A meeting place for European co-operation
On the basis of its comprehensive and inclusive approach and it?s outstanding reputation, EDEN functions as a participative, dynamic and evolutionary organisation. It combines a new energy with an open attitude and a non-hierarchical approach towards other institutions. Welcome is a keyword for EDEN. In the forefront there is the meeting place that serves the active community as an important and influential “hub”.
EDEN is also proactively developing collaboration with influential actors (international, national and local) that are not yet members. Collaboration on the basis of mutual benefits and efficient membership services help to strengthen bonds and increase influence.
EDEN has established special relations with other networks in the field both within and outwith Europe: EFMD ? European Foundation for Management Development, EuroPACE, EFQUEL ? European Foundation for Quality in E Learning, EUCEN ? European Universities Continuing Education Network, EADTU ? European Association of Distance Teaching Universities, EADL ? European Association for Distance Learning, SEFI ? European Society for Engineering Education, ESU ? The European Students Union, further CADE ? the Canadian Association of Distance Education, ABED ? the Brazilian Association of Distance Education.
By special agreement EDEN is associated with UNESCO and ICDE ? the International Council for Open and Distance Education. Regular contacts have been developed with the European Commission, particularly DG Education and Culture, and with the Council of Europe.
The European Distance and E-Learning Network intends to develop such arrangements further, for the benefit of its membership and of the European professional community. The aim is to include relationships with organisations and networks at a national and international level alike.
EDEN was established with a particular mandate to facilitate East-West co-operation in distance education, based on the historical situation in which it was created. With the ongoing transition process in the region and with the accession and integration of the Central and Eastern European countries to the European Union, this attention has been kept high on the agenda of the Association. Through a range of feasibility studies, expert contributions and successful conferences, particularly the 2004 Annual Conference in Budapest addressing the theme of EU enlargement, an understanding of the current situation was established resulting in a valuable resource and in the creation of a reliable network for communication between institutions and individuals in the East and the West.
Access to the membership services in EDEN is promoted by discounted membership fees for institutions and free membership for individual applicants from Central and Eastern Europe.