IFLA EUROPE COMMITTEE ON
The aims of IFLA Europe’s Education Committee are:
- to encourage the development of landscape architecture courses in the European Union, EEA, and Switzerland and to monitor and review their compatibility with the aims of the Federation
- to help promote study and research, the exchange of knowledge and technical information
- to stimulate and promote education exchanges between member countries.
Education Committee works with the European Council of Landscape Architecture Schools (ECLAS) and European Landscape Architecture Students’ Association (ELASA) to further these aims.
A core IFLA Europe aspiration is to raise the standard of professional practice across the member states of Europe. One of the main preconditions for this is to establish an approved level of higher education qualifications. IFLA Europe has adopted guideline requirements and procedures in relation to recognition of taught Landscape Architecture Programmes, which are presented to all institutions dealing with landscape architectural education. These standards are harmonised with those promoted by the International Federation of Landscape Architects (IFLA), as well as aligning with requirements made within the Bologna Declaration.
The main focus for our educational standards is to achieve a baseline arrangement of core teaching elements and comparable standards of education, which then permits countries, schools and professional organisations to assess, evaluate and improve the education given to all prospective landscape architects. Adoption of these standards within the Council of Europe and across the European Union will hopefully also assist with increased mobility of landscape architects in line with EU Directives. It should be emphasised that the aims of any such standards is not to create uniformity across teaching programmes but rather to strive for recognised core teaching modules in landscape architecture education allowing and preparing students to respond appropriately to the challenges of modern society.
Two main documents - IFLA Charter for landscape architectural education (with IFLA Europe addenda) and IFLA Guidance Document for Recognition or Accreditation (with IFLA Europe addenda) describe the main principles, aspirations, criteria, content and duration for professional educational programmes in landscape architecture and serve as a basis for the recognition of landscape architecture programmes.
1) IFLA Charter for Landscape Architectural Education (with IFLA Europe addenda)
In September 2012, the World Council of IFLA discussed and voted on a revised Charter which incorporates comments and suggestions from each region and from UNESCO. This Charter, as universal document, can help in the understanding that landscape architectural education constitutes both the socio-cultural, ecological and professional challenge of the contemporary world; and requires the guarantee of protection, development and urgent action. Combined with IFLA Europe’s Addenda, the Charter sets out principles, objectives, criteria and duration requirements for professional educational programmes in landscape architecture.
2) IFLA Guidance Document for Recognition or Accreditation (with IFLA Europe addenda)
This document describes the main standards of landscape architectural education and presents guidance on procedures for the recognition and accreditation of professional educational programmes in Landscape Architecture in regions or countries where no such system is available. Detailed guidance on the procedure for recognition of the professional educational programmes in Landscape Architecture in the European Region can be found in IFLA EU Procedure for recognition.
IFLA-Guidance-Document-for-Recognition-or-Accreditation (with IFLA Europe addenda)