Foundation for the Development of the Education System

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Since 1993, the Foundation for the Development of the Education System (FRSE) has managed programmes, projects and initiatives aimed at broadening basic and specialist knowledge and acquisition of new skills and competencies in formal, non-formal and informal education settings.

FRSE is the only institution in Poland that possesses such a broad experience in managing education programmes, especially EU programmes. In the past, it has coordinated the Lifelong Learning Programme (Erasmus, Leonardo da Vinci, Comenius and Grundtvig) and Youth in Action in Poland. The reputation of the Foundation has resulted in entrusting it with the responsibilities of the Polish National Agency for the Erasmus+ Programme and the European Solidarity Corps.

The range of programmes and initiatives that the Foundation manages includes:

  • Erasmus+,
  • eTwinning,
  • Eurodesk,
  • Europass,
  • Eurydice,
  • WorldSkills,
  • EPALE.

In addition, FRSE supports cooperation with eastern countries through the Polish-Lithuanian Youth Exchange Fund and the SALTO Eastern Europe and Caucasus Resource Centre. Since 2016, it has also managed the Polish-Ukrainian Youth Exchange Council. FRSE was also the operator of the European Economic Area (EEA) Scholarship and Training Fund.

Until 2016, FRSE acted as the Contact Point for the SCIEX Scholarship Fund in Poland. 

From 2014 to 2023, FRSE implemented the Operational Programme Knowledge Education Development, which is the successor to the Operational Programme Human Capital. 

In 2018, FRSE became the National Agency of the European Solidarity Corps, a programme dedicated to volunteering, and the operator of the EEA-funded Education programme. 

The Foundation for the Development of the Education System has been nominated by the Ministry of National Education to be the coordinating institution for Poland's preparation for the EuroSkills and Worldskills competitions. With its acceptance into the WorldSkills community in October 2018, just after a promising start at the 2018 European competition, FRSE began organising qualifiers for the next editions.

EuroSkills Gdansk 2023

The Foundation for the Development of the Education System was the organiser of the 8th edition of EuroSkills – the European Championships for Young Professionals, which took place in Gdansk between 5-9 September 2023, for the first time in Poland. This largest professional skills competition on the Old Continent brought together:

  • 576 qualified young professionals under the age of 25;
  • 572 experts;
  • representatives from 32 countries;
  • the Polish national team won 13 medals.

A total of 335 medals were handed out in 43 skills during the competition, and 88 business partners joined in organising the event. The Polish team won:

  • 3 gold medals;
  • 1 silver medal;
  • 3 bronze medals;
  • 6 Medallions for Excellence.

The EuroSkills Gańsk 2023 competition was the largest international event in which the Foundation for the Development of the Education System was honoured to participate.

European Universities

The European Universities Initiative, implemented under the Erasmus+ programme, is a revolutionary project that aims to modernise European higher education. Key tenets of the initiative are the potential to increase the competitiveness of European universities, improve the quality of education, promote student and faculty mobility, support innovation and research, and strengthen social and cultural cohesion.

European Universities are an important step towards a more competitive and united European higher education system. They are an innovative response to the challenges of the 21st century and an excellent example of international cooperation. Behind this initiative is the idea of creating a long-term strategy in the field of education in which students, doctoral students and professors can use the resources of participating universities, allowing them to choose where and what they study through a flexible curriculum.

The project can be implemented under one of two 'pathways':
Track 1: Deepening existing transnational cooperation (continuation of cooperation within existing alliances and the possibility of expanding them to new actors).
Track 2: New transnational cooperation (creation of new alliances).

To participate in the European Universities project, an application is required to the EACEA via the Funding & Tenders Opportunities portal. The Foundation for the Development of the Education System organises Conferences of European Universities. Its purpose is to exchange experience, undertake joint initiatives leading to the development of long-term, structural, sustainable and systemic cooperation in education, research and innovation across Europe. Another activity is the organisation of a competition to award the most committed Polish universities working in international university partnerships.

FRSE Publishing

The Foundation for the Development of the Education System also has its own publishing house, which publishes more than 30 titles a year. In addition, it issues guides, reports, monographs and examples of good practice – all titles are free to download at czytelnia.frse.org.pl

The organisation publishes two educational magazines, which are available to readers for free. These are: “Języki Obce w Szkole” (Languages at School) and “Europa dla Aktywnych” (Europe for the Active).

It is possible to subscribe to the Publisher's publications, we also send free materials to schools, universities or NGOs interested in our offer. In addition, the Publishing House can help organise an educational conference, training course or workshop and supports such initiatives with publications from its reading room.

InnHUB Innovation Centres 

Erasmus+ InnHUBs are cross-sectoral innovation hubs whose main aim is to promote European education programmes and bring Erasmus+ offers closer together with universities, local authorities, vocational training centres, schools and businesses. Currently, Erasmus+ InnHUB innovation centers are operating in cities such as Kraków, Katowice, Poznań, Gdańsk, Wrocław, Opole and Łodź.

In addition, the InnHUB centres support Action 2 of the Erasmus+ programme, which raises awareness about cooperation opportunities for organisations and institutions such as schools, universities or NGOs and businesses.

The activities of InnHUB establishments are not only limited to content-related support – they are also involved in educational events and, with their activity, increase the level of innovation of projects implemented under the Erasmus+ programme.

More than programmes

The Foundation for the Development of the Education System organises many educational events. For years, it has organised competitions aimed at promoting project results. Its flagship initiatives include EDUinspirations, European Language Label and Selfie+. Also in 2018, FRSE launched the Mobile Education Centre – a state-of-the-art scientific and teaching space, which visits various parts of Poland. The main target group of the Mobile Educational Centre is teaching staff who participate in training on how to use modern technology in their work with students.

Attested quality

In 2011, FRSE was awarded a certificate of compliance with ISO 9001:2008 standard in the scope of international and domestic educational programme management. Obtaining the certificate was preceded by many months of preparations to implement the quality policy of the Foundation for the Development of the Education System and to adapt its internal procedures to the needs of modern management tools. The certificate was renewed in 2014. In May 2018, FRSE was awarded a certificate of compliance with ISO 9001:2015 for quality management system.

The Foundation for the Development of the Education System is a State Treasury foundation registered at the District Court for the capital city of Warsaw, Division 16 (Court File no. NS Rej. F 1647/93). The Foundation was registered on 11.10.1993 and it operates on the basis of its Statutes and the Law on Foundations of 6 April 1984.

The Foundation for the Development of the Education System is a member of the Rzetelna Firma (Reliable Company) programme run under the patronage of the KRD Economic Information Bureau. The reliable payer certificate can be found on FRSE webpage on the programme’s portal.