Wiener Volkshochschulen has been involved in European project activities since 1995, when Austria joined the European Union.

Currently, we are involved in eight different projects. Feel free to contact us if you need more information:


Kommunale Weiterbildungsstrategien der Integration von Flüchtlingen in der offenen Stadtgesellschaft

Die Bewältigung der aktuellen Flüchtlingssituation ist unter unterschiedlichen Vorzeichen für die Länder der europäischen Gemeinschaft ebenso wie für die Türkei eine große Herausforderung und Chance zugleich. Hunderttausende Flüchtlinge müssen und wollen sich schnellstmöglich in ihr neues Lebensumfeld und in das Arbeitsleben integrieren, ohne zu wissen, ob sie für immer bleiben müssen oder können.

Die Kommunen Maltepe, München, Ulm und Wien sind unter unterschiedlichen politischen Rahmenbedingungen und in unterschiedlicher Größenordnung von der aktuellen Flüchtlingssituation betroffen. In allen vier Kommunen wird es darauf ankommen, über die aktuellen Maßnahmen zur Versorgung und Unterbringung der Flüchtlinge hinaus, langfristige kommunale Integrationsstrategien zu entwickeln, zu erproben und aufzubauen. Die Lernpartnerschaft zwischen den genannten vier Volkshochschulen dient dem systematischen Austausch und der weiteren Profilierung kommunaler Integrationsstrategie in der öffentlichen Weiterbildung.

Projektlaufzeit: 2016-2018

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Network supporting refugees - Education, NGOs, Public Authorities

The project aims to explore the role of non-formal adult education in the new refugee situation. The partners are sharing different ways to work with refugees in order to help them to integrate into the society from their arrival until the time they receive a decision on their status.

The most important achievement was to get to know quite different institutions with the common goal to support migrants and refugees. We may say that during our project meetings we learned much about each institution's main activities, the hopes and concerns and the national situation.

Project results were a collection of best practices, nine country reports and a report on the implementation of a best practice in one’s own institution.

Project life span: 2016-2018

Mobile basic education for adults

In the MobileBE project we develop new methods for offering basic education (literacy, numeracy, IT) to adults who, due to special circumstances of life, are not able to participate in traditional or existing education. The methods will be custom-made for the target groups so to enable them to engage in learning activities. The methods will answer the problems these groups face regarding attending events at a given time or place (therefore "mobile"). The methods may (but do not necessarily) include forms of distance learning or e-learning. 16 new methods will be developed by 8 partner organisations in 7 countries.

Project life span: 2016-2018

Innovatives und multiperspektivisches Methodentool für eine multikulturelle europäische Gesellschaft

Bedingt durch die Flüchtlingskrise wird die europäische Bevölkerung mit einem ambivalenten wie hochkomplexen gesellschaftlichen Konstruktionsprozess konfrontiert. Die Flüchtlinge/Migranten hoffen auf Integration, Sicherheit und einen wirtschaftlichen Aufstieg in den europäischen Aufnahmeländern. Konflikte scheinen in diesem Prozess vorprogrammiert, wenn vielfältige ethnische und kulturell –religiöse Heterogenität und unterschiedliche Normen und Werte in Kontakt treten.

Projektlaufzeit: 2016-2018

Be Smart Strategic Partnership for Excluded (SPADE)

Adult education organizations from eight EU Member States have set up a strategic partnership dedicated to the Europe 2020 strategy. It is estimated that up to 45% of adults in the European Union without basic digital competence are already excluded, discriminated, or unfit for work. That is why the European Commission sees the key role of adult education in the development of digital competence. As a result of the cooperation leading to the proposal, the educational project "Be Smart Strategic Partnership for Excluded (SPADE)" has been developed, the overriding objective of which is to involve all types of activities involving people at risk of digital exclusion because of the age and the deficits in education.

Project life span: 2017-2020

EU-4-UM: European Union for the inclusion of Unaccompanied Foreign Minors

In view of the migration flows some European countries are confronted with, several international and European reports have recently raised the issue of unaccompanied foreign minors. In an effort to harmonise the practices and strengthen equity to the non-accompanied foreign minors, the reports note a high demand for training of actors on the ground (particularly social workers, educators, psychologists, legal experts) who are in contact with this population.

Project life span: 2017-2019

DEMOS Democracy and Equality Matters for Our Society - Political participation

The value of democracy is at stake in Europe. In some countries, a sceptical or negative attitude to democratic processes has emerged. We also see the rise of political parties that reinforce this scepticism as well as the emergence of more authoritarian forms of government. It is becoming increasingly evident that substantial sections of European societies have either lost faith in the democratic process or feel there is no point in participating.

Project life span: 2018-2020

RISE Realising Integration through Social Enterprise

The RISE Project aims to support the integration of long-term unemployed and immigrants into the labor market through the mechanism of social enterprise. It will adopt a dynamic and inclusive approach to the capacity building of individuals who have fewer opportunities by enabling them to become active agents in the enhancement of their personal, social and economic lives. The contention is that there is significant potential in the social enterprise model to bring about successful progression outcomes which will also be contingent on close collaboration with local business/enterprise experts.