Welcome to EduWel
EduWel critically examined and explored vulnerabilities, opportunities and capabilities of young people in different European countries in times of the economic crisis in Europe.
Since 2010 the EU funded excellence PhD programme trained 15 international early stage researchers in 10 countries in researching the transition pathways of socially vulnerable youth after compulsory schooling into working life.
EduWel research is of high political relevance as it tackles the explosive problem of youth unemployment in Europe and the role education and welfare play in enhancing opportunities for socially vulnerable youth. It developed ‘tuned in’ knowledge that will feed into policy and practices which are currently dealing with processes of change.
Providing intensive training, access to the international scientific community and international stakeholders (such as OECD, European Trade Union Institute, Education International, Bertelsmann Foundation) the research fellows are enabled to become the next generation to influence the complex and intertwined educational and welfare systems in different European countries towards a more equal and just society.
Duration: 1. January 2010 – 31. August 2014
EduWel Special Issue & Collected Volume
Political, economic and social transformations in Europe have affected harshly a growing number of young people, who are currently experiencing social disqualification and disaffiliation, particularly so during the critical transition from school to work. This special issue gives an account of the results of the Marie Curie ITN EduWel. It provides robust research on education and welfare by evaluating capacities to tackle the multiple challenges and pressures that a large proportion of young people in Europe faces today. ...click here
EduWel movie out now
The dramatic effects of the financial crisis are disproportionally hitting Europe’s young population. Existing educational and labour market policies aimed at the young have not proved effective especially in relation to the most vulnerable, such as, for example, those with a background of migration or socio-economic disadvantage. 15 young research fellows - working in different European countries in the framework of the EU funded Marie Curie programme Education as Welfare (EduWel) - have critically researched the transition pathways of socially vulnerable youth after compulsory schooling. Embedded into international scientific communities and international stakeholders, the young researchers have explored vulnerabilities and opportunities of young people in Europe and the role education and welfare can play in enhancing those opportunities. The research fellows will present their findings and engage in discussion with European policymakers, social partners and civil society thereby revealing their alternative solutions towards a more equal and just society.
OECD becomes EduWel partner
EduWel-OECD cooperation meeting in Brussels
Insights into OECD Directorate Employment, Labour and Social Affairs (ELSA)
Dr. Alessandro Goglio gave an overview on the work of the ELSA Directorate and introduced recent highly interesting OECD publications relevant to our EduWel project, particularly Divided We Stand: Why Inequality Keeps Rising and the OECD Unemployment Outlook. One interesting issue for the EduWel researchers is the interaction between education and inequality. Here they critically discussed the role of education and up-skilling as solution for tackling the challenges of the current crisis and arising inequalities. What is that we know better about this interaction? But also, where is the literature still relatively inconclusive on this important matter? What do these gaps suggest for further policy works going forward? These and many other questions based on the challenging OECD projects provided an interesting “case study” which allowed an intensive discussion.
New partner in South Africa
UFS Bloemfontain/South Africa becomes associated partner
General information on UFS to frame the new partnership
The University of the Free State (UFS) with its Main Campus in Bloemfontein, the judicial capital of South Africa and in the central heart of the country, is one of the oldest South African institutions of higher learning. With the appointment of Prof. Jonathan Jansen as Vice-Chancellor and Rector on 1 July 2009, the UFS entered a new, dynamic era. Prof. Jansen brings with him a new vision for the UFS of academic excellence and social contributions and for the first time the UFS is poised to take a leading role in higher education in South Africa. The university is a multicultural, parallel-medium (English and Afrikaans) institution with a history intertwined with that of the Free State and South Africa and, to a growing extent, Africa and the rest of the world. Its values are aligned with EDUWEL, especially fairness, service and integrity.