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The University of Northampton has a history that spans the last thirty years and was awarded full university title and research degree awarding powers in 2005. It is a learning-led institution dedicated to high quality higher education at undergraduate postgraduate and doctorate levels. It has a student body of over 12000 students.
Within the university, the School of Education is internationally recognised as a centre for research and teacher education, particularly in the sector of special educational needs. Covering the widest possible range of careers in education and the allied professions working with children and young people, many of the courses lead directly to a professional status, such as Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
The Centre for Special Needs Education and Research is an Approved Research Centre located within the School of Education.

Masaryk University, located in Brno, is the second-largest public university in the Czech Republic and the leading higher education institution in
Moravia. At present it comprises nine faculties with more than 200 departments, institutes and clinics. It is recognized as one of the most important teaching and research institutions in the Czech Republic and as a highly-regarded Central European university.
Faculty’s primary goal is education of the teachers of primary and lower secondary schools, and of secondary schools in certain fields. Besides teaching programmes, the faculty runs studies in special and social education.
The Faculty of Education offers degrees in bachelor’s, master’s, long-cycle master’s and doctoral programmes. The last degree programme to complete the structure is lifelong learning containing advanced, follow-up, special and conversion programmes and short-term courses to answer the demand in practical teaching.

The University of  Tartu (UT), founded in 1632, is one of the oldest universities in Northern Europe. UT has 3500 employees, including 1700 of academic staff. The number of students is about 18 000.
UT includes nine faculties, five colleges and several regional development units, of which the latter two are situated in different parts of Estonia.
To support and develop the professional competence of its students and academic staff, the university has entered into bilateral cooperation agreements with 48 partner institutions in 19 countries.
The mission of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Education (Institute of Education) is to prepare teachers and other educationalists who will be dedicated to learners' development and to be a leader in conducting educational research and development (special education included) on international level in Estonia.


Kokkola Vocational Institute offers vocational upper secondary education for the youth in two sectors: technology, communications and transport; and tourism, catering and domestic services, all together 23 full-time curricula. Adult education and training is provided in several sectors. In addition, the institute offers preparatory education for immigrants and preparatory instruction and guidance for vocational education for special educational needs students.
The international exchange of students, staff and experts focuses on Europe. The institute is renowned for actual commissions from customers. The staff (about 140 staff members) is committed to take care of all different kinds of learners. There is strong competence in the student welfare team. The number of students in the institute is approximately 1,040.


Oxford and Cherwell Valley College (OCVC) is committed to offering the widest range of high quality learning opportunities in the region, to enable the students to obtain the skills and qualifications they need for higher education and their choice of a successful career.
There is a wide and varied selection of opportunities on offer at the College including: over 125 full-time courses, over 1000 part-time vocational programmes, a range of stimulating Community Education courses and Summer Schools, a wide range of Access courses, courses tailored to meet the needs of business clients,  courses for students from overseas.
The college has approximately 15.000 students. The primary aim is to help the students to achieve the desired results and qualifications in order to ensure that their future is filled with possibility.


Střední škola F. D. Roosevelta pro tělesně postižené, Brno is a VET college with a long tradition in education of pupils with special educational needs, especially students with physical disabilities.
The school offers 18 different study programmes for its diverse students. The majority of 250 students are students with physical disabilities, there is also a considerable group of students with intellectual and multiple disabilities.
The education is provided by 33 teachers of general and vocational subjects, vast majority of them fully qualified in general as well as special education, 15 practical subject teachers and 6 teacher assistants.


Tartu Vocational Education Centre is the biggest VET institution in Estonia, providing further education for about 3500 students at 62 different full-time curricula. The average age range of the students is 16 to 23 while about 2000 adults attend various short courses annually. Thus the school has to meet the needs of very diverse learners, including catering for SEN students both in specialized groups and also in inclusive learning environments.
The year 2011 is the "Year of Supporting the Student". The school has experience in being a beneficiary or partner in various international projects, among others an ESF project "Developing Vocational Colleges of Souther Estonia as Learning Organisations" with a budget of 150 000 €. In this project, two staff members of JAMK Teacher Education College worked as short-term experts.
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