Kokkolan yliopistokeskus Chydenius

International co-operation

tekijä: Maija Siika-aho Viimeisin muutos perjantai 15. huhtikuuta 2016, 10.22

European Participation Network

The research network called “European Participation Network” has produced a proposal (EUCIPMA) in the 7th Framework Programme of the European Commission in order to maintain comparative European research on marginalised citizens' participation and the role of welfare services in enabling or hindering their full citizenship.The project includes eight partner universities in Europe and is coordinated coordinated by the University of Jyväskylä, Kokkola University Consortium, Finland.

The EUCIPMA (European Citizenship and Participation of Marginalised Groups) addresses the core challenges of European social cohesion and diversity. It will improve the comparative policy-related knowledge connected to the critique of citizenship and participation issues. The proposal’s main ideas are novel, insofar as they aim at discovering and promoting relevant practices that enable the participation of exactly those groups of citizens who are scientifically identified as being the most ‘non-participative’ in European societies in the field of traditional participation. The factors causing non-participation are complex and diverse, and can include unemployment, low income, low educational status, migration, or discrimination by gender or living areas. However, evidence also suggests that “non-participatory groups” often create other forms of participation themselves, including, civil society initiatives, self-organizations, and virtual participation.

The scientific expertise of the EUCIPMA consortium focuses on the link between the participation of marginalised citizens and the welfare service system. A large number of people within the target groups are users of various welfare agencies and social projects. The detailed research question of the proposal focuses on the role of relevant organizations, including welfare service agencies, EU-funded social projects and Civic Society Organizations (CSOs), in enabling or hindering participatory citizenship of disempowered groups.


Adult Life Long Learning in Social Work (ALLISW)

– A European Network for Social Work as Adult Education and Blended Learning

Keywords:  Social work education as adult studies, work-and-study-situation, part-time program, international networking

Short Description

The particular needs and options of social work students in adult or continuing education have not been yet addressed at European level, although increasing number of students are studying especially the MA-level of social work besides working in the field. The ALLISW network will undertake significant steps in developing professional education of social work offered as adult studies according to the concept of Life-Long-Learning. Students who have already entered the working life visit the university mainly during the evenings and weekends. This calls for particular pedagogical solutions and also opens new options for direct practice research.

ALLISW will add to shared European knowledge of social work in the particular work-and-study situation, opening new realistic options for adult students who have problems to participate to conventional student mobility programs. The concrete aim of the ALLISW is to develop international learning options for the adult students in work-and-study situation to match their particular situation. Adult students can seldom use the 6- or 12 months ERASMUS-options for exchange study. But teachers’ mobility programs, shared forms of blended learning methods (internet-based class rooms, distance learning, shorter joint seminars and mutual practice visits) are possible, for instance.

The network is coordinated by the University of Jyväskylä, Kokkola University Consortium Chydenius), Finland. (http://www.chydenius.fi/en)

Members of the Network

1. University of Jyväskylä, Kokkola University Consortium Chydenius, Finland, Aila-Leena Matthies,aila-leena.matthies[a]chydenius.fi;

2. University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, Lea Sugman Bohinc and Gabi Cacinoviclea.SugmanBohinc[a]fsd.uni-lj.si;

3. University of Lisbon, Portugal, Jorge Ferreira, jorge.manuel.ferreira[a]iscte.pt;

4. University of Petrosani, Romania, Felicia Andrioni, Felicia_andrioni[a]yahoo.com;

5. Mykolas Romeris University, Vilnus, Lithuania, Faculty of Social Policy, Jolanta Pivorienė, jolantapiv[a]mruni.eu;

6. Univerzity Hradec Králové, Czech Republic, Jan Hloušek, jan.hlousek[a]uhk.cz

1st International Forum of Social Work 15.-19.10.2012, Lissabon


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The Social Work unit at the Kokkola University Consortium belongs to the same frame of international contacts as the social work unit at the main campus of the University of Jyväskylä, Department of Social Studies and Philosophy. This also concerns the bilateral agreements regarding  teacher and student mobility.

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