On 18-19 September 2013, a Symposium will take place on the Innovation in Agricultural Training and Education. Location: George Mason University and Conference Center, Fairfax, Virginia. Read more at www.oired.vt.edu/innovate
Month: March 2013
On March 21 and 22, the professional master course on competence-based rural development was taking place in Tirana, and went well. Three groups of active students have tentatively developed competence profiles for stakeholders in rural communities, processing organisations, and financial institutions. The approach of multistakeholder analysis attemts were admirable and creative. A big compliment for these future leaders in rural development.
The Call for the WU sandwich PhD – program is open again. There will be a difference with the previous program: successful sandwich PhD-applicants will be offered a contract while at Wageningen University.
‘Public #employment services top growth #occupations show a shift towards #high-skilled occupations’. See http://ec.europa.eu/social/main.jsp?catId=737&langId=en&pubId=7434
Cedefop has published a Call for Tender about ‘Collection and review of skill mismatch policies and practices in the EU’. http://www.cedefop.europa.eu/EN/working-with-us/public-procurements/21080.aspx
Researchers in universities have to comply with national systems of research assessment and related systems for promotion and tenure. But the strange thing is that research assessment systems differ by country. Which system contributes best to research quality improvement? That seems to me to be the key question, but it is a question which is easy to ask, but difficult to answer. I don’t see any answers in the piece of the TES anyway. What is good is that the piece alerts researchers to the relative value of the national research assessment systems and related promotion and tenure criteria, which, however, are difficult to avoid.
ECS staff Dr Thomas Lans, Hasse Cox MSc and Dr Harm Biemans are heavily involved in research on Life Long Learning in Europe. First documents are being made available. Further results and publications are awaited in the coming years. Large organizations which are interested in participation in this European project are invited to contact us. Enjoy!