The Professional School of Aveiro
The country's largest professional school, promoter of vocational, technical and professional education and training, initial and lifelong for youth and adults.
It has developed International partnerships throughout Europe, the Portuguese-speaking African countries (PALOP) and Brazil.
Enhancing not only the Learning in the classroom but also in the company, the school has managed to assert its own 'dual system' of education and training based on the designation of 'dating' and 'sponsorship' of students by companies, thereby promoting effective and continuous Work Based Learning and employability at the end of the course.
Politeknika Ikastegia Txorierri is a Secondary and Vocational Education Cooperative Training Centre. P.I.Txorierri focuses on serving local Industry and is committed to the integral and lifelong learning of their students. The Centre promotes Innovation in Technological and Pedagogical Projects and aims to offer a quality service to the public, meeting the local training needs of young people, the local universities and institutions. Our Educational Project outlines the responsible and democratic participation of the entire student community and employs evaluation as part of our ongoing Quality Improvement Plan. Politeknika Txorierri has a strong embedded QUALITY culture. The centre was the first VET school in Bizkaia to earn the Golden Q Award for QUALITY management in 2005 based on the EQFM Quality Model.
Politeknika Txorierri belongs to the HETEL network of 20 subsidized VET schools in the Basque Region providing Vocational education and training to over 8000 full time vocational students (www.hetel.org). The network shares innovation practices, internationalization and mobility organization and technical projects.
Politeknika Ikastegia Txorierri has extensive experience in internationalisation. Since 1999 the school has participated in several European projects: Erasmus and Leonardo Mobility for students and teachers, and in different LdV TOI projects which have promoted Competence Development, new teaching methodologies, Quality, Entrepreneurship, Coaching, and Credit Transfer. Txorierri also participated in the Fe y Alegria project providing technical advice and training of trainers for schools in Colombia.
APOPSI is one of the largest Vocational Training and Lifelong Learning Center with national range. It was created in 1995 and has established itself as one of the most dynamic companies in the field of vocational training, offering extensive experience in providing training services and career counselling.
APOPSI is certified by the National Certification Agency for Qualifications and Career Guidance (former EKEPIS) with certification code 1110961 and is ranking the 1st center for vocational training in Greece based on the evaluation of the Ministry of Education.
The organization has trained – to date – more than 20,000 people across Greece, performing more than 4,000,000 man-hours of training programs in almost all business sectors (Tourism, Information Technology, Finance & Administration, Technical Professions, Manufacturing, Transportation, Health & Welfare, Agriculture professions, Environment, Pedagogics, Culture & Sport).
The main activities of APOPSI are services provided in the following areas:
- Vocational training to unemployed, employees and self-employed.
- Career Counseling and support to unemployed and employees on issues such as exploring career interests and skills, professional orientation, connection with the labor market.
- Coordination, management and implementation of integrated projects and development programs related to Human Resources in the context of national and European initiatives
- Studies and research on Human Resources and Local Development
- Support businesses in getting funding from national initiatives
Neapolis is a privately owned university located in Pafos, Cyprus. It was founded in 2007 and in addition to abiding to the uppermost academic standards through a highly competitive curriculum, it strives to become an institution where research is a main focus.
Neapolis is accredited by the Cyprus Government and its degrees are recognized as equivalent to those by Higher Education Institutions in other EU member states. It offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate, masters and doctoral programs that reflect its philosophy in developing a balanced portfolio of academic activities. The primary target is the creation of a dynamic learning environment focusing on fundamental and applied research in academic areas in order to further the creation of centers of excellence in a variety of academic fields.
Neapolis offers undergraduate Programs in Business Administration, Accounting, Banking & Finance, Law, Psychology, Architecture, Landscape Architecture and Real Estate. The postgraduate programs of the University cover Business Administration, Banking, Investment & Finance, Public Administration, International & European Business Law. Neapolis has developed strong links with the country’s business community and an extensive collaboration network with institutions and organizations worldwide. The university has so far successfully participated in FP7 projects, in projects funded by the Research Fund for Coal and Steel and in Erasmus + projects.
Greek Women's Engineering Association (EDEM) was founded in 1995. EDEM's members are women engineers (members of the Technical Chamber of Greece). EDEM has approximately 1300 members.
EDEM's purposes mainly include:
- Advancing women in the field of engineering.
- Promoting the principals and create provisions for equality between women and men in employment, education and society in general.
- Doing research into the status of women and the engineering environment and also into problems concerning women engineers and subsequently, seeking solutions.
- Co-operating with other organizations (national & International), which are involved in similar issues.
- Improving conditions for women practicing engineering as a profession.
- Encouraging community awareness on employment opportunities for women in the traditionally male dominated profession of engineering.
- Developing an information unit to support women engineers concerning employment opportunities, training and professional experience.
- Realization of training and development programs to enhance women engineers' chances of employment.
- Encouraging and promoting activities of women engineers beyond their professional sphere. These can include: artistic creation, cultural activities and improvement of quality of life in general.
EDEM has realized a large number of European and National projects. EDEM is registered in the E.C. Unique Registration Facility (URF) and EDEM’s Participant Identification Code (PIC) is 936528211. EDEM’s experience covers projects about gender & society stereotypes, mentoring, women unemployment, environmental and ICT issues, lifelong learning, women entrepreneurship etc. Through the participation into these, EDEM has the appropriate background to deal with mentoring activities especially for women. Also, due to the fact that EDEM’s members are qualified women engineers of all specialties, EDEM is able of contributing to any project dealing with engineering subjects, such as energy efficiency assessment, energy saving, renewable energy sources, ICT, new communication technologies, digital society etc. EDEM is also active in the social media (Facebook, LinkedIn).Last years, EDEM has been active not only on gender issues but also in environmental ones organizing conferences and seminars about Energy Saving, Renewable Energy Sources etc. A national project EDEM completed a few months ago was ʽWomen declare their active role for the protection of the Environment - The gender perspective on the Environmentʼ, funded (57000€) by Greece and EU (May 2012 - April 2014).
Also, during a recent European project ‘TYNET 50+: ‘How young technological women can do network with women 50+’, EDEM contributed in the training of women not familiar with technology and older than 50 years, in the applications of new technologies, in order to get familiar with them and use them as part of their everyday life. Aim of the project was to form a team of young women engineers that through the project will acquire additional skills in order to help women older than 50 years to eliminate any fears for technology or internet and train them to basic skills so they could use new technologies. So, the project was focused in developing mentoring relationships between young and older women primarily in order to share new information and communication technologies. EDEM’s actions, during this project, included the participation in co-planning, development, delivery and evaluation of a workshop (September 2013 in Athens), management of the social media content, dissemination and involvement in the project reporting.
Taking advantage of EDEM’s members (Greek women engineers), the existing background on successfully organized conferences and workshops and the background on management of social media content and website, EDEM is able to undertake successfully dissemination and publicity activities of projects aimed to reduce the gap between science/technology and society.
EDEM’s recent Projects
- GRUNDTVIG TYNET50+: ‘How young technological women can do network with women 50+’ (September 2012 - August 2014). Mentoring guidelines for young women with knowhow in ICT to pass digital skills to women 50+ not familiar with ICT.
- SUPPORT of GREEK WOMEN NGOs ‘Women declare their active role for the protection of the Environment – the gender perspective on the Environment’, funded (57000€) by Greece and EU (May 2012 - April 2014).
EDEM organized committees consisting of women engineers of different specialties to study and discuss the environmental issues under the gender perspective which is often neglected in the engineers’ discussions and plans. Also a group of women engineers visited 4 secondary schools (2 in the capital region and two in the country side) to present engineering solutions, in favor of the environment (bioclimatic architecture, renewable energy sources, recycling etc.).
- GRUNDTVIG ‘Women Educator in Mentoring - We: Mentor’ (2010-2012).
A European Lifelong learning project with transnational mobility actions.
- WOMENTOR ΙΙ, ‘Training and Networking’ (2009-2010).
Under the framework of this project, a guide of ‘best practices’ for mentoring for girls and women was produced in English.
- WOMENTOR Ι ‘European Federation of Mentors for Girls and Young women’ (2008).
Aim of the project is to establish and facilitate communication between associations, mentors for girls and women and institutions of the participating countries, promote the exchange of opinions in terms of different approaches and experiences on this issue and implement the structure to create a network of 'experts' to deal with the subject of ‘mentoring for young and older women’.
- OCCUPATION SUPPORT ACTIONS WITH ACTIVE PARTICIPATION OF NGOS (2008).
Under the framework of the project, EDEM organized an exposition for the promotion of the scientific work of women engineers and published a book titled 'Woman Engineer' presenting the work of women engineers from various disciplines.
- Equal Opportunities - Equal Chances ‘Global Interventions on behalf of Women’ (2005-2008).
EDEM participated with dissemination activities and awareness campaigns to companies to provide employment opportunities to women who participated in the program.
- WOMENG 'Creating cultures of success for women engineers', (Website), (2004-2005).
Aim of the project was to identify and compare individual, educational and socio-political factors in seven European countries that affect the choice of girls and boys to study engineering.
- Tackling Stereotypes ‘Maximizing the potential of women in SET’, (Website), (2004-2006).
This project involved actions to prevent stereotypes against women in the technical sciences at university and industry fields. Under the framework of the project, cases of stereotypes were collected and good practices were identified to face them.
- PREFACE ‘Preparing Female Students for Academic Entrepreneurship’, (Website), (2003-2005).
Aim of the project was to enhance and support female students in higher education institutions to choose the entrepreneurial activity in the fields of science, engineering and technology.
- EQUAL Ι ‘New employment opportunities with a higher quality of work life’, (2002-2005).
EDEM carried out a study on the contribution of teleworking in the improvement of the quality of life of the modern employees, especially the women.
- EQUAL ΙΙ ‘Adoption of mechanisms and programs for life learning from the SME's - certification of educational parcels and recognition of acquired knowledge in the sectors of applications of information technology and technical professions’,(2005-2007).EDEM developed a guide to sensitize business on equal opportunities.
- ALTENER ‘Women and Renewable Energy Sources - RES DISSEMINATION’, (2001-2002).
EDEM organized a 200-hour training seminar of women engineers on Renewable Energy Technologies and participated in the publication of a book titled ‘Renewable Energy Sources in buildings’.
- INDECS ‘Potentials of Interdisciplinary Degree Courses in Engineering, Information Technology, Natural and Socio-Economic Sciences in a Changing Society’, (2001-2002). EDEM collected and analyzed data from Greece.
- MELLOW – Lifelong Mentoring of Women in and/or towards technical jobs (2000-2001).
A pilot mentoring project was carried out.
- WIN –Women In Network (1999-2001).
A project to promote women in science and technology with the exchange of good practices.
- ‘Promoting entrepreneurship and self-employment of women engineers’, (1998-2000).
EDEM organized a training seminar for unemployed women engineers in collaboration with the Training Institute of the Technical Chamber of Greece and set up an information office for women engineers in Chania and Kavala to raise awareness in terms of the professional advancement of women engineers.
- Medium term Action program on Equal Opportunities between women and men (1996-2000).
EDEM organized a European conference titled “Women engineers against the challenges of employment and training’.
International Relations of EDEM
EDEM participates in networks & associations which promote gender equality policies in Europe.
- WiTEC - European Association for Women in Science, Engineering &Technology (witec-eu.net)
- WOMENTOR - European Federation of Mentoring of Women & Girls (womentor.eu).
- EPWS - European Platform of Women Scientists (epws.org).
EDEM also has an active collaboration with institutions and associations from abroad:
- ARVHA, Association pour la Recherche sur la ville et l’Habitat (France).
ARVHA participated with works of French female architects in the exposition for the promotion of the scientific work of women engineers organized by EDEM in the framework of the project ‘OCCUPATION SUPPORT ACTIONS WITH ACTIVE PARTICIPATION OF NGOS’ in 2008.
- RIBA, Royal Institute of British Architects (UK).
RIBA participated with works of English female architects in the exposition for the promotion of the scientific work of women engineers organized by EDEM in the framework of the project ‘OCCUPATION SUPPORT ACTIONS WITH ACTIVE PARTICIPATION OF NGOS’ in 2008.