Get to know our strategic partnership

The partnership was selected based on its distinctive strengths, which complement each other well. The multidisciplinary partnership behind the project ensures the fulfilment of all objectives, the achievement of all results and the attainment of C1 and E1 effects (training activity and multiplier event, respectively).

The project is coordinated by the UBU and, in particular, by PhD Ileana Greca and PhD Esther Sanz. They have proven expertise in participating in international projects and their core research is on science and education and on the framework and implementation of bilingual education.
Both researchers have a complementary role in the design of an active methodology which will lead to an innovation combining L2 and STEAM to improve the acquisition of a second language through the improvement of the understanding of STEAM topics and subjects.


UGR team is led by José Luis Ortega, PhD. He has extensive experience as a principal in secondary schools, directing pre- service teachers’ training, and training at the Vice-chancellor’s Office of Quality at the University of Granada and Director of the Master on Teaching of Spanish as a Foreign Language. The team expertise is mainly in the field of bilingualism, TEFL and training for pre-service teachers in the fields of classroom management, motivation, and pedagogy.

The CFIE Burgos has a vast network of public schools in Castilla y León (Spain) and ensures the project impact and implementation in real settings.

The UMB has a longstanding tradition of training teachers in several languages through innovative approaches and Howest education department has a lot of expertise in STEM, CLIL and digital learning, in this moment engaged in a research project called The Future Classroom. Together with the Spanish team will implement the results in the large pilot to be carried out within the PROMISED project. More than 600 secondary school students and at least 40 secondary school teachers from 20 classes in Spain, Slovakia and BELGIUM will be involved in the piloting.

Finally, the SME Partner, KVC, is a consulting expert in implementing European Projects, especially in Social Impact Assessment and Citizen Participation. The added value of the knowledge and experience provided by the company is the enhancement and optimization of the impact of project results. They are involved in several Erasmus+ KA2, as well as in various H2020.

There are two main types of associate partners: private/public schools interested in implementing the project during the pilot phase; experts outside the consortium who will take part in the advisory board in order to follow-up and ensure the adequacy of the results reached and disseminated during PROMISED. These are:

– IES in Spain: Castilla Maristas, Virgen de la Rosa, Jose Artesano, Lopez de Mendoza (Burgos) and Delicias (Valladolid)


– Gymnazium Mikulasa Kovaca, (Spanish bilingual school) and Gymnazium Jozefa Gregora Tajovskeho, (French bilingual school) in Slovakia.

Participating organisations

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Universidad de Burgos, Spain

Universidad de Burgos (UBU) is a medium-sized public university located in Burgos, Castilla y León (Spain). Established in 1994, UBU is a young university; with over 8,100 students and 1000 teachers/researchers at 7 centres. Its educational offer consists of 26 degrees, 7 double degrees, 27 masters and 13 PhD Programmes; 5 online degrees and 4 online masters. UBU develops its mission with a comprehensive and quality education, close to the student, focused on internationalization and which, in only 25 years, has become a reference in Spanish university research and in the transfer of knowledge towards business. At this point, it should be noted that it has been recognized by the Spanish Ministry of Education as a Campus of International Excellence (CIE)

UBU ranks fifth within the Spanish university system according to the 2022 U-Ranking published by the BBVA Foundation and the IVIE. Within the universities of Castilla y León, the institution ranks first in global performance, teaching, innovation and research. UBU is among the first Spanish universities in number of patents obtained by teaching staff, as well as in the number of scientific publications in first quartile journals.

At the same time, UBU is also part of the regional university-enterprise TCUE strategy (https://www.redtcue.es/en/tcue/what-is-tcue), because its relations with companies have become strategic and deployed for the benefit of student employability. In this context, it should be recalled that it has been accredited by The Human Resources Strategy for Researchers (HRS4R).
UBU has 87 research groups in 5 main research fields (Sciences, Social sciences, Engineering-Construction, Humanities & Health sciences) with consolidated prestige in research and scientific publications.
Regarding EU projects, UBU has participated in 81 projects in 15 different EU programmes with the role of coordinator in 30 and over 14 M€ of funding received.
with a success rate of 19%. Results in H2020: 5th entity (3rd university) in the region with 32 projects and over 7,6 M€ funding awarded. 1st University in the region considering the awarded funds and number of projects per 100 researchers. Results in Erasmus+ programme: 25 projects (75% coordinated) and 1.7 M€ of funding.
Currently, UBU participates in 42 on-going projects (in 16 of them as coordinator) in 4 different EU programmes.

The entity harbors a Quality unit https://www.ubu.es/unidad-tecnica-de-calidad
UBU houses a unit for gender issues with an established plan. https://www.ubu.es/unidad-de-igualdad-de- oportunidades/informacion-general/presentacion
UBU also integrates diversity and inclusion with a specific unit focused on it. https://www.ubu.es/unidad-de-atencion-la- diversidad
The university commits itself to sustainability and the green deal. For this reason the UBUVERDE section was created: https://www.ubu.es/ubuverde.

Also UBU is engaged with digital competences through Centro de Enseñanza Virtual: https://www.ubu.es/centro-de- ensenanza-virtual-ubucev
Likewise, UBU is aligned with the Agenda 2030 and the ODS
The University coordinates in Erasmus+ programme KA2: BOTSTEM, EN-ABILITIES, VIRTEACH, FORDYS-VAR, SUSKIDS, EURODDIP-e, SMARTART, YOUNGMOB, TUT4IND, SELFIE, RISKREAL, ACCESSCULT. And participates in ENOCULTURE, MINDINVERS4ALL, RIMAS
In KA3 action UBU is participating in ROBY and SPEM
The European Project Office gives support in the coordination of the Erasmus+ projects among others.

Universidad de Granada, Spain

The UGR (founded in 1531) is a public comprehensive research university 55,000 students, 3,600 academics and 2,600 administrative and support staff. Its 26 Faculties and Schools and 124 Departments offer 96 undergraduate degrees, 164 master’s degrees and 28 doctoral programmes organized in 3 overarching doctoral schools. It has 22 research institutes and over 400 research teams working in all disciplinary fields.

The UGR is currently ranked 2nd in Spain according to the Shanghai ranking (2022) and is the leading regional university in the south of Spain, with 31 disciplines appearing in the top 500 and 8 in the top 200. As a public higher education institution, it is committed not only to quality and excellence in education, learning and research but also to activities targeting the transfer of scientific, technical and artistic knowledge to society, the betterment of society and a sustainable future for the planet.

The UGR regards internationalization as a policy priority. It has been a leading participant in the Erasmus mobility scheme from its outset, in recognition of which it received the Erasmus Gold Star Award in 2007, and continues to be the top university in incoming and outgoing student mobility today. It also has a large worldwide mobility programme for students and staff financed by the UGR’s own Internationalization Fund.

The UGR is deeply committed to multilateral cooperation, and has played a leading role in the longest-standing European university network, the Coimbra Group, which it chaired from 2010 to 2017. Since 2019 it is the coordinating institution of the Arqus European University Alliance, one of the first 17 European Universities to be funded by the European Commission under the Erasmus+ and Horizon 2020 programmes. It is also a member of other networks such as UNIMED, EUA, IAU or AUF.

Key partner institutions are to be found also beyond Europe in Latin America, China, Morocco, Togo, and the United States, where the UGR has a strategic partnership with the Ivy League Consortium for Advanced Study Abroad (CASA) led by Brown University.
Furthermore, the University is also very active in Erasmus+ KA2 and predecessor programmes (currently >50 EU active projects).

Senior Europa Sociedad Limitada, Valencia, Spain

Kveloce is an international consulting firm specialized in European funding programs for Research, Development, and Innovation (R&D&I) projects.

Since 2001, Kveloce has focused on helping researchers to boost and materialize their ideas into R&D&I projects.

Our mission is to support scientists by providing them with all our knowledge to make their project a reality and contribute to scientific advancement that improves our society.

Kveloce research lines focus on the area of health and social policy and innovation, with strong background on inclusion projects for individual with disabilities, older people and other vulnerable groups. Likewise, new lines of research are being opened that will be reinforced in the coming years as: i) circular economy and human behavior; Ii) evaluation of the socio-economic impact of innovation and technology; Iii) new business models and social innovation; (iv) participatory processes, co-creation, and new governance models; and finally (v) ICT user friendly solutions for capacity building, dissemination and exploitation purposes.

Kveloce, as partner, has a sound experience in social impact assessment, dissemination, communication and transfer of knowledge, at national and European levels. The added value of the knowledge and experience provided by the company is the enhancement and optimization of the impact of project results. Several international projects provide strong evidence on the experience of Kveloce in innovation projects, in particular supporting quality assurance and impact assessment, among others, the projects MatchUP (H2020), ValueCare (H2020), SeLFiE (E+KA2), BOTSTEM (E+KA2), FORDYS VAR (E+KA2), SUSKIDS (E+KA2), EU4INCLUSION (E+KA2), Tools4Gender (E+KA2), DOCMA (H2020), EFFICHRONIC (III Health Programme), AppCare (II Health Programme), or LUCAS+ (Erasmus+ Sport). In addition, the company has also tendered and carried out international events organization (e.g. AAL Regional workshops Wien, Brussels and Valencia 2013; EIPAHA International Conference 2017; NOPUNISH Conference 2018) apart from workshops and dissemination activities implemented in more than 25 European projects along more than 10 years of the company experience.

Centro de Formación del Profesorado E Innovación, Burgos, Spain

The CFIE (Teaching Training and Educational Innovation Centre) of the province of Burgos is part of the regional network of teaching training centres; it is the basic institution offering support and training to all non-university educational centres, from infant education to vocational training colleges. In total, we reach 147 schools in our province, although the majority of our activities are also open to any teacher working in a different province in the same region

The CFIE (Teaching Training and Educational Innovation Centre) of the province of Burgos is part of the regional network of teaching training centres; it is the basic institution offering support and training to all non-university educational centres, from infant education to vocational training colleges. In total, we reach 147 schools in our province, although the majority of our activities are also open to any teacher working in a different province in the same region

In the past year we organized nearly 500 different courses with a total of almost 6000 participants. Our mission is to advise, organize and promote permanent training as well as educational innovation for teachers. Each provincial CFIE is supported by specific, specialized, regional CFIEs; in the case of this Erasmus+ project, we can count on the support of the regional Teacher Training Centre for Languages based in Valladolid, both for advice (they are immersed in Erasmus+ projects themselves) and for support and diffusion of the final materials. The two provincial CFIEs from Burgos (Burgos capital and our partner in Miranda) are actively involved in encouraging and promoting these projects in our schools; one of the teacher trainers in Miranda is also an Erasmus+ project evaluator. We play an important role in both advising on the best objectives for each school, suggesting improvements in the projects, and in the diffusion of all project results via conferences and in our Web page. This in turn encourages further participation.

There are 10 of us on the staff in Burgos capital; we are all trained teachers from Primary or Secondary education. Each of us has a specialisation: Mathematics, Arts, Social Science, Spanish Language, Foreign Languages, Science and Technology, Infant Education, Citizenship, and ICTs, plus the director. We apply for the position of teacher trainer via a public contest, presenting a project with the lines of work we will incorporate if nominated. The nomination is for a period of eight years. The trainers in the CFIE work as a team, but each department has the freedom to develop the specific training activities as they consider best for their area, as outlined in their project.

Univerzita mateja bela v banskej bystrici

UMB is a public university established in 1992 upon the tradition of higher education institutions in Banska Bystrica dating back to 1950s. It provides tertiary education mainly in social science and humanities, with extensions to natural sciences.

Its three main missions include education and training of experts for a wide variety of areas of social activity; scientific research, innovation and development; and transfer of knowledge to the community reflecting its needs and existing challenges. UMB has got 6 faculties (Arts, Economics, Political Science and International Relations, Law, Pedagogy and Natural Sciences), 3 of them being teacher-training oriented. UMB counts 6200 students and 800 staff members. It also runs 2 centers of excellence (Security Studies and High-Speed Computing). All activities are carried out in accordance with UMB internal quality assessment system, approved by the National Accredication Agency. UMB is a member of European University Association (EUA) and Agence universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF). UMB is one of the leaders in internationalization in Slovakia, awarded for the highest number of incoming staff under Erasmus+, among Slovak HEIs. It has a wide network of partners throughout the world and carries out joint educational projects with some of them.

Howest, University of Applied Sciences

Howest is a dynamic University of Applied Sciences which is known for an innovative and interdisciplinary approach in education and research through a close collaboration with industry, business and social profit sector. Howest offers 30 bachelor degree programs with a strong practical focus, in the areas ofTech & IT,

Futureproof education, Productdesign, digital design & arts, Architecture, building & energy,Health & care, Media & communication, Human society, Business & entrepreneurship andSport, tourism & recreation. Howest is a member of Ghent University Association, which provides high-quality higher education to about 1/3 of Flanders student population. Howest is also a member of RUN EU, the Regional University Network that promotes physical and virtual exchanges between eight regional institutes of higher education in Spain, Portugal, Finland, the Netherlands, Austria, Ireland and Belgium.

Today about 7500 students are enrolled at Howest. Howest consists of six campuses situated in Bruges and Kortrijk. Students can find here an open, vibrant, cosmopolitan and friendly environment. Creativity and entrepreneurship are part of the Howest DNA, which is adapted in the curriculums which include new and innovative knowledge areas and promote and implement the latest research into practice. Other key components for the programs is to provide field-driven assignments and on-the-job training, with the aim to meet the changing needs of today’s society and arm the students with future-proof skills.
Housing accommodation, specialised libraries, individual study schemes, student counselling and study-related services at departmental level stress our student-oriented policy.
Howest has a growing international reputation, as are the opportunities it offers to students to do part of their studies abroad. Committed and supportive lecturers embody HOWEST core values “serve-empower-care”, which stimulates an open, pluralistic and international outlook on education, research and service to society.
The teacher training department in Howest delivers teachers who help to shape the education of the future.
*This teacher stimulates interaction and triggers curiosity in powerful learning environments
*The teacher is innovative and can adapt to various situations. He or she can be flexible in his or her teaching practice
*The teacher is digitally skilled in educational technology and can develop learning experiences with ICT
*The teacher participates in educational networks and can cooperate with stakeholders
*The teacher can work in a multidisciplinary environment and creates chances for pupils to grow in the direction of self- regulated learning
*The teacher is the bridge between school and the context of the learner, formal and informal organisations and is locally and internationally focused on partnerships in education.
In our teacher education, entrepreneurship, creativity and a reflective attitude are basic attitudes. Our education department offers our students interactive and experimental spaces in which practice and process-orientated work lead to deep learning. Our students develop a professional identity, are open-minded, think constructively, are socially concerned, and pay a lot of attention to democracy and sustainability.
In recent years, the Howest education department has gained a lot of expertise in STEM, CLIL and digital learning and is busy with a research project called The Future Classroom. Student and staff mobility have increased and new international partnerships have been made, Howest offers various possibilities for students and staff for Erasmus and other international mobility. Howest has been part of the eTwinning TT Pilot project (between teacher training institutes) and eTwinning has become part of the curriculum.
With our quality assurance, we aim to create a quality culture founded on our values of serve, empower, care. Our shared values, together with the structural quality assurance processes, are the essential ingredients for a strong quality culture.
In line with our organisational concept, we embed quality care in the clusters, training and services. We are convinced that every employee should be aware of the importance of quality assurance. Both the management and training and services are crucial players in monitoring and promoting quality.

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