No walls in education
Dec 03rd 2018 by Elisabeth Hönigsberger

EUROPEA Austria meets University College

EUROPEA Austria, in cooperation with the University College for Agrarian and Environmental Pedagogy, organised “Treffpunkt Hochschule” (meeting point: university college) and asked the question: “How much Europe does our green – agricultural VET need?” Almost 60 teachers, principals, students and staff representatives from all 9 provinces participated in this event on 28 November 2018.

Keynote speaker Philipp Mayer defined the profile of an internationally successful school leaver and graduate. The following is necessary:

  • practical experience
  • solid knowledge
  • willingness and committment to continuous education
  • language skills

A successful school leaver:

  • pursues clearly defined goals
  • is critical and able to take criticism
  • can treat him-/herself AND others in a positive manner
  • surrounds him-/herself with capable people who wants the best for him-/herself
  • is flexible and takes over responsibility

After completing the agricultural college in Raumberg (Austria) and graduating from agricultural university in Vienna (BOKU in Vienna), after exploring European agriculture with Erasmus+ our keynote speaker Philipp is now an organic farmer in Finland.

The Charter of Agricultural VET

In a double act Barbara and Elisabeth introduced the EUROPEA poster created in Retz and introduced the main aspects of the charta and its need for revision.  In order to find out the opinion of the audience two questions were asked and the answers collected with the mentimeter tool. Participants see languages, digitalisation, structural challenges, diversification, networking, globalisation, professionalism and social competences as the main challenges.

A curious hiker exploring EUROPEA!

Panel discussion

In the panel discussion with representatives of the school in Kobenz (Styria), teacher training college (HAUP Vienna), Rural Youth organisation and the working world questions on the benefits of international work placements, effects on national institutions and prospects for a “common agricultural – green – VET” were discussed.

In preparing the event the presenter had asked the panelists what EUROPEA means to them. The answers are motivating, gratifying and encouraging:

EUROPEA – open, active people with a big heart for inter-culturalism

EUROPEA – a bright spot and glimmer of hope on the agricultural VET horizon

EUROPEA – interesting discussions on general education and agricultural VET in particular; and the certainty to know like-minded people everywhere in Europe dealing with the advancement of young people in the rural areas.

The panel discussion with our guests Peter, Barbara, Beate and Philipp; a multi-facetted approach to tear down the walls in education – for pupils, trainees and students.

                                                                                                                                                       All pictures by Jürgen Mück