On the 25th of September, partners of the Erasmus+ EULand21 project ‘Strategic partnership towards transparency of competences’ assembled in Amsterdam at the Amsterdam Academy. Main goals of the meeting were working on the project program and discuss progress with Dutch professionals in education and practice.
The EULand21 project is aiming for trans-European recognition of the landscape architecture profession and developing tools for assessment of existing landscape architecture study programmes and subjects according to the standards and the requirements of the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA-Europe) and the European Council of Landscape Architecture Schools (ECLAS). Partners are universities from Estonia, Poland, Hungary, The Netherlands (DSL) and Lithuania and the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA-Europe).
In this meeting partners discussed blocks of competences, developed descriptions of modules and contents, talked about learning lines and formulated core questions to be answered in the afternoon session.
In the afternoon session a mixed group of Dutch professionals from education and practice joined the meeting for discussion. Gintaras Stauskis of Vilnius University introduced the EULand21 program to the attendees and shared aims, objectives, main achievements and future challenges. Vilnius University is aiming to start a new bachelor program in landscape architecture within a few years. After the opening, short pitches were held by members of DSL relating a specific issue:
- Integrating cutting edge themes with programme and competences – TU Delft, Inge Bobbink
- How detailed should competences be formulated? – Amsterdam Academy, Patricia Ruisch or VH Larenstein University, Jack Martin
- How to integrate research competences in a bachelor programme – Wageningen University, Rudi van Etteger
- How to integrate entrepreneurial competences in a bachelor programme – Joeri de Bekker, HAS University of Applied Sciences Den Bosch
- Impression of the professional practice of LA in the Netherlands in relation to LA-education – Netherlands Association for Landscape Architecture (NVTL), Ben Kuipers
Finally, in a World Café setting participants gave feedback on several core questions, after which groups reported back in a plenary session.
More information about the EULand21-project: email@example.com.