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Professor Michael Osborne reports from the Fifth International Conference on Adult Education, Iasi and Chisinau 25-28 April, 2018

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I had the pleasure of attending and presenting a keynote of the topic of Big Data and Adult Education at the Fifth International Conference on Adult Education, Education for values – continuity and context, which was held in Iasi, Romania – April 25th–27th, 2018 and Chisinau, Moldova - April 27th–28th, 2018 under the overall leadership of Prof. Laurențiu Șoitu, Alexandru Ioan Cuza, University of Iasi.

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Shanghai Municipal Institute for Lifelong Learning - Visit 15-18 March 2018

CR&DALL Director for Europe, Mike Osborne, and PASCAL Associate Director for Europe, Roberta Piazza, were delighted to be hosted by the Shanghai Municipal Institute for Lifelong Learning (SMILE) and its director Professor Jian Huang from 15-18 March 2018. During that time, they discussed a number of areas of potential collaboration including assessment of the regional engagement role of Technical and Vocational Education Colleges in Shanghai.

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New Project: Widening Regional Engagement of HE and TVET

The aims of this project funded under the aegis of an ESRC Impact Acceleration Account are to:

  • Support further work to review and enhance a template to map the engagement of universities with their cities and regions for use in the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) sector in Hong Kong, Italy and the UK
  • Adapt a revised benchmarking tool to create an online version; and
  • Promote its use nationally and in an international context.

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New Project: Exchanging knowledge with policymakers and marginalised youth about skill training in India

In recent years, both India and Scotland have made an extensive investment in skill training and education to reduce the unemployment of marginalised youth and enabling their social and occupational mobility (ILO, 2011, 2016). This knowledge exchange project funded through an ESRC Impact Acceleration Account, comprising of a workshop (India) and a seminar (Glasgow), offers an important and timely opportunity for policy makers, practitioners, and academics from India and Scotland to share experiences, develop understandings, and participate in dialogue to provide evidence for the policies and infrastructures that need to be developed and implemented to facilitate the positive engagement of young people in skill training programmes.

CR&DALL Themes: 

Widening Regional Engagement of HE and TVET

The aims of this project funded under the aegis of an ESRC Impact Acceleration Account are to:

  • Support further work to review and enhance a template to map the engagement of universities with their cities and regions for use in the Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) sector in Hong Kong, Italy and the UK
  • Adapt a revised benchmarking tool to create an online version; and

  • Promote its use nationally and in an international context.

Forecasting Coastal Erosion

This is part of the next phase of DynamicCoast.com and will use the latest monitoring techniques to map and categorise the resilience of the Scottish coast and identify the links between erosion and flooding. The damage that climate change could cause to nearly one fifth of Scotland’s coastline and the steps that could be taken to mitigate it will be forecast in this new two year research project.

Celebrating adult learning: Our latest issue of Quest - Adult Learning Australia (ALA) Member News, December 2017

Welcome to this year's final issue of Quest, Adult Learning Australia's quarterly magazine. From a national health literacy program that educates and encourages men to pay more attention to their health, to an Indigenous catering enterprise that attracts locals to their neighbourhood education centre, to celebrations of four decades of adult literacy our latest issue features stories about how people take on challenges, overcome hurdles and develop confidence and skills through adult education.

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