From 7-10 October the 11th annual ‘OPEN DAYS – European week of regions and cities’ took place in Brussels, where 5.460 people from 54 countries discussed the implementation of the ‘Europe 2020 strategy’ by specific regional investments in innovation, energy efficiency and education in several parallel workshops. With this initiative the European Commission contributes to the aim of the EU to achieve an employment target of 75% of the working-age population (20-64 years) in work. Launched in 2010, the initiative is part of the EU’s overall strategy ‘Europe 2020’ – promoting smart, sustainable and inclusive growth in the next 10 years and beyond (http://ec.europa.eu/social/main.jsp?catId=958&langId=en).
Beside being used as platform for discussions of the large EU programs (e.g., INTERREG IV or URBACT), the project partners of the University of Rostock were invited to present ‘GenerationBALT’ in a workshop.
Thereby, the project was very appreciated adapting the academic maritime education to the changing labor market in an innovative and practical approach not at least because the ideas of the project consortium are also applicable in other areas of knowledge and regions.
Agenda, workshop contributions and impressions of the event: http://ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/conferences/od2013/index.cfm.
General information to the EU project ‘GenerationBALT’ is available under: www.generationbalt.eu.
Contact: Dr. Manuela Görs (project manager GenerationBALT) manuela.goers(at)uni-rostock.de