Brussels, gateway to future scenarios for learning and research

posted by ICODA on 30.05.2016 in News  | Comments Off on Brussels, gateway to future scenarios for learning and research
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Education and training is a national responsibility of a member state. Generally speaking, most educational organisations visit Brussels for programs like Erasmus Plus or for affairs concerning student or lecturer mobility programs. However, what is less reflected upon is, that EU-policy shapes to a great degree the European trends in research and development. It also is a rich source of new ideas for strategic educational innovation processes. Laws, regulations and funding resulting from EU-policy can have their direct spin-off on all domains of education, and even on the professions they educate for (Bachelor, Masters and PhD programs).

But when considering ‘the broader gain’ of Brussels – as an innovation hub – a ‘speak peak’ into future scenarios of the profession or of research are within grasp; leading trends e.g. IT-trends, Big Data, new business models and rapid prototyping. Finding, following and anticipating on these future trends, is key for business as much as it is for educational programs. Especially considering the fierce competition between programs in order to retain and attract students. Prospective students are critical consumers, well-informed on ranking, performance and content of the program.

One of the most obvious examples of Brussels as an innovation hub is the Horizon 2020 program (H2020), the largest EU research and innovation program (€ 71,312 billion). Leading R&D is shaped under Horizon 2020. Knowledge from research is applied and brought to the market. Research and innovation faces the biggest challenges in society – aging, health issues, food security, sustainable agriculture, energy and transport – is tackled under H2020. Researchers and innovators – that operate under H2020 – are the ‘top league’. It is essential as an educational organisation to monitor these new developments and to follow the ‘top league’ of your professional field. Brussels with its EU institutions, innovation alliances, Pan-European networks and think tanks can function as innovation incubator for educational or research vision development. Programs need to pro-actively search for their competitive edge; Brussels is the gateway to this new idea-shaping of the future!

ICODA European Affairs-Education’ unlocks knowledge and information around trendsetting R & D for the purpose of education, training and research programs. Our work visits – held in Brussels – facilitate strategic definition processes (vision, mission), brainstorms (on e.g. future curriculum development or research policy definition) or team processes (professionalisation of lecturers or researchers). Easy access to leading trends and developments on location – in Brussels – is given in an easy and accessible way.

Target groups are: Boards of Directors, Boards of Trustees, program committees, educational teams, educational design teams, research groups, research centers, Learning & Development units, municipal and provincial education services, and other related organizations.

by Danielle de Boer and Lodewijk Buschkens

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