ERIC Number: ED316689
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: N/A
Exploratory Study of the Role and Activities of "Centres of Excellence" in the Textile Industry in Four EEC Member States.
European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training, Berlin (West Germany).
The nine centers of excellence described in this document are institutions and geographic areas in the European Economic Community (EEC) that, in addition to providing training and maintaining their links with the labor market, carry out research and disseminate technology with individual firms, groups of firms, and the textile industry as a whole. The centers are located in France, the United Kingdom, Italy, West Germany, and Belgium. The study of these centers was based on questionnaire responses and interviews with the administrative and economic experts at each institution and an analysis of the services offered at each. Chapters 1 and 2 describe the study's purposes and the research methods used. Chapter 3 analyzes the education systems within the five countries--with special reference to education, training, and research in the textiles sector--and contains the case study analyses of the individual centers of excellence. Also in the third chapter appear descriptions of research, development, transfer of technology, and training initiatives taken by the EEC in the textile and ready-made clothing sector. The fourth chapter offers conclusions on the structural criteria for a center of excellence, operating criteria for such a center, the social system levels at which the center should operate, and the criteria for defining a center of excellence. The appendix examines the approach to technology transfer taken in the United States, from which the approaches taken by the studied countries differ. A list of organizations visited during the study concludes the document. (CML)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Clothing, Demonstration Programs, Economic Change, Economic Research, Education Work Relationship, Fashion Industry, Foreign Countries, Standards, Technology Transfer, Vocational Training Centers
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training, Berlin (West Germany).
Identifiers - Location: Belgium; France; Italy; United Kingdom; West Germany