dimensions in the training
of social professions at the
Fachhochschule (University of Applied
development of international / intercultural dimensions in the training of
professional workers dates back as far as 1971. Since its very beginning the
department of Sozialpädagogik (Social Pedagogics) at the Fachhochschule in
Koblenz has fostered the international and especially the European
co-operation and the exchange between institutions of Higher Education.
Initially this took place - based on informal contacts of individual
lecturers - in the form occasional exchange programmes (bilateral seminars)
which were organised without any financial grants and existing
occasion of the 10th anniversary of the department of Sozialpädagogik in
1981, formalised contracts were signed between the department and
universities in Bologna /Italy and London/England, and in 1982 they were
followed by contracts with Edinburgh/Scotland and Östersund/Sweden. Regular
bi- and multi-lateral exchange programmes for students and teaching staff
have been organised. In the following years - especially within the
framework of the ERASMUS programme - the co-operation was extended to over
twenty partners all over Europe. (Partner)
for this quantitative and qualitative expansion of international activities
none of the universities involved had the necessary infrastructure for the
planning, organisation and evaluation of the programmes. Therefore an
organisation (legal status: „registered charity“) was founded in 1985: The
„European Centre for Community Education – ECCE“. This international,
non-governmental organisation (NGO) had as founding members two main
groupings: lecturers of universities from Germany (Koblenz), Greece
(Athens), Great Britain (Edinburgh, Leicester, London), Italy (Bologna ) and
Sweden (Oestersund), and staff of organisations active at national and
international level in the field of international youth exchange.
services for partner institutions with respect to the exchange of students
and staff, and the organisation of bi- and multilateral seminars
Organising seminars for (initial and further) training in multilateral
exchanges and intercultural work
Developing models of practise of community education and didactical
concepts to prepare prospective workers during their training for
For further details
see section entitled
financial help of the ERASMUS-bureau in Brussels(CMA-87-D-001) ECCE
developed a more formalised joint study programme in 1987:
"Additional Certificate in
Community Education Studies –
department of Sozialpädagogik was accepted as co-ordinating department for
all partner institutions. Since the academic year 1988/89 this course is
accepted as an Inter-University Co-operation Programme and has been
subsidised by the ERASMUS bureau.
„ACCESS-Europe“ is a certificate course, additional to, but integrated into
the student's own professional training course. It is designed as a modular
training scheme i.e. students have the opportunity to select individual
units according to their interests and motivation.
European Community Studies
Two bilateral seminars (6 days) or one multilateral seminar (10-14 days)
Studies and / or practice abroad
is awarded by ECCE in conjunction with the respective university in the home
country of the student.
"ACCESS-Europe" as pilot scheme for postqualifying education
"ACCESS-Europe" was financed for three years as a pilot programme for
post-qualifying education from the Ministry of Education in Rheinland-Pfalz.
ECCE formed a consortium with the Department of Sozialpädagogik at the
Fachhochschule and the Department of language studies at the University of
Koblenz. This allowed the participation of practitioners in order to gain
the certificate. In this context the four modules of ACCESS were adapted to
the new format and elaborated
study material was developed.
details see section entitled
In 1989 - based
on the "ACCESS-Europe" programme - the department of Sozialpädagogik
extended its international study programme. Another certificate course:
„European Community Education Studies – Europe-COMES“ was developed and
implemented in the existing course structures. It encompasses:
passing of the "ACCESS-Europe" certificate
Membership in a student’s study-project with international / intercultural
Participation in courses which are provided for „Europe-COMES“.
with their Diploma students who have passed the programme successfully
receive an additional certificate from the department staing in detail the
details see section:
Community Education Studies – E.C.E.S.
the existing developments and experiences with "ACCESS-Europe"and
"Europe-COMES" the department of Sozialpädagogik has introduced the
independent course programme : „European Community Education Studies –
E.C.E.S“ in 1995/96. Students have to spend one year of their studies at a
European partner university. The intention is to get the diploma or degree
(B.A. or M.A.) of the partner institution in addition to the German Diploma.
For further details see
Dimensions in the Initial Training for Youth and Community Workers
ECCE received funding from the Commission of the European Communities
through its Task Force: Human Resources, Education Training and Youth, for
the first phase of a project whose purpose was to explore the European
Dimension(s) in the initial training of youth workers. A team of lecturers
(Chair: Prof. Seibel, Koblenz) from four departments from Cork (Ireland),
Leicester (England), Bologna (Italy) and Koblenz (Germany) were invited to
investigate the question which qualifications, skills and attitudes youth
and community workers need in a changing Europe. In international teams four
modules were developed, which have been /will be implemented in the courses
at the participating institutions:
Module 1 :
Philosophical starting points, concepts and approaches to youth work
Module 2 :
Framework and co operation between state, welfare and voluntary bodies
Module 3 :
Social Policy for young people
Module 4 :
work competencies for good practice in international/intercultural youth
strategies: an experiential learning module within the Youth for Europe
to the production of the modules: “European Dimensions....” ECCE was given
the task to develop a special module for post-professional training in
international youth work in 1993. An expert team (Chair: Prof. Lorenz, Cork)
with members from France, the Netherlands, Great Britain, Ireland and
Germany was responsible for developing and testing the module. In the
meantime the module is translated into English, German and Italian and
successfully implemented in basic and post-professional training.
In 1994 the
department of Sozialpädagogik applied successfully for financial grants
through the EU programme „Action Jean Monnet – European Integration in the
course programmes of Higher Education Institutes“.
For further details see section:
"Aktion Jean Monnet"
Since 1995/95 courses with relevant topics concerning the European
Integration are offered for students of all faculties (European Modules)
Since 1995/96 the department of Sozialpädagogik offers courses: „Social
dimensions of European Integration“ and „ The European Integration and
Youth“ (Permanent Courses)
Because of his continuous engagement for international affairs at the
Fachhochschule Koblenz and in the department of Sozialpädagogik Prof.
Seibel was awarded a „Jean Monnet Chair“ in 1996.