In collaboration with the German Association for Adult Education – dvv International – UIL hosted its second Think Tank meeting on Lifelong Learning: Positioning Lifelong Learning in the Post-2015 Development Agenda at its premises in Hamburg from 12–13 December 2013. The overall aim of the meeting was to clarify the concept of lifelong learning and seek key stakeholders’ advice on positioning lifelong learning more saliently in the post-2015 universal, sustainable development agenda. Seventeen high level experts in the field of lifelong learning from all regions of the world, representing UNESCO Member States, UNICEF, WHO, World Bank Youth and non-governmental organisations, participated in the meeting.
Erasmus Student Network (ESN) is one of the biggest interdisciplinary student associations in Europe. It was founded on the 16th October 1989 and its aim is to support and develop student mobility. ESN conducts every year several transnational surveys and research projects on students’ mobility and internationalization of higher education.
ESN, together with CHE Consult (DE), Brussels Education Services (BE) and the Compostela Group of Universities (ES), are carrying out an impact study on the Erasmus programme launched by the European Commission. The consortium led by CHE Consult is currently conducting a comprehensive study investigating the impact of the Erasmus programme on students, staff, institutions and business/employers.
ESN hosts a Research & Proofreading Internship position under the contractual lead of CHE Consult for students in higher education to support us in the Erasmus Impact Study research in 2013. More...
The education goal in the post-2015 agenda is so far titled Quality Education and Lifelong Learning. This target will be taken strongly forward in the coming months by UIL and partner organisations. As lifelong learning is linked to and contributes to other targets of the development agenda, the participants pointed out that lifelong learning is not limited to education, but is linked to issues including health, employment, poverty reduction, and sustainable development. In national lifelong learning policies, attention should not only be paid to formal learning, but also non-formal and informal learning. The meeting also discussed a technical note on lifelong learning prepared by UIL. It will be revised based on the input received from participants and will be part of UNESCO’s series of technical notes. The meeting emphasized the importance of strong partnerships between international organizations, governmental and non-governmental organisations, and the private sector, in moving the lifelong learning agenda forward.
Students and scholars from three Greek universities recently came to UIL for a workshop on the transition from education to employment in times of crisis. The workshop was held in cooperation with the University of Hamburg and took place from 17–18 December.
Youth unemployment rates in Greece – as in many other parts of Europe – have risen sharply since the financial crisis, including for well-qualified young adults. At the same time, youth as a phase of life has changed greatly in recent decades. The aim of the workshop was not only to discuss theory and research, but also to consider what kind of evidence-based policymaking is needed to support successful education-to-employment transitions for young adults in today’s Europe.
Prof. Vasiliki Deliyianni-Kouimtzi from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki presented on post-crisis youth transitions in Greece. She said the workshop served as an important first step in starting a dialogue on youth unemployment between Greece and the rest of Europe:
“No single country can confront the kinds of difficulties we are facing alone, so we need the other European countries as well, to discuss the problems and find new ways to confront the crisis regarding young people and education.”
This workshop marks the starting point for extending the range of UIL activities in the European region and, globally, on contemporary youth and education questions.
The ClipFlair project (Foreign Language Learning through Interactive Captioning and Revoicing of Clips) is organizing an international conference, Innovation in Language Learning: Multimodal Approaches, to be held at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona on 18 and 19 June 2014. More...
Website: Innovation in Language Learning: Multimodal Approaches.
Developing human potential has been a persistent EU policy aim even in the recent years of economic crisis. Among the goals of the European Strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, Europe 2020, we find employment and innovation, featuring education as a major lever. More...
Website: EDEN conference website.
The 9th EFQUEL Innovation Forum in 2014 will address one of the greatest challenges in today’s quality development for education and training: how to achieve quality in open education. More...
Website: Official Website of LINQ, Official Website of EFQUEL.
There will be an Open Education Resources Conference held in Newcastle on 28-29 April 2014.
OER 2014 will focus on themes such as building and linking open practice communities, MOOCs, academic practice, development and pedagogy, open policy research, scholarship and access and students as users/co-creators. Paper submission closes on 22 November 2013. More information can be found here.
European higher education has been in flux for well over a decade. Technological innovation, changing labour market demands, and global competition are all contributing factors to the ongoing changes. Is higher education merely adapting to new circumstances, or is a more revolutionary transformation taking place? MOOCs have been heralded as a potentially disruptive innovation in the world of higher education that could lead to a reformation of the current model of higher education. More...
The History Teachers Association of Macedonia announce the 21st EUROCLIO Annual Conference and Professional Development Course: History Education beyond Borders - How can we share our Cultural Heritage? More...
Website: EUROCLIO Annual Conference 2014.
El presente Workshops internacional pretende mostrar el proyecto Anotaciones multimedias; a la vez que, invitar a otros docentes, investigadores y desarrolladores nacionales e internacionales que están trabajando en esta temática, para analizar las últimas innovaciones tecnológicas y las posibilidades pedagógicas de las Anotaciones multimedias y las plataformas MOOC para la educación. More...
Website: Universidad de Málaga.