In the context of identifying new opportunities for collaboration in the direction of Lifelong Learning and professional development programs among adults, the University of Bucharest received on Thursday, March 16, 2023, the visit of a UNESCO delegation.
During the visit, both David Atchoarena, Director of the Institute for Lifelong Learning within UNESCO, and Madlen Șerban, General Secretary of UNESCO in Romania, noted the impact of the initiatives of the University of Bucharest and of its specialists in the area of professional development among adults at the European level.
Emerged thanks to the University of Bucharest’s membership to CIVIS – which includes 10 other European universities, the projects mentioned by the UNESCO representatives are:
- The Handbook Innovative Pedagogies: Ways into the Process of Learning Transformation, which provides an in-depth analysis of the ways in which professors are prepared to approach pedagogical innovations in the classroom. More details on this project can be accessed here.
- The Digitally Enhanced Mobility – CIVIS Handbook on Virtual Mobility, which aims to be a source of inspiration for academic staff, for researchers, and experts in the field of pedagogical innovation, for decision-makers and, last but not least, for students who want to design and deliver their own teaching and learning activities in a virtual mobility environment. More details on this project can be accessed here.
To these are added the academic educational policy recommendations, in order to better connect the Romanian academic offer to the European strategic directions, to the social dynamics and to the demand on the labor market, offered by the group of professors and doctoral researchers from the University of Bucharest, members of the team of experts implementing the CIVIS project within the University of Bucharest. The proposals are integrated into a programmatic document, entitled
Why micro-credits must become educational “macro-politics” for the definition of future European study programs and which brings into the public debate new strategic directions for Romanian universities, among which the adoption of micro- credits in the higher education system in Romania, in agreement with European movements and with the new perspectives of curricular reconstruction. More details on these recommendations can be accessed here.
CIVIS is a European University Alliance that brings together 11 member universities: Aix-Marseille Université (France), National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (Greece), University of Bucharest (Romania), Université Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium), Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (Spain), Sapienza Università di Roma (Italy), Stockholm University (Sweden), Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen (Germany), University of Glasgow (UK), Paris Lodron University Salzburg (Austria) and University of Lausanne (Switzerland). Selected by the European Commission among the first 17 European pilot universities, the CIVIS Alliance brings together approximately half a million students and over 70,000 staff members, including 37,400 academics and researchers.