International activities of IEC
To the key international activities of IEC belong following activities:
1. The grant translations and solving the scientific-research tasks with the assistance of foreign partners and with the support from EU grant agencies and also other international agencies.
Actually, IEC is working on three international projects:
Tempus WBREN - Western Balkan Rural Extension Network
Coordinator: University of Reading, United Kingdom
DIP - Disseminating Inclusive Practices
Coordinator: Tampere University of Applied Sciences, School of Vocational Teacher Education, Finland
Leonardo VETPRO - Teachers of specialised subjects acquire experience abroad
Coordinator: Institute of Education and Communication of CULS Prague
Grundtvig partnership - Seniors in the Knowledge Society
Coordinator: Univesity Jaume I, Spain
2. The lectures and seminars of the IEC trainers at partner foreign Universities and reciprocal lectures of foreign pedagogues at the IEC.
These exchanges contribute to professional development of the IEC trainers. Moreover, teaching by foreign lecturers and experts at the IEC has got a large influence on educational activities at the institute.
3. The development of cooperation with foreign institutions specialized in related fields, solving common problems, which occurred during the process of European integration.
An example of this activity is the cooperation with institutes from six different European countries (The Czech Republic on behalf of Institute of Education and Communication of the CULS Prague, Finland, France, Germany, Netherlands and Romania) for introducing the new corporate conception of bachelor study programs for the vet teacher training.
4. The mobility of student teachers of vocational subjects
The IEC offers to learners of distant form of study a professional training within Leonardo mobility VETPRO project. IEC students (in-service teachers) can gain a new professional experience at secondary vocational schools of similar specialization in France, Slovakia and Turkey.
The IEC participated in the international project „Promotion of the mobility of the European student teachers of agriculture education“(EU project, Socrates Comenius). In accordance with the project title, it was focused on the support for the mobility of European students of agricultural education. Within this project the IEC selected and sent 11 students for the pedagogical stage to four different countries, and welcame 11 foreign students. Since all partner institutes consider an added value of this project, they decided to start a new project Comenius EMMA which is enlarged by two training courses focused on two European educational modules (Teachers’ competence, International education for Development). The IEC CULS has taken a really important role in this project as a coordinating organization of the partner consortium from November 2007.
5. The membership in the international organizations
Institute of Education and Communication is a member of the European organization ENTER (European Network for learning and teaching in Agriculture and rural development). The president of this organisation is Prof. Milan Slavik, the director of IEC CULS Prague.
Director of IEC is also a member of the organizational board of these following conferences: EACHAE conferences (European Conferences on Higher Agricultural Education), IFSA seminars (European Seminar on Extension Education) and ESEE seminars (European Seminar on Extension Education).
6. Participation at international conferences, publication in the foreign countries.
The IEC trainers often participate at the international conferences in active way. The participation of pedagogues from the IEC CULS has been increasing and the articles in proceedings and publications in the English language play a really important role for their professional development.
Furthermore, Prof. Milan Slavik is a member of the draft committee of the magazines - „Journal of Extensions Systems“ and „The Journal of Agricultural Education and Extension“.