Advanced Technology Systems - ATS

ATS provides software solutions and services for education, public administrations and businesses. Its eGovernment solutions have been implemented by more than 80 public organizations, including ministries and county councils. The products developed by ATS are supported through the activities of its Research and Innovation Department, whose mission is to create new economic and social values. ATS has coordinated and participated as a technical manager in various national and large-scale European research projects targeting technology-enhanced learning such as the BEACONING Project and the Games and Learning Alliance. Its efforts have focused on the development of large-scale learning ecosystems, authoring tools, accessibility solutions, digital games, open repositories, etc. These solutions have been implemented in more than 14 countries. ATS is an active participant in national and international networks, such as BEACONING (Breaking Educational Barriers with Contextualised, Pervasive and Gameful Learning), ARIES (The Romanian Association for Electronic Industry and Software) – the largest IT association in South-Eastern Europe; the Romania Advanced Distributed Learning Partnership Lab; the Rural NEET Youth Network.

Partner 2

Hand Free Computing (Ireland) - HFC

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Bremer Institut für Produktion und Logistik - BIBA

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University of Thessaly - UTH

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Partner 5

P.A. College - PAC

P.A. College is the distinct Executive Business School of Cyprus offering specialised university degree programmes which include the unique BSc (Hons) Business Computing and the BA (Hons) Business Administration with specialisations in Accounting and Finance, Marketing and Management. All programmes have recently been re-accredited by the Cyprus Agency of Quality Assurance and Accreditation in Higher Education (DI.P.A.E.). P.A. College offers 12 ACA exemptions required for the professional qualification of ACA of the ICAEW and maintains strong links with distinct firms in the industry such as KPMG Limited (Cyprus) etc. The Research and Development Department coordinates the research undertaken by academic faculty staff who publish their research in reputable journals and conference proceedings as well as build multidisciplinary teams and combine their specialisations in research projects. Research work encompasses a range of fields such as the development of a games-based educational platform for intellectually-challenged children, gender inclusivity and gender diversity, mobile computer-supported collaborative learning, development of theoretical models for learner engagement and new methodologies for developing educational games amongst other research areas.

Partner 6

South-West University "Neofit Rilski" - SWU

The South-West University (SWU) is a state institution that offers training in Bulgarian and English in 80 Bachelor's, 121 Master's and 88 specialized PhD programmes. The university is one of the biggest higher education institutions in Bulgaria. It employs 500 full-time professors, associate and assistant professors. The non-academic staff is around 500. SWU provides training for about 14 000 full-time students and 400 doctoral students. The academic structure includes 9 faculties: Faculty of Law and History, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Faculty of Economics, Faculty of Public Health, Health Care and Sports, Faculty of Pedagogy, Faculty of Philology, Faculty of Philosophy, Faculty of Arts and Faculty of Engineering. There are over 30 laboratories and research centres available at the University. The University implements pro-active international policies involving the cooperation of training and research institutions from all around Europe, the USA and Russia. The University has signed contracts with about 150 universities in Europe under the Erasmus+ mobility program.

Partner 7

“Friendship Ambassadors” Association - AAP

The association was set up in 1993. By 2007 it ran various cultural and cultural education projects mainly for pupils. The major partner was the French association Les Amis de Târgovişte in Verneuil sur Avre, who assisted our NGO with various resources (including volunteers). Pupils from Targoviste went to France and their French peers came to Targoviste. Since 2007 the association has been undertaking EDC/HRE and school development projects as well as projects on education of values and local development. We closely work with schools, local in-service teacher training centre, county centre for educational resources, and other NGOs. Between 2008 and 2009 the Friendship Ambassadors Association developed a really innovative project based on the Council of Europe’s tool for quality assurance of EDC in schools. The project was supported by the Council of Europe and the US Embassy in Bucharest. Eight middle and secondary schools in Dambovita county were challenged to integrate their EDC policy and development plans in the whole development process of their institution, to introduce democratic practices (mainly responsibility) in various procedures (such as need analysis, analysing their community’s resources and interests, giving feedback to their students/parents/etc.), to enhance their team building capacity, and to develop criteria to evaluate the quality of some EDC components. The project was really complex and enabled the participants to develop another good practice guide ( In 2012 we ran a seven-month project inspired by a British Council’s initiative. The project Creativity Map of Dambovita County – a tool for cultural and entrepreneurial education of high school students brought together 20 students, 44 artists and entrepreneurs, and some trainers. The students interviewed the small business owners and wrote some stories depicting what they understood about those professional and personal experiences. At the end of the project the students presented a performance created by themselves to the public in Targoviste and to the visitors of the Romanian Peasant Museum in Bucharest. They wanted to share the feelings and perceptions generated by this special experience with the adults (parents, teachers, business people) and other youngsters. Starting from the common experience of consumers, they turned to the conditions of creative people. We also put together most of the elements of the projects in a book ( At the end of 2017 the association and “Mihai Viteazul” Middle School in Targoviste held a one-week science exhibition which was visited by over 1200 people, mostly pupils who enjoyed the interactive experiments that explained them various physical phenomena (video). The project was funded by Dambovita County Council. The “Friendship Ambassadors” Association is a member of DARE Network (educators for democracy and human rights in Europe) who currently participates in an Erasmus+ project (DEMOGAMES) aiming to develop analogue and digital games about democracy, a manual for youth workers (ideas to use the games in various educational contexts) and online training courses on game-based learning ( ).