The Aqueduct partnership consists of 4 universities/teacher training organisations and 5 ‘heritage providers’.

PLATO – Leiden University is responsible for the overall theoretical background of Key Competence Acquisition (KCA). The three teacher training organisations (Leuven, Graz and Cluj) look at the implementation of competence driven education and compare with ‘traditional’ heritage education.

Two heritage providers: Krakow and Bologna, are regional culture & heritage promoters acting as a facilitator and interface between heritage and the population. In this project they offer expertise in approaches, activities, networking, dissemination … The three remaining heritage providers in the consortium are examples of built heritage (two castles and one abbey) with a strong link to the public and to schools and offer content, context and practical expertise.

Apart from the consortium there are ‘tandems’ in each partner country: a school – heritage provider tandem planning to set up a pilot project following the KCA approach of Aqueduct. In total there are 12 tandems in the partner countries + Morocco and UK.

There are also two special associated partners:

  1. GO (Gemeenschaps Onderwijs Vlaanderen), the coordinator of Hereduc, a Comeniusproject on heritage Education. This partner provides a vision on heritage education, a network and a number of learning practices and examples.
  2. ACCR (Association des Centres Culturels de Rencontre), a European network of build heritage providers. They represent the ideal soil for the Aqueduct approach to grow.

Alden Biesen
Fundattia Transilvania Trust
Universitatea Babes-Bolyai
Małopolski Instytut Kultury
CCE St. Jean d’Angely

Alden Biesen

Landcommanderij Alden Biesen (coordinator)
Kasteelstraat 6
B-3470 Bilzen, Belgium

Contact: Guy Tilkin
Renilde Knevels

Landcommanderij Alden Biesen is a state cultural centre, conference and seminar centre, is part of the Ministry of Culture, Art & Heritage agency, and is based in a historic castle with a European mission. The centre organizes and runs national and international courses, seminars and conferences and in-service training days for teachers and trainers on European issues, self-evaluation, international project management, networking and on European citizenship issues for adults and adult learners. Alden Biesen is also a historic building with a daily scheme and programme for visits of adults and school groups. The Centre has coordinated a number of Socrates and LLP projects and networks. Alden Biesen also runs an international programme on European citizenship and heritage for schools with a focus on culture, heritage and European democratic structures. Alden Biesen also cooperates with the department of Education for the promotion of Comenius and Grundtvig in Flanders.


Katholieke Hogeschool Leuven
Kerpelstraat 178
B-3001 Heverlee,

Contact: Ruth Wouters
Leen Alaerts
Jo Van Dessel

The department of Teacher Education (DTE) of the Catholic University College of Leuven with about 1.800 students provides initial teacher training for pre-primary, primary and lower secondary school teachers at Bachelors level (180 ECTS) and a training for Teachers for Children with special needs as a Bachelor post Bachelor degree (60 ECTS ). The department has a large network of primary and secondary schools over Flanders where students do their teaching practice. All curricula are competence based and profession oriented. The fact that the acquisition of key competences is a must in each curriculum guarantees the implementation of the outcomes of the AQUEDUCT project. The DTE also organizes in service training for teachers in the field. This also offers opportunities for the dissemination and implementation of the outcomes of AQUEDUCT.


PLATO Universiteit Leide
Wassenaarseweg 52
2333 AK Leiden
The Netherlands

Contact: Jaap van Lakerveld
Ingrid Gussen

PLATO is a centre for educational research and development both in regular education and in corporate training. It belongs to the Leiden University in the Netherlands and provides in-service teacher training. During a series of years the centre has gained experience and expertise in various fields of education and training. Both research and development of training programmes, training materials and other educational arrangements are included in the realm of projects of the centre. The director of the centre, Jaap Van Lakerveld, is a longstanding and active member of the ATEE (Association of Teacher Education in Europe). For a series of years he was the chairman of the permanent Research and Development Centre on in-service education of teachers of this association and as such has a great potential for dissemination and exploitation of results.

Fundattia Transilvania Trust

Fundaţia Transilvania Trust
Rahovei street
400212 Cluj-Napoca

Contact Csilla Hegedus
Margit Tarr

The Transylvania Trust is a registered charity. Its principal aim is to conserve and promote Transylvania’s rich and diverse built heritage, to encourage the society to be receptive towards the built environment. The Trust is active in all fields of conservation. The Transylvania Trust`s major projects include: The revitalisation of Bánffy Castle, Bonţida, as an international Built Heritage Conservation Training Centre and Postgraduate Studies on Historic Building Conservation. Transylvania Trust also organises Heritage Days at Banffy castle for children from schools within the region. Transylvania Trust also runs a project to develop the castle as an educational and cultural centre, to provide social inclusion, community development and economic benefit. The project identified specific schools within the region who were invited to help develop a curriculum for the teaching of a variety of subjects utilizing the castle as an outdoor classroom.

Universitatea Babes-Bolyai

Universitatea Babeş-Bolyai Mihai
Kogalniceanu 1
400084 Cluj-Napoca

Contact: Toth Szilard

The Teacher Training Academic Department is part of the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences. The structure of its staff consists of professors from all the five departments of the Faculty.

As a part of the Babeş-Bolyai University, the Teacher Training Academic Department is a structure that has the ability to: – ensure the psychological, pedagogical and methodological training of students and alumni who wish to become teachers; – ensure the teachers’ development by organizing not only activities aimed to increase teachers’ knowledge of their profession but also exams that prove their abilities in this field.

Initial teacher training is carried out based on a training program, a so called “psycho-pedagogy module”, which can be taken by students during their study period.


Istituto Beni Artistici Culturali e Naturali Regione Emilia-Romagna
Via Galliera 21
40121 Bologna

Contact: Margherita Sani
Valentina Gallioni

The Istituto per i beni artistici, culturali e naturali (IBACN) of the Region Emilia Romagna was founded in 1974 to support and advise the Regional Government in policy making and to act as an advisory body to local authorities in the field of cultural heritage.

IBACN has worked extensively to develop heritage educational programmes addressed to schools. IBACN designed a programme for schools to be used on site and on-line, aiming at raising awareness of the heritage and stimulating its active protection by young citizens.

The activities of IBACN with regard to museums and the cultural heritage are carried out by the “Museums and Cultural Heritage” Unit and include: research activities and surveys, training of professionals, development of school-educational activities and programmes in museums. IBACN is well experienced in applied research, development of curricula, design and testing of training courses, dissemination through conferences, publications, digital publishing …

>Małopolski Instytut Kultury

Małopolski Instytut Kultur
ul. Karmelicka 27
31-131 Krakow

Contact: Katarzyna Dziganska

MIK’s mission is to create new opportunities for schools and general public to participate in culture through research, development or support of initiatives. Examples of activities are:

Days of Open Heritage: event on strengthening relations between schools and local cultural/heritage centres;

Treasures of Malopolska: teacher training program about teaching – based – on – heritage skills

Dilletante: trainings for primary school theatre instructors on techniques for sustainable in school theatre education.

Plastyk +: a series of workshops preceding a process of heritage classes in schools where a local monument is a stimulus for interdisciplinary curriculum. In Muzeobranie a week of museum set workshops for schools; teachers get provided with class materials. Pupils use the museum experience to get acquainted with specific knowledge and skills.

Minorities of Malopolska: workshops for primary school teachers leading to self managed cultural projects.


CCE St. Jean d’Angely

Centre de Culture Européenne – Abbaye Royale
Abbaye Royale
17400 St. Jean d’Angély

Contact: Alain Ohnenwald
Ghisly Didon

Le Centre de Culture Européenne organise depuis 1989 des rencontres plurinationales de culture et de citoyenneté européennes dédiées aux jeunes scolaires de nos pays. Le CCE a organisé des projets de citoyenneté européenne en présentiel avec 249 lycées de 19 pays de l’Union européenne ainsi qu’avec l’Ukraine, la Russie, la Tunisie et le Maroc. Il est en contact régulier avec 5000 lycées en Europe. Il est partenaire de l’OFAJ depuis 1989. Débats avec des membres du réseau d’experts européens, ateliers interculturels, ateliers de pratique artistiques, modélisation du Parlement européen, leur permettent de prendre conscience de leur appartenance à une communauté de culture. Le Centre organise 05 à 06 sessions par année scolaire à Saint-Jean d’Angély et dans son réseau européen. A ce jour, il existe 08 Centres de Culture Européenne et Euro-Méditérannéenne. Le CCE accueille aussi séminaires, stages de formation permanente, universités d’été à vocation européenne et résidences d’artistes.


Pädagogische Hochschule Steiermark
Hasnerplatz 12
8010 Graz Austria

Contact: Christa Bauer
Katharina Heissenberger

The University of Teacher Education Styria was founded in 2008 by fusing initial and in-service teacher training. It provides initial teacher training for primary and lower secondary schools and in-service teacher training for all teachers in Styria.

The university has a network of primary and lower secondary schools in the area of Graz where initial teacher training students (around 400) do their teaching practice. All curricula are modular, competence based and profession oriented. Especially in the area of potential development and inclusion the acquisition of key compentences are a basis from which other teaching efforts start. So the implementation of the outcomes of Aqueduct are within the area of interest of the university. The acquisition of key competences are also of main interest in the department for in-service teacher training and this also offers a good opportunity for dissemination for products of Aqueduct.