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What happened to adults in learning during the pandemic? IBE has the answer.

During the coronavirus pandemic, education moved onto a virtual platform. The remote teaching of children and youth became a dominant topic in the public discourse. But what happened to the adults who were participating in various types of educational activities? The Educational Research Institute tried to find out. Więcej
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Smartphones at school - opportunity or threat?

The smartphone is used in almost all areas of daily life, except school. Although most children and youths aged 9-17 years use their smartphone every day, few are able to recall interesting lessons using new technologies. Read more
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“OECD Skills Strategy: Poland” has been released

The “OECD Skills Strategy: Poland” report was presented at a conference on December 11th in Warsaw. The conference was attended by representatives of ministries, NGOs, the education sector and institutions supporting education. Dariusz Piontkowski, Minister of National Education opened the conference, and the report’s main conclusions were presented by Ludger Schuknecht, Deputy Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Więcej

Polish students among the best in the world. Results of the international PISA 2018 survey are out.

Polish students are ahead of everyone but young Estonians in mathematical literacy in the European Union. In terms of reading literacy, Polish youths occupy 4th place among EU countries, and in science literacy, they are third. Więcej
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The pilot of the P-TECH programme begins

IBM announced today that it is launching the P-TECH educational and vocational development programme in cooperation with the Educational Research Institute and Samsung and Fujitsu Technology Solutions. The programme will be implemented with the support and cooperation of the City of Katowice and under the honorary patronage of Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and the Ministry of Digitization. Więcej
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Workshops for stakeholders of the Integrated Skills Strategy

On Tuesday, May 28, workshops for stakeholders of the Integrated Skills Strategy (ISS) were held at the Arche Hotel in Warsaw. They were organized by the Educational Research Institute together with the Ministry of National Education and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Więcej



Project description

The TRANSVAL-EU (Validation of transversal skills across Europe) project addresses the complex issue of validation of transversal skills. On one hand, employers place an increasing importance on transversal skills. On the other hand, transversal skills are only an implicit part of the existing validation and guidance processes.

There is a need to make the validation processes of transversal skills acquired in non-formal and informal settings explicit and to embed the lessons learned in validation and guidance policies. 

TRANSVAL-EU proposes to experiment innovative approaches for the validation of transversal skills acquired through non-formal and informal learning (VNFIL) in five pilot countries – Austria, Italy, Lithuania, Poland and Belgium. 

TRANSVAL-EU will address the insufficient knowledge and awareness of counsellors and practitioners on innovative VNFIL methods and transversal competences. The project will build capacity of practitioners and counsellors, as well as, when relevant, of other stakeholders on innovative VNFIL and transversal competences; and strengthen cross-sector cooperation between practitioners, policy-makers and other stakeholders in order to build coherent VNFIL systems.

TRANSVAL-EU intends to be one of the largest European policy experiments on VNFIL. The project has 16 partners from 7 countries.

The project partners will develop and test:

  • a research base of good practices;
  • a set of training toolkits and programmes;
  • standardised competence profiles for validation/guidance practitioners with a specific focus on transversal skills.

The project started on February 28, 2021, it will last 30 months and is funded by Erasmus+ KA3 Policy Reform – Policy Experimentations.





European survey on innovative initiatives for the validation of transversal skills


The EU-funded project TRANSVAL-EU is a European policy experimentation concerning innovative approaches for the validation of transversal skills obtained in non-formal and informal learning (VNFIL) contexts, including guidance services.

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The project partners will develop and test an offer of a validation toolkit, training curricula and programmes, as well as standardised competence profiles for validation and guidance practitioners with a specific focus on transversal skills.

In order to provide these insights related to potential innovative tools, methods and approaches for the validation of transversal skills and competences in validation and guidance practices in Europe the project consortium would like to map and analyse related initiatives on the validation and guidance process integrating transversal skills throughout Europe.

The survey is addressed to experts, practitioners, policy-makers, civil servants, workers in companies, project managers involved in the field of guidance and/or validation of skills (including recognition of prior learning) in all sectors of education (adult education, higher education, VET, non-formal education, schools, etc.) and work stakeholders (public employment services, companies, trade unions, civil society organisations etc.).

We would be very grateful if you could contribute to this by filling out this questionnaire.

It only takes 5 to 10 minutes to complete it.

Deadline to fill the survey: 30 September 2021.

Your answers will only be used anonymously for this survey and with respect for your privacy.

At the end of the survey (Autumn 2021), we will certainly inform you of its results (if you provide your email address at the end of the survey).




The TRANSVAL-EU team at IBE is led by Iwona Gmaj (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

The project has 16 partners from 7 countries.

●        Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research
          through Austria´s Agency for Education and Internationalisation
, Austria– Coordinator

●        Consortium for the validation of competences (CVDC), Belgium

●        Qualifications and Vocational Education and Training Development Centre (KPMPC), Lithuania

●        Regional Agency for Active Labour Policies of Umbria (ARPAL), Italy

●        Lifelong Learning Platform – LLLP, Belgium

●        European Institute of Education and Social Policy (EIESP), France

●        Educational Research Institute (IBE), Poland

●        3s research laboratory (3s), Austria

●        Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Belgium

●        Nordic Network for Adult Learning (NVL), Denmark

●        Lithuanian education and science trade union (LESTU), Lithuania

●        ALL DIGITAL, Belgium

●        FORMA.Azione, Italy

●        Pluriversum, Italy

●        Chamber of Labour for Salzburg (AK), Austria

●        Austrian Institute for Vocational Education Research (öibf), Austria

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