inspired by the 2012 European Year of Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations. The 27 winning translations were considered the best in their countries from all the entries received.
The "Juvenes Translatores" translation contest is organised by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Translation. The original texts are written by EC translators, who also mark the translations from the schools. The winners will meet with the translators during their visit to Brussels to see how they work.
The contest gives teachers and students the opportunity to discover how translation works in practice, and helps them understand its potential for employability and language learning. It also gives them the opportunity to participate in a European project and create links with other schools in different EU countries.
The 7th round of the contest will take place in November 2013, and will be open to students born in 1996. Schools wishing to participate will be able to register from 1st September 2013.
Contact: DGT-TRANSLATORES@ec.europa.eu. Official website: http://ec.europa.eu/translatores/. Facebook: Facebook.com/translatores. Twitter: @translatores. Blog: http://blogs.ec.europa.eu/translatores/.

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Trend Report: Open Educational Resources 2013

SURFThe Trend Report: Open Educational Resources 2013 describes trends in open educational resources (OER) and open education in the Netherlands and elsewhere, from the perspective of Dutch higher education.
It comprises fifteen articles by Dutch experts in the field of open and online education. It also includes 15 short  “Intermezzos” giving high-profile examples. The report is published by the Open Educational Resources Special Interest Group (SIG OER) supported by SURF.
• Download Trend Report Open Educational Resources 2013 (low resolution, 3 MB)
Download Trend Report Open Educational Resources 2013  (high resolution, 19 MB)
The Trend Report is also available in Dutch, in an online book environment, and as app:
• Dutch Trend Report
• Online book environment (in Dutch)
• Trend Report app (in Dutch) 
• Press release Trend Report OER 2013
For more information about the SIG OER, go to  www.surfspace.nl/oer; more information about SURF’s OER innovation programme can be found at www.surf.nl/oer. TrendReportOER2013_EN.pdf.

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Design your own MOOC...and win 25,000 Euro to produce it!

Design your own MOOC...and win 25,000 Euro to produce it!Dream up your own Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) and make it come true with a 25,000 Euro fellowship from the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft and iversity. Applications for the contest are due before 30 April 2013.
The MOOC Production Fellowship Contest is currently looking for ten innovative concepts for massive open online courses (MOOCs). The fellowship will be awarded by Stifterverband and iversity to ten instructors (or teams) that show potential for raising awareness of the tremendous potential of digital technology in education. Fellows who successfully present innovative and creative projects will receive 25,000 Euros in funding as well as assistance with course production.
The aim is to have at least five courses online in the fall of 2013, and five more in the spring of 2014. The courses will run on the iversity platform and will be available to the public free of charge.
Application stage: March 11, 2013 - April 30, 2013
Info session in Berlin: April 5, 2013
Voting stage: May 1, 2013 - May 23, 2013
Jury decision: until June 10, 2013
Announcing of fellows and workshop: June 20 and 21, 2013
More information here.

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Année européenne de la Citoyenneté: l'agence 2e2f s'engage

Agence Europe-Education-Formation FranceL'agence Europe-Education-Formation France s'engage pleinement dans l'année européenne de la citoyenneté.
Elle organise trois événements au cours du mois de mai:
- le 13 mai : Séminaire thématique "Citoyenneté européenne"

L'agence organise un séminaire thématique sur les liens entre les projets européens et la citoyenneté. Ce séminaire est exclusivement réservé aux organismes ayant des projets en cours Comenius, Erasmus, Erasmus Mundus, Grundtvig, Leonardo da Vinci, Tempus, Europass ou Visites d'études. Des projets du Programme Jeunesse en action et Europe pour les citoyens seront également présents.
- le 14 mai : Conférence "L'esprit citoyenneté, l'esprit mobilité"

Dans le cadre de « l'Année européenne des citoyens », et pour la première fois, l'Agence Europe-Education-Formation France, l'Agence Française pour le Programme Jeunesse en Action et le CIDEM, Centre d'information civique en charge du programme Europe pour les citoyens, s'unissent pour créer un évènement national: le 14 mai, nous vous donnons rendez-vous au Conseil Régional d'Aquitaine pour notre grande conférence « L'esprit citoyenneté, l'esprit mobilité ». Cette conférence réunira les grands acteurs et spécialistes des questions citoyennes, les porteurs de projets, ambassadeurs de la mobilité et citoyens de l'Europe, pour une réflexion commune sur la contribution des programmes européens au développement de la citoyenneté au travers de tables-rondes et de sessions thématiques.
- le 15 mai : Forum citoyen "L'Europe, ici et maintenant"

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Students’ Green Fund

HEFCE logoNUS has been awarded £5 million by HEFCE for a Students’ Green Fund, the four key themes of which will be student participation, partnership, impact and legacy.
The funding will help students to engage with their universities and colleges on sustainable development, and to ensure that sustainability remains a priority institutions.
NUS will run a single-round bidding competition in summer 2013, to allocate the funding. The funded projects will then receive the funding over two full academic years (2013-14 and 2014-15).
The Students’ Green Fund will encourage local collaborative sustainability initiatives through students’ unions, putting students in the driving seat for sustainability engagement initiatives, as well as supporting them in their role as agents for change.
NUS is determined to create a social norm of sustainability in institutions. The groundwork laid by initiatives such as Student Switch Off in university halls of residence, the sustainable growth programme, Student Eats, and Green Impact, will be strengthened by the Students’ Green Fund.
HEFCE recently signed up to NUS’ national environmental accreditation and awards scheme - Green Impact. Run by trained students, Green Impact uses a series of online workbooks to help staff achieve a range of green targets. These include increasing recycling of food and drink packaging, reducing energy use, sourcing sustainable products, and promoting the use of public transport. Read more...

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CONFINTEA Scholarships 2013

In 2013 UIL is pleased to be able to offer three CONFINTEA Scholarships for a period of one month to students and researchers from UNESCO Member States (particularly from the global South):
  • one Peter Jarvis / Taylor & Francis CONFINTEA Scholarship
  • two Nomura Center CONFINTEA Scholarships
All scholarships are funded by private donations. CONFINTEA Scholars will benefit from UIL's knowledge base and resources for their research in the area of lifelong learning with a focus on adult and continuing education, literacy and non-formal basic education. The scholarships will take place at UIL either in August or September 2013. Candidates should be fluent in English, which is the working language at the Institute. The UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) is an international non-profit research, training, information, documentation and publishing centre. It promotes lifelong learning with a focus on adult and continuing education, literacy and non-formal basic education.
UIL will provide each scholar with a fully equipped and networked computer workplace and the use of the resources and support of its unique Documentation Centre and Library. With 60,000 books, documents, non-print media and periodicals in adult education, literacy, non-formal education and lifelong learning, it is one of the most comprehensive collections of its kind in the world. Started in 1952 by the UNESCO Institute for Education, UIL's predecessor organisation, the Documentation Centre comprises English language materials (some 60% of the collection), as well as publications in German, French, Spanish and a variety of other languages.
UIL maintains effective working relations with the University of Hamburg, which is within walking distance. Its supportive infrastructure, such as its library and dining facilities, are open to scholars, as (in principle) are other research institutes in UIL’s research environment such as the German Institute of Global and Area Studies (GIGA), which is also within walking distance of the Institute. Each of the three scholarships worth a fixed amount of US $2,500, provided by the donors as a contribution to costs related to the stay. UIL will arrange for suitable accommodation close to the Institute and health insurance and pay for these out of the scholarship money. The remaining amount will be forwarded to respective scholarship recipients, to pay for their air-ticket and all other costs before, during and after the research stay at UIL (such as visa costs, transportation, daily food, etc.).
Scholars will be working under the supervision of a UIL researcher, but should be prepared to work under their own initiative for a good deal of time. They will be expected to present the research they have undertaken at UIL for discussion at a concluding seminar and to report on follow-up activities and results of their research in the following months. The scholars will be offered membership in UIL`s Alumni Network.
In order to apply, please submit the following:
  • your research proposal
  • the intended outcome of research (e.g., policy paper, article, book, dissertation)
  • your current résumé or CV

Interested candidates are asked to submit their application by mail or e-mail to the Director of UIL by 15 May 2013:
Dr Arne Carlsen, Director
UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning
– CONFINTEA Scholarships –
Feldbrunnenstr. 58
20148 Hamburg
For further information and for sending applications by e-mail, please contact Ms Lisa Krolak at l.krolak@unesco.org.

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Cedefop’s 2013 work programme

Publication coverWork programme 2013 - Download the Work programme 2013.

Cedefop’s 2013 work programme is consistent with its medium-term priorities 2012-14. It is aligned to the objectives of the European Union’s ‘Europe 2020’ strategy and the policy framework devised to achieve them. This includes, in particular, the flagship initiatives, the annual growth surveys, the Education and training 2020 framework, the Bruges communiqué with its long-term objectives and short-term deliverables for vocational education and training (VET), the European Commission’s employment and youth employment packages and the communication Rethinking education. This policy framework, with its focus on the interdependence between employment, economic, social, education and development policies, reinforces VET’s pivotal role in meeting Europe’s socioeconomic challenges. Cedefop’s interdisciplinary approach and its aim to bridge the worlds of education and training and employment by bringing together its work on VET policies, common European tools and skills is well suited to support this focus.
This work programme meets European Commission demands for specific support. The work planned to support European VET policy development and implementation also reflects Member States’ and other stakeholders’ needs, most notably those of social partners. Together with its continued provision of information on EU VET, these activities reflect Cedefop’s mission as outlined in its founding regulation.
To ensure synergy of common efforts, Cedefop cooperates closely with European institutions, especially the Commission and Parliament, as well as the Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions, the European Training Foundation (ETF), Eurofound and other European organisations. As Croatia will become a Cedefop partner country with its accession to the EU, cooperation with the ETF will also include easing this transition process.
Cooperation with international organisations like OECD, ILO and Unesco has proved commonly beneficial. Building on this cooperation, Cedefop will have further opportunities to share its expertise globally, for instance in the OECD’s skills strategy or a Unesco/Unevoc working group on sustainable development and greening skills. Structured along economic, equity and transformative perspectives, recent recommendations on VET by Unesco member states resonate European priority areas and request international guidelines to ease validation and allow comparing qualifications based on learning outcomes. Work on statistics and indicators with OECD and Unesco will continue.
Combining its research and networking capabilities, Cedefop uses its expertise to strengthen (European) cooperation in VET and increase awareness of VET’s role and importance. By way of conferences and workshops or presentations it promotes discussion and exchange of ideas and experience between policy-makers, social partners, researchers and practitioners to find the best ways to tackle challenges.
Following this introduction, Chapter 2 outlines the policy background for Cedefop’s work programme 2013. It takes account of the overall strategy set by Europe 2020 and more recent policy developments such as the Commission communications Towards a job-rich recovery (employment package), Youth employment and Rethinking education and the related staff working paper VET for better skills, growth and jobs and the Council recommendation on validation.
Chapters 3 to 5 outline the planned activities by medium-term priority. Chapters 6 and 7 present communication activities as well as those planned for management and administration of Cedefop for 2013.
Cedefop’s work in 2013 is largely determined by a continuation of its most important activities. However, actions will change as projects enter new phases. In addition, the Centre receives new requests, in particular the European process of economic coordination (‘European semester’), as follow-up to the actions specified in the ‘Employment package’ and cooperation activities to support alternate forms of VET (dual forms of training) agreed at a ministerial meeting in Berlin in December 2012. These require addons to projects or adaptation of content, working modes and presentation of results.
In 2013, the Centre will have to adapt to a substantially smaller budget and manage a reduction of posts on the establishment plan (5% in the years 2013 to 2017). Both necessitate focusing activities continuously on the Centre’s core mission and making savings wherever possible. Download the Work programme 2013.

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Cedefop - European Centre for the Development of Vocational TrainingVET-Alert - Just published on Vocational Education and Training - April 2013 issue. VETAlert - no 4 - April 2013.
Cedefop's "VETAlert" for April 2013 is now available for download: http://www.cedefop.europa.eu/EN/newsletter/vetalert-newsletter.aspx.
VETAlert is a monthly selection of publications on vocational education and training available from Cedefop’s bibliographic database VET-Bib.
To receive this monthly review in your mailbox, please subscribe to VETAlert.

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2012 VET-Bib user survey results

Cedefop - European Centre for the Development of Vocational TrainingCedefop's Library and Documentation Service would like to thank all those who participated in the 2012 survey about the VET-Bib database.
According to the 504 responses received, the VET-Bib database is used rather frequently, its content is considered useful and the interface is user-friendly.
To make the VET-Bib database even friendlier, we have re-designed the user experience taking on board some of the comments received in the survey. In particular, we have ensured that there is a permanent VET-Bib banner on the home page of the Cedefop web portal. We have also reduced the number of clicks necessary to perform a search in VET-Bib.
Visit the re-designed VET-Bib Bibliographic Database. If you have any questions, please contact us at library@cedefop.europa.eu - Cedefop Library and Documentation Service.
Link: VET-Bib survey 2012.

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