The Workshop: “EU Policies for the Validation of Non-Formal and Informal Learning: Opportunities for Integration into the Labour Market”

19-20 May, 2016

SNSPA, 30A Expozitiei Boulevard, 8th floor, room 804, Sector 1, Bucharest

Through this workshop, which will be held on the 19th and the 20th of May 2016, we aim to bring together in an atmosphere of mutual learning young graduates of university programmes in the field of social sciences, teachers, public administration staff, researchers, professionals in the field and representatives of civil society.

Under the academic coordination of Professor Iordan Bărbulescu, PhD, the young beneficiaries will be made aware of the opportunities they have at their disposal, through measures that are promoted at the EU level and at the level of member states, for capitalising upon the competencies they have gained in learning experiences, other than formal. The participants will have at their disposal useful information and guidance in order to be competitive on the labour market and to better promote their skills. In other words, the purpose of the event is to familiarize young graduates in social sciences with the possibilities for validating non-formal and informal learning, which are promoted through the policies and measures of the European Union. The keynote speaker of the workshop will be an international expert in the assessment and recognition of non-formal and informal learning.

People who are interested in the event can opt for simple participation or participation with a paper. For either of the two options please send us your intention by 1st of April, 2016, by e-mail at the following address: The number of places is limited!

During the two days, the event will focus on the following topics:

  • Non-formal and informal learning. Concepts and challenges in the current European context – Keynote speaker: an international expert in the field
  • European approaches regarding the assessment and validation of competencies acquired in non-formal and informal contexts: the supranational level and the level of member states –Moderators: Prof. Cezar Bîrzea – National School of Political and Administrative Studies, Prof. Iordan Bărbulescu – National School of Political and Administrative Studies
  • Regional developments for supporting a national system for the recognition of non-formal and informal learning – Moderators: Prof. Ioan Horga – University of Oradea, Prof. George Poede – “Alexandru Ioan Cuza” University of Iași
  • Presentation of academic papers on non-formal and informal learning – Moderator: Univ. Lect. Nicolae Toderaș – National School of Political and Administrative Studies

This workshop is the first event in the series of international events conducted by ARRISE / ECSA Romania in the Jean Monnet project Assessment and recognition of non-formal and informal learning in the EU – A-LEARN, co-financed by the European Commission through the ERASMUS+ Programme, Jean Monnet Activities, Jean Monnet Support for Institutions and Associations, 2015 – EAC/A04/2014.

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