EUROPEA is an association working for the development of vocational education and training (VET) in the green sector of Europe. This sector covers a wide field of professions within agriculture, horticulture, forestry etc.At present, EUROPEA organizes 24 national EUROPEA networks, which represent more than 1.000 vocational schools and institutions all over Europe.
A network of European colleagues committed to international cooperation and sharing of knowledgeAn effective framework for international cooperation in projects funded by the EU and other agenciesAdvocacy vis-à-vis the EU institutions
EUROPEA is about networking
In benefit of the national members, EUROPEA stage the following activities on a regular basis:2 bi-annual meetings for the membership. The program may include knowledge exchange on vital developments in the green sector, didactical and pedagogical issues. Often, interesting and challenging excursions may be found in the program too.Professional competitions for green VET students in disciplines such as Forestry, Wine growing and tasting, Agriculture, Landscaping, Agro-Mechanics and Floristry etc.National and individual members of EUROPEA communicate via an intranet provided by TeamEngine Workspace.
The legal framework
Established in 1992, EUROPEA activities are based in a set of legally approved Statutes and some Internal Regulations. The governing body is the annual General Assembly attended by aNational Coordinator from each member country. EUROPEA is headed by a 6-monthPresidency that follows the rotation schedule of the European Council.An Executive Committee headed by a Secretary General manages day-to-day operations of the association. An Editorial Group is responsible for website and social media.
EUROPEA NetherlandsGoalsPromote national and international contacts and exchanges between schools for green education (agriculture and horticulture "Land-based" schools)Exchange of knowledgeSupport / or establish thematic networksExchange of students and teachersDeveloping joint training programs or encouraging mutual participationUsing European funding programsDevelop common certificates and modulesDeveloping a European dimension in education and the creation of transnational partnershipsDevelop a European dimension of the cooperation between education and business in the green sectorPromotion of language learningDeveloping 'open' educationTerra too is member of EUROPEA NL, together with nine AOC’s, Stoas Wageningen/Vilentum Hogeschool, InHolland, Wageningen University, van Hall Larenstein and SUSP. In spring 2016, EUROPEA NL is chair of the EUROPEA International bi-annual meeting (in Rotterdam, Mai).
This is an annual meeting of students from Belgium, France, Germany, Luxemburg, Poland and the Netherlands. The program focuses on green themes. The event is organised by a different country every year and the average number of students participating is 150. Terra is member since 1990. The meeting last year in Belgium, took place from March 30th to April 3rd 2015. A group of 19 students and three supervisors from the locations Emmen, Groningen and Meppel had a very enjoyable and exhausting week. But.. it also meant a substantial expansion of their international network! In 2016 the Terra students go to Poland.