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EPICA - Strategic partnership for the co-design of an innovative and scalable eportfolio ecosystem to improve the quality and visibility of skills

Objective

Technology is driving change in Africa and knowledge has become a key driver of growth and development. Moreover, education needs to meet the demands of the work place and provide the skills and competencies needed to foster local economies. However, a severe mismatch exists between the skills of young workers and the skills that employers need for the emerging economies.

EPICA (Strategic Partnership for the Co-design of an Innovative and scalable ePortfolio ecosystem to improve the quality and visibility of skills) aims to contribute to address this skills-gap through a process of co-design, adaptation, implementation and validation of an innovative and scalable Competency-Based ePortfolio, with an international partnership that includes industries, leading educational organisations, four universities in three Sub-Saharan countries (Open University of Tanzania, Makerere University from Uganda, Maseno University from Kenya, and the African Virtual University) and one EU University (Open University of Catalonia). EPICA’s outcomes will support:

• Universities to deploy and implement the new Competency-Based pedagogical methodologies to face the increasing market demands in term of better-skilled workers
• Students (and workers) to make more visible and comparable their skills and competencies acquired in formal and non-formal education
• Employers and companies to identify the most reliable and suitable candidates

With a market-oriented approach, EPICA involves end-users’ communities in the whole process to ensure that the ePortfolio meets users’ and market’s requirements.

The pilot in four universities (MAK, OUT, MU, UOC) and the Validation phase will provide the data for evaluating end-users’ behavioural responses, and the means to build a robust and sustainable model, the “ePortfolio implementation Pack” (technology-consultancy-support), to ensure take up and scalability, by involving local Sub-Saharan companies and HUBs in the commercialisation process.

Call for proposal

H2020-ICT-2017-1
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Funding Scheme

IA - Innovation action

Coordinator

INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL FOR OPEN AND DISTANCE EDUCATION
Address
Ploens Gate 2B
0181 Oslo
Norway
Activity type
Other
EU contribution
€ 415 850

Participants (7)

DOCUMENTA CREACIONES MULTIMEDIA AVANZADAS SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 399 678,13
Address
Calle Betlem Num 22
08012 Barcelona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
FUNDACIO PER A LA UNIVERSITAT OBERTA DE CATALUNYA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 289 150
Address
Avenida Tibidabo 39
08035 Barcelona
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ICWE GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 237 846,88
Address
Leibnitzstrasse 32
10625 Berlin
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
THE OPEN UNIVERSITY OF TANZANIA
Tanzania
EU contribution
€ 131 250
Address
Kawana Road 23
23409 Dar Es Salaam
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
MAKERERE UNIVERSITY
Uganda
EU contribution
€ 152 250
Address
Main Campus
256 Kampala
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
MASENO UNIVERSITY
Kenya
EU contribution
€ 140 000
Address
Pobox 3275
40100 Kisumu
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
AFRICAN VIRTUAL UNIVERSITY
Kenya
EU contribution
€ 131 425
Address
Cape Office Park Opp Yaya Center Ring Road Kilimani
00603 Nairobi
Activity type
Research Organisations