Soros Educational Center Foundation
Type of user:Non-governmental organisation (NGO)
Area of activity
- Adult Education
- Blended and e-learning
- Business Management, Administration and HR
- Education Development
- Environment and Conservation
- Informal Learning
- Language Learning
- Marketing, PR and Media
- Non-formal Learning
- Project and Quality Management
- Social Integration
- Tourism, Sport and Leisure
- Train the Trainer
- Vocational Education and Training (VET)
- Informal learners
- Non-formal learners
- Vocational Education and Training (VET) learners
- Adult learners
- Pre-school, primary and secondary education learners
- Young people
- Senior citizens
- Pre-school, primary and secondary education teachers
- Adult education teachers/trainers
- Vocational Education and Training (VET) teachers/trainers
- Entrepreneurs / management
- Unemployed persons
- Retired persons
- Representatives / management of non-governmental organisations (NGO)
- Self-employed persons
- Representatives of social partners (unions, chambers, interest organisations)
- Representatives of public authorities
- Organisation interested in EU funding / projects
- Ethnic minorities
- Persons with physical disabilities
The Soros Educational Center is a private NGO providing educational opportunities and access to lifelong learning services in a rural area of Transylvania, Romania.
We provide language training in various European languages, training in the field of ICT, key competences and promote the professional development of adult educators. In the past ten years we have been enhancing the quality of the learning offer in adult education and have been promoting take-up of innovative practices in adult education by actively participating at above 30 European projects run under the Socrates, Lifelong Learning and Erasmus+ Programmes.
The Soros Educational Center Foundation was founded by the Cluj branch of the Soros Foundation for an Open Society in 1996. In 1998 the Center became an independent NGO (non governmental organization). Until 2001 the Founder supported the development of local educational projects.
Since 2002, the Center has been self-sustained: its incomes are generated by fundraising activities and educational service providing.
We support community and economic development efforts of NGOs and other local community groups by
- providing formal, non-formail and informal training to develop transversal and job-related skills of adults in the region
- helping community groups and NGOs to design and complete projects that enhance the life of the community
- facilitating free access to e-mail service for disabled people
- partnership building with local government and NGOs in order to stimulate creative and innovative solutions
Expertise, experience and responsibilities in relation to EU project management and implementationSoros Education Center's participation in EU projects has significantly contributed to the diversification of adult education offer within our organisation and the improvement of the adult education services, especially in the field of language training, entrepreneurial and business competence development, teacher training., training of trainers and transversal competence development. An important result has been the improvement of planning, management and operational skills of our staff and growth in intercultural competences for both our staff and learners.
Main tasks and areas of responsibility:
- research in adult education
- development of training curriculum and training materials
- graphic design and production of project materials
- quality management and evaluation
- dissemination and exploitation
Top 3 projects
SEED - Sharing environmental education methods for adulthttp://seed2011.eu/
Name of programme / fundLifelong Learning Programme
Project / agreement numberGRU-11-C-LP-51-HG-RO
CareComp - Competence Development for Carers and Educators of Children in Foster Carewww.carecomp.eu
Name of programme / fundErasmus+
Project / agreement number2014-1-RO01-KA204-002757
What kinds of transnational cooperation with other partners would your organisation like to participate in?As for the ERAMUS+ programme we are ready to contribute to the success of various mobility and Strategic Partnership projects addressing both the learning needs of our beneficiaries and the priorities of the Erasmus+ programme.
Under the new Erasmus+ programme we will:
- initiate and submit projects that:
· address youth unemployment in economically disadvantaged rural areas
· promotes innovative and sustainable practices in rural tourism;
· promote multilingualism and acquisition of less widely used European languages through Open Educational Resources.
- get actively involved in planning, preparation and implementing Mobility Projects for VET Learners and Staff, Mobility Projects for Adult Education Staff, as well as Strategic Partnerships under the Key Action 2 of the Erasmus+ Programme.
- manage projects involving staff that is constantly available and has relevant experience in transnational cooperation.
- involve our European, national and local networks for successful dissemination and exploitation of results.
- provide translation and adaptation of project results in various European languages, including less widely taught languages such as Hungarian and Romanian.
- host project meetings and other activities in a genuinely multicultural area of Transylvania.
EnglishC1 (proficient speaker)
RomanianC2 (proficient speaker)
GermanB2 (independent speaker)
ItalianB2 (independent speaker)