NICE Foundation Formally Established in Padua
On October 5, 2017, the Network for Innovation in Career Guidance and Counselling in Europe (NICE) held an Opening Ceremony from 18:30-20:30, where the NICE Foundation was formally established. During the ceremony, the present founders developed project ideas for the next three years, and elected the first Elections & Ethics Committee, as well as the first Board of Directors.
24 individual founders and representatives of university and organisational founders participated in the ceremony. Including guests, about 40 people participated in the ceremony. Whereas all participants engaged in discussion on possible priorities of the NICE Foundation in the coming years, only registered founders participated in the elections.
Dr Rebeca García Murias (University of Applied Labour Studies in Mannheim) and Prof Monika Petermandl (Danube University Krems) were elected to form the Elections & Ethics Committee. In this role, they will organise elections and votes at Assemblies of Founders until 2020. Also, they will be the principal contact for ethical questions in the foundation and mediate intra-foundational conflicts, should they emerge.
Six colleagues were elected to form the foundation’s Board of Directors (Board) until 2020: Dr Anne Chant (Canterbury Christ Church University), Prof Lea Ferrari (University of Padova), Johannes Katsarov (University of Zurich), Prof Monika Kil (Danube University Krems), Peter Tielenius Kruythoff (University of Maastricht), and Prof Czeslaw Noworol (Jagiellonian University Krakow). Johannes Katsarov will perform the role of the foundation’s Coordinator.
Eleven proposals were made for the priorities of the NICE Foundation until 2020. For example, one proposal was to exchange students in Europe in projects of research-based learning. Another proposal was to organise training workshops for career practitioners at NICE conferences and offer training credit for the participation at NICE conferences, including for academics. Participants also suggested to begin with the development of a quality label for degree programmes, which has already been envisioned in the Statutes of the foundation.
The most urgent task for the elected Board will be to determine the date of the NICE Conference in Krakow that is foreseen for 2018. It will be the first of the annual networking conferences, which NICE is planning to establish, and shall place a strong focus on workshops and collaborative activities for the professional development of career advisors, career professionals and career specialists. At the 2018 Conference, NICE will also establish working groups to begin working on future projects. The Board will be charged with setting priorities in the preparation of the conference and engaging interested founders in relevant activities.
The electorate of present founders represented more than half of the 42 registered founders of the first generation. All in all, the registered founders of the first generation come from 18 European countries and represent 32 different organisations. The foundation continues to welcome new founders (higher education institutions, organisations and individuals) who are active in the academic training of career practitioners, or support academic training in the field of career guidance and counselling.
Further information is available on www.nice-network.eu or from Johannes Katsarov (johannes_katsarov[at]hotmail[dot]de)