KIC is looking for a Project and Communications Officer

The Knowledge Innovation Centre (Malta) is looking for a new person to join our team. If you are interested in research & communications work in the field of educational research and policy, linked to ongoing Erasmus+ plus projects, please apply for our position of Project and Communications Officer.

The job call is open until 25th August 2017 – for more information please:
download the call for applications.

Call for Experts on Apprenticeships

The SAPS Project stands for Supporting Apprenticeships between Professional Higher Education & Small and Medium Enterprises, and aims at:

  • improving the perception of SMEs of the benefits of engaging interns/apprentices from professional higher education (PHE) Institutions;
  • lowering the barriers to cooperation between PHE Institutions and SMEs;
  • establishing more regular and structured cooperation between the umbrella organizations for PHE and organizations representing SMEs.

The main idea of the project came from understanding that, across Europe, there are large disparities in the number of internship/apprenticeship placements offered to students in professional higher education. This is partially due to the fact that:

  • SMEs may not have the structures in place to take on interns/apprentices;
  • The value that internship/apprenticeship brings to the business is not always clear for the SMEs;
  • PHE Institutions often find it easier to work with a few large enterprises than many SMEs.

Therefore, the project will bring European experts in managing internships/apprenticeships together to develop teaching and learning materials for SMEs, including on collaborating with PHEIs, on-boarding interns and deriving value out of interns placements. It will also create quality guidelines for PHEIs offering internships/apprenticeships to SMEs, covering the areas of governance & strategy, teaching and learning as well as operations.

A 10 country internship/apprenticeship campaign will bring together promotional messages, examples of best practice, information tools, and a list of contacts of one-stop-shops for starting offering placements, offered by PHE Institutions across Europe.

SAPS will increase the supply of internships/apprenticeships by lowering barriers to take on interns/apprentices, both from the sides of the organisations sending and those receiving, as well as by increasing cooperation between PHE Institutions and SMEs. We will improve the quality of internships/apprenticeships by offering guidance to SMEs on how to organise these, and giving PHE Institutions a quality assessment tool. We will improve attractiveness by highlighting the value proposition of offering placements directly.

Content of the experts’ work

The first phase of the project focuses on ‘Supporting SMEs new to internships/apprenticeships’, and will be developed in cooperation with 10 European experts. The overall aim is to:

  • provide guidance to SMEs as to how to provide for:
    • an effective learning experience for interns/apprentices;
    • a productive work experience for the enterprise;
  • create guidelines for managing interns/apprentices with disabilities and/or special needs;

And that way:

  • assist SMEs in setting up an internship/apprenticeship scheme in collaboration with professional higher education institutions;
  • assist SMEs with the process of on-boarding interns/apprentices.

The overall output of the work package will be a resource pack for SMEs covering all the areas set out above. The content of such resource pack will be authored by the experts experienced in setting up such schemes with SMEs, from within PHEIs across Europe, and based on best-practices from the same institutions where such schemes are already functioning.

The final publication is expected to contain a series of guidelines, instructing SMEs on how to:

  • set up an internship/apprenticeship scheme in collaboration with professional higher education institutions;
  • on-board apprentices;
  • ensure an effective learning experience for interns/apprentices;
  • ensure a productive work experience for the enterprise;
  • manage interns/apprentices with disabilities and/or special needs.

Role of experts

Definition of scope – experts will meet at a 2-day meeting, defining a specific table of content for the Resource Pack, as well as outline of the content and the case studies to be used to illustrate each chapter. Experts will assign responsibilities amongst themselves for the authoring of each chapter.

This meeting will take in the beginning of April 2017 in Brussels (Belgium).

Collection of good practices and existing guides – Since the experts are expected to already have experience in operating similar schemes, an internal library will be created, containing guidelines, practice-guides, examples of implementation etc. which may help authoring of the resource pack.

(Timeline: April – May 2017)

Developing the Resource Pack – based on the outcomes of the experts’ meeting on the content of the pack and division of roles, as well as in line with the input of collected good practices and guides, experts will author the Resource Pack. Each chapter will have a main author and 1-2 sub-authors.

(Timeline: April – June 2017)

Experts are expected to join the Brussels meeting, and devote 10 days of work remotely on contributing to above points 2 and 3.

The final outcome will be a publication with a working title ‘Mobilising Internships/Apprenticeships for Business Success: A Guide for SMEs’.

Profile of experts

In order to bring different perspectives and expertise in the expert team, we are looking for experts from:

  • Professional Higher Education Institutions;
  • Organisations representing SMEs;
  • SMEs;
  • Experienced professional in supporting students with disabilities

The selected expert should be able to demonstrate:

  • experience in organising internship/apprenticeship systems between PHE institutions and SMEs;
  • strong cooperation with PHE stakeholders and the ability to strengthen cooperation (including with the world of work, chambers of commerce and other employers’ bodies);
  • significant engagement in the international environment, demonstrated through participation in international conferences, projects, associations etc.;
  • preferably, experience in publishing activities on EU and/or national level of expertise;
  • excellent English language skills

Conditions and Application Process

Experts will be selected through an open call for applications. Selected experts will receive a gross honorarium as well as coverage of travel and subsistence costs to the Expert meeting in Brussels.

Experts interested in applying should fill in the form at this link by 20 February 2017.

BeeHives experts meeting in Antwerp

On Wednesday November 9th members of the BeeHives project had a meeting in Antwerp, at the premises of Artesis Plantijn Hogeschool Antwerpen to discuss and to create a conceptual framework for understanding the different cooperation venues and modalities between students, institutions and the world of work.

The BEEHiVES project is designed to address cooperation and collaboration barriers in the strategic partnership triangle – HVET/PHE institutions, employers/labour markets and students – to contribute to the development of skills relevant to labour market needs and equip students with the knowledge and skills relevant for their long-term employability, entrepreneurship and personal development.
BEEHiVES will create tools and measures that will create a fundamental step-change in terms of employer involvement in programme and curriculum design, validation, accreditation and award processes – placing employers and the needs of the labour market at the centre of the education offer.

The conceptual framework we mentioned in the first paragraph will be used to create a survey, which will be sent out to 600 stakeholders around Europe. The meeting focused in particular on the selection of the most relevant and important themes, which built the basis for the development of the questions; the related questions of the survey and to discuss the overall goal of the survey. Using the conceptual framework, the experts should be able to analyse how, where and when collaboration between these three groups takes place, and, more importantly to understand what incentivises productive collaboration for all the three groups.

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International Training of Trainers on Sustainable Education at the ITC/ILO in Torino

KIC has led a workshop at the International Training of Trainers Forum was held at the ITC/ILO in Torino, Italy from November 7th – November 11th 2016, where partecipants from all over the world have been discussing possible futures for education. The International Training of Trainers Forum is a recurring network and capacity development event that serves as a meeting place for capacity development policy makers, practitioners, trainers, facilitators, knowledge brokers, chief learning officers and staff development specialists. The Forum in Torino explored innovative learning ecologies throughout the entire learning management cycle and provided specialist tracks for those who want to know more about transformational learning, visual learning, mobile learning and gamification. The Forum was divided in three themes: Scaling up, Connecting and Innovating.  The purpose of this Forum is to facilitate knowledge exchange on sustainable learning solutions with a focus on Learning Innovation.

KIC’s Anthony F .Camilleri moderated a workshop on Learning Impact on Quality Assurance where a part of the discussion evolved around social and technological changes that might have an impact on quality assurance in education and some possible future scenarios. Participants focused on trends that may transform Quality Assurance in the future.

Together, participants explored the role learning analytics & big data may play in the the quality assurance of teaching. They also examined the new concept of quality assurance of qualifications and credentials – namely how the concepts of usability, portability and verification can be achieved using technlogies such as blockchain. Finally, participants forecase how opening up quality assurance data might be able to transform educational choice, by allowing potential students to compare and contrast the quality of courses rather than rely on marketing materials from institutions to make decisions about choosing their education.

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International Survey on Reduction of GHG Emissions

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KIC has been contracted to provide services for the  International Survey on Reduction of GHG Emissions, which is intended to provide a perspective on the effectiveness of actions that may reduce the emission of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG). The survey is designed to provide a bottom-up view of GHG reduction actions to complement top-down policies and action plans developed by governments and large non-government organizations. Analysis will be led by the University of Malta and SBE Malta, and other relevant organizations will also have access to the raw data produced through this project.

The project is being developed by the International Initiative for a Sustainable Built Environment (iiSBE) on behalf of the Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction (Global ABC) and three other international organizations, namely the United Nations Environment Programme Sustainable Buildings and Climate Initiative (UNEP-SBCI), the International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB), and the International Federation of Consulting Engineers, (FIDIC).

The Knowledge Innovation Centre is providing a platform for collecting responses from the survey, aiding in initial data analysis, providing data visualisation as well as overall design services to the project.

You can participate now at: 

https://ghgsurvey.study/

 

 

Regional Challenges facing PHE discussed at the first PROCSEE Excellence Forum

img_2385The first PHE Excellence Forum was held  from 28th September – 1st October 2016, in Logarska Dolina, Slovenia. The forum brought together about 40 experts from 12 countries around Europe to discuss challenges facing the PHE sector in Central and South-Eastern Europe.

The event is a direct followup to the meetings of the PHE Excellence National Committees which were held between May and September 2016 in each of the participating countries of the project. The forum tackled four thematic areas (Alignment of PHE with regional, local and economic development strategies; Promotion of PHE in Responding to Skill Shortages; Organizing and Monitoring Student Placements in the World of Work; Personal Learning Environments in PHE) of the project where experts shared and identified national, regional and European challenges and later conducted a root case analysis so as to understand the factors which lead to perpetuation of barriers.

The final observations from the seminar were that while PHE is a sector full of latent potential and the sector faces few active barriers, PHE is caught in a cycle of middle-expectations whereby it wishes to be considered a more important regional stakeholder, but is unwilling to take the lead in establishing its position without incentives and support. Another observation that was pointed out was that of insufficient recognition of the value of a ‘sector’ with its own ‘voice’ and that PHE misses (the tools for) a narrative.

In the coming weeks, “Policy Challenge Statement”, will bring together all the work that was done at the event, highlighting the main challenges facing Professional Higher Education in the region, together with the root causes that need to be addressed to move forward on those challenges.

Following this the project will begin a process of collection of good practices, so as to identify successful policy interventions which have been applied to address the identified challenges anywhere in the world, and assess the possibilities for adapting the approaches for use in the specific situation of the CSEE region.

The Knowledge Innovation Centre helped with the events content coordination, including designing the methodology, facilitating the sessions overall and developing the conclusions for the event.

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We are looking for experts in Professional Higher Education

As part of its efforts to create a regional centre for Professional Higher Education Excellence in Central and South-Eastern Europe, the PROCSEE project is looking for experts which will help it:

  • Engage in policy dialogue with stakeholders, to understand the main policy challenges which need to be addressed to accelerate change & innovation in the area
  • Locate best-practice examples of policy-interventions from around the world, which have been shown to be effective in addressing the identified challenges
  • Analyse the best-practice examples, with the help of thematic peer-learning expert groups, and identify those which are best suited to implementation in the CSEE region
  • Work with stakeholders in each country, to design interventions at institutional level which will address the policy challenges, based on the implemented research
  • Communicate the need and methodology for the interventions to relevant policy & decision-makers, and provide a monitoring framework for measuring the progress and impact of interventions

We are looking for European-Level experts, as well as experts from Slovenia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Romania and Hungary in the following areas:

  • Alignment of PHE with Regional Development Strategies (Download call)
  • Promotion of PHE to respond to skill shortages (Download call)
  • Organising and monitoring student placements in the world of work (Download call)
  • Personal Learning Environments in PHE (Download call)

Experts are asked to send in their motivation and CVs, using the form on the PROCSEE website, until 27th May 2016.

Tackling Educational InEquality in Alpbach

For young people from families without an advanced educational background or who are otherwise socially disadvantaged, the doors to higher education, and particularly to university education, appear mostly to be closed. And even, for those who dare to try, coping with their studies often becomes a directionless, strenuous effort due to a lack of role models and support within their environment. “Dropping-out” becomes a risk and so the self-replicating education system is strengthened further, leaving countless unappreciated talents to fall by the wayside.

The Alpbach Higher Education Symposium, held on 26th August, asked  What higher education institutions can do to work against this process and the accompanying increase in inequality in our society. KIC Senior Partner Anthony F. Camilleri joined experts, practitioners and those directly affected, to discuss the question of access and choice in higher education, but also the supervision of students throughout their studies once they reach that stage.

During the event, KIC presented the IDEAS project, specifically sharing the good practices on tackling educational inequality collected by the project with participants. In addition, we had the opportunity to network with leaders of 28 different projects on higher educational (in)equality and create valuable linkages between the project and these Europe-leading initiatives.

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KIC provides the Training Seminar – Prospective Peer Experts of External Audits

KIC provided training for a 3 day  Training Seminar – Prospective Peer Experts of External Audits which was organised by  National Commision for Further and Higher Education and sponsored by the European Social Fund in Malta that took place a from 22 – 26 June, Dolmen Hotel Resort in St. Paul’s bay, Malta.

Trainers:

  • PROF. BASTIAN BAUMANN, Managing Director at EQAA, Consultant on Higher Education
  • MR. ANTHONY F. CAMILLERI, Policy Consultant, Project Manager and Quality & Standardisation Expert
  • COLIN TÜCK, Director of EQAR – European Quality Assurance Register

Guest Speaker

  • MR. SANDRO SPITERI,Head of QA Unit – NCHFE

Successful participants of this training event will be eligible for selection as Peer Experts in the External Quality Audits of Further and Higher Institutions in Malta organised by the NCHFE.

IDEAS Project wa presented at the 24th EAN Annual Conference

IDEAS project was presented at a conference which was organised by the European Access Network (EAN) from 7th to 9th of June 2015 in Oslo, Norway  and every year brings an international/global community of policymakers, researchers, practitioners and more recently also students together to discuss issues on access and success of underrepresented groups. This year the conference is organised in collaboration with the Norwegian Student Union
The work of IDEAS was presented by Mary Tupan from ECHO through a poster session. Participants were interested in the data base of IDEAS but specifically in the IDEAS definition of success and proven success. How IDEAS identified cases and to what extend the cases could be replicated by others.