The Institute is a private non-profit organization – NGO with the status of Association. Members of the Association are currently 5 leading Bulgarian universities and colleges, the most powerful trade union in Bulgaria, one of the 6 national employers association, the Bulgarian Construction Chamber, local and regional authorities, 7 SMEs, 2 corporations, 1 private hospital, 3 adult education providers, 7 centers for vocational training, 6 NGOs active in the education field, 2 regional school inspectorates, many schools, 3 language schools, some school teachers associations and many individuals – prominent experts in the education, training, social, economic and academic spheres.
Main activities by educational sectors:
1. School education
Courses for school directors for improving their management skills, courses for school teachers in the field of the intercultural communication, courses for school directors and teachers in the field of the innovative teaching of road safety for children, elaborating of programs for establishing of efficient partnerships between local authorities, regional educational authorities and schools, elaborating of methodologies for more attractive extracurricular school activities, activities connected to the prevention of early school leaving .
2. Vocational education
Vocational trainings (tourism, logistic, finance, IT, business administration and etc.), courses for vocational qualification, consulting and training of young entrepreneurs, courses for managers of SMEs, elaborating of methodologies for adopting of educational programs to the real labour market needs, realization of research activities and analyses in the field of the vocational education and training elaborating of curriculums of centers for vocational education and training.
3. Adult education
Development of learning programmes and modules for “training of trainers” activities including trainers of senior citizens and older workers, Intergenerational learning activities, Courses for improving of the key competences for adults, “Green business” trainings, courses for training of personnel in local and regional authorities, courses for managers and personnel of NGOs, courses for mentors of young entrepreneurs, courses for university international project managers, research activities in the field of the trainings needs of adults, elaboration and implementation of methodologies, handbooks and systems for validation of prior informal and non-formal learning, consultation of local and regional authorities in the sphere of adequate educational integration of minority groups and disadvantaged persons.
4. Higher education
Conduction of research activities and analyses in the field of the higher education system management optimization, elaboration of universities curriculums and educational programs, intermediation between universities and the business sector, elaboration of methodologies for efficient transfer of innovations in the business practice, consultation and support of universities for encouraging the student mobility.