Author: Odd Bjørn Ure

Validation of non-formal and informal learning in Norway – new country report

Ure, O. B. (2019). European inventory on validation of non-formal and informal learning. 2018 update: Norway. Every second year, European Commission services take stock of how various countries put into action the European Council Recommendation on validation of non-formal and informal learning, which dates back to 2012. The 2018 update to the European Inventory on […]


2021-2027: FUTURE COOPERATION BETWEEN UNIVERSITIES AND ENTERPRISES New opportunities for cooperation between academia and business are now being discussed for the years 2021-2027, in other words the second period of the Erasmus+ programme. Following a proposal from the European Commission, the Parliament issued in March 2019 a resolution on the continuation of Erasmus+ in which […]

(1) JOINT EFFORTS BETWEEN UNIVERSITIES AND ENTERPRISES: tackling societal challenges and strengthening the economy and labour markets in Europe

2014-20: COOPERATION BETWEEN HIGHER EDUCATION AND LABOUR MARKETS IN ERASMUS+ The EU programme Erasmus+ offers an opportunity for higher education institutions and enterprises to develop joint training in the form of Knowledge Alliances. I have on several occasions been among the external experts assessing proposals to set up such alliances. Other partnerships are formed in […]


Have a look at this blog in the Electronic Platform for Adult Learning in Europe (EPALE). The topic is Soft skills, struggles and broader perspectives – parental leave as an informal learning experience. Consultur. Studies & Analyses was invited to comment on statements of three learners with experiences from parental leaves.


Education meets Business or the other Way Round Since the adoption of the Erasmus+ programme in 2014, the European Union finances Knowledge Alliances between universities and enterprises. Looking back on the projects approved after the annual application rounds, one question is whether the Knowledge Alliances stand out from previous EU support to co-operation between business […]

Knowledge Alliances – Deadline for the 2016 Round

Ahead of the February 26th deadline for submitting proposals to set up Knowledge Alliances between universities and enterprises, it is time to look at what kind of partnerships between business and academia that the European Union is co-financing. Partnerships between business and academia Let us recall that Knowledge Alliances have to count at least […]

Governance for Learning Outcomes in European Policy-Making:
Qualification Frameworks Pushed through the Open Method of policy Coordination

The article was recently published in the International Journal for Research in Vocational Education and Training. The author, Odd Bjørn Ure, discusses the following questions: 1. How can theories on knowledge production inform analyses of governance of Learning Outcomes and qualification frameworks at a national and European level? 2. The de facto inclusion of the […]

Lekseleselamper vil ikke tennes i alle hjem med skolebarn

Høsten 2015 blir gradvis mørkere og mørkere, men lekseleselamper vil ikke tennes i alle hjem som huser skolebarn. For det pågår en foreldreaksjonen i Rogaland: “Nå forteller vi skolen at vi fra skolestart høsten 2016 er en Leksefri Familie”. Lekser kan være så mangt, inkludert meningsløse, – men å avskaffe dem, og med ubehjelpelig […]