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VERN’ participated at the "EDU-LAB: Chances for young people" project kick-off

By signing the cooperation agreement at the partners meeting in Stuttgart, Germany, 20 partner institutions started the international EU project "EDU-LAB: Chances for young people".

The beneficiary of the project is European Foundation for Education and it is conducted with other partner institutions from ten different countries, among which is VERN’ University of Applied Sciences.

VERN’s Dean, Professor Vlatko Cvrtila, PhD. and Ms. Tea Gagro, VERN’s Project Manager attended the meetings whose program had lasted for two days. Dean Cvrtila also attended the Steering Committee Meeting, at which Professor Wolfgang Schuster, PhD., President of the European Foundation for Education had held a keynote speech.

Project’s kick-off had been marked with a ceremonial signing of the document titled "Our commitment to develop chances for young people", which had been signed by all EDU-LAB partners.

EDU-LAB is a project funded by the European Union aiming to improve the professional chances of young people in the Danube region.

The starting point for developing a new mindset is capacity development. EDU-LAB brings together partners from the higher education sector, business organizations, national public authorities and policy makers. This joint learning process will include further actors from civil society.

The goal of this 2,5 years project is to link education to employment in a sustainable way. A new governance model will be developed with the goal to create a binding commitment by the “Danubian Charter for young talents”.

The text of the Charter, which was also signed by VERN's Dean Vlatko Cvrtila can read below.



We confirm hereby our binding commitment to a long-lasting cooperation to link education to employment in a sustainable way by developing a new governance model manifested in the “Danubian Charter for Young Talents”.


We support the creation of a new culture of

1. Cooperation between higher education institutions, business organizations and public authorities

2. Social responsibility for young people

3. Joint participation in the development of study programs by universities and by companies

4. Study programs combining theoretical knowledge and practical skills

5. Participation of students in interactive e-learning and work environment

6. Innovation of study curricula taking into account the needs of society and economy

7. Applied science and research at universities and companies

8. Sharing experiences between higher education institutions, business organizations and public authorities

9. Governance based on mutual understanding and trust for sustainable cooperation in the fields of education, business and politics

10. Perspectives and motivation for young people to develop their talents and skills to pursue professional chances in the Danube region strengthening the regional economic development.


We declare herby our commitment to develop – in the spirit of this new culture – the “Danubian Charter for Young Talents.

Communication Department
Date of publication: 2.4.2017.
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Key words: EU-Project, EDU-LAB
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