Cedefop is one of the EU’s decentralised agencies, founded in 1975 and based in Greece since 1995. The agency cooperates with the European Commission and Member States to develop validation systems. Cedefop oversees development of European validation systems for non-formal and informal learning. It is responsible for:
– updating and hosting the European inventory on validation of non-formal and informal learning;
– disseminating and further developing European guidelines on validation;
– piloting data visualisation and creating a European database on validation, which connects the European Guidelines with the European inventory.
National Validation Organisations:
UK NARIC is the National Agency responsible for providing information, advice and opinion on academic, vocational and professional qualifications and skills from all over the world. As the National Agency, managed on behalf of the UK Government, under contract to the Department for Education (DfE), they provide the only official source of information on international education and training systems and wide-ranging international qualifications and skills attained from outside the UK.
INDIRE – the National Institute for Documentation, Innovation and Educational Research, is the Italian Ministry of Education’s oldest research organisation.(Italy)
INDIRE is the benchmark for educational research in Italy. It develops new teaching models, tries out new technology for training courses, and fosters innovation redefining the relationship between space and time of learning and teaching. The Institute boasts consolidated experience in the in-service training of teachers, administrative, technical and auxiliary staff as well as headmasters, and has been a leading player in some of the most important e-learning experiences in Europe.
Together with INVALSI (National Institute for the Evaluation of the Education and Training system) and the inspectorate of the Italian Ministry of Education, INDIRE is a part of the National Evaluation System for Education and Training. . In this field, the Institute develops actions to support educational improvement processes to raise teaching quality and pupils’ achievements.
INDIRE observes and documents the development of technical and vocational education and training curricula, and school-to-work transition, by means of quantitative and qualitative monitoring, data banks and research reports.
is the National Organisation for the Certification of Qualifications and Vocational Guidance, an all-encompassing statutory body investing on better quality and more efficient & reliable lifelong learning services in Greece.
General Secretariat for Lifelong Learning (Greece)
The General Secretariat for Lifelong Learning of the Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs is the Executive Lifelong Learning Organization in the country. Pursuant to Law 3879/2010 GGDB to prepare the relevant national program and to supervise its implementation
NAWA is a new institution that was established on October 1st, 2017. It is set up to coordinate state activties driving the process of internationalization of Polish academic and research institutions. The mission of NAWA is to foster the development of Poland in the area of science and higher education.
ENIC-NARIC Czech Republic
Czech NARIC is an integral part of the international center ENIC-NARIC. Its main activities include cooperation with national information centers of other countries, gathering information about academic recognition and mobility, expert consultation, providing information about Czech higher education system and supporting and executing the Lisbon convention.