COOPERATION FOR INNOVATION AND THE EXCHANGE OF GOOD PRACTICES
- Strategic Partnerships
- Knowledge Alliances
- Sector Skills Alliances
- Capacity Building
- eTwinning the European Platform for Adult Learning (EPALE) and the European Youth Portal
Transnational Strategic Partnerships aimed to develop initiatives addressing one or more fields of education training and youth and promote innovation, exchange of experience and know-how.
These partnerships should help to deliver change not only in the organisations that participate directly in the action, but also in higher education systems by sharing the learning and good practices that emerge. They could for example implement activities such as:
- Developing and delivering joint study modules, programmes and curricula- between partnership members from different countries, disciplines and sectors (public/private).
- Implementing project-based activities involving enterprise and students/staff at higher education institutions
- Making more effective use of virtual mobility, open educational resources and ICT to implement innovative teaching approaches
- Integrating distance, part-time and modular learning into the delivery of higher education
- Strengthening higher education institutions’ engagement with local/regional authorities and stakeholders from civil society
- Reinforcing cooperation between different formal and informal education and training sectors
- Enhancing guidance counseling, coaching methods and tools, student support services.
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Knowledge Alliances between higher education institutions and enterprises which aim to foster innovation, entrepreneurship, creativity, employability, knowledge exchange and/or multidisciplinary teaching and learning;
Within Knowledge Alliances, higher education institutions and enterprises work together to encourage innovation by:
- Developing innovative learning and teaching methods
- Organizing, continuing education programmes and activities
- Strengthening the exchange, the flow and the co-creation of knowledge
- Developing solutions for challenging issues
Knowledge Alliances can help stimulate entrepreneurship by:
- Introducing entrepreneurship education in any discipline
- Offering new learning opportunities to apply entrepreneurial skills
Higher education and enterprises can share knowledge through:
- Study activities in enterprise that are recognized within the curriculum
- Trials testing innovative measures
- Student, researcher and staff exchanges
- Involving company staff in teaching and research
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Sector Skills Alliances
Sector Skills Alliances shall aim at tackling skills gaps, enhancing the responsiveness of initial and continuing VET systems to sector-specific labor market needs and demand for new skills with regard to one or more occupational profiles.
These objectives will be achieved by:
- Modernizing VET and exploiting its potential to drive economic development and innovation, notably at local and regional levels, increasing the competitiveness of the sectors concerned.
- Strengthening the exchange of knowledge and practice between vocational education and training institutions and the labor market integrating work-based learning.
- Facilitating labor mobility, mutual trust and increased recognition of qualifications at European level within the sectors concerned.
Sector Skills Alliances will work to design and deliver joint vocational training programmes and teaching and training methodologies. A particular focus is to be put on work-based learning, providing learners with the skills required by the labor market.
Each Sector Skills Alliance shall implement a coherent, comprehensive and variable set of interconnected activities, such as:
- Defining skills and training provision needs in a given specific economic sector.
- Designing joint curricula.
- Delivering joint curricula.
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Capacity Building projects supporting cooperation with Partner Countries in the fields of higher education and youth.
Higher education institutions can take part in collaborative, capacity-building partnerships. These projects are set up and managed by a group of higher education institutions from programme countries on the other hand.
There are two kinds of project:
- Joint projects help higher education institutions from partner countries develop, modernize and share new curricula, teaching methods or materials. They also help boost quality assurance and governance of higher education institutions.
- Structural projects help to develop and reform higher education institutions and systems in partner countries. The aim is to enhance their quality and relevance, and promote regional cooperation.
In certain partner countries neighboring the EU, capacity building projects may also include a mobility strand targeted at students and staff.
IT support platforms, such as e-Twinning, the European Platform for Adult Learning (EPALE)and the European Youth Portal offering virtual collaboration spaces, databases of opportunities, communities of practices and other online services for teachers, trainers and practitioners in the field of school and adult education as well as for young people, volunteers and youth workers across Europe and beyond.
For more information please follow the links:
eTwinning the European Platform for Adult Learning (EPALE) and the European Youth Portal
IT support platforms, such as e-Twinning, the European Platform for Adult Learning (EPALE) and the European Youth Portal offering virtual collaboration spaces, databases of opportunities, communities of practices and other online services for teachers, trainers and practitioners in the field of school and adult education as well as for young people, volunteers and youth workers across Europe and beyond.
Link to the eTwinning network