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EWRC 2020: Centres of Vocational Excellence

General Information

This world café invites participants to provide input into the recently established European platforms for "Centres of Vocational Excellence (CoVEs)". These platforms, funded by Erasmus+, connect providers of high quality skills and competences for a specific economic sector or societal challenge, embedded closely in regional innovation ecosystems. CoVEs are composed of vocational education and training providers as well as other parts of the ecosystem such as business associations and regional development agencies.

Each of the five pilot platforms will host a table to explain the territorial dimension of their activities and seek the views and proposals of all participants. In addition to learning more about the CoVEs, the world café will also help participants to consider how skills can be integrated into their Smart Specialisation Strategies post 2020, for which the European Regional Development Fund can provide funding.

Agenda and Presentations

14 October 2020 - 11:30 - 13:00 - Online session and registration 


John Edwards, Research Associate, Public Policy Monitoring Unit - Universidade de Évora, Portugal.
Dana Redford, President, Policy Experimentation and Evaluation Platform, Portugal.


  • Joao Santos, Deputy Head of Unit, European Commission, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, Belgium.
  • Fernando Hervás, Deputy Head of Unit, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Spain.
  • Iñigo Araiztegui, Project Coordinator, TKNIKA | EXAM 4.0, Spain.
  • Adrijana Hodak, Project Leader, Šolski Center Nova Gorica | TALENTJOURNEY, Slovenia.
  • Pieter Hoekstra, Project Leader, CIV Water | PoVEWATER, Netherlands.
  • Jouni Hytönen, Development manager, Helsinki Business College | DIHUB, Finland.
  • Eva Maydell, MEP, European Parliament, Belgium.
  • Rita Orlando, Project Manager, Open Design School Matera | DEUS, Italy.



EWRC 2020: Centres of Vocational Excellence venue

Registration information

Online event open to all