Preparetory Visit (Hvanneyri, Iceland)

EEA Grants


Aim of the visit

Foundation of Knowledge intends to tender for the proposal of the „Teacher and staff mobility projects in other educational institutions/education related institutions” of the EEA Financial Mechanism 2009-2014 Scholarship Programme in the beginning of 2015. The objective of the tender: organizing a study visit in order to get acquainted with the agriculture and the agricultural vocational education of Iceland, especially the on-the-job-training. Priorities of the planned mobility project:

    • getting acquainted with the general situation of the agriculture of Iceland;
    • getting acquainted with the vocational education in the secondary schools and in the higher education;
    • getting to know the position of the on-the-job training in the education;
    • visiting the Agricultural University of Iceland and other agricultural vocational school(s);
    • visiting practice areas (training factories, production factories, farms);
    • negotiations with the hosts, making new cooperations, preparation of new projects (Erasmus+).

We emphasize the studying of the following special fields:

    • cattle-, sheep- and goat husbandry;
    • horse breeding, horse racing;
    • outdoor animal husbandry;
    • forage farming;
    • rotational grazing;
    • environmental protection;
    • using geothermal energy in the agriculture;
    • wool processing;
    • rural tourism;
    • using ECVET in the vocational education.

The aim of the preparatory visit:

    • framing the professional program of the 10 days study visit, taking into consideration the above mentioned;
    • negotiations about the programme of the teachers from Iceland in Hungary;
    • meeting with the key people of the planned project;
    • visiting the university, vocational schools, practice areas that are participating in the programme;
    • agreement of the technical details of the planned project (tasks, deadlines, responsible people).

Location: Hvanneyri (Izland) 
Date: 12-16th August, 2014



    • Foundation of Knowledge: János Palotás, Dr. Imre Mucsi
    • Agricultural University of Iceland: Ragnhildur Sigurðardóttir, Þorbjörg Valdís Kristjánsdóttir, Theodóra Ragnarsdóttir


12th August, 2014

    • Arrival

13th August, 2014

    • Hosts: Ragnhildur Sigurðardóttir lecturer, Þorbjörg V. Kristjánsdóttir international coordinator, Theodóra Ragnarsdóttir financial officer
    • Visit to Bjarteyjarsandur agricultural turism and sheep farm
    • Itroduction of rural tourism activities at the farm
    • Introduction of sheep farming at the farm
    • Meeting: a) introduction of activities of AUI and Foundation of Knowledge; b) intoducing the AUI infrastructure; c) introduction of Hungarian and Icelandic agriculture, rural development and agricultural vocational education; d) presentation of the objectives of the planned study tour; e) presentation of the participants of the study trip; f) compilation of the study visit programme
    • Meeting with Björn Þorsteinsson rector
    • Visit to the farms in Borgarfjörður where the students take part of their training: Hestur (sheepfarm), Miðfossar (horses), Grímshagi (cows), goat farm at Háafel, wool and handcraft (Ullarselið)

14th August, 2014

    • Drive to Hveragerði
    • Visit to horse show / horse farms: a) Eldhestar, b) Fákasel
    • Meeting at the Agricultural Universtity of Reykir, meetings with teachers
    • Discussion about environmental protection and using geothermal energy in agriculture
    • Discussion about the using of ECVET in vocational education
    • Discussion about animal welfare and rural turism, their role in Icelandic agriculture
    • Intoducing the AUI in Reykir infrastructure

15th August, 2014

16th August, 2014

    • Departure