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Education plays a central role in preparing youngsters for democratic society, for active participation and greater social justice and tolerance in all domains of society. Given this important task for education, it is necessary to train a new generation of educational professionals that can contribute to this development.

The University of Humanistic Studies participates in an Erasmus Strategic Partnership on education and intercultural citizenship for master and PhD students from all over Europe. The programme is called ‘Education for Democratic Intercultural Citizenship Education’ (EDIC+). EDIC+ is a collaboration of the University of Barcelona, Bath-Spa University, the University of Helsinki, the University of Tallinn, Charles University Prague, Aristotle University Thessaloniki, and the University of Humanistic Studies Utrecht. The programme is coordinated by Prof. Wiel Veugelers from the University of Humanistic Studies.

The main focus of this international educational programme financed is to establish a platform for young educators and researchers from different parts of Europe to work and learn together, to have international experiences, to create opportunities to publish and to contribute to each other’s projects for educational change.

Intensive programme

Annually there is an Intensive Programme. For example, in 2017 there was a programme in Prague.  In 2018 the programme will be in Tallinn/Helsinki from May 13th until May 23. Of each EDIC+ university three students and two staff members can participate. Students have to participate for the whole programme. Grants that cover a great part of the travel and subsistence costs are available.

EDIC+ module at the University of Humanistic Studies, 2018

Furthermore, each university develops its own module, in the area of its own expertise on moral and citizenship education. The University of Humanistic Studies presents its specialized EDIC+ module ‘Theory and Practice of Citizenship Education: Teaching Democracy and Tolerance’ for the first time on January 29th until February 2nd 2018. This module is open to Master or PhD students specialising in education.