In the ”learning society” the need for adult
education is an increasing one because everybody is forced to update
his competencies in order to be able to manage all the social, technological
and informational accelerated changes. Therefor we need for specialised
trainers in adult education field able to provide the necessary quality
of training, as it is stipulated in one of the six key messages of the
European Commissions Memorandum on Lifelong Learning (Oct. 2000).
In an Europe without borders the success of adult education
is directly related by the level of the expertise of its workers.
Thus, the need for professionalization of the adult educators,
with a common profile of competencies, is claimed at European level.
That is why there is big demand for post-university training, coming
from the teachers and from managers working in adult education institution,
as well as for a common curriculum, compatible at European level.
In this context, the project Postuniversity Training
in Adult Education - PTAE, coordinated by University of the West
from Timisoara, aims to promote a joint European curriculum for post-university
specialisation, with the help of specialists from the universities from
Bucharest, Iasi, Timisoara, Duisburg, Marburg and Ostrava.
The study plan elaborated by the partners involved in the
project is a complex one, allowing, beside the common compulsory courses,
the further specialisation of the students in didactics/politics/media
and new learning environments/and/or management of adult education.
The present course is part of the study plan, an example
of joint curriculum development, and collaborative effort of academics
from the partner universities, and thus, a support for the students
attending a postgraduate psycho-pedagogical specialisation in adult
PhD Simona SAVA, PTAE coordinator