EduExcellence Oy, a Finnish global education service provider company, and the Kenyan government together with Skill Dove Ltd., have agreed on the delivery of on-demand degree and VET programmes provided by two universities of applied sciences, Laurea and Metropolia, and Jyväskylä Educational Consortium Gradia. The deal, biggest of its’ kind in Finnish history, covers the...

Less than 2 months for the international conference of VET leaders from colleges in Network of Networks. Last December, we launched a questionnaire to collect feedback from them and tailor the event according to their interest. 45 VET leaders, from 23 VET schools in NoN have answered, and these are some of the main results: -...

A collaboration between North West Regional College and St. Petersburg College (Florida) kicked off with a 2-day virtual conference in November 2020, with experts from both sides of the Atlantic talking to students/staff and members of the public about: Current Mental Health Policies and StrategiesA day in the life of a Social WorkerA day in the...

Northern Ireland Apprenticeship Week (7-11 February), led by the Department for the Economy, highlighted the important role played by apprenticeships across Northern Ireland by bringing together partners including local councils, employers, universities, further education colleges. A week-long programme of in-person and virtual events and activities raised the profile of apprenticeships, highlighted the benefits of becoming an...

As part of City of Glasgow College’s International Maritime Hub during COP26, the college featured a City Innovation exhibition at our Riverside campus from 1 to 12 November 2021. Coordinated by the Scottish Institute of Innovation & Knowledge Exchange, the event provided an opportunity to find out more about the key initiatives and projects that support...

Network of Networks celebrated its 6th Annual meeting virtually from 5th to 7th of October 2021. In total 128 staff members from all five regional networks registered for the event. The annual meeting was a great moment for meeting and sharing. We had many lively discussions for example on the best practices in entrepreneurship training,...

Last October Network of Networks held its fourth webinar, focused on how vocational education contributes to regional development, taking the Osnabrück Declaration as the thread of the webinar. The keynote speaker, Perttu Pölönen, opened the event. Mr. Pölönen is a Finnish futurist, inventor and author. He shared with us his view on the competences of the...

Transparency among VET systems and qualifications in Europe is essential to understand what we mean when we talk about VET in different countries. It´s always a challenge to understand which is the correspondance between our qualifications and qualifications in other countries and indeed this has been an exercise we´ve done and keep doing within Network...

According to the European Commission, despite all the differences, there are four common elements to each Centre of Vocational Excellence (CoVE): Learner centred approaches.Provision of several services in addition to initial training: training for workers, training for the unemployed, consultancy services, entrepreneurship services, etc.Alignment with regional strategies. RIS3 is mentioned several times.Collaboration with the key agents...

FINN-NET has been an informal network in which four large VET providers from Finland (Salpaus Further Education, Jyväskylä Educational Consortium Gradia, Tampere Vocational College Tredu, and Vantaa Vocational College Varia) have worked together to collaborate in EU funded projects, and has been operation since 1995.   The FINN-NET has a supportive, flexible, and collaborative working atmosphere, but strategical perspectives and purpose have not been very clear. The baseline audit completed during the Network of Networks Erasmus+ KA3 project was a starting point to a constructive...

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