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Learning Regions A quality framework for cooperation
Learning Regions and Cities have become a widely adopted concept in European education policies. Due to the different departures and pathways each of them has developed domain specific knowledge, in the area of social capital building, regarding good governance and institution building, stakeholder collaboration, public-private partnerships and transversal cooperations. R3L+ capitalizes on this diversity by bringing together actors from the respective countries in order to learn from each other and jointly elaborate a common quality framework for collaborative action.
Adult education in the light of the European quality strategy
The project promotes quality in adult education by reflecting good practice to be found in Learning regions in the light of the European quality strategy on training and education. More specifically the project will capitalize on good practice found in the Learning regions, and further develop a common set of quality methods and instruments to ensure the development, assurance and improvement of quality learning networks.

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R3L+ Event


The R3L+ project took part in the EUROLOCAL conference, taking place at Centre Loewenberg, Murten, Switzerland 27-29 October 2011. The Conference brought together academics and practitioners in practical sessions to explore all aspects of Learning Cities and Regions. At the same time delegates were given the opportunity to describe their own experiences and knowledge on this most important topic, followed by a series of excellent presentations and workshop events for some 50+ participants from15 countries in Europe.

The R3L+ Learning Regions: discussing their characteristics, aims, strategy and learning approach.

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Ensuring Quality in Learning Regions: key issues of a common framework for quality assurance.

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Ensuring quality in Learning Regions: elaborating quality criteria, indicators and methods to measure quality.

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European strategy on quality education and training: exchanging ideas, collecting materials and links.

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R3L+ Learning Regions

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In Germany for the national network "Learning Regions" was evoked from the idea to make education more flexible in the regions in a bottom-up way. The Learning Region around the Lake of Constance Region is a striking example. The formal network was based on institutions that already existed. The goal was to spread their activities in the field of education, training, guidance and counseling. The intention was to build up all the key elements from the national side. Multiple educational paths were created where the inhabitants could participate in the educational processes. These were well used over the eight years.

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The Learning City of Dundee adopted a policy of inclusive Lifelong Learning, which provides more opportunities for participation. It makes opportunities available to those who live in the most deprived areas. It brings together excellence in science and culture and disseminates this all Dundee's citizens in new ways. It promotes the wider benefits of existing Arts, Culture, Sport and Health initiatives to ensure that they become meaningful for all.

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The strategic goal of developing Kaunas into a Learning city was formulated as to enable the individual and collective learning of citizens at all times and in all places, as well as fostering the organizational learning of the city and its organizations and communities in a way that would solve problems of importance to the city, its inhabitants, communities and organizations and develop in a sustainable way those aspects.

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In Limerick a City of Learning Steering Group was established in 2003. The main aim of the local group is to support the design and implementation of a city-wide learning strategy that will enable Limerick to grow as a ‘vibrant successful city, which recognises and strives to meet the learning needs of all its citizens’. The basic hypothesis was that if citywide interaction and partnership among all involved in the provision of education and learning is improved and enhanced, then positive outcomes can be achieved in relation to expansion of the City’s ‘social capital’ by recognising the value of personal and social development in learning.

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The activities promoting Bucharest-Ilfov as a learning region are of a relative recent date. Since the early years of the 21st century I-VET and C-VET started to be taken into account, as well as the general orientation towards the development of human resources when the first Human Resources Development Program was launched. Also some other initiatives showed relevant, especially the updating of the Regional Development Plan, the Twinning Light Programs and the TVET multi-annual programs, developing the initial technical and vocational education and training in Romania.

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The Pécs Learning City-Region Forum was initiated in the Fall of 2009 by the Faculty of Adult Education and HRD of the University of Pécs. The goal was to put quality learning of individuals and groups either in formal, non-formal or in informal environment on the agenda and to support organisational learning. Networking should be promoted amongst learning providers and stakeholders, and, joint activities should be created as well as innovative practices in the field.

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Lundaland is formally a non-governmental organization set up to initiate, manage and finance a Leader project within a specific territory in the southern part of Sweden where a number of grass-root driven micro-projects are being launched to create wealth in the rural areas of the territory. Projects are bottom-up defined and the learning processes follow the pedagogical frameworks for learning-by-doing, learning-by creating and learning-by-experimentation, rather than learning-by-being-educated.

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Glasgow Symposium

R3L+ took part in the European Symposium on Learning Cities and Regions, Glasgow 17.11.2011. The event was organized by the University of Glasgow.

The symposium brought together researchers and practitioners from different countries, engaged in the development of place-making and territory-based learning initiatives. Dr. Randolph Preisinger on this event presented the results of the R3L+ project, and jointly with the participants discussed further opportunities towards the practical implementation of the R3L+ approach throughout Europe. All presentations have been recorded, and will be available as podcasts on the internet in the next few weeks.

R3L+ at Employment Week 2011

Interview with Brian Dillon, Director of NEXUS, Dublin, conducted at Employment Week 2011. The Irish research cooperative in the framework of the VETWORKS project has developed a EQARF-compliant methodology and software tool (SPEAK), which in several European countries is used for evaluation of networking in the area of vocational education & training.

R3L+ at Employment Week 2011

The R3L+ project participated in Employment Week 2011. The partners on the occasion of this event presented the results of the 2 years Grundtvig project and dicussed the topic of learning cities and regions with stakeholders and project actors in the field of education and employment.

R3L+ at Employment Week 2011

Interview with managers of project LECIM (Learning Cities For Migrants Inclusion). The project is implemented by the Italian non-profit association CIOFS-FP, which provides vocational education and training, work-oriented services, workshops, transnational exchanges and research Italian and European-wide. The national headquarter in Rome co-ordinates 14 Local Boards and almost 80 VET centres. Adolescents, young people, women, unemployed people, migrants and prisoners are the beneficiaries of such activities.

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This project is funded with support from the European Commission. This communication reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.

Project No: 504475-LLP- 1-2009-1-DE-GRUNDTVIG-GMP
Agreement: 2009 - 3413 / 001 – 001

Research Article


Randolph Preisinger-Kleine

An Analytical Quality Framework for Learning Cities and Regions 

 UNESCO - Springer Verlag

Juli 2013

R3L+ Handbook

Quality in Developing
Learning Cities and Regions
A Guide for Practitioners and Stakeholders

Munich 2012
ISBN 978-3-00-037333-6

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USING EUROPEAN LEARNING RESOURCES TO BUILD LEARNING COMMUNITIES: Xploit aims to develop role-model learning communities systematically interacting with innovative European learning resources. Xploit is focused on the development of new forms of cooperation in the communities between policy-makers and education, between authorities and groups of active citizens.

The Xploit project will contribute to the development of learning communities through practical cooperation between the stakeholders on the learning scene, developing their ability to capture and implement European learning resources, based on the identification of community needs. The Xploit Model, the role-model learning communities, will emerge from this practical work.

EduPlan is a support system in the transition from school and vocational training to profession as interface for the emergence of cooperation in networks, a subject that increasingly takes a center stage of the educational policy in many European states.


The main aim of this project is to implement the SPEAK system in six chosen European countries (Austria, Germany, Greece, Poland, Spain and Hungary.) SPEAK is an innovative tool for strategic planning, evaluation and knowledge management of multi-stakeholder cooperation in Vocational Education and Training (VET).

BEQUAL is a European portal dedicated to quality procedures in Vocational Education and Training (VET) as well as to benchmarking between peers.

Eurolocal is a partner project of R3L+. 

EUROlocal reinforces the EC policy on lifelong learning regions by collecting the tools, strategies, learning materials, reports and everything concerned with their development. The project represents an easily accessible resource for local initiatives to the collective experience and knowledge resulting from these pan-European efforts.

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