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University of East Finland (UEF) is a multidisciplinary university, which offers teaching in more than 100 major subjects. We have four faculties: the Philosophical Faculty, the Faculty of Science and Forestry, the Faculty of Health Sciences, and the Faculty of Social Sciences and Business Studies.

Our activities underscore multidisciplinarity. Our key interdisciplinary research areas are built around four global challenges. These challenges are Ageing, lifestyles and health; Learning in a digitised society; Cultural encounters, mobilities and borders; and Environmental change and sufficiency of natural resources. In addition to a high standard of teaching, we offer our students a modern study environment, which is under constant development. Student well-being is among our primary concerns.

We have extensive international relations and are involved in several international networks. Our teaching and research staff and students are active in participating in various mobility programmes. We have concluded bilateral agreements of cooperation with approximately 100 universities abroad. Furthermore, we are involved in several international networks and discipline-specific projects.

Together with our networks, we support the well-being and positive development of eastern Finland. Our goal is to be ranked among the leading 200 research universities in the world and, in the strong research areas, among the world’s leading 50 research universities.

 

Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), which comprises several schools with an enduring history going back more than a century, is a public university devoted to the knowledge and practice of engineering, architecture, sciences and technology built on humanistic and social foundations. A key aspect of the UPC is its impact on its area of influence through education, research and the transfer of research results to companies. The education it offers is of a high quality and covers bachelors, masters and PhD degrees, as well as continuing education courses designed to foster lifelong learning.

The EXPLORATORI of natural resources is a project from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya and the Berga Town Council. The main objective of the project is to bring science closer to secondary school students, their teachers and the society in general in line with the STEAM education model. In order to achieve this goal, EXPLORATORI has organized several activities for 25 years, to engage youth in science using the methodology of learning by doing, especially in collaboration with Secondary Schools of Berguedà region.

Stefan cel Mare University of Suceava is located in Bukovina, a region in North-Eastern Romania, USV and is an innovative and comprehensive public higher education institution that organizes Bachelor, Master, Doctoral and Postdoctoral programs and conducts scientific research in the fields of Economic Sciences, Technical Sciences, Engineering and IT, Natural Sciences, Humanities and Health.

The first university in Romania in terms of number of patents and inventions over the last decade, USV plays a determinant role in the development and dissemination of scientific knowledge. Since its foundation in 1963, our university has constituted a powerful presence in a city of more than 100.000 inhabitants, decisively contributing to building a modern identity for the local community, in the geopolitical context of regional development and cross-border relations between Romania, Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova.

The main objectives of Stefan cel Mare University of Suceava are in accordance with the EU policies in the fields of education and research: to train highly qualified and competent professionals to face global competition, to harmoniously shape the students’ personalities, to encourage creativity and innovation to continuously develop scientific research, to permanently assess the scientific performance of the members of the academic community, as well as to constantly improve the educational and scientific research activities with a view to structural, qualitative and economically successful integration within the European area of higher education.

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ESCOLA BÁSICA E SECUNDÁRIA GONÇALVES ZARCO is a post elementary and secondary school. Today it has about 1520 students in day time, whose age ranges from 10 to young adults and about 130 adult students who attend night classes. The school covers several levels within the regular compulsory school attendance (from 5th to the 12th grade), but it also offers vocational courses and night classes for adults.

Every year Escola Básica e Secundária Gonçalves Zarco develops the following activites: Olympiads Biology, Mathematical, Physics; “Mentes Brilhantes (Brilliant Minds), addressed to Maths, Physics and Biology students;  “Funny Chemistry”, “Technology Day”, “Open Laboratory”, “Safe Internet” and Eco-escola.

Our school took part in some eTwinning projects and international ones (Erasmus+).

We also coordinated employment school club.

For GONÇALVES ZARCO Open Science Schooling and its new didactics is therefore extremely welcomed and a very useful and exciting way for the school to engage deeper in European collaboration.

… and our best known student is Cristiano Ronaldo.

 

Institut Pere Fontdevila is the Secondary School in Gironella, a village of about 4.800 inhabitants in Berguedà region. The number of students is about 250, and 36 teachers. This means that the center has three lines for ESO (Secondary Education) and two for Batxillerat (Scientist, Technological, Humanistic and Artistic modalities), so as to deal with the diversity of students (foreign students is about 12%). The Pere Fontdevila Secondary School is working to develop a methodologic change in order to encourage and activate students’ involvement in their own learning.

There is a close relationship between two entities, EXPLORATORI-UPC and the Institut Pere Fontdevila. Several teachers of the Institut Pere Fontdevila have actively participated in the training of teachers, teaching courses of the EXPLORATORI in different editions, and their students have participated in The Knowledge Fair, organised by the EXPLORATORI, for eight editions.

 

Multi-disciplinary center (MDCM) is a center for Adult Education and Lifelong learning, operated by the Municipality of Modi’in and the Open University, and leading the Learning Cities Network in Israel. The Multi-Disciplinary center works in cooperation with all parties and sectors at the local authority, such as the private sector, public institutions, social organizations and community NGOs in the city, as well as with the Federation of Local Authorities in Israel and government offices.

The Multi-disciplinary center is a member of the following networks:
UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities
PASCAL International Exchanges (PIE) Learning Cities Networks (LCN)The Multi-Disciplinary Center leads the agenda of “Learning City” in cooperation with government authorities such as:
• • Ministry of Education
• Ministry for Social Equality
• Ministry of Trade, Industry and Employment
• Union of Local Authorities in Israel
• Parliamentary Education Committee
• Adult Education Association
The MDCM operates a municipal center for parents, family and community, offering key educational programs as a basis for a stable society. The center offers comprehensive learning services for Career Development, Women Empowerment, promoting Mental Health and Employability for 50+ and recreational enrichment studies.

 

Ironi Bet Secondary school is striving for excellence while recognizing diversity. The school works cross-subject with Arts and Science, and the city of Modiin supports as a learning city the open science schooling of the Ironi Bet school. Ironi Bet’s secret of its success lies in encouraging the involvement of students, teachers, parents, the local authority and the entire community in school activities. Students become actively involved in knowledge creation rather than simply being passive recipients of ‘facts’. This provides students with the basis for continuing to learn and develop throughout life. The students are involved in various social projects such as maintaining a green environment, collecting groceries for the needy, etc. Our students have participated and won in many Scientific international competitions and especially in the field of renewable energy and Robotics.

“Our mission this year isn’t only to win the FRC competition, but also to make a change in our school’s environment, by trying to reach as many pupils as we can with our robotics team and contribute as much as we can to the community, as a team.” From Ironi Bet’s team of robotics Facebook page

Ironi Bet promotes teaching and learning processes in order to bring the student to achieve a personal best by maximizing the abilities and through education of Israeli, humanistic and democratic values. There is a strong belief that the more students feel connected and involved in the school and in the community so that they will feel better as a whole. In addition, it is essential to develop the care and responsibility of students towards others, in class first, and, then further, in wider circles of the school, the community, and the city of Modiin.

 

Pasvalys Lėvens basic school was established in 1987 and is a state school. It is situated in a beautiful place by the river Levuo not far from the centre of the town Pasvalys, which is in the North of Lithuania. Children from the town and district attend the school.
Currently there are 13 class groups of pupils aged 7-15 (289 altogether) and 37 dedicated teachers working full time.
To encourage continuing improvement in technology, interactive learning and communication, classrooms are equipped with technological equipment which includes personal computers for teachers, full internet coverage, white or interactive boards, projectors and TVs (in some classrooms.) A computer lab is available for teachers and pupils to use during the school’s working hours.
Our school’s philosophy is to provide learning programmes that are challenging and appropriate to the present and future needs of our children-skills for life and success. Pupils of our school are of different origins, backgrounds, statuses and learning abilities. The school recognizes its responsibilities to meet the learning requirements of all children including those with special needs or the bright ones and within its general teaching programs. Pupil testing system (Standardized Tests) is used well to monitor and support individual learner’s engagement, progress and achievement.
Our organization is involved in various projects, which are related to the education of young people and teenagers, social advertising and implementation of the programs that empower young people to identify their needs, be tolerant towards different cultures and turn their goals into actions. We promote positive youth and teenagers initiatives as well as interaction and understanding between young people with different cultural or social backgrounds. We seek to shift the young people’s energy towards activities that bring benefit for the local community (regular visits to elderly people centers), society (projects and actions to clean the environment, raise money for charity) and the country (National projects, charity initiatives)
Our extra curricular programs also include: Robotics Club, Basketball, Football and Handball clubs, English learner modules, Access to an on-site library with books, periodicals and electronic sources, etc.
Levens basic school is regarded as a school providing a good quality education and a range of extra curriculum activities for all its pupils. School climate is orderly, inviting and attractive focused on engaging the community through interesting events, projects and programs.

 

Platon Schools (Kindergarten – Primary – Secondary – Lifelong Learning Centre) is a modern educational institution with 650 learners and 120 staff. Through the use of the most up-to-date facilities, a diverse curriculum, experienced and skilled teaching staff and, most importantly, through consistency on principles and respect towards pupils and parents, our school has been struggling during the last ten years for the accomplished education of our pupils.

Platon’s staff  design and develop learning and teaching material in formal and informal methods. Implement this material and methods in ordinary program and in parallel school activities. Also has coordinated and gained expertise in a Minerva project regarding Open educational resources. The school staff  has trained and applied many innovative  activities in all grades.

Szkoła Podstawowa Nr 2 w Łukowie (540 students aged 7-16, and 45 teachers) is situated in the east of Poland . The school implements bilingual classes on Biology, History and Physics and sport classes. The school is very active and every year it initiates and takes part in more than 150 initiatives and events.
In the close area of the school inhabited by about 50000 citizens, there are lots of micro, small and large business, nature reserves, regional and culture museums. The school took part in many eTwinning projects and international ones (Comenius, Erasmus+, Native Speakers, Competitions etc.). It also coordinated a Study Visit and Youth Projects. Every year the school organises many sport competitions in handball, football, volleyball, running, wrestling, weight-lifting as local, regional and national event. The school collaborates with many other schools, universities, museums, sport clubs, culture centers, business stakeholders and NGO organizations.
SP2 Łukowie  also created a webpage to demonstrate the Open Science Project Activities: http://openscienceschooling.blogspot.com

Quality Assurance

 

Working with Europe is a non-profit association established by a group of professionals from different countries. Our mission is to help partner organisations create innovative ideas, develop very qualified and competitive applications and to help manage the project if granted and support the quality of the work processes and outcomes.

We primarily work in such programs as Erasmus+ and Horizon.

WwEU works in collaborative projects addressing very different forms of innovation, but the core capacity and expertise of the association and its professionals is to design and implement quality programs in projects

Alongside the collaborative European activities, the association delivers capacity building training to organisations that wish to be able to act independently on the European scene – creating applications, implementing projects and participating actively in European innovation.

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