The EQUAL-CLASS project consortium included operative partners from seven different European countries: Austria, Germany, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, and Switzerland. They were supported by a wide variety of different institutions acting as associated partners.













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Project coordinator



Vienna, Austria
Monika Auzinger auzinger[at]
Viktor Fleischer fleischer[at]

3s Unternehmensberatung GmbH is a Vienna-based consulting and research company, providing a wide range of products and services around the interface of education & training on the one hand and the labour market on the other. Our experience, expertise and our interdisciplinary approach in the design and implementation of projects in the field of knowledge, learning and work made us one of the leading Austrian research institutions in this field.

Operative partners

Johann Wiedlack

HTBLuVA St. Pölten - Federal College for Engineering, Arts and Crafts. Our education comprises years 9 – 13 of education and ends with the Reifeprüfung and VET Diploma Examination. The occupational title “Ingenieur/in” is awarded after at least three years of relevant work experience. We have five departments: electronics and information technology, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering industrial management and business organization, informatics.
The following educational objectives are central aspects of all courses to be selected:
High-quality training in technical theory and practical training as a basis for an efficient transition into employment and a successful career in various fields such as development, manufacturing, sales and maintenance. A solid general education including adequate language training as a basis for active participation in economic, social and cultural life and a wide range of practical skills in modern information and communications technologies.

Joachim Hertle, Wolfgang Hill

Grundig Akademie Nürnberg/Bayern (GA) is a non-university institution for higher vocational training. It was founded by the German entrepreneur Max Grundig in 1978. Maintaining, upgrading and broadening of vocational competences and career advancement are the core elements. In 1991 an additional branch of the GA was set up in Gera/Thüringen. At both locations similar complex vocational trainings are conducted.
One of the main activities is the operation of a technical vocational college (Fachschule für Technik). GA provides courses in four different faculties: mechanical, electrical, civil engineering and facility management. Students, who have successfully finished their vocational training (apprenticeship in dual system) and have a minimum of one year of work experience in their professions, choose their faculty and can then study for their Higher National Diploma in Engineering (HND). At present GA has 760 students and 75 lecturers and a service staff of 8 people.

Vidmantas Tutlys

Vytautas Magnus University, established in 1922 is one of the most liberal and modern universities in Lithuania, having liberal studies policy, seeking and establishing successful international relations with other universities all over the world. The Centre for Vocational Education and Research has experience in research and study projects of the vocational education system and its changes. It executes research related to VET policies, qualifications, competences, qualifications frameworks and systems. It has been actively involved in designing the National Qualifications Framework of Lithuania.


The Netherlands
Manfred Polzin

EUproVET is a representational platform for European VET providers. The members of EUproVET are the national Associations of VET (or FE) colleges from Finland (AMKE), France (RENASUP), Ireland (IVEA), UK (AoC) and The Netherlands (MBO Raad).

EUproVET contributes to the European agenda by

  • Providing the labour market with a skilled and high qualified labour force.
  • Contributing to social inclusion, from both the social and economic perspective
  • Contributing to lifelong learning.
  • Creating smooth pathways to higher stages of education.
  • Contributing to an open European Vocational Education and Training Area (EVETA).

EUproVET members also participate in various VET working groups for the European Commission. As EUproVET is strongly encouraging European cooperation and mobility, the NQF/EQF classifications are of a high interest for this Association.


Odd Bjørn Ure

CONSULTUR with Odd Bjørn Ure, independent consultant and researcher, was set up in 1994 to assist Norwegian authorities to become full partner in Leonardo da Vinci and to provide background information on European training programmes to the major employers' association. Since then and depending on other engagements, CONSULTUR has carried out, amongst others, these tasks:

  • A contribution to the INTERMEDIATE REPORT on the e-learning action plan (2002); DG EAC.
  • Assistance to ECOTEC Research Consulting/GHK Consulting in producing the Inventory of information on validation of non-formal and informal learning in Norway (2004, 2007, 2010).
  • Lifelong Learning Strategies: Critical factors and good practice in implementation. A final report submitted by GHK Consulting. Written by Daniela Ulicna, Odd Bjørn Ure, Patrick Werquin. Brussels, December 2010.
  • Since 2003, evaluator for the EACEA of proposals submitted to LdV, LLP Key Activity 1 and 4 as well as Jean Monnet; all under the auspices of DG EAC.

Mette Christensen

SPI is a knowledge management oriented company with the mission to manage projects that foster innovation and promote international opportunities. SPI provides services in 3 areas: Training, Consulting and R&D. SPI has a permanent staff of nearly 50 people in 8 offices worldwide. SPI is accredited by the DGERT with recognized capacity to conduct a range of training activities. SPI has experience in using different training methodologies for various target groups and applies innovative pedagogical approaches, including e-Learning. SPI has experience in developing training plans, identifying/selecting training resources, developing didactic materials, supervising and evaluating training courses and assessing the impact of training programs, among others. SPI has an excellent track-record of participation in projects co-funded by community programmes, with recognized quality of tasks performed. SPI has also developed a number of studies in the education area.

Urs Keller

The ABB Technikerschule (since 1971) is a higher education institution (tertiary level) in engineering. It is recognized by the Swiss Government as a so-called Höhere Fachschule (HF) with nationally recognized studies and offers the highest education including vocational training in the non-university field. All studies require successful SekII-education/apprenticeship (Berufslehre) in the field of the chosen subject. It is public, independent & co-operates closely with leading companies & national & regional authorities. On the basis of process-oriented instruction or knowledge transfer connected with exercises, practical courses & team work, the students learn to work under realistic conditions. Graduates receive a diploma recognized by the Swiss Gov. & are entitled to use the title “dipl. Techniker HF“ which is protected by Swiss law. We have over 600 students & more than 120 teachers & are involved in several national and internat. projects and have experience in working on national and internat. qualification systems.

Associated partners


Federal Ministry for Education, the Arts und Culture
Kammer für Arbeiter und Angestellte für Wien

Czech Republic

Association of Tertiary Professional Schools


Festo Didactic GmbH & Co. KG
Bundesarbeitskreis Fachschulen für Technik
Assoziation Bund Deutscher Techniker


Lietuvos inžinerinės pramonės asociacija LINPRA

The Netherlands

Stichting Landelijk Expertise- en Informatiecentrum Duaal Onderwijs


Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto
Ordem dos Engenheiros Téchnicos


CEyeClon AG
EURO-PROF European Association of Higher Educated Professionals
Konferenz Höhere Fachschulen