International collaborations

Adult Education at the Agricultural University of Iceland

International collaborations – alþjóðleg samstarfsverkefni

In our previous project and hopefully future project we have been working with our network of staff in vocational secondary education and adult learning, mainly at Hvanneyri and Reykir and our network of workers in the rural areas were the school is located. AUI has e.g. vocational programs in sheep farming and has good links to a broad network of crafts people and farmers around Iceland.

In the field of adult education AUI has offered short programs where we focus on e.g. rural planning, rural community, wool working, coloring wool with local plants, farming, herding sheep, agro tourism, farmer’s shops, dairy farming, wood working, turf houses, urban planning, forestry, flower decoration, landscape planning, horse riding and different type of crafts making.

New projects

Short food Supply schemes in Nordis-Baltic (Nordplus)

Name of project: Short food Supply schemes in Nordis-Baltic

Project number: NPAD-2020/10256

Framework: Nordplus Adult

Project period: 11/2020 – 10/2021

Coordination institution: Associacija VIVA SOL, Lithuania

Contact person: Lina Gumbreviciene, lina.gumbreviciene@gmail.com, +37069839893

Partner institutions:

  • Adult Education at Agricultural University of Iceland
  • Hanen Viken, Norway
  • Lystbaekforeningen, Denmark

General information: There is big variety of short food supply chain schemes of agricultural products in Nordic and Baltic countries. They play a positive role both for small-scale agricultural producers and the consumers, as they help the farmers to become more sustainable and the consumers to get better quality products. Also, such schemes make an impact on territorial development and assist in reaching environmental goals, as small scale farmers apply more nature friendly agricultural methods.

National legal instruments, directed to improve economic performances of farms, include legal schemes supporting groups of producers. Nevertheless, the formation of the short food chains is still a challenge for the farmers in Iceland, Denmark, Norway and Lithuania. Acquaintance with the various short food supply chains in the Nordic and Baltic countries, would improve the skills of farmers in formation of or supporting short food supply chains in their relative countries.

The main goal of the farmers’ exchange project is to share the experience of the short food supply chains in three partner countries and develop a a network of farmers taking part in production and direct marketing of agricultural products. 4 exchange visits of 5 days long (including travelling) will include 4 farmers from each partner countries.

The project would continue the successful cooperation of project partners from Iceland, Denmark, Norway and Lithuania in networking of rural skills, which led to the establishment of the direct sheep farmers’ links between the countries.

Project output: The project will have one type of activities: the transnational meetings including the field visits.

The results of transnational meetings:

  • 4 transnational meetings with field visits organised
  • 48 participants in total, at least 24 unique participants
  • 12 short food supply chain practices visited
  • 1 overview of 12 short food supply chain practices in 4 partner countries prepared and distributed via Internet websites and social networks. The overview will be visualised with photos and prepared in English.

Contact person in Iceland: Guðrún Lárusdóttir program director at AUI, gurra@lbhi.is, +354 8435308

Ongoing projects

Learn the life – Development of Cultural and Heritage Tourism Skills within Rural Communities (Erasmus)

Name of project: Learn the life – Development of Cultural and Heritage Tourism Skills within Rural Communities

Project number: 2019-1-LT01-KA204-060743 

Framework: ERASMUS + (KA2)

Project period: 10/2019 – 30/9/2021

Coordination institution: Associacija VIVA SOL, Lithuania

Contact person: Lina Gumbreviciene, lina.gumbreviciene@gmail.com, +37069839893

Partner institutions:

  • Adult Education at Agricultural University of Iceland
  • Ustanova za obrazovanje odraslih Dante Croatia
  • Hanen Viken, Norway
  • Lystbaekforeningen, Denmark
  • MFR Encalve des Papes, France

General information: Cultural and Heritage Tourism is a tool of economic development that achieves economic growth through attracting visitors from outside a host community, who are motivated wholly or in part by interest in the historical, artistic, scientific or lifestyle/heritage offerings of a community, region, group or institution (Silberberg 1995). There is broad agreement that cultural resources generate economic vitality by leveraging human capital and culture to generate economic vitality through tourism, crafts, and cultural attractions.

The project partners, working in the field of rural development and adults learning in six various countries, raised the issue of increasing cultural and heritage tourism in rural areas in their countries and insufficient capacities of local inhabitants and wider communities in corresponding to this demand through provision of wide range of quality services. After the situation and needs analyses taken by each partner in their respective countries, they agreed to cooperate on improvement of adults education on cultural and heritage tourism.

The overall aim of the project is to improve the rural adults’ competencies in provision of the cultural and heritage tourism services in the partner countries.

The objectives are threefold:

  • development of the training tool-kit for adults training, based on the hands-on learning method
  • improvement of the adult educators skills in teaching adults on cultural and heritage tourism
  • improvement and extending of the adult learning opportunities on cultural and heritage tourism.

Target group are adult educators and adult learners.

Project output: The results of the project are the following:

  • 1 training tool-kit developed, including at least 12 best practice cases (texts and videos)
  • 2 short-term staff trainings organized
  • 48 adult educators and learners trained on cultural and heritage tourism and application tool-kit to the trainings
  • 5 local multiplication events organized
  • 1 international forum organized

Contact person in Iceland: Guðrún Lárusdóttir program director at AUI, gurra@lbhi.is, +354 8435308

Education of older adults – OLDER. Comparing Baltic and Nordic frameworks (Nordplus)

Name of project: Education of older adults – OLDER. Comparing Baltic and Nordic frameworks.

Project number: NPAD-2019/10131

Framework: Nordplus Adult

Project period: 06/2019-12/2020

Coordination institution: Medardas Cobotas Third Age University (MCTAU) Lithuania,

Contact person: Regina Dovidaviciute, regina9.info@gmail.com, +37069912050

Partner institutions:

  • Adult Education at Agricultural University of Iceland
  • Interfolk, Institute for Civil Society, Denmark
  • Latvian Adult Education Association, Latvia

General information: In many European countries, education of adults in many ways take precedence over education of older adults. This is especially evident in national and European programmes prioritizing attempts to improve Eurostat’s Lifelong learning statistics, only taking 25-64-year-olds into account.

Even though the choice of this particular age group has a sophisticated economical reasoning behind it, associated with the demands of the common market, at the same time it marginalizes older adults by pushing their needs away from the public debate on planning of overarching education policies. Baltic states, still undergoing a post-communist transition and searching for an appropriate education policy framework, are definitely cases in point.

In the light of these issues, the goal of the project is to prepare a research study, comparing coordination and financing frameworks of older adult education in selected Baltic and Nordic countries and formulate country-tailored recommendations for policy-makers. Building on peer-to-peer exchange and material gathered during study trips to partner countries, the project will focus on four-different levels: organizational (how is the quality of older adult education programmes assured?), municipal (how do municipal governments coordinate and finance older adult education?), national (which national bodies are responsible for development and implementation of relevant legislation?) and European (how do European structural and other external funds contribute to development of older adult education?). Research study will be produced in English and also available in languages of partner organisations. In the long-term, it will serve as an advocacy tool and help partners to engage policy-makers and push for more inclusive and effective older adult education in their countries.

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Contact person in Iceland: Guðrún Lárusdóttir program director at AUI, gurra@lbhi.is, +354 8435308

Former projects

Rural skills

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Sheep value

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Teach me wood

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Sheep skills

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Contact person in Iceland: Guðrún Lárusdóttir program director at AUI, gurra@lbhi.is, +354 8435308

Guðrún Lárusdóttir

Program director

If you are looking for a partner in Iceland and would like to know more about the Adult education at the Agricultural University of Iceland, feel free to contact us by e-mail (gurra@lbhi.is) or by phone (+354 8435308)