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Study visits – a beneficial learning experience for all

Study visits are rewarding not only for participants but also for the organisers. A study visit is an opportunity for an organisation to boost staff motivation, become more international, raise its profile in the local community, demonstrate its achievements, and much else besides.

These dual benefits of study visits were highlighted at a knowledge-sharing seminar for the organisers of 2011/12 visits which Cedefop held on 22 and 23 September 2011 in Thessaloniki. Here, organisers who had already hosted study visits met others who plan to do so. Participants exchanged experiences and also addressed potential challenges.

It was noted that study visits are a very effective tool for establishing cross-border cooperation schemes and networks, for raising awareness of the European Union’s priorities in education and training and for learning about examples of good practice in other countries. This confirms the outcomes of surveys Cedefop has conducted over the past two years.

The Study visits programme is part of the EU Lifelong learning programme that provides decision-makers and practitioners in the field of education and training an opportunity to exchange expertise and experience on issues of common interest. Every year around 2600 specialists take part in 240 study visits covering a wide range of themes of common European interest in education and training.

For the (shared) benefits of recent study visits, read Cedefop’s publication ‘Major benefits in education and training follow study visits. Impact on 2008/09 Study visits participants’.

For a short overview of the study visits 2008-2010 see Cedefop’s briefing note ‘Crossing frontiers to share expertise’.

For more information on study visits in general see the dedicated study visits website.

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