Fund Operator

Foundation for Development of Education System; acts as an Operator of Scholarship and Training Fund in Poland on the basis of Memorandum of Understanding for the new perspective of EEA and Norway Grants signed by Minister of Regional Development Elżbieta Bieńkowska and Ambassador of the Kingdom of Norway in Poland HE Enok Nygaard on 10th June 2011.

The Foundation’s main objective is to support reform and development of the Polish education system in the broad sense.  The Foundation carries out its statutory objective  through:

  • administration of international cooperation programmes in the education sector,
  • preparation of analytical and study work supporting the projected education reform, as part of programme administration,
  • programming the cooperation between Polish education institutions and foreign centres,
  • undertaking an ever more extensive cooperation with Polish and foreign educational institutions and organisations.

The Foundation’s activity, which ensures a broad participation of schools and universities employees in support programmes raising the quality of education, creates a positive foundation for reforms and developing the Polish education system.
Those schemes embrace a number of EU initiatives with the priority given to:

  • enhancing human resources,
  • reducing social divisions and disparities,
  • supporting pursuance of knowledge,
  • promoting cooperation leading to increased quality of educational services,
  • promoting the idea of life-long learning.

The Foundation is engaged in the administration of the largest EU education schemes. Throughout all years of its operation, the FDES has been the sole operator of TEMPUS, a non-refundable university aid scheme in the Central and Eastern European countries. In consequence of its experience acquired during implementing of this programme, once the European Commission decided Poland should join the group of SOCRATES participating countries, the FDES became the National Agency for the SOCRATES and then for the Socrates II and, for many years was in charge of implementing all the scheme components  of this programme in our country (Erasmus, Grundtvig and Comenius). FDES implements also programme within the area of informal education: YOUTH (called Youth in Action from 2007). In 2007 the Polish education authorities decided that the Foundation should become the sole central institution in charge of implementing and executing the “Life-long learning” programme with all its sectoral schemes: Comenius, Erasmus, Grundtvig and Leonardo da Vinci. The Foundation runs also National Contact Points for such EU action programmes as ERASMUS MUNDUS and TEMPUS, the National Bureau of the Eurodesk Programme, Eastern Europe and Caucasus Resource Centre SALTO EECA, Community initiative European Language Label and the eTwinning action. The Foundation has also accommodated the Polish Bureau of Eurydice - an information network on education in the European countries.

  • „Lifelong Learning Programme” – including following sub-programmes:
  • Comenius – kindergarten and school education
  • Erasmus – university education
  • Leonardo da Vinci – vocational education and training
  • Grundtvig – adult education
  • Study Visits
  • LLP preparatory visits
  • Youth in Action
  • Erasmus Mundus
  • Tempus
  • Eurodesk
  • European Language Label
  • eTwinning
  • Polish-Lithuanian Youth Exchange Fund
  • Scholarship and Training Fund (STF)
  • Scholarship Fund SCIEX