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VPL- Valuation of Prior Learning

A European project initated by the Han University , supported by the European Commission under the Leonardo da Vinci Programme. Eleven countries involved : the Netherlands, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Germany, France, Ireland, Italy , Lithuania , Norway and the United Kingdom. Here is the website : www.vpl4.eu. Here is a synthesis of Iriv's contribution.


Valuation of Prior Learning (VPL) is the designation of a broad outlook on the implemenation of lifelong learning. The challenge is therefore to change the social-economic system into a flexible and fast-adapting system to the quickly changing need for competences on the labour market. In the context of the knowledge society, VPL addresses this need by showing the real human potential on the basis of the analysis and valuation of personal competences. VPL offers a personal development-strategy in which the organisation-context and public/private services are crucial for keeping up with the speed of competence-development. The VPL focuses on the need of :



  1. exchange is at the heart of the project, good practice is used to describe the best working of an approach for activating lifelong learning in organisations and by individuals in Europe learning cultures ;
  2. validation methodologies are analysed on the level of the 7 main European learning Cultures ;
  3. on the level of quality and standardsetting the same tactics is used to make the own case a stronger case by embedding strong buildingblocks from all over Europe in the learning culture ;
  4. learning from each other's culture and practices is a strong incentive for the knowledge exchange between different learning cultures ;
  5. all learning cultures will focus on designing a competence-centered learning-infrastructure in which on national and sectoral levels all the existing services will be offered in due time in an integral approach to individuals & organisations.

Project outcomes

a recommendation for a European framework ;
an overview of good practices in Europe ;
guidelines reference manuals for decision makers ;
national study reports with practices and analysis ;
reports with description of instruments and methods,
a model for calculation of value of the use of VPL ;
a compilation of strategies for individual and organisational empowerment,
a series of articles published ,
an electronic newsletter published ;
a web site turned into an open space ,
an advisory board for the partners on the proceedings of the different workpackages,
an expert support group established of experts fromnational and european organisations,
reports from work meetings made available a month after the different work meetings.


15 organisations in ten countries.

Chypre Demokratiki Ergatiki Omospondia Kyprou
Alecos Tringides
Vyronos Avenue 40
CY-1096 Nicosia
Tel.: +357 22872177 ; fax : + 357 2267094 
République Tchèque
Narodni Ustav Odborneho Vzdelavani
Hana Cihakova
CZ-10200 Praha
Tel.: +420 274862251 ; fax : + 420 274863380 http://www.nuov.cz/
Gesellschaft für Berufsblidende Massnahmen

Joachim Dellbrück
Reichenbergerstr. 88
D-10999 Berlin
Tel.: +49-30 61 77 64 86, Fax: +49-30 61776418
  Volkshochschule Stuttgart
Wolfgang Klenk
FRitz Elsas str. 46-48
D-70174 Stuttgart
Tel.: +49-711 1873724, Fax: +49-711 1873724 http://www.vhs-stuttgart.de/



Anne-Marie Charraud
80 rue Lecourbe
75015 Paris
Tel.: +33 1 44 383152, Fax: +33 1 44 383199

Institut lillois d'éducation permanente
Brigitte Kayser
Place Georges Lyon
BP 11941
59013 Lille cedex
Tel.: +33 320 6222262, Fax: +33 3 20 53 80 27

Dr Bénédicte Halba
26 boulevard Raspail
75007 Paris
Tel.: +33 1 42 84 08 25 Fax: +33 1 42 84 08 25



University of Limerick
Dermot Coughlan
Department for Lifelong Learning
Tel.: +353 61 213 544 Fax: +353 61 202757


Elisa Mancinelli
Via Val d'Aposa 3
IT-40123 Bologna
Tel.: +39 051 6560401, Fax: +39 051 6560402

Methodological centre for vocational education and training
Giedre Beleckiene
Gelezinio Vikostr.12
LT-01112 Vilnius
Tel.: +370 5 2123523, Fax: +370 5 2498183

Han University
Ruud Klarus
Heyendaalseweg 141
NL-6525 AJ Nijmegen
Tel.: +31-24 3530014 Fax: +31-24 3530005

Foundation European Centre Valuation Prior Learning
Ruud Duvekot
Jagersweg 23
NL-5262 TM Vught
Tel.: +31-73 6572565 Fax: +31-73 6560581

European Educative Project
Jos Paulusse
Jagersweg 23
NL-5262 TM Vught
Tel.: +31 73 6572565, Fax: +31 73 6560581

Torild Nilsen Mohn
Postboks 6139
NO-0602 Etterstad
Tel.: +47 23381300
Fax: +47 23381301



Edinburgh University
Bonnie Dudley Edwards
Bristo square 5/1
UK- EH8 9 AL Edinburgh
Tel.: +44-131 6502570
Fax: +44-131 6508115

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