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dvv international in Romania: project history

The Institute for International Cooperation of the German Adult Education Association – Project Romania (IIZ/DVV) was established in Bucharest in 1993 with the main aim to support continuous vocational training and adult learning in Romania by developing education and training activities in accordance with European standards.

In 2000 IIZ/DVV e.V. with the help of the Federal Ministry for Co-operation and Development (BMZ) created in South-East Europe involving Albania, Bulgaria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Romania, Serbia-Montenegro and Slovenia.

dvv international worked with its own office in Romania from 2000 to 2009. With respect to Romania's EU accession in 2007, activities in this country were gradually reduced from 2007 and ended officially in 2009, following the concept that after several years of support by dvv international local structures should be enabled to continue working independently. A spin-off of dvv international's activities in Romania is the EUROED association (address see here).


The project’s objective as part of the Stability Pact for South East Europe was developing of a co-operation structure in the region to use the potential of the adult continuing education to develop social structures.

  • Promoting the lifelong learning concept
  • Developing and consolidating of a decentralized network of Regional Centers for Adult Education all over the country;
  • Introducing European certification standards (IT, foreign languages, and “personal business skills”);
  • Lobbying and counseling activities concerning the EA / continuous education law;
  • Study visits and experience exchanges on European level;
  • Developing partnerships through regional, transnational (SEE) and European projects;
  • Supporting the training of the employees of the AE institutions in all management areas (such as organization’s management, project management, finance management, human resources management, and time management)


  • Supporting the Regional Centers for Adult Education as service and lobby institutions for other AE Institutions through seminars, network activities, working out the authorization criteria as training providers, sending of the collaborators for trainings in Germany and other European countries;
  • Monitoring and implementing the 292/27.06.2003 law of the Organizing and Functioning of the Cultural Institutions together with the Ministry of Culture;
  • The office supports an European Master in Adult Education at the “Al. I. Cuza” University Iasi, (Romania) in co-operation with the “New University” Sofia, (Bulgaria) and the Hannover University, (Germany). The office provides didactic assistance and financial support to 10 scholars per year, the scholars will work in AE institutions.
  • Strong Lobbying for the AE about the Lifelong Learning concept. In over 100 towns all over the country was organized the learning festival named “Festival of your Chances”, initiated and organized by our office. In 2005 was the sixth anniversary of this festival.
  • Counseling and vocational training for unemployed people to get new skills in order new jobs to be offered and social professional integration.
  • Improving living conditions of elderly people in Romania through new opportunities, and information and instruction programs.
  • Citizen’s educations for active implication into the community life.