Intercultural Co-operation Foundation (Bulgaria)
Intercultural Co-operation Foundation (ICCF) is a non-governmental, non-profit organisation established in 2003. It is active in implementation of educational projects on international and national scale, supporting implementation of modern educational practices that help teachers to answer more adequately to the learners' needs in the dynamic and ever changing contemporary world. Some of the objectives of ICCF are to support establishing of relations of tolerance, agreement, mutual respect and co-operation in national, regional, European and international aspect; to encourage and support the free exchange of ideas and good practices; to assist to sustainable development and progress of the society throughout initiatives that contribute to the dissemination of knowledge, etc. On national level ICCF cooperates with educational institutions (schools and universities), other non-profit organisations and local municipal authorities.
Since its establishing ten years ago, ICCF has been initiator and partner in eleven international projects, supported by the EC in the frames of Socrates program and LLP. Some of these projects are in the field of multilingualism and intercultural problematic, others address the issues related to teachers' qualification and producing of teaching materials and resources.
Università degli Studi "Guglielmo Marconi" (Italy)
Università degli Studi "Guglielmo Marconi" (USGM) is the first Athenaeum in Italy following the "Open University" model. USGM was established in 2004 by the Ministry of University and Research (MUR M.D. March 2004) as the first Italian open-university with the aim to spread and produce knowledge, giving everybody access to proper learning tools in Italy as well as worldwide.
The USGM adopts innovating learning modalities by developing suitable research strategies for most advanced technological solutions and by integrating non residential communication means (e-learning, chat, forum, videoconference, etc) with seminar activities (workshops, seminars, etc). The Open University model represents a driving factor within the information society, able to have strategic functions in professional training, knowledge production and spreading of digital culture.
Web site: http://www.unimarconi.it
Landcommanderij Alden Biesen (Belgium)
The Landcommanderij Alden Biesen is a state cultural centre under the Ministry of Culture, Art & Heritage agency of the Flemish government. The Centre aims to be an international cultural and educational hub and has high quality infrastructure, boarding and meeting facilities, based in a historic castle. It is also famous as a touristic place and for its high level international cultural events: open air opera, international storytelling festival etc.
Alden Biesen centre organizes and runs national and international courses, seminars and conferences and in-service training days for teachers and adult education trainers on European issues, self-evaluation, international project management, networking and on European citizenship issues and heritage for adults and adult learners.
The education team of the Center is very active in international projects. Through participation in these projects Alden Biesen gains up to date innovative knowledge, practice and expertise which is then spread through the training activities the centre is engaged in.
Alden Biesen has coordinated a number of Grundtvig projects and networks, among GINCO (Grundtvig International Network of Course Organisers) and GINCO T&T (training for Grundtvig course organisers), which SEALLL (on quality care in adult education) and was partner in ComNet (on networking in education), VIP and VILMA (on validation of informal learning) and ECHOE (heritage and outdoor education).
Doga Schools (Turkey)
Doga Schools manages 46 schools in Istanbul, 47 schools all around Turkey and also 2 campuses in Cyprus and a Doga College in Canada. The schools in total educate 40000 students and have 5000 staff members. The aim of Doga Schools is to provide an individual development for pupils in a way that is multi-directional, participative, creative and sensitive. The teaching staff and the management of the institution are actively engaged in development and implementation of innovative teaching concepts among which such that prompt the entrepreneurship (t-MBA program), the link with the nature and ecological awareness (Natural learning concept) and put a lot of efforts for intensive development of the key competences of the learners through extracurricular activities and initiatives implemented within the general curriculum.
In 2009 Doga Schools launched the initiative "Children's University". The venture, backed by Istanbul University and approved by the Council of Higher Education in Turkey, aims to enable gifted students in the ages of 10 to 17 to have access to extracurricular information by leading scientists in different fields who will be engaged in summer schools, workshops, scientific excursions and scientific teaching modules. The program also sets out to help students focus their talents early on and provide them with the resources to make the right educational and career choices in the future.
For Doga Schools' policy European Projects are of vital importance as they believe that projects are instrumental for shaping the next generation of learners coherent with the needs of the new era; communicative, sensible and responsible. Many schools within the national network initiate and participate in the Comenius School Partnership projects every year. Doga Schools successfully manages also centralised LLP projects such as NTSE, funded within the Transversal program KA3 ICT and the Comenius Multilateral Project SUSTAIN which explores the issues of acquisition of key competences for LLL in early school education in the context of an educational process which raises learners' awareness on ecological and sustainable development issues.
Doga schools have huge capacity to disseminate and to implement educational initiatives with their students, staffs and branching institutions in national and international context.
Space Camp Turkey (Turkey)
As a space and science education center, Space Camp Turkey is primarily focused on motivating young people from around the world in pursuing careers in science, math and technology. Through interactive, space-related simulations, both youth and adults also learn about communication, teamwork and leadership in a dynamic, fun-filled environment.
Programs at Space Camp Turkey focus on simulators to give participants the sensations of working and living in space. It takes 8 1/2 minutes to reach space, but years to prepare for a real mission. At Space Camp Turkey, we pack years of mission training into 2-Day, 5-Day and 6-Day programs.
Space Camp Turkey is the third Space Camp in the world. We are proud to have the only such facility in Turkey, the Middle East, eastern/southern Europe and Asia. It is located in the Aegean Free Zone, a high-tech industrial park in Izmir, operated by ESBAS.