Flagships

School to Work
Aims to strengthen transnational cooperation between stakeholders in the Baltic Sea Region in the field of education and work in order to prevent early school leaving and develop support for vulnerable groups of students/youth.
 www.s2wflagship.eu

Baltic Training Programme 
Supports the internationalization of vocational education and training as well as entrepreneurship and the internationalization of business. www.baltictrainingprogramme.se

Baltic University Programme
Largest university network in BSR focused on sustainable regional development through cooperation in education, research and applied projects www.balticuniv.uu.se

Baltic Sea Labor Forum
Aims to promote social dialogue, tripartite structures and cooperation as crucial elements of sustainable growth and social development in the BSR www.bslabour.eu 

Baltic Science Network
Aims to provide science and research ministries of the Baltic Sea region states with an overall coordination framework to develop and implement science policy in a macro-regional dimension and to ensure a better representation of macro-regional interests on the EU level http://www.baltic-science.org/

News and Announcements

Planning meeting for creating JobCentre North for NEETs in Luleå, Sweden

Posted by Member 1886717, Wednesday, 6th July 2016 @ 11:08am

  • Planning meeting for creating JobCentre North for NEETs, newly arrived refugees and long-term unemployed took place in Luleå on 28th of June 2016. The meeting started with short introduction of participants followed by status report of what had been done so far. Afterwards partcipants got information on the ESF common framework call and partnership. Preliminary project partners are Skellefteå, Umeå and Oulu with the Norden Association  Norrbotten as coordinators. Umeå is not in the programme area so they will be associate partners. In regards to a Norwegian partner meetings will take place in Bodö and in Oslo in August/September. Workshop in Oulu will be held in early October. It will be one day followed by a one day planning meeting for the project partners. The theme for the workshop will be digital solutions and civil society involvement.

    The aim of the workshop was planning an application for Interreg North concerning a knowledge platform for exchange of best practice and capacity building in relation to integration of newly arrived refugees, NEETs and long-term unemployed.

    Among 21 participants were representatives of following organisations: Swedish Public Employment Service, Swedish Social Insurance Agency, Swedish Migration Agency, City of Luleå, City of Skellefteå, City of Umeå, City of Oulu, City of Alta, City of Bodö and Norden Association.

    The outcome of the discussion groups lead to definition of the project with three parts;

    • A knowledge platform for exchange of best practice and development of new methods in thematic groups,
    • Developing and testing JobCentres,
    • Developing and testing a mobility programme for NEETs and long-term unemployed.  

    As a result, participants of the workshop made inputs to the concept note prepared by the Norden Association Norrbotten.

    As a next steps, a workshop will be held in Oulu in October 2016 both for the initiative in the North Calotte region but also for other participants from the whole Baltic Sea Region, Austria, the Netherlands and EU COM.

School to Work (S2W) conference at Arlanda airport

Posted by Member 1886717, Wednesday, 6th July 2016 @ 11:05am

  • In the end of May the Swedish Association for Local Authorities and Regions (SALAR) conducted a conference dedicated to flagship project School to Work. The aim for the conference was to get together stakeholders around project initiatives in the context of both Early School Leaving (ESL) and NEETs, that can lead to applications to the ESF Common Frame Work, a call for transnational projects that is open until the end of September.

    Goal of the conference was to start up the work with 2-3 applications for project initiatives to ESF Common Framework, that are open until the 30th of September in Sweden, Finland and Poland.

    The conference was split in two parts. The first part was lectures on what is known in the field of Early school leaving and NEETs from the Baltic Sea Region, information about the ESF Common Framework and AEIDL. The second part was a workshop where the participants had the opportunity to discuss what kind of topics they would like to have transnational project around, like immigrants, mentoring and one-stop-shops. Participants of the conference through a fruitful discussions got better understanding on the possibilities for transnational projects within the Baltic Sea Region, regarding funding from ESF. They also openned discussion on possible topics that the participants would like to gather around.

    The next step will be to work on the applications to ESF Common Framework for those partners that have already a collaboration on a certain topic. For other partners in the flagship they need to decide what they would like to have a transnational project around.  

Seminar Norden more than Scandinavia 2016 – The Nordic Way; challenged by the refugee crises?

Posted by Member 1886717, Wednesday, 6th July 2016 @ 11:01am

  • During the yearly one-day seminar for the Diplomatic Missions in Sweden, PA Education coordinators contributed to a discussion on the topic “The Nordic Way; challenged by the refugee crisis”.  Seminar was held in the folk high school Nordens Biskops-Arnö, situated in lake Mälaren 60 km north-west of Stockholm. The seminar attended over 70 diplomats representing countries from all over the world.  It was supported by the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Embassies of Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Norway.

    Speakers together with guests discussed how Nordic societies are coping with integration challenges in light of the present migration crisis in Europe. Per capita immigration to the Nordic countries is among the highest in the world. It was not until 30–40 years ago that these previously culturally homogenous countries started their transformation into multicultural societies. In many ways, people are just beginning to realise this; issues that they did not have to deal with before are now beginning to appear overwhelming. Moderator was Dr Theo Sommer, former editor-in- chief and publisher of the German weekly newspaper Die Zeit. A panel representing the five countries discussed the integration challenges and possible solutions, from a number of perspectives. Discussion panel consisted of: Mr. Pertti Torstila, President of the Finnish Red Cross, Ambassador; Dr. Lars Dencik, Professor in Social Psychology at the Roskilde University, Denmark; Mr. Pertti Torstila, President of the Finnish Red Cross, Ambassador, Finland; Mr. Thorir Gudmundsson, Director of the Reykjavik Red Cross, Iceland; Mr. Trygve Nordby, Chief Adviser on refugee issues, Oslo City; Dr. Lisa Pelling, Chief Analyst at the Stockholm-based think tank Arena Idé and an expert in migration and integration issues, Sweden. 

Baltic Science Network Political Kick-Off Event

Posted by Member 1886717, Wednesday, 6th July 2016 @ 10:49am

  • On 16 – 17 June 2016 the Baltic Science Network (BSN) Political Kick-Off Event took place back-to-back with the Council of the Baltic Sea States (CBSS) Science Ministerial in Kraków, Poland.

    The aims and areas of thematic focus of the BSN were presented by Dr. Eva Gümbel, Deputy Minister of the Hamburg Ministry of Science, Research and Equality (Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg), representing the lead partner of the project. Ms Teresa Czerwińska, Deputy Minister of Science at the Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education, representing the Polish CBSS Presidency, provided broader context in terms of how the BSN fits in a wider Baltic Sea Region (BSR) governance framework. Mr Bernd Hemingway, Acting Director General of the CBSS Secretariat, welcomed the project as one of practical steps which will complement the BSR-wide science cooperation in areas, which so far have not received sufficient support. Further notes on the role of BSN in advancing science cooperation agenda in the BSR were provided by Mr Rolandas Zuoza, Vice-Minister of the Lithuanian Ministry of Education and Science, and Mr Hans Müller Pedersen, Director General of the Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation.

    BSN is a newly founded macro-regional science policy network in the BSR, funded by the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme. Its aim is to provide science and research ministries of the BSR states with an overall coordination framework to develop and implement science policy in a macro-regional dimension and to ensure a better representation of macro-regional interests on the EU level. BSN also aims to develop and implement transnational strategies, incentives and programmes to support higher education, research and innovation and to develop research and innovation excellence.

    The BSN partnership consists of 20 organisations from all BSR-countries, representing the key decision-makers in science policy in the BSR (national and regional science ministries; funding agencies and programmes; university and research networks and key actors of the BSR cooperation). BSN is embedded in the BSR cooperation structures. On the one hand, it is connected to the EU Strategy for the BSR. BSN is a flagship of Policy Area Education. On the other hand, BSN brings to the fore the CBSS mandate in science and research cooperation. For almost a decade, or in other words, since the 2007 Chair´s Conclusions adopted in Riga, CBSS has reinstated its intention to engage more actively in strengthening science-related cooperation. Baltic Science Network serves as one of the most recent examples how this commitment is translated into practical steps. The project and its role in advancing science cooperation is also mirrored in the recently adopted CBSS Polish Chair´s Conclusions “Baltic Science: Renewing the Commitment to Science/Research Joint Actions in the Baltic Sea Region”.

    The Kick-Off Event was followed by a BSN partner meeting. It focused on the deliverables and time tables of project work packages. It also served as a timely occasion for project partners and associates to exchange ideas regarding the project content and the visual identity of the BSN, as well as map the most important upcoming events, where different issues covered by the project will be presented and discussed. For more information on the BSN, please visit the relevant CBSS website subsection ´Baltic Science Network´.

    Please see following links for photo report from the meeting;

    CBSS Flckr album features CBSS produced photos

    CBSS Flckr album features photos produced by the Polish ministry of Science and Higher Education

    Text provided by the BSN Communication Team





PA Education meeting with Swedish Stakeholders

Posted by Member 1886717, Wednesday, 6th July 2016 @ 10:37am

  • A regular meeting of PA Education with Swedish stakeholders was held in the premises of Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions in Stockholm. As usual, the meeting was streamed online which gave opportunity for all who could not come to Stockholm – follow it in real time or watch it afterwards. 

    First, participants got introduction to the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, news from the flagships and emerging initiatives within PA Education as well as the upcoming EUSBSR Annual Forum in Stockholm in November. The theme of the meeting this time was Integration of the newly arrived refugees. Representatives of Swedish Migration Board and Region Skåne presented initiatives that are being implemented on national and regional level. Besides that the EUSBSR knowledge platform was presented.

    Next meeting is preliminary planned for the beginning of November.

    All presentations from the meeting can be found here 

Stakeholder seminar in Rostock “Educational Cooperation and Projects in the Baltic Sea Region”

Posted by Member 1886717, Wednesday, 6th July 2016 @ 10:30am

  • Stakeholder seminar in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania took place on the 27th of January 2016 in Rostock, Germany. The meeting was organized by the Chair of Business, Economics and Entrepreneurship Educations, University of Rostock (Martin French and Philipp Rose) in cooperation with the State Chancellery Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and the Coordinator of the Policy Area Education, Christiane Schadow. Among 42 participants of the meeting were representatives of the governmental and educational institutions as well as non-governmental sector. Participants were greeted by Prof. Dr. Andreas Diettrich, University of Rostock and Wolf Born, State Chancellery Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Representatives of the flagships presented priorities of the PA Education. Afterwards participants of the meeting had a group discussions on possible additional aims for the priorities and new initiatives.

    Overal, participants gave a very positive feedback regarding the presentation and discussion of the EUSBSR, the priority objectives and (new) initiatives and projects. For all the four priority objectives suggestions for improvement were brought up and new projects/ initiatives were discussed and compiled. All participants  agreed that focus of further regular seminars should be on the topic „Educational cooperation and projects in the Baltic Sea Region” (annual/ semi-annual). Besides that, it was requested to conduct separate seminars on each of the four priority objectives that can be a platform for participants to exchange information about initiatives, projects and further cooperation. Seminar results can be linked to the network “Forum Ostsee M-V” of the State Chancellery Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania in Germany. Last but not least, the Chair of Business, Economics and Entrepreneurship Education at the University of Rostock offered possibility to function as an information and coordination point for educational cooperation and projects in the Baltic Sea Region. Consultations on this matter will be discussed with policy makers and Baltic Sea Region stakeholders in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.

    Click here for presentations and report (both in German and English) from the Seminar

    Click here for the photos from the Seminar

     

PA Education Stakeholder Seminar in Vilnius, Lithuania

Posted by Member 1886717, Monday, 23rd May 2016 @ 5:45pm

  • This year’s meeting with stakeholders in Lithuania was held on the 26th of April and organised by the Ministry of Education and Science of Lithuania in Vilnius. Traditionally, the aim was to form a network of stakeholders involved in the implementation of the EUSBSR.

    Meeting attended in total 18 participants from: Ministry of Education and Science, St. Ignatius of Loyola College, Norden Association, Rietavas Tourism and Business Information Centre, Hamburg Institute for Vocatational Education, Vytautas Magnus University, Klaipeda State University of Applied Sciences, Lithuanian University of Educational Sciences, Projektų valdymo skyriaus vedėja Vilniaus kolegija,  Ministry of Transport and Communications, International Business School at Vilnius University, Lithuanian Education Employees Trade Union, Kaunas University of Technology, Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, National Center for Special Needs Education and Psychology, Lithuanian University of Educational Sciences, Mykolas Romeris University.

    After an introduction to the present flagships and activities, participants formed two groups in which they identified common challenges and potential projects and initiatives that could help resolve them.

    Next step is to organise a workshop on E-Learning in Finland this year and invite interested participants. As a result of the meeting - Lithuanian PA Education network has been set up and will be expanded. The aim is to develop a better cooperation between the stakeholders of the Areas Education, Research and Employability and to invite stakeholders to join existing projects or to set up new projects. To support these goals the Stakeholder Seminar will take place once a year in Lithuania.

    Additionally Stakeholders are given advice and information for all initiatives by the Priority Area Coordinators.

    Group 1: A labour market for all and using resources of longer lives

    Challenges: Lifelong Learning is very important to keep the quality of life; fewer people join the labour market in Lithuania; technology influences lives even more (e-learning, internet banking etc.), especially older people are facing difficulties here; people 55+ are often missing information about the possibilities they have.

    Projects and initiatives: Involvement of older generation (job opportunities in the region, offer them things to get involved); third age universities: join young and old, how to implement projects and how to get financing; teachers need to be more motivated/ qualified; EduLab in Lithuania that provides teacher training.

    Next steps: Participants of the meeting will send a description to PACs, to organize a workshop with other stakeholders; include participants in BSR Lifelong Learning initiative.

    Group 2: International excellence in higher education and research

    Challenges: Decreasing number of students (Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia); students from abroad: how to integrate them, how to establish a certain language level; absence of joined activities in attracting foreign students. 

    Projects and initiatives: Create one region for higher education, joined marketing (there are good teachers and researchers); make the region more known and attractive; establish network on best practices in universities.

     

PA Education Stakeholder Seminar in Riga, Latvia

Posted by Member 1886717, Monday, 23rd May 2016 @ 5:34pm

  • Yearly PA Education meeting with stakeholders in Latvia took place on the 25th of April, 2016 hosted by the Ministry of Education and Science in Riga, Latvia. Aim was to form a network of stakeholders involved in the implementation of the EUSBSR.

    Among 30 participants, who attended the meeting were representatives of: Ministry of Education and Science, National Centre for Education, Norden Association, Krāslava Council, Kuldiga Technology and Tourism school, State Education Development Agency, Vidzeme Planning Region, AIESEC Latvia, University of Latvia, Riga Technical University, Free Trade Union Confederation of Latvia, Līvānu 1. (Secondary school), Riga City Council, Education, Culture and Sports Department, Hamburg Institute for Vocatational Education, Preiļi Council, Baltic Bright, Ministry of Economics, Smitlenes Tehnikums.

    Policy area coordinators discussed with stakeholders the implementation of the Action Plan, on present flagships and new initiatives. After an introduction to the present flagships and activities, participants formed three groups covering several urgent challenges Educational systems of EUSBSR are facing today.
    As a result of the meeting Latvian network for PA Education was set up and will be expanded. The aim is to develop a better cooperation between the stakeholders of the Areas Education, Research and Employability and to invite stakeholders to join existing projects or to set up new projects. To support these goals the Stakeholder Seminar will take place once a year in Latvia. Additionally Stakeholders are given advice and information for all initiatives by the Priority Area Coordinators.
    Here are some highlights of the discussions:

    Group 1: Reducing the rates of early school leaving and smoothening the transition from school to work.

    Among the challenges organisations are facing were identified following: lack of student motivation; problematic social situation (lack of money); high expectations; emigration of parents; not very positive image of VET.  

    Potential projects or initiatives that could help to resolve the challenges were suggested:

    tracking of students; increase attractiveness of schools, by offering school dorms, more creative teachers, more activities at school; offering career guidance and information on job possibilities; introducing possibility of international exchange; organizing information days at Vocational Schools when professionals come to school in order to promote educational programmes.

    Group 2: Improving the quality of VET and Higher Education through work based learning and fostering entrepreneurial mind sets

    Among the common challenges, following were identified: a high deficit of mentors, tutors, coaches in VET and work based learning; industry/companies are not very involved in academic education 

    Projects or initiatives that could help to resolve the challenges are: establishing network of highly skilled mentors, mentorship program for VET and Higher Education; for the students; involving companies and experts to the universities for problem solving together with the students; higher involvement of companies, for example, through an alumni association.

    Group 3: International excellence in higher education and research

    Current challenges include: need of reforms in educational sphere; student’s uncertainty what to study; improvement of teacher/ professor education; closer cooperation between universities and business. 

    To resolve these challenges participants suggest: introducing guidance counsellors for students, to help them choose the right field of education; creating a platform for teacher/professor training that can include following activities an exchange of experiences, best practises, e-learning opportunities, teacher/professor exchanges; closer cooperation between university and business, to implement business needs in higher education.

Guidance Centre for NEETs and migrants – information meeting in Oulu, Finland

Posted by Member 1886717, Thursday, 19th May 2016 @ 11:48am

  • On the 29th of April 2016, City of Oulu together with Norden Association in Sweden held an informational meeting to discuss draft of the knowledge platform for exchange of best practice and capacity building in relation to integration of newly arrived refugees

    Six participants representing City of Oulu and Norden Association worked on preparing an application to Interreg North on a platform and centre for capacity building for guidance centres targeting both NEETs and newly arrived refugees in the age of 20 – 30. Discussions tackled experiences from Oulu and how to adjust the proposal on a knowledge platform to their needs. Meeting also included visits to two centres, one for NEETs and one for migrants.  As a result, City of Oulu will join the knowledge platform and will conduct workshop in Oulu this autumn.

Guidance Centre for NEETs and migrants – second workshop in Skellefteå, Sweden

Posted by Member 1886717, Monday, 16th May 2016 @ 4:38pm

  • This time organisers of the meeting, Norden Association Norrbotten, had an aim to draft a knowledge platform for exchange of best practice and capacity building in relation to integration of newly arrived refugees. Workshop was held on the 11th of April 2016 in Scandic Hotel, Skellefteå, Sweden.

    15 collaborators represented Public Employment Service, City of Skellefteå, City of Umeå, Migration Agency, Norden Association in Sweden, Norden Association Youth.

    Activities of the workshop were focused on preparing an application to Interreg North on a platform and centre for capacity building for guidance centres targeting both NEETs and newly arrived refugees in the age of 20 – 30. Participants were divided into smaller groups to define services that should be included in an ideal guidance centre for newly arrived refugees.  Discussions resulted in a second step, namely, defining an ideal guidance centre but also start drafting what should be included in the feasibility study targeting Interreg North. Next meeting with ESF to be held in Skellefteå on 23 May. Afterwards a workshop in Hamburg on May, 30.

Guidance Centre for NEETs and migrants – first workshop in Luleå, Sweden

Posted by Member 1886717, Monday, 16th May 2016 @ 4:35pm

  • Norden Association Norrbotten organised a workshop to explore the possibility and interest for a knowledge platform for exchange of best practice and capacity building in relation to integration of newly arrived refugees. Workshop took place on the 17th of February 2016 in Elite Stadshohellet in Luleå, Sweden.  Among 14 participants were representatives of Public Employment Service, City of Luleå, City of Skellefteå, City of Umeå, City of Oulu, Validation Forum and Norden Association in Sweden.

    Main goal of the meeting was to form a knowledge platform and centre for capacity building for guidance centres targeting both NEETs and newly arrived refugees in the age of 20 – 30. During workshop discussions were conducted in smaller groups where participants exchanged experiences and results from present activities. This work was a start to draft an ideal guidance centre for both NEETs and migrants. An accomplishment of the workshop was learning about present activities and defining the added value with transnational cooperation within this field. Next workshop planned in Skellefteå on 11 April.

Baltic Science Network – kick-off meeting in Hamburg, Germany

Posted by Member 1886717, Monday, 16th May 2016 @ 4:29pm

  • The Baltic Science Network has been granted funding for three years from the Interreg BSR Programme. The network will focus on the following areas;
     

    ·        Establishment of the Network and joint presentation of interest

    ·         Development of research and innovation excellence

    ·         Mobility in Research and Higher Education

    ·         Widening Participation in Research and Higher Education

    Meeting was held on the 7th of April 2016 in the premises of the Senate Guest House in Hamburg, Germany. It was organised by Ministry of Science, Research and Equality, Land of Hamburg. Among 30 participants of the meeting were representatives from: Ministry of Social Affairs, Health, Science and Equality of the Land Schleswig-Holstein, Ministry of Education and Research of Republic of Estonia, Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Lithuania, Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Latvia, University of Gdansk, Danish Agency for Science and Innovation, Swedish Research Council, University of Turku, CBSS, Turku Academy, Research and Higher Education Monitoring and Analysis Centre (MOSTA), Norden Association in Sweden.

    Main goal of the meeting was to start the project implementation. The partner organisations presented themselves and their expectations on this project. The work packages were discussed in separate groups, outlining the programme for the coming year. 

    As a result of the meeting a well-designed project plan. Commitment was presented from all partners and stakeholders.



     

Registration open: Workshop on on supporting newly arrived refugees integration in society

Posted by Member 1886717, Tuesday, 10th May 2016 @ 6:29pm

  • The EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region with its Policy Area Educationwelcome you to a workshop in Hamburg on May, 30. We offer a platform for exchanging experiences and best practice. The target groups are national agencies and municipalities with formal responsibilities for the integration of refugees but also representatives from civil society with experiences from contributing to the integration of refugees in our societies.

    Sign up via link simplesignup.se/private_event/77664/019dcec4f2 

Report: Entrepreneurship Education at School in Europe

Posted by Member 1886717, Tuesday, 23rd February 2016 @ 5:40pm

  • A new report published recently by the European Commission examines how European countries teach and promote entrepreneurship in schools. 

    The 'Eurydice Highlights' provides a snapshot of some of the main findings of the report. Here is an Introduction of these Highlights: 

    "Developing and promoting entrepreneurship education has been one of the key policy objectives of the EU institutions and Member States for many years. Indeed, in the context of high youth unemployment, economic crises and rapid changes related to our complex knowledge-based economy and society, transversal skills such as entrepreneurship are essential not only to shape the mindsets of young people, but also to provide the skills, knowledge and attitudes that are central to developing an entrepreneurial culture in Europe. However, although some countries have already been committed to fostering entrepreneurship education for more than a decade, others are just starting.

    Following the 2012 Eurydice report on entrepreneurship education, this new analysis captures the latest developments in Europe. It provides updated and more detailed information on strategies, curricula and learning outcomes, and also covers new themes such as funding schemes and teacher education.

    The report focuses on primary education, lower and general upper secondary education as well as school-based initial vocational education and training (IVET). It contains information for 2014/15 from 33 countries participating in the Eurydice network.

    In addition, national information sheets provide an overview of entrepreneurship education in each country. In the context of the report, entrepreneurship education is defined as being about learners developing the skills and mindset to be able to turn creative ideas into entrepreneurial action. This is a key competence for all learners, supporting personal development, active citizenship, social inclusion and employability." 

    Full text of the Eurydice Highlights of the report can be found here

    Plese find the full text of the report here

     

Report 2015 on New priorities for European cooperation in education and training

Posted by Member 1886717, Tuesday, 23rd February 2016 @ 5:21pm

  • Joint report of the Council and the Commission has been issued recently tackling the implementation of the strategic framework for European cooperation in education and training (ET 2020). 

    The Report is pointing out the growing importance of efforts and investments that should be made by Member States in the field of education and training specially in the context of urgent tasks Europe is facing now together with long-term challenges that have to be adressed

    Based on mid-term evaluation of the ET 2020 strategic framework the Report is drawing out three main policy conclusions:

    — The value of an integrated framework covering education and training at all levels is important. That means tight connection and integrity of education at all levels based on the principle of lifelong learning: from early childhood education and schools through to higher education, vocational education and training and adult learning.

    — The policy focus needs to include both the pressing economic and employment challenges and the role of education in promoting equity and inclusion. This includes communicating common European values, intercultural competences and active citizenship.

    — It is important to include exchange of experiences and mutual learning between Member States in order to contribut to the overall EU agenda for jobs, growth and investment, including the European Semester. 

    Besides this, Report is pointing out new relevant priority area for European Cooperation in Eduction and Training and concrete issues related to them and outlins governance and recommended working methods.

    Full text of the Report is availiable here 

     

Coordinating group meeting in Brussels

Posted by Member 1886717, Tuesday, 23rd February 2016 @ 1:29pm

  • Second PA Education coordinating group meeting of 2015 took place in Brussels on the 3rd of December. Meeting was held in the Permanent Representation of Sweden to EU.

    Together with the Policy Area Coordinators meeting was hosted by the members of the core group from City of Hamburg and Norden Association. Participants included representatives from ministries of education /employment from countries of the Baltic Sea Region, representatives of the EU Commission (DG for Regional and Urban Policy; DG Grow- Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs; DG Employment, Social Affairs & Inclusion; flagship leaders and colleagues working in EUSDR Strategy Point.  

    Meeting agenda included presentations of the status report of the EUSBSR and PA Education; latest updates on the flagship projects and emerging initiatives within Policy area. Afterwards discussion took place participants brought up suggestions and comments for the issues that should be in focus of PA Education in the upcoming year. Next coordinating group meeting will be back-to-back with the Strategy Forum in Stockholm on November, 8 and 9, 2016. 

    All presentations and memo notes from the meeting are available via link

Final conference of HansaECVET in Stockholm

Posted by Member 1886717, Tuesday, 23rd February 2016 @ 1:27pm

  • HansaECVET – Final Conference based on the results of HansaECVET a part of the flagship Baltic Training Programme within the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region. 

    Conference took place on September, 29 in Stockholm. Participants of the project together with professionals from educational sphere and private sector from all countries of BSR region discussed how market integration in the Baltic Sea Region can be supported by VET, how on-the-job practice can give more than just vocational effects, how the gap between education and the labour market or own start-ups can be closed. The conference participants were policy makers, authorities national, regional and local, VET providers (upper secondary and post-secondary), business organisations, companies and VET students. The dialogue of different approaches and views took place. Aiming to finalize the results of the HansaECVET project Conference gave rise to new discussions, new international partnerships and new projects between national and local authorities, VET providers, their host companies and students. For more details please see HansaECVET web page

EUSBSR Newsletter: Policy Area Education in focus

Posted by Member 1886717, Tuesday, 13th October 2015 @ 3:35pm

Coordinating group meeting of PA Education in Jurmala

Posted by Member 1886717, Tuesday, 13th October 2015 @ 3:29pm

  • This year’s first coordinating group meeting took place in Jurmala, Latvia during the EUSBSR Annual Forum.

    The agenda of the meeting was quite intense and included both presentations and discussion group work.

    Priority Area Coordinators provided participants with the status report and work programme for 2015/16. Among the main updates was a new Action Plan that has been adopted on June, 3rd. This marked the end of the governance process that started in 2013. The EUSBSR now consists of 13 policy areas and 4 horizontal areas. More information on changes and updates can be found here. PA Education has now 3 policy areas: education, research, employability and four actions. And 4 action plans:

    Action1: Reducing the rates of early school leaving and smoothening transition from school to work;

    Action2: Improving the quality of VET and Higher Education through work based learning and fostering entrepreneurial mind sets;

    Action3: International excellence in higher education and research;

    Action 4: A labour market for all and using resources of longer lives

    More information on the chapter on PA you can find here

    Next on the agenda was state of play of flagships and new initiatives and introduction of the guide on EU Funding. A guide to financial instruments relevant for projects within PA Education has been developed. The guide is possible to down load from our website. Presentations were followed by the discussion in groups based on the four new Actions started but because of lack of time it was decided to continue this exercise when the coordinating group meet next time in Brussels.  The next meeting in the coordinating group will be held in Brussels on December, 3, a full day meeting from 10.00 – 17.00 together with representatives from five Directorate General namely; DG Education & Culture, DG Growth, DG Research & Innovation, DG Employment, Social affairs and Inclusion and DG Regional Policy.

    School to Work (S2W), the latest flagship was adopted in the beginning of June. The preparations started in 2013 with a feasibility study and partner search. This resulted in five thematic groups and a list with 33 organisations interested in taking part in projects under this flagship. The thematic groups are; statistics and measures (7 partners); guidance and counselling (11 partners); re-integrative measures (13 partners); one-stop-shop (8 partners) and preventive measures (17 partners). More information in the attached presentation.

    Baltic University Programme, the oldest of the flagships dating back to 1992 (before the EUSBSR) is a network with 225 universities in the Baltic Sea Region focusing on sustainable development. That is why much of the activities are linked to HA Sustainable within the EUSBSR.

    Baltic Training Programme, focusing on entrepreneurship and internationalisation of vocational education and training (VET). The latest project in the flagship HansaECVET will be finalized in September. A workshop with partners in the flagship was held in Stockholm on May, 12. It was decided to continue in two directions namely internationalisation of VET based on ECVET and developing a supportive environment for fostering entrepreneurial mind sets. The latter will be developed in close cooperation on the emerging flagship, EntrepreneurshipLab.

    Baltic Sea Labour Forum, a network with 27 labour market organisations where a mobility initiative is under development. The initiative will hopefully be developed in the framework of a so called Baltic Leadership Programme financed by the Swedish Institute. 

       NEW INITIATIVES

     Baltic Science Network, a network gathering the respective ministries in the member states responsible for research as well as CBSS and the Nordic Council of Ministers. A brainstorming meeting was held in Hamburg in February and based on the results an application was submitted to the Interreg Baltic Sea Region. The Network was preselected to the second round of applications of the INTERREG Baltic Sea Programme. The full application will be handed in in July 2015. Further information in the enclosed presentation.

     EntrepreneurshipLab, offers a unique educational experience by connection businesses, researchers and innovators with students for mastering the craft of entrepreneurship through connection in real-life cases. At the same time, innovators who are struggling with their ideas and inventions and lack the time, can take advantage of entrepreneurship students by letting them develop a Business Plan for their existing idea or getting help with kick-starting the entrepreneurial process. A Baltic Sea Region wide network is under development. Furthermore a junior and senior version is considered.

     
     

Regional meetings to promote EUSBSR

The Baltic Sea Strategy aims at reaching more stakeholders.

Regional meetings will attract stakeholders from several sectors and levels of governance to learn more about what the Baltic Sea Strategy can offer in the form of a framework for effective cooperation.
Two regional meetings have already taken place, in Umeå and in Hässleholm.

More information about the event in Hässleholm can be found here.

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