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Internationalisation of Research in Vocational Education and Training (IRN-VET) IRN

IRN Start Date: February 1, 2014

IRN End Date: 2016

The WERA network for Internationalisation of Research in Vocational Education and Training (IRN-VET) covered a broad range of research activities in vocational education and training (VET). It took into account different levels of steering and practice linking system-related issues to cultural aspects of VET. The field of research in VET covers initial and continuing vocational training, both school-based and workplace-based learning provisions as well as the development of pedagogic expertise for vocational and professional education.


The IRN-VET raised awareness of the impact of research with its mapping activities, thematic ‘task forces’ and with IRN-VET events in the conferences of WERA and of ‘regional’ associations and networks. The IRN-VET supported the launch of the International Journal for Research in Vocational Education and Training ( by the European VETNET network. IRN-VET also worked together with the VETNET to develop a Summer School for emerging researchers.


Concluding reflections on the activities and achievements 2014-2016

In the light of the above the IRN-VET network has completed the proposed activities and contributed to the building of an international research community in research on vocational education and training (VET):

●By launching (together with the European VETNET network) the international journal (IJRVET) the IRN-VET network has managed to create a common organ for the international VET research community.

● With the “Crossing Boundaries in VET” conference tradition the IRN-VET has created an important biennial forum that links up with ECER and WERA events.

● With the International VET Research Overview (the moodle application) the IRN-VET has created an instrument to follow the thematic diversity and progress of research themes within the international VET research community.

● Based on the above-mentioned key activities - and by analysing the engagement of international advisers in the Swedish PhD programme and in the affiliated 7 conference - the IRN-VET has built capacity to provide international support for PhD programmes and services for emerging researchers in the field of VET.

● With its engagement in WERA activities and exchanges with parallel IRNs the IRN-VET has developed its own style to work within WERA and with its ‘regional’ member associations and networks.


1. Dr. Ludger Deitmer, International research coordinator

Institut Technik und Bildung

Universität Bremen 

Am Fallturm 1,

D-28359 Bremen


Phone Number: +49 (0)421 21866320



Pekka Kämäräinen
University of Bremen, Germany


Prof. Dr. Martin Mulder
University of Wageningen, The Netherlands


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