Promoters & Founders

Finance & Banking - Association for Organisational Development and Human Resources - EFFEBI

Effebi Association is a non-profit Association which since its foundation in 1978 has been a reference point for people involved in the management and development of HR and organizational models mainly for the banking & financial sector.

Members of the Association are the leading Italian Banking groups and medium/small Banks.

At international level, EFFEBI was one out of five founder members of EBTN – European Banking and Financial Services Training Association keeping significant relationships with other Institutions, Associations, Universities, Colleges, Enterprises and Bodies active in the field of HR Management and Development.

In addition, it is Member of European Forum of Technical and Vocational Education and Training – EfVET that is one of the leading European-wide professional associations which has been created by, and for, Vocational Education and Training (VET) providers. EfVET aims to provide a transnational framework to support all co-operative actions aimed at enhancing and improving technical and vocational education and training. It gathers over 1.500 VET Providers from 27 European countries.

Moreover, Mr Mario Spatafora, General Secretary of Effebi Association, is the Co-Coordinator of the Thematic Team titled “Joint European Qualifications” aiming at developing European Qualifications for the VET sector connected to the triangle of industry-education-community/society.

At national level, Effebi is Member of FEDERMANAGEMENT – Italian Federation of Management’s Associations composed by 7 founding Associations (ADICO, ADACI, AIDP, AILOG, AICQ, AIAS, ATEMA) and, from January 2017, 6 new-comers Associate Members (APAFORM/ASFOR, AIF, APCO, EFFEBI, IRCRES-CNR, IMO). FEDERMANAGEMENT promotes the renewal of the managerial and leadership’s culture and cope with the globalization and the digital revolution. It also contributes to the collaboration and exchange of ideas and best practices among the Members; improve managerial culture, also beyond professional roles.

Very relevant is that EFFEBI, by January 2019, has also established the Centre for Research and European Studies for future business (CRESfb) to carry out studies and researches related to the HR development, both at national and European level. One of its aim is the promotion of the EU dimension in academic education through promoting and supporting cooperation among HEIs and business and research.

Furthermore, Effebi is supported by CRESfb in developing and managing European projects, from conception to realization (e.g. idea creation, writing of project proposals, project management, etc.) Both non-profit Associations participate at calls for proposals under different EU programmes (e.g. Erasmus+, Horizon2020, etc.)

If the FSS has traditionally been the main field of action for the Association, in the last years the Association was active in transferring its knowledge and experience in other sectors (e.g. education and training, social inclusion, Quality Assurance and ICT); showing the positive impact that European instruments of lifelong learning can have on training/educational paths.

In Italy EFFEBI is coordinating the Laboratory on Training Paradigms to identify and define analysis, trends and good practices in the field of professional training. The Association ensures the publication of the three-monthly journal «FB-BANCA inFORMAZIONE» to support the innovation and professionalism in the field and strengthen the cooperation among Members.

Multimedia Academic Global - MAG

MAG is a research Spin-off of the International Telematic University UNINETTUNO, world leader in distance education, focused on online professional training. In MAG, the University excellence approach to distance education is complemented by the experience of major companies, thus defining a highly effective training potential for the employment. MAG mission is developing skills for the labor market without limits of space and time; look for more advanced and effective models for the skills’ transfer; orient and train towards new job opportunities. MAG offers certified online courses, allowing learners to get certificates and professional qualifications; academic quality of contents and courses, thanks to university level selected trainers; highly qualifying recognition in the labor market of its competence-centered programs; accessibility without time constraints, since learners can study when they want 24/7. Current MAG training offer ranges from GDPR training to Industry 4.0 related courses. Beyond its training offer, MAG is involved in several international projects, aiming at innovating vocational training and continuous professional development at European Level.


Dimitra Education & Consulting - DIMITRA

DIMITRA Educational Organisation has provided, for more than 25 years, high quality Initial and Continuing Vocational Education and Training (VET) services to the entire country, training over 3.000 people per year.
The Organisation has participated in several transnational projects exchanging know how and transferring a high degree of expertise regarding both methodology development and production of practical solutions matching specific vocational and professional development needs.

Folkuniversitetet - FU

Folkuniversitetet (FU) is a National Adult Education Association which offers a wide range of VET and adult education training courses throughout Sweden and in several European countries.
FU-Uppsala has a long tradition of successfully introduction of new teaching methods into adult education, including the latest developments in ICT. FU-Uppsala offers both formal and non-formal education for public authorities, enterprises and individuals.
FU organizes specific training programs and/or training courses for various disadvantaged target groups such as unemployed, low-skilled, immigrants, people with physical and mental disabilities and youth drop-outs.

The organisation is focused on the development of interventions that addresses social issues for various disadvantaged target groups in order to promote social/labour market inclusion.

Asociacion Nacional de Centros con Certificados de Profesionalidad - ANCCP

ANCCP is the National Association of Spanish Vocational Training Centers accredited by the Spanish Ministry of Work and Social Affairs to provide vocational education and training within the 26 professional families that currently exist in Spain. Professional Certification officially accredits professional skills that enable the development of a work activity and assures employers, customers, students, and the public that the certificate holder is competent and professional in a specific activity. 

Certificados de Profesionalidad – Asociación de centros

Institut d’Estudis Financers - IEF

Institut d’Estudis Financers is a private foundation set up in 1990 by the most important financial institutions with the support of the government and the foundational objective of contributing to innovation, internationalisation and improvement in the financial sector through knowledge acquired by training professionals, dissemination and the promotion of financial skills among citizens.

Our main objective is to embark on or consolidate a professional career in banking and finance, keep abreast of ongoing new developments in the sector and establish links with projects in order to make financial knowledge available to all citizens.

Malta Union of Bank Employees - MUBE

MUBE is the only union in Malta which negotiates collective agreements in most major banks and has the advantage of specialising and of being concentrated exclusively on the financial services sector. The MUBE is absolutely independent and has NO connections with any other union or political affiliations. It is the union created by bankers for bankers.

Strategic Management Company - DPMC

The mission of DPMC Portugal is to support the creation of better and more sustainable companies, based on happier and more motivated employees, bringing purpose to their Value Creation process, developing their strategic leadership and promoting meaningful daily work for their workforce by inducing a convergence of the company’s mission with the employees’ personal missions.

Fachhochschule des Mittelstands - FHM

The University of Applied Sciences (FHM) was founded in 2000 by the SME (Small and medium sized enterprises) sector for the SME sector. It is a private state-approved University of Applied Sciences. Founded in 2000 by small and medium-sized enterprises, the FHM is nowadays one of the most successful private universities in Germany with a strong focus on the needs of German SMEs. The Organisation prepares application-oriented teaching and studies on professional technical and management activities at home and abroad. The successes of the graduates are available for the training concept of FHM: close to practice and compact in knowledge transfer. Students are introduced through sound scientific evidence and methods that enable them prominent tasks.

International Banking Institute (IBI)

The International Banking Institute since its foundation – June 10th, 1991 has occupied the leading position among non-state educational institutions of St. Petersburg. IBI fully implements the concept of lifelong learning and offers the following levels of education: basic general education, secondary general education, higher education, including bachelor, master and postgraduate programmes.
There is also a whole range of professional retraining programs and advanced training programs launched at IBI, which provide students with relevant knowledge in the field of economics, business, management, etc.
The International Banking Institute is the only educational institution in the Russian Federation accredited by EBTN on the international program «European Foundation Certificate in Banking».
The International Banking Institute is actively involved in research projects with government support. In addition, the institute has been an open discussion platform for many years, where prominent politicians, economists, bankers give lectures and activities of the Young Politician School and School of the Municipal Councils take place.

Ordinary Members

Faculty of Education and Psychology (PPK hence)

The Faculty of Education and Psychology (PPK hence) is one of the eight faculties of the 384-year old EEötvös Loránd University (ELTE hence), which is the oldest and largest university in Hungary and it is the most popular higher education institution among applicants each year. As the part of ELTE,  PPK embraces disciplines of long tradition: Pedagogy, the old discipline of ELTE, and Psychology, which was first established here in our country, and undertakes the amalgamation of these two in the area of teacher training. The historically significant reorganistion of the Hungarian higher education – Bologna Process – brings the education of Community Culture (as a special field of Andragogy) close to our profile, which is organised by our Faculty as well, and the Physical Education also belongs to our organisational units.

The profile of the faculty is twofold. On the one hand, it teaches students attending pedagogy, psychology, human relationship, psychical education and recreation as their major. On the other hand, it also instructs students from all faculties of the University in teacher training or teachers’ further training (approximately 10 000 students altogether).

It covers the organisational advocacy of teacher training in co-operation with the departments and methodological sections of other faculties and with the field-work training sites of teacher training. In addition the Faculty provides PE courses and sports opportunities for the students of every faculty.

The Faculty also provides psychological life-conduct counselling to all students of the University.

University of Worcester

The University of Worcester is a close-knit and high-achieving community where students are supported to succeed at every level.The University’s strength across many areas is reflected in the fact that we are also shortlisted for Outstanding Support for Students, Outstanding Contribution to the Local Community, International Collaboration of the Year, Outstanding Research Supervisor of the Year and Datapoints Merit Award in the 2019 Times Higher Education Awards. Worcester Business School is an approved Chartered Management Institute Centre and a member of the Chartered Association of Business Schools, the European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) and the Network of International Business Schools (NIBS). Rooted in the region, supporting business growth and leading the employability agenda, Worcester Business School (incorporating the Department of Computing) is interdisciplinary and outward-looking. Our strong emphasis on business enterprise and work-related learning delivers immediate benefit for our graduates, their organisations and the regional economy. We work closely with organisations and businesses across the region including our partners in regional development.


Consorzio Nazionale per la Formazione, l’Aggiornamento e l’Orientamento – is a National Consortium for Educational and Vocational Training, Up-grading and in-service training, and Vocational Guidance, joining together many different Secondary Education institutions and Vocational Training centres throughout the National territory of Italy. CONFAO brings its know-how and expertise concerning the areas of project management, monitoring/evaluation of performance, maximization of impact and dissemination activities through its network of associated institutions (about 110 VET providers) and stakeholders of the national and EU VET system, design and support of the of quality training courses, and facilitation of the connection between schools and the job market. The Consortium has recently carried out the development of the Simulator for the new generation Training and has activated several ICT tools, among them a simulator of Training Enterprises, a video conferencing service, and an e-learning platform for the training and upgrading of educational staff.


The mission of P.PORTO is to create and further knowledge, science, technology and culture, and to provide students with technical, scientific, artistic and transverse skills that articulate knowledge and action, so as to become the agent of transformation at home and abroad, and through intervention contribute to the wise development of society. With about 20.000 students in its eight schools, the Porto Polytechnic (IPP) is excellence in higher education and a space of ideas and results. IPP is a dynamo of cultural change, in the city, in the region and in the country. IPP ranks fourth among Portuguese higher education institutions and is the fifth in number of students.
P.PORTO hosts 24 research centres and groups distributed across our eight schools, which participate in multiple national and international R&D projects, with significant recognition for their scientific outcomes and impact, both in companies and social organisations. These include autonomous R&D units recognized FCT, the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology, as well as relevant research groups integrated in large Associate Laboratories and in other research units. In a context of increasingly multidisciplinary and cooperative research, the research centres and groups of P.PORTO act in several, inter-related, areas, such as Engineering, Business Sciences, Education, Arts, Technology and Management, Health, Hospitality and Tourism and Media Arts and Design.


Eurodimensions has built a collaborative network with experienced trainers and knowledgeable mentors from various backgrounds including European Universities, Chambers and Commerce, NGOs and Incubators and has worked steadily with the local authorities in Malta. Eurodimensions is directly focused on educational aspects related to the positive impact that European instruments of lifelong learning can have on training/educational paths. It is active in transferring its knowledge and experience in other sectors (e.g. education and training, social inclusion, Quality Assurance and ICT). Other areas of expertise are: entrepreneurship, SMEs, quality management and design of training contents. Our expertise has covered quality assurance in training, entrepreneurship, sustainable implementation of age management, intergenerational approaches as well as digital innovation Eurodimensions has provided consultancy services directly related to Erasmus Strategic and EACEA Knowledge Alliance Partnerships and has also been entrusted to oversee Project Evaluation and Quality Assessment. Eurodimensions, also joined the Pact for Skills, a shared engagement model for skills development in Europe launched by the European Commission.

CESMED – Centre for Mediterranean Studies

Cesmed is a cooperative society that operates on the territory of the Sicily region since 1988. Its main activities are the design and provision of training courses for the social and work integration of unemployed, unemployed, or disadvantaged subjects and the provision of employment services. Cesmed is also an employment agency authorized for the performance of General Employment Services activities. These services include first reception activities, orientation, training and extracurricular internships, skills balance, job placement and support for business creation. Cesmed managed UE projects, particularly Erasmus + involving migrants and refugees. Cesmed is located in Palermo, Sammartino street, 27.


Dideas is a social company dedicated to training and strategic consulting in the areas of business model definition, entrepreneurship, innovation, gender equality, prevention of LGTB-phobia, social responsibility, and sustainability. We have more than 15 years of experience, working for companies that operate services sector (tourism, transportation, customer service, training) as well as in productive sectors. We have also worked with local councils and entities such as the Tourism Development Center of the Valencian Community, developing entrepreneurship and innovation programs. We are a team of 7 workers specialized in the areas described above. We are an active research organization about entrepreneurship and innovation, with more than 10 publications. We operate at national level in Spain and at European level by participating in Erasmus + European projects in entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship and youth.

Honorary Members


The Association for Teacher Education in Europe – ATEE aims to enhance the quality of Teacher Education in Europe through active dialogue and international exchange of research and practice in initial and in-service teacher education. The ATEE are constituted by about 200 individual members and 48 institutional members span 43 countries around the world. They work both within and outside higher education. The Association brings its members together in 15 different Research and Development Communities, and at its three annual conferences (Annual, Winter and Spring conferences). The R&D Communities are the heart of the association where teacher educators from all over Europe and beyond meet, exchange and co-operate.

The European Journal of Teacher Education – EJTE is the official journal of the Association, and its audience includes all those who have a professional concern with or interest in the education of teachers for all age groups.

The Journal provides an opportunity for the dissemination of educational research which investigates theory, policy and practice in teacher education at pre-service and in-service levels in Europe and beyond.



European Forum for Vocational Education and Training – EfVET
EfVET is one of the leading European-wide professional association which has been created in 1991 by, and for, providers of Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) in all European countries. Its mission is to champion and enrich technical and vocational education and training through transnational cooperation and building a pan-European network of institutions that could lead European VET policies.

Typology of Members

Members may join the Association as Ordinary, Individual and Honorary



Institutions and juridical persons, Research Centres, Universities, Schools, Companies, Associations and, in any case, all organizations having purposes congruent with those of CRES and who are willing to contribute and collaborate for the development of the membership activities.



Professionals, who for their specific professional profile, wish to participate and contribute to the main activities of the Association.



Experts willing to contribute, with their expertise and professionalism to achieve the purposes of the Association.  The past Presidents of the Association are Honorary Members.

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