Recognising and developing talent and skills – the challenge refugees ask us to solve

I recently attended the joint conference by the United National High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and the German foreign ministry as a representative of the Kiron Open Higher Education team. It was appropriate to stage the conference in Germany, because Germany has been active in supporting refugees, particularly in supporting them in their transition to … Continue reading Recognising and developing talent and skills – the challenge refugees ask us to solve

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The New Student or looking at HE from inside or outside ‘the box’?

This week I was at the higher education conference entitled “The New Student: Flexible Learning Paths and Future Learning Environments” and organised in the context of the Austrian presidency to the EU. According to the background paper for the conference, flexible learning is about providing more learner choice and recognising that personal circumstances of students … Continue reading The New Student or looking at HE from inside or outside ‘the box’?

Incomplete recognition of people’s talents

Here’s a short piece on another European data set. This time it is data from the European Skills and Jobs Survey (ESJS). This week I’ve been at Open Belgium presenting our European project entitled MIRVA (Making Informal Recognition Visible and Actionable). The project is looking into new ways to recognise the skills, competencies and abilities … Continue reading Incomplete recognition of people’s talents