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Knowledge Base

Here you can find the links to existing publications, internet portals, tools, service providers related to international project management and adult education. Here you will also find the Knowledge Pills - short, concise educational video clips and recordings of webinars related to international project management.

Friday, 05 March 2021 13:42

Glossary of Important Skills and Competences

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This glossary, created by the European Commission, highlights key competences and skills needed in contemporary Europe. These can also be incorporated into application materials.

The glossary defines skills and competences in the following categories

  • Knowledge
  • Skills
  • Attitudes and values
  • Language skills and knowledge

Check out the full glossary here.

Friday, 05 March 2021 13:38

Study on the History of Adult Education in Europe

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The paper “Development of Adult Education in Europe and in the Context of Knowles′ Study” offers a brief history of the development of adult education in Europe. It largely focuses on the origins of the contemporary definitions of adult education and the works of  Malcolm S. Knowles, one of the scholars who helped establish the field. Teaching adults is much different from teaching children, so it is important to establish strategies and theories for the field of adult education.

Taking the time to read texts that provide the theoretical foundation for the field one works in can be useful for creating a deeper understanding of the strategies and objectives that can be implemented. 

Read the full paper here.

This is a legal document from 2018 that affirms the European Union’s support for lifelong learning. It emphasizes the importance of inclusive, lifelong education as a central right for all people. 

It lays out the central competences for lifelong learning, which include: 

  • Literacy competence
  • Multilingual competence
  • Mathematical competence and competence in science, technology, and engineering
  • Digital competence
  • Personal, social and learning to learn competence
  • Citizenship competence
  • Entrepreneurship competence
  • Cultural awareness and expression competence

Read the full document here.

Friday, 05 March 2021 13:33

New Erasmus App

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The European Commission has created an Erasmus+ app! This app will help applicants through the steps they need to take when applying for EU funding for the 2021-2027 cycle. It provides information on special deals and offers, administrative processes, and more. 

For more information check out the website 

The app is available for download on the Google Play Store and Apple App Store.

Friday, 05 March 2021 13:24

Open Research Europe

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The European Commission has created a database for research results that are produced by Horizon 2020 projects. They accept publications from many subject areas including the humanities and arts as well as social sciences, which are checked and then published for peer-review. 

The research published through Open Research Europe is open for all to access, allowing the information gained through Horizon projects to have a wide reach.

Open Research Europe is currently accepting submissions and will publish its first articles in March 2021. 

Check it out here.

Friday, 05 March 2021 13:10


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Welcomeurope is a consultancy firm that advises organizations on how to create successful applications for EU grants and how project management, and offers trainings on a variety of topics as well.

Though many of the services offered by Welcomeurope are available for a fee, they have some introductory resources that can be obtained free of charge and which can help provide deeper understanding on EU funding and how it can be obtained.

One can download their starter kit to understanding EU funds here. This kit not only gives weekly updates on calls for proposals, but also offers tips for making sense of EU funding initiatives such as Horizon 2020 and advice for EU project leaders.

Learn about Welcomeurope’s other offers on their website.

A group of researchers from Finland, Sweden and Denmark has conducted a study on quality in the validation process. The researchers have started from a model for quality assurance in validation developed by NVL's expert network for validation in 2013. The researchers have studied the model's usefulness by letting three education providers in the Nordic countries participate in an interactive research process in 2016 and 2017

The results in the report show that the model works to point out strategically important parts and phases in the validation process from a quality assurance perspective. The researchers can see that the model's broad approach has been useful in identifying development areas in all participating education providers, regardless of country and difference in organization.

Download the report here

The Nordic network on validation of prior learning released a set of web-based tools in December 2020. The Nordic Quality Compass tools are based on the work carried out earlier (2011–2016) by the network.

The tools can now be fully operated online with a possibility of creating a personal account and development plans. The set of tools consist of two tools for system and procedure evaluation purposes and three tools for practitioners (assessors, counsellors, and coordinators) for self-assessment purposes.

→ The tools are available for free at

The Policy Brief is published 8 th of February 2021 by the Nordic Network for Adult Learning (NVL) that refer to the Nordic Council of Ministers .

The Policy Brief highlights ten years of the validation network's development work around the issue of quality in validation of prior learning, including the most recent web-based set of evaluation tools for policy makers as well as practitioners. It also takes a look at the current situation in the Nordic region, pinpointing the most prevalent strengths, weaknesses, opportunities as well as threats in terms of validation. The network has laid out a set of practical recommendations for future action, including expanding high-quality validation practices from formal learning towards working life and non-formal and informal settings.

The Policy Brief can be downloaded here! 

Thursday, 08 October 2020 11:59

English Dictionaries for International Cooperation

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There are many specific words and terms used in the sphere of international cooperation which are not commonly used. These dictionaries help to define these words, which makes it easier to read and comprehend English documents and applications:

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