This was already the fourth edition of the Congress on Non-formal Education, the largest industry event gathering representatives of entities involved in supporting the idea of lifelong learning. This year’s edition was very popular with the education and career development sector. Crowds of representatives of training and consulting companies, universities and public institutions, as well as people professionally involved in coaching and mentoring gathered at the University of Warsaw Biological and Chemical Research Centre. Participants could listen to one of several dozen presentations, take part in numerous debates with experts or visit the exhibit stands. The topics discussed included the development of managerial skills, strategic management, as well as the mapping of qualifications and learning outcomes. The winners of “The Educational Innovation of 2019” competition were also presented.
IBE Experts on Non-formal Education
On the first day of the Congress, the speakers included experts from the Educational Research Institute: Leopold Będkowski, Barbara Fijałkowska, Michał Rostworowski and Iwona Gmaj, who talked about the benefits to business of the validation process – one of the most important elements of the Integrated Qualifications System (IQS). Congress guests could also take part in workshops devoted to the IQS and validation or become acquainted with materials on the digital tools of the system at IBE’s exhibit stand. On the second day of the Congress, the Institute was represented by Maciej Tauber, who took part in the debate on developing managerial skills.