Ready for Take Off

19/10/2023

Erasmus+ Teacher Academy teff takes flight at the University of Cologne

teff representatives celebrating the kick-off.
Dr. Jan Springob and Prof. Dr. Beatrix Busse celebrating the kick-off.
teff representatives discussing at the kick-off.
Dagmar M. Benincasa, María Laura Gutiérrez Vanegas, Inna Enns and Dr. Jan Springob celebrating the kick-off.

teff is now officially underway!

Representatives of the ten European founding universities, the participating schools and educational institutions finally met on 19 and 20 October for the Kick-Off event of the Erasmus+ Academy “Teacher Education for a Future in Flux” (teff), which was established in June 2023. This gathering marked the first in-person meeting, serving as a platform for the participants to celebrate their success on Thursday evening at maybach and to concretise their goals for the teff Academy during various workshops on the university campus all Friday. With many of the participants meeting in person for the first time and others reuniting in the context of the project, the two days offered plenty of opportunities to either catch up or create new relationships. Following a motivating keynote by Prof. Dr. Beatrix Busse and an informative talk by Dr. Jan Springob and Dagmar M. Benincasa, the teff consortium took the Kick-Off as an opportunity to work productively on expectations, goals and standards regarding the different teff work packages.

Dr. Jan Springob, teff Managing Director, expressed his enthusiasm about the event: “For the first time, all the colleagues involved are coming together to celebrate the great success and to delve deeper into the concrete design of the ambitious project. We are very much looking forward to now really kicking off the cooperation and the work.”

As a joint project of over 20 institutions from France, Italy, Spain, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany, teff leverages existing synergies resulting from the cooperation of European universities within EUniWell and the Teacher Education Network (TEN). Prof. Dr. Beatrix Busse, Chief Development Officer for both teff and the European University for Well-Being, highlights the significance of this Academy: “This Teacher Academy cultivates change-makers in dire times. We are obligated to develop European-wide responses to European-wide problems using agile, cross-phased methods and resources that enable all teachers to focus, importantly, on the well-being of our children, students, teachers, universities, and local, regional, European and global societies.”