The European Center is the coordination point of the network of mentoring researchers and professionals. It is a communication platform providing a website, newsletter, forum, etc. in order to become a point for knowledge transfer through organizing seminars, summits, webinars and more.
The Center is a point of matchmaking between practitioners, coordinators of mentoring programmes and researchers. It is an initiator of new opportunities for collaboration and European innovation.
Community and knowledge exchange
· Identify and maintain the mentoring network in Europe;
Collect information on the programmes. Create a ‘map’ of mentoring in Europe. Highlight expertise and knowledge of the community members.
· Facilitate thematic knowledge exchange based on expertise;
Webinars, meetings and online tools on mentoring, shared / initiated by members of the community based on own expertise, special knowledge and innovation in the region.
· Match people and organizations for knowledge exchange;
Make a strong match between programmes with learning goals and people with specific knowledge.
· Organize an annual short course conducted by prof. dr. Jean Rhodes;
Offer the possibility of online participation.
· (Co-)organize a bi-annual European Mentoring Summit for practitioners and researchers
· Exchange of visiting professors;
Stimulate the exchange of professors in Europe for the dissemination of mentoring research.
· Exchange of research results;
Share research results on mentoring through meetings, webinars, website and newsletter.
· Internship of student researchers;
Promote and support internship within the European Center for research, for bachelor, master and PhD students from Europe.
· Involve European stories in the Chronicle of Evidence-Based Mentoring;
Facilitate European editor(s) such as prof. N. van Yperen.
Quality system and support
· Quality system for mentoring programmes;
Develop a quality system for members of the Center and make it a three-step model. Being affiliated with the Center is the first degree.
· Auditing / accreditation;
In order to reach the next levels of quality, community of the Center can apply for an accreditation. Auditing takes place in collaboration with researchers and practitioners of the Center and its community.
European policy and contacts
· Network in Brussels;
Set up a network of civil servants and lobbyists that support and are open to include mentoring in policy agenda’s.
· Develop a ‘Brussels alert’ that monitors policy documents, networks and events in relation to mentoring.
· Funding alert;
Keep an eye on European funding possibilities and new calls.
· Help in the process of funding for European activities and research.
· Organize a bi-annual Meet & Match in Brussels with members of the EC, DG staff and supporting organizations in line with an EU event / theme of the year
Support of the network
This network can only flourish through the support and active contribution of people from different countries.
In May 2016, the foundation document of the European Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring was completed, based on a variety of sessions with delegates – practitioners and researchers - of the European Mentoring Summit. These activities were set based on the foundation document of the Center, in order to shape and support the mentoring community in Europe.
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