Conference ‘Innovative Education towards the Needs of the Labour Market’, May-July 2016
In May-July 2016 each EPOS Partner organized a conference for local (national) participants representing higher education institutions, public bodies and organic sector, with the aim of effective dissemination of the intellectual outputs of the project and encouraging participants to make use of similar initiatives in the future.
Altogether 245 participants attended the 7 conferences, in that 195 participants from outside the EPOS universities.
In the topics presented at the conferences emphasis was put mainly on the needs for improvements in the educational system, to cover specifically the expectations of European employers (on the basis of the research done within the EPOS project). Moreover, innovative educational tools and study methods developed and tested within the project (e-learning, students internships, intensive study programmes) were presented to the conference participants. Briefing about potential funding opportunities to help organizing similar educational initiatives was also provided.
As majority of the methods and tools used in the project could be applied to any sector (not only to organic food sector), the audience wasn’t limited to the academic staff working in the topic of organic food & farming. Similarly, the analysis of labour market needs, not exclusively sector specific, appeared to be of great interest to the wide range of stakeholders.
Presentation of the general idea and the results of Students Internships carried out within the project was of great interest to the stakeholders representing organic sector, and encouraged them to continue cooperation with the universities and therefore to actively participate in education of their future employees.
Both presentations and open discussion sessions took place, with very interesting feedback & conclusions. Detailed programmes & all presentations from the conferences, as well as summary feedback of the conference participants are placed under the below links. Additionally, some photos can be found in the EPOS Gallery.