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University launches Luxembourg Centre for School Development

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Published on Friday, 03 June 2016

On 2 June 2016, the Minister of Education Claude Meisch, University President Rainer Klump and the Dean of the “Faculté des Lettres, des Sciences humaines, des Arts et des Sciences et de l’Éducation” (Faculty) of the University Georg Mein have signed a convention to establish the Luxembourg Centre for School Development at the University (LuCS).

The core mission of the LuCS is to advance and coordinate the contractual and applied research of the Faculty within the educational field in Luxembourg.

Based on a systematic empirical approach, the LuCS will also help to analyse and facilitate the implementation of a wide range of activities contributing to the improvement of the primary and secondary school sector and its outcomes within the Luxembourgish school system. It will develop science-based solutions that respond to the needs of educators, administrators and the public alike. Together with the different national programme commissions, the centre will coordinate the further development of the school curricula.

The Centre for School Development will contribute to a continuous educational reporting for Luxembourg with the publication of the national report on education (“Nationaler Bildungsbericht”) as one of its most visible outcomes. The setup and coordination of a team of authors, the publication and the dissemination of the national report on education is one of the core tasks of the LuCS. Furthermore, scientific articles, teaching materials,  etc. will be developed with the help of the LuCS.

The new centre will closely collaborate within the University with the research unit Education, Culture, Cognition and Society, the Luxembourg Centre for Educational Testing (LUCET) and the Master and Bachelor programmes in Education as well as with its main external partners (SCRIPT, IFEN). It will work as an organisational structure within the University of Luxembourg, similar to the LUCET and will be part of the Faculty directly associated with the deanery.

The LuCS will be headed by a Director who will be recruited in the upcoming weeks, so that the centre can begin its work at the 1st of September.

Photo caption, from left: Dean Georg Mein and the Minister of Education Claude Meisch, © Richard Falchero / MEN