Academia - ohjaajien liikkuvuusverkosto
Start date: 01 Aug 2014, End date: 31 Jul 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Academia is a European network that has offered study visit opportunities for guidance practitioners since 1994. The purpose of Academia visits is to provide the participants a chance to get to know the guidance system and guidance practices of another European country, to update their knowledge in guidance, education and labour market systems in other European countries, to share best practices within the study visit group participants, and in turn, to develop their own work as well as home region's guidance and counselling practices based on what they have learned during the study visit. Currently there are 16 European countries as members of the Academia network, each country having one coordinating institution that is responsible for the Academia activities in the country. In Finland, the coordinating institution is the Euroguidance Centre which is part of the Centre for International Mobility, CIMO. The Euroguidance Centre, in close cooperation with regional institutions around Finland, has organised study visits in Finland since 2000. In turn, Finnish guidance practitioners have participated in the study visits in Europe in 2004, 2006, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. During these years, the official sending institutions have been the University of Jyväskylä, Educode and in 2012 and 2013, and 2014 JAMK University of Applied Sciences - Teacher Education College (JAMK-TEC). It is planned that in 2015 and 2016, JAMK-TEC would send altogether 48 guidance practitioners (in pairs of two representing different administrative branches or other guidance and counselling service providers) from Finland to Academia exchanges in 9 European countries. The exchanges last one week between March and May 2015 and 2016. The themes of the Academia study visits in 2015-2016 are as follows: • guidance in a multicultural society: guidance for integration due to the demographic context in some countries where there exists a need for workers; • greater cooperation in guidance; • purpose and place of guidance in today’s world and its international dimension; • life-long guidance, counselling for adults; • guidance for people with special needs; • e-guidance; • prevention of drop-outs We a propose that developing career planing skills will be added as a theme of the study visits.

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