NESET is an advisory network of experts working on the social dimension of education and training. The social dimension of education refers to the potential of education and training systems to reduce poverty and enhance equity and social inclusion, laying foundations for the development of more prosperous and more cohesive European societies. It was set up to contribute to the improvement of European-level policy development and cooperation in education and training in order to support and supplement the efforts of the Member States to improve and modernise their education systems.

NESET provides reliable, independent and rigorous scientific support, country-specific expertise, and advice to the European Commission in relation to the equity and social aspects of all types and levels of education and training. The Network also acts as a knowledge broker, bridging the gap between EU policy coordination and the academic world. Through its activities it aims to provide feedback from research to policy. The main tasks of the network are:

  • quality advice to the European Commission (advisory function);
  • research reviews for policy-makers (knowledge brokerage);
  • mapping of experts working on the social aspects of education and training.

This website is the main channel for dissemination of the Network‘s outputs. It is aimed at experts, policy-makers, researchers and other stakeholders working on the social dimension of education and training worldwide.

The European Commission’s Directorate-General for Education and Culture initiated the continuation of the network as the successor to NESSE (2007-2010), NESET (2011-2014) and NESET II (2015-2018). The Network’s scientific coordinator is Dragana Avramov. The Public Policy and Management Institute (PPMI) is responsible for the administration of the NESET network.