The European Dimension of Vocational Excellence

Cooperation towards a holistic learner-centred approach

Part of the “Meet the Policymakers” webinar series


Mar 2024

14:00 – 15:00 CET


Supported by the Erasmus+ programme, Centres of Vocational Excellence (CoVEs) are formed by networks of partners that develop local “skills ecosystems” to provide high quality vocational skills to young people and adults, and contribute to regional development, innovation, industrial clusters, smart specialisation strategies and social inclusion.

EURASHE members are invited to join this informal discussion featuring representatives from the European Commission (DG EMPL) and EURASHE Member MCAST.

In the members-only “Meet the Policymakers” webinar series, we explore the main policies and funding opportunities that shape higher education institutions. From quality assurance to applied research, community engagement to regional innovation strategies, these webinars provide EURASHE members with the opportunity to exchange with policy makers at European, national and regional levels on what matters and how to get involved. 

This event is open for EURASHE Members only. 

Welcome and introduction

John Edwards, EURASHE Secretary General

14:00 – 14:20
Vocational Excellence and the CoVE Initiative

Chiara Riondino, Head of Unit E.3 – VET, Apprenticeships and Adult Learning, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission

Ragnhild Skaalid, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission

14:20 – 14:35
Perspective on CoVEs by EURASHE Member MCAST

Paula Grech Bonnici, Director – Institute of Applied Sciences, MCAST

Ramon Mangion, Director, Education & Training Programmes and Learning Support, MCAST

14:35 – 14:40

John Edwards, EURASHE Secretary-General

14:40 – 15:00
Discussion among participants

Moderated by John Edwards