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CFP:The Idea of Creative City and the Urban Policy Debate, Cracow, Poland

The Department of European Studies at the Cracow University of Economics and the Jagiellonian Club warmly invites you to attend the interdisciplinary conference: The Idea of Creative City and the Urban Policy Debate

to be held on 17-18 October 2013 in Cracow. We are interested in research, both theoretical and empirical, and on exploration of particular cases from all over the world, which can highlight
potentials and pitfalls of putting the theoretical idea into practice. In particular, we are looking for comparative studies and different cases which may provide a lesson for Central Europe.

We address this conference to the representatives of academia dealing with urban studies, to the artistic community, policy-makers and non-governmental organizations interested in culture, creativity and urban policy. Our aim to to bring together people fascinated by the dynamic
changes in contemporary cities.

We invite potential participants from across disciplines as well as
practitioners to submit ABSTRACTS of no more than 300 words by 15 JULY
2013 drawing upon, but not limited to, such issues as
1. The concept of “creative cities” as a development strategy
2. Creative class as a driving force of the post-industrial economy
3. Strategies of creativity around the world

Please send abstracts to: creative_cities3.0@kj.org.pl

Abstracts with proposals should include the title, the author’s name,
email address, and institutional affiliation.

Conference fee is 100 EUR, for Ph.D students fee is 50 EUR. The fee will
cover admission to all sessions, conference materials and the catering during the conference (lunches and coffee breaks)

The accepted papers will be published online on the conference website.
This will enable more fruitful discussions. After the conference selected
papers will be published as an ebook.

For further details visit http://creativecities.uek.krakow.pl
OR
http://uek-krakow.academia.edu/ConferenceonTheIdeaofaCreativeCityandtheUrbanPolicy

VTeCOACH - our new European project

VTeCOACH project is aimed at developing a professional competences assessment framework addressed to vocational training learners that, based on the philosophy of coaching and a 360º evaluation system, will provide specific action recommendations aimed at improving wicked competences. The project consortium covers the existing gaps on ICT-based methodologies for assessing the so called wicked competences.
During the project lifetime, the following objectives will be achieved:
1. To define a common assessment framework for competences, addressed to vocational training learners.
2. To identify competences’ levels on the basis of the European Qualifications Framework, and under the focus of the new demands of labour market.
3. To seize the previous research and development carried out in VETWORKS project.
4. To use 360º assessment methodologies applied to vocational learning.
5. To apply coaching approaches to improve professional competences.
6. To increase vocational training learners employability, and facilitate their personal and professional development.
7. To make VET learners and teachers active agents in the competences assessment and improvement processes.
8. To facilitate assessment mechanisms to promote the recognition of competences and qualifications for VET learners, along with the transparency of the VET systems.
9. To promote VET learners employability and facilitate their access to the new labour environments.

The project directly addresses the recommendations of the European Strategy 2020 regarding the need of ensuring the “personal, social and professional fulfilment of all citizens; sustainable economic prosperity and employability”. In order to achieve these goals, it is necessary to provide VET learners and teachers with specific tools, adapted to the new labour market requirements and flexible enough to be scalable and updated according to the evolution of the VET systems and markets.

For more information visit our project webpages:
http://www.vtecoach.eu/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Vtecoach/305439502922365
https://twitter.com/VTeCOACH
http://www.youtube.com/user/VTeCOACH

Guest lecture Prof. Nicole Hassoun from Center for Ethics in Society, Stanford University, Free Trade, Poverty, Inequality,

10 December 2009 at 15:40, Stara Aula

Guest Lecture Dr. Todd Harcek from Grand Valley State University will speak about: Changing Role of the US in Global Politics.

23 November 2009, at 3:40 pm, room H, paw. E