Global and Local, Policies and Living (#104)

by Ulla Virtanen, TAKK

TAKK local Nasta Café

The local café we sit in every working day, Nasta in TAKK Nirva Campus

Good news for the Education of Europe: Commission proposes to double funding for Erasmus programme for 2021-2027. This is the big news of the week, meaning political support for European Education Area by 2025. Moreover, the big goals of empowering young people and strengthening European identity are getting the attention they so need and deserve to have. It’s a free-flowing world for the future youth.

There are wonderful new, but natural elements to the programme: mobility periods that are consistently longer and cooperation that goes further than Europe – also for Vocational Education and Training! Which ais an absolute delight. The so called ”Centres of vocational excellence” will create more connections and larger networks for our secondary VET. Great!

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From global to local, yes. This week I had the privilege and joy to read the Master’s thesis by one of our previous trainees in TAKK. She writes about sustainable development and compares Chinese VET with Finnish VET. It touched me how she reminded us all about the need for place-based policy-making, despite the overwhelmingly great strategic policies we have from the global level decision-makers. Good job, Ms Riikka Yli-Arvela. Your Master’s thesis keep spinning in my mind. Continue reading

Strategic International VET (#101)

What is your golden strategy for internationalisation?

by Ulla Virtanen, TAKK

VET Reform now done and implementation under process, it is time to turn our minds and heads towards the next strategic years to come. Let’s see what tools do we have to affect the internationalisation of Vocational Education and Training (VET). Continue reading

Apples fly far from the Erasmus+ Tree (#65/100)

Congratulations Erasmus+

Wow! Erasmus+ is 30 years old/young! Congratulations for all the numerous and enlightening moments in all of the activities in this wonderful programme to all of Us and to all of You. Apples may not fall too far from the tree, but the winds and the birds and the butterflies fly the seeds to faraway corners of the world. So do the Erasmus+ seeds in our minds and the bodies and the hearts, they take us far in life.

Happy to be Erasmus+ generation.

TAKKCareerBooster in Brussels (#9/100)

TAKKCareerBooster

Boost your career in Europe

”Submit Online” with a long secretive term ”Form Hash Code” looks so lovely to many international activities coordinators this week in Vocational Education and Training (greetings to you all!). This is our secret language meaning: your work of many months has been paid off by sending IN an application in the Erasmus+ Programme. More uncoding: almost a hundred vocational secondary institutions in Finland have made their plans for international mobility periods in Europe for the next one or two years to come and have sent a Key Action 1 (KA1) Learning Mobility of Individuals application to the Brussels database. Now, all we can do, is to wait until late May to hear the result. How exciting. Continue reading