The EPOS project supported cooperation between seven European universities to develop, test and implement innovative educational approaches addressing the needs of the labour market in European organic sector and beyond.
The high quality international, comprehensive knowledge in the area of organic food, unavailable in standard educational programme of a single university, was transferred to wide community of students with the use of highly innovative tools and educational methods.
The set of methods was attuned to address European employers’ expectations, both sector-specific and general (including e.g. strengthening of students’ team working skills, communication skills, computer skills, ability to adapt to new situations, analytical and problem solving skills, and fluent communication in English).
As recommended by the 2011 EU Modernisation Agenda, cooperation with employers and providing practical experience was foreseen in the project activities. Development and implementation of innovative, labour market relevant teaching approaches aimed to enhance the quality of education and, in perspective, improve students’ employability.
The project addressed the key issues of the ‘Agenda for the modernisation of Europe’s higher education systems 2011’, as well as priorities and aims of the Erasmus+ Programme. It also addressed majority of the specific aims of the strategic partnership projects (as listed in the Erasmus+ Programme Guide).