The Landkreis Kassel is one of the five counties in northern Hesse. It is both responsible administrative authority as well as policy and decision maker. The Landkreis Kassel as regional authority of the county of Kassel has already initiated and carried out various projects on climate change and CO2 savings: e.g. the implementation of sustainable energy officers at administrative and political level. Avoidance of emissions and climate protection have been strongly pronounced in the process of the Local Agenda 21, the initiatives of the municipalities of the Climate Alliance and other initiatives related to environmental protection (e.g. focus on “Counties for the Future”).

BUPNET GmbH, founded in 1985, is an adult education provider. Further education and training is the core business within our broad portfolio. BUPNET plans, organises and runs staff-development and education programmes in all educational sectors. We collaborate with the local and regional unemployment service to develop and offer specific services for unemployed people – young people are as much a part of our customer base as long-term jobseekers or unemployed academics. BUPNET has successfully completed numerous training courses and open learning offers in various sectors (social and healthcare, new media, sustainable development, tourism, economy, e-commerce, intercultural issues etc.) both in the framework of European and national funded projects, always with a focus on sustainable and “circular” economy and CSR.

Euneos Corp., registered 2005 in Helsinki Finland, is a small enterprise (SME) promoting the use of educational ICT. Euneos has been active as a course provider since 2006. Euneos is very active as course provider in Erasmus+ KA1. Topics of our courses: use of tablets in education; Social Media; internationalisation in schools; Benchmarking. Euneos has taken part in 6 European projects. Euneos is the founder of the EUMIND network, Europe Meets India, since 2008. Many thousands of Indian and European students have collaborated online in research projects. Examples of research topics: Go Green, Values, Regions, Arts, Human rights.

Fontys University of Applied Sciences is with its 40,000 students, 4,000 members of staff and a range of courses covering almost every sector, one of the largest institutions for higher education in the Netherlands. The School of Teacher Training for Secondary Education in Tilburg is one of the largest schools of Fontys University of Applied Sciences. It offers 20 bachelor courses (Bachelor of Education) and 15 master courses (Master of Education), where students are trained to teach at secondary or vocational schools.

The School of Teacher Training in Tilburg celebrated in 2012 its 100th anniversary and is one of the most experienced institutes in teacher training in the Netherlands. Many of its members of staff are involved in the development of curriculum development for secondary schools in the Netherlands, still teach at secondary schools or write educational material for secondary schools. It has eight research groups on different research subjects: professional ethics, testing and assessing, professionalization and pedagogical research. Each research group is coordinated by a professor, who works together with members of staff on a research programme to improve the quality of the Dutch school education.

Las Indias, Santa Cruz de Tenerife has 350 students in total. 200 in Personal Image (Hairdressing and Beauty) and 150 in Textile, Dressmaking and Leather industry. We teach Initial Vocational training (2 years) and Higher Vocational training (2 years). In the second year of both levels the students must take part in work experiences in companies related to the professional area as part of one of the training modules. The period of practices is of nine weeks. Las Indias High School was inaugurated in the school year 1991-1992 and since then we have been a point of reference to others in the professional studies we teach. We have developed a system of quality management and commitment to excellency. Since the academic year of 2010-2011 we have been developing various ‘Leonardo da Vinci’ projects. We have also achieved the ‘European Erasmus Letter’ aimed at colleges for higher education.

Tallinn University (TLU) is the third largest public university in Estonia with 9500 students in 20 institutes and three colleges. TLU is also the largest provider of both initial and in-service teacher education in Estonia. The Centre for Educational Technology (CET), established in 1998 is an interdisciplinary R&D unit within the Institute of Informatics of TLU. International staff of CET (25 in total) consists of 14 full-time researchers, 6 software developers, 4 post-doc researchers, some part-time employees and a group of postgraduate students.

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