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Volume 51, No.1 March 2016
Title: Integrating Higher Education and University–Business Cooperation: synergies, potential and challenges
Guest Editors : Samo Pavlin, Tobias Kesting and Thomas Baaken
Volume 50, No.4 December 2015
Title : Citizens, Learners and Workers in a Complex, Changing World: challenges for policy and research
Guest Editors : Jean Gordon, Edith Hooge & Janet Looney

Volume 50, No.3 September 2015
Title : Education and Social Transformation
Guest Editor : Richard Desjardins

Volume 50, No.2 June 2015
Title: Learning to Be — Idealism or Core Business?
Guest Editor: David Istance

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Welcome to the European Institute of Education and Social Policy


An Education Policy Centre

The European Institute of Education and Social Policy is a non-profit organisation with more than 40 years' experience in the analysis of education and training policies in Europe and in the partner countries of the European Union. The institute was founded in 1975 by the European Cultural Foundation to meet a need of the European Commission by contributing to the development of cooperation in education in Europe.

The EIESP contributes through its work and its international network to strengthening cooperation in education in Europe and between Europe and its partners.

The portfolio of projects of the institute covers all the different aspects of lifelong learning: school education, vocational education and training (initial and continuing), adult learning and higher education. The EIESP has built up a solid reputation as an experienced, international and innovative partner in education policy design, management, reform and evaluation at European, national, regional and institutional levels. The institute contributes to studies for the European Commission and to reform processes in countries in transition and emerging economies and it undertakes evaluations of innovative European projects and programmes.

The EIESP edits the European Journal of Education (EJE) which is published by Wiley-Blackwell. EJE is a peer-reviewed journal of international reputation and readership specialised in research on education and the evaluation and review of education and training policies in a global perspective. It is thematic and receives an ISI Impact Factor ranking. EJE is accessible through about 16,000 institutions around the world and in 2012 there were over 105,000 downloads of articles. You can access the online version of the journal here

The EIESP is on the European Commission's register of interest representatives. This is a voluntary Register, in the context of the European Transparency Initiative, which includes a commitment to abide by the Code of Conduct.  

EIESP Activity Report 2014-2015

Remembrance of Asa Briggs (1921-2016), first Chair of the EIESP Board

Latest News & Events

Ongoing and recent projects

Recent and ongoing studies and events

EIESP is a core member of the European Literacy Policy Network (ELINET). This network was initiated to gather and analyse policy information ; exchange policy approaches, good practice, and initiatives and raise awareness of the importance of acting now to reduce the number of children, young people and adults with low literacy skills by 2020. ELINET is formed of 79 partner organizations from 28 countries.
EIESP contributed to ELINET's "Research for Success".

EIESP is providing expertise on online self- and peer-assessment for teachers participating in the MENTEP (MEntoring Technology Enhanced Pedagogy) project.
MENTEP, which is led by European SchoolNet, aims to develop and test a reliable, user-friendly and sustainable tool for teachers to self-assess progress in Technology Enhanced Teaching (TET) competence.

The EIESP participated in a comparative study commissioned by The Foundation Bertelsmann on the recognition and validation of non-formal and informal learning. (September - October2014)
For more information click here.

The EIESP participated in a study commissioned by Cedefop: The application of learning outcomes approaches across Europe – a comparative perspective. The study, was led by Ecorys Poland, builds on the 2007-2008 Cedefop study (in partnership with EIESP and WYG PSDB in Hungary as partners): The Shift to Learning Outcomes. For more information click here.

The EIESP was a partner in the European Policy Network on the Implementation of Key Competences in school education (KeyCoNet), a policy network identifying and analysing emergent strategies in implementing key competences into education reforms, and produce recommendations. The network is led by European Schoolnet (EUN).  You can now view the Final Recommendations Report as well as the Dublin Peer Learning Visit report. Please click here for details about the project, and here to visit the KeyCoNet network site.

Study on policy measures to improve the attractiveness of the teaching profession in Europe: This study was carried out in 2011-2012 for the Directorate-General for Education and Culture of the European Commission. The EIESP is a partner in the consortium led by the Université Montpellier 2 - Sciences et Techniques (France) and IBF International Consulting (BE). Click here to read more about the project.

Education and training in France in 2025: EIESP participated in a foresight study about education and training in France in 2025 coordinated by Futuribles International. EIESP is bringing in the European context and perspective. Please click to download the report.

J. Gordon, G. Halasz, M. Krawczyk, T. Leney, A. Michel, D. Pepper, E. Putkiewicz, J. Wisniewski, (2009) Key Competences in Europe: Opening doors for lifelong learners across the school curriculum and teacher education, study undertaken for the Directorate General Education and Culture of the European Commission. 

More information about this study can be found here.

Learning for Well-being

Learning and well-being in schools and communities

In partnership with the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE), EIESP has published a WISE Research Report on learning and well-being in schools and communities.   The Research Report explores how well-being is defined and measured in international contexts.  It features case studies on effective practice in communities and schools, and make recommendations for policy, and is available here. The project was led by Prof. Marwan Awartani and Janet Looney.

Case studies developed for the report are available here:

Learning for Well-being: A Policy Priority for Children and Young People in Europe -  Policy Glossary Conference on 27 February in Brussels

The Learning for Well-being Consortium of Foundations in Europe successfully launched ‘Learning for Well-being; A Policy Priority for Children & Youth in Europe. A process for change.' on 27 February 2012 during a conference in Brussels in the Palais des Academies in front of 150 participants from a range of organizations (foundations, NGOs, research, government, EU, European Parliament, OECD, etc.) and from various fields and policy sectors (education, youth, social welfare, health, etc.).  Please click here to read more about the launch and to download the policy glossary.



The EIESP works in partnership with the Universal Education Foundation. UEF is an international foundation established in the Netherlands in 2004. Its vision is ‘Learning for well-being’, which emphasizes the importance of a holistic approach to education and of engaging children and young people in shaping their learning environments (e.g. in the education system, through media and ICTs and in the health system).

Education and Training 2010 – 2020

EIESP is supporting the EC Toolkit Editorial Board, which will provide up-to-date references on effective educational practices for its online platform, The European Toolkit for Schools. it is structured around five main areas : school governance ; support to learners ; teachers ; parental involvement ; and stakeholder involvement.

The EIESP participated in a study on Early childhood education and care (ECEC) in promoting educational attainment including social development of children from disadvantaged backgrounds and in fostering social inclusion, carried out under the Framework Service Contract No EAC/02/2010, led by Sofreco. This study (carried out in 2012) was designed to inform policy-making with new insights into success criteria concerning accessibility and quality in the field of ECEC.  For more information. and for the link to the reports.

In 2011, EIESP took part in the Participatory Citizenship in Europe Project, a study with the main goals of clarifying the concept of Participatory Citizenship and its interpretation among the 27 EU Member States. For more information.

DISCO II: a multilingual thesaurus of skills and competencies: From 2010 - 2012, the EIESP was a partner of the Leonardo da Vinci DISCO II project led by 3S Unternehmensberatung (Austria). Realising a ‘European labour market’ and a ‘European lifelong learning area’ requires qualifications and competences which can be easily understood, compared, and transferred. To address this challenge a set of European instruments has been developed, e.g. the European Qualifications Framework, the European Credit System for Vocational Education and Training and the Europass documents. DISCO II supports these instruments by offering terms and expressions to describe occupations, qualifications, jobs and competence profiles of individuals. For more information.

Romania – CALIPT: Revision of methodologies, instruments and procedures for an increased quality of initial education and training (IVET); Evaluation and review of policy and strategy for VET in Romania over the last 15 years.

The project started in December 2009 and  finished in November 2012. The project was led by the Centre for Development of TVET of the ministry of education in Romania. The partners are: GEA (Romania), Danish Technological Institute (Denmark) and the EIESP (France). More information can be found here.