Not sharing in the project budget but contributing to it, are already some of Europe's leading corporates from high-tech ICT (chipmachine producer ASML), automotive (BMW, VDL), banking (Rabobank), engineering (Royal Haskoning DHV) and facilities (Vebego). They are active throughout Europe and will create a support and backing group for regional labour market actors in the regions.
Various partners are themselves networks of regional organizations, presenting extra value for knowledge sharing and dissemination. Deliberately the partners/regions now working together in the project all contribute parts of the larger multi-stakeholder regional approach targeted as one of the deliverables of the project (there are for example 20 more associated cities, 14 more universities and many more schools, all directly observing and indirectly taking part in the project). We will therefore work with a representative cross-section of the education sector and a full panoply of stakeholders
The OPEDUCA Project is already acknowledged by UNESCO and UNECE and has considerable experience in a range of European projects; they now wish to state 'the next level' of true lasting cooperation regarding an open European Learning Space. Their dedication towards measurable output, clearly defined goals (see below) and a highly esteemed but achievable action programme is an important aspect of OPEDUCA.
The consortium is well balanced throughout Europe. Different European perspectives (Nordic and Southern countries, new EU members from former socialist countries, centralized and decentralized governance, and different traditions of collaboration) are represented in the project.