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Awards and prizes


EPSA 2011

The Knowledge Based Economy Project has received a new certification of Good Practice at the 2011 „European Public Sector Awards” (EPSA) within the European Institution of Public Administration.

The Best Practice Certificate has been received upon three evaluation steps made by an experienced jury, comprising a shortlist of 58 nominees from a total of 274 projects from 33 participating countries. The Ministry of Communications and Information Society, through the Project Management Unit, competed  in the EPSA 2011 Awards at the „Smart Public Service in a Cold Economic Climate”category. This Best Practice distinction rewards and certify the outstanding results that KEP Project has had until now.


The COMPUTERWORLD Honors Program

The Project Management Unit, within the Ministry of Communications and Information Society, has been named a Laureate in the 2011 ComputerWorld Honors Program.

The „Knowledge based Economy Project” joins 254 others from 23 countries as Laureates in this year’s program, from more than 1000 applicants world wide.

The Awards Ceremony will be held in June, 20th 2011, in Washington D.C., USA.


National Agency of Public Servants

1st Prize at the National Competition of Best Practices in Public Administration, , for "Improving public services through quality management and organizational performance" category, organized by the National Agency of Public Servants in 2010.

Knowledge based Economy Project is considered to be an example of good practice in Romania's public administration due to its remarkable results, its proven efficiency and its disseminated practices.



Finalist, at the International Project Excellence Awards 2010, in "Project Excellence in Medium-Sized Projects" category, organized by the International Project Management Association (IPMA).

The solid implementation and success of the IT&C Training Program in school and business and the eCommunity.ro Portal, both part of the KEP Project, have impressed the IPMA jury (Project Management International Association), who recommends them as one of the most important achievements in project management.


e-Inclusion 2008

Medal at the e-Inclusion Competitionorganized by the European Commission, at the section “Geographic Inclusion” section, Vienna, 2008. The Knowledge based Economy Project is considered an example of good practice for effective use of IT&C and digital technology to tackle social disadvantage and digital exclusion.


Romanian IT&C Awards 2006

Knowledge Based Economy was considered to be the "Project with the best informational content" at the Romanian IT&C Awards – Bucharest, 2006, for contributing to the extensive process of expanding access to information technologies and modern communications to rural communities.

18 Latvian teachers visit Vulcana Băi thanks to KEP-initiated Comenius project

A new stage, a new visit and good practice exchange, part of the Comenius Regio Coaction project „Cooperation without barriers between regions in Latvia and Romania to improve the educational offer”, took place recently in Vulcana-Băi (Dâmbovița). At the end of 2012, Romanian partners visited Latvia, and this time the played the hosts – teachers and pupils of „Ion Mareș” in the KEP community alike. The Latvian delegation included representatives of partner institutions in din Jekabpils, Latvia. The programme, though busy, was to everyone’s liking.

The project aims to promote dialogue, as part of the teaching process and available resources, start exchanges between school teachers in partner regions, promote European cooperation, educational good practice exchanges, as well as improving language skills and team spirit among participants.

The Coaction project was won thanks in part to the local school’s principal, who took part in training organised in the framework of the Knowledge-Based Economy Project (KEP) implemented by the Ministry of Communications and Information Society. The Latvian delegation was received with bread and salt, as well as an exceptional show which included artistic performances by pupils in local schools and youth in the folkloric ensembles.

„We had a full scheduled, with many visits, meetings with local authorities and teachers in Vulcana Băi, work sessions to identify common issues and solutions proposed by the Coaction programme, presentations of the teaching systems and participation in demonstrative classes. The visit culminated with an international seminary with no less than 80 participants, teachers from throughout the country and local authorities from several communes. Called «Education and culture in the community», the seminar targets all teachers and many other people wishing for a positive change in the essential relationship between school and community”, educational coordinator Sorina Pîrvu says.

Participants included Cumpăna mayor Mariana Gîju, Luncavița mayor, Ștefan Ilie, Izbiceni mayor, Mircea Velica. Other guests were people with a decisive role in education from Jekabpils, Latvia, Uldis Auzans and the Geography Institute in Bucharest, Ines Grigorescu. The Geography Institute presented the study „The impact of labour force migration on local communities. A multi-level approach”, the result of research which took place in Vulcana-Băi.

„Our guests were very happy with our welcome, remaining speechless in front of so many friendship signs. After an emotional week, with visible results, it was hard to say goodbye from our Latvian partners, which were thrilled that this visit changed their image of Romania for the better. Like us, they are eagerly awaiting the next visit to Romania, and in the meanwhile we will keep in contact online, and the Coaction project is growing, just like the school-community relationship”, school principal Manuela Gheorghe says.

It must be said that project co-author Manuela Gheorghe, principal of the Ion Mareș Vulcana-Băi, has also won the title of Champion of Digital Education for Excellence in Attracting Non-Reimbursable Funds for School. „I’m glad I have the opportunity to participate in such projects, since I know that each new experience in a European context helps me develop as a teacher, person, and adopted member of the local community”, she says.

Online resources:

With KEP support, Vulcana Băi wins new international project in partnership with Jakabpils, Latvia

Knowledge-based Economy Project opens door to European Comenius programme

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