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Vacancy Announcement – Assistant To The Director Of The ERI SEE Secretariat

Vacancy Announcement – Assistant to the Director of the ERI SEE Secretariat

ERI SEE hereby announces the Vacancy for:

An assistant to the Director of the ERI SEE Secretariat

The assistant to the Director of the ERI SEE Secretariat assists the Director in everyday activities of the Secretariat, contributing to its regular and efficient functioning and leading to the realization of the tasks the Secretariat is responsible for.

More information: ToR_assistant-final-announcement

SEE 2020 Strategy Coordination Board Meeting – Vienna, 30th November 2017

SEE 2020 Strategy Coordination Board Meeting – Vienna, 30th November 2017

Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) convened the 10th meeting of the SEE 2020 Strategy Coordination Board that took place in Vienna, Austria on 30 November 2017.

The aim of the meeting was to take stock of the 2017 SEE 2020 Monitoring process and to kick-off the new monitoring cycle. The participants will also discuss the priorities to be part of the SEE 2020 Programming document 2018–2020, including agreement on the timeline for the next Programming Cycle, to learn on the activities implemented by the Regional Dimension Coordinators (RDCs) since the last meeting of the SE2020 Coordination Board and their future plans, as well as to present the overview of the Multi-Annual Action Plan on Regional Economic Area (MAP REA) in Western Balkans’ six economies.

European Alliance For Apprenticeships (EAfA) – Regional Seminar For Candidate Countries – Budva, 26th October 2017

European Alliance For Apprenticeships (EAfA) – Regional Seminar For Candidate Countries – Budva, 26th October 2017

The European Alliance for Apprenticeships (EAfA) is a platform managed by the European Commission in close cooperation with EU social partners that brings together governments with other key stakeholders, for instance business associations, individual companies, social partners, chambers, vocational education and training (VET) providers, regions, youth representatives or think tanks. The common goal is to strengthen the quality, supply, image and mobility of apprenticeships in Europe.

The main purpose of the Seminar is to enable learning among Candidate Countries and EAfA members: Governments, individual employers and employers’ associations, chambers and VET providers. The thematic focus was laid on the latest policy developments and on trainers and teachers and work-based learning. The seminar provided an opportunity to further discuss on the professional development of teachers and trainers in work-based learning/apprenticeships. The seminar was organized by EAfA (led by DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion) in close co-operation with the ETF and included site visits.

The Seminar focused on sharing experiences of Montenegro with regard to developing effective work-based learning/apprenticeship systems; deepening the understanding of the challenges and opportunities of work-based learning/ apprenticeship systems; learning from EAfA best practices and examples; exploring partner countries’ closer alignment with the EAfA; and considering the Riga work-based learning medium-term deliverable (MTD 1) and implementation.

More information: http://www.etf.europa.eu/web.nsf/pages/EV_2017_European_Alliance_for_Apprenticeships_(EAfA)_Regional_Seminar_for_Candidate_Countries?opendocument

Education Reform Initiative Of South Eastern Europe (ERI SEE) Secretariat Officially Established In December 2017

Education Reform Initiative of South Eastern Europe (ERI SEE) Secretariat officially established in December 2017

With the support of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia, as the host country; joint efforts of other ERI SEE members – ministries of education of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro and Moldova, as well as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia, the ERI SEE Secretariat was officially established as an international organization with legal entity as of December 2017.

The Secretariat supports the ERI SEE Governing Board in taking actions facilitating and enhancing sustainable education reforms on national levels through regional and international cooperation. Furthermore, the joint vision among the ERI SEE member countries implies that ERI SEE Secretariat should profile itself on both implementation and coordination level i.e. as the project implementing organization, but at the same time continuing policy dialogue and promote mutual learning and exchange of experiences.

1st Meeting Of The Joint Working Group On Recognition Of Academic Qualifications (WG RAQ) – Belgrade, 15th December 2017

1st meeting of the Joint Working Group on Recognition of Academic Qualifications (WG RAQ) – Belgrade, 15th December 2017

By formalising the Joint Education Reform Initiative of South East Europe (ERI SEE) – Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Working Group on Recognition of Academic Qualifications (WG RAQ) the Western Balkans Six (WB6) have officially started its work on finding the model for automatic recognition of academic qualifications in the region. The 1st formal meeting of the WG RAQ took place in Belgrade on 15th December 2017.

The meeting participants, appointed representatives of the Ministries of Education of the WB6, agreed on the Working Group’s Terms of Reference and the Work Plan on Recognition of Academic Qualifications 2018-2019.

The joint WG RAQ will operate under the auspices of the RCC and ERI SEE Secretariat. The members of the WG RAQ will consist of representatives of the Ministries responsible for higher education and ENIC/NARIC centres. The Group agreed on the two-year work programme for coordinated regional actions to operationalise the actions of the Multi-Annual Action Plan (MAP) on the Regional Economic Area (REA) aimed at removing obstacles to the recognition of academic qualifications. It will also monitor and report on the progress on the implementation and results achieved nationally and regionally.

The meeting was relevant for reaching agreements on the operationalization of the Multiannual Action Plan on the Regional Economic Area (MAP), endorsed by the Prime Ministers of the Western Balkans Six under the Berlin Process, with the ultimate goal of achieving better integration of high-skilled professionals and academics into professional and research networks, the European Research Area and the European Higher Education Area, thus yielding significant benefits for the region of Western Balkans. To this end the MAP commits the economies to remove obstacles to mobility of highly qualified workforce, in particular through joint standards and procedures for automatic recognition of quality assured academic qualifications; and to remove obstacles to mobility of students, researchers and academics through joint policies, measures and instruments aimed at increasing academic and research mobility and cooperation.

The actions on the recognition of academic qualifications outlined in the MAP build on the priorities specified in the South East 2020 Strategy and the work carried out by ERI SEE as part of the ERI SEE Work Programme, as well as the work within the framework of the Bologna process and the relevant recommendations adopted by the Ministers responsible for Higher Education at the Bologna Ministerial Conference in May 2015 as outlined in the Yerevan Communique.

The joint Working Group on Recognition of Academic Qualifications will be responsible for preparing, monitoring and reporting on activities at national and regional levels to ensure the implementation of the MAP actions aimed at removing obstacles to the recognition of academic qualifications.

Seminar On Recognition Of Academic Qualifications – Belgrade, 14th December 2017

Seminar on recognition of academic qualifications – Belgrade, 14th December 2017

On 14th December, RCC and ERI SEE jointly organized a Seminar on Recognition of Academic Qualifications, to address the Western Balkans Six focus on development of automatic recognition procedures of academic qualifications in the region and commitment to removing of obstacles.

The actions on the recognition of academic qualifications builds on the priorities outlined in the South East 2020 Strategy and the work carried out by ERI SEE as part of the ERI SEE Work Programme, as well as the work within the framework of the Bologna process and the relevant recommendations adopted by the Ministers of Education at the Bologna Ministerial Conference in May 2015 as outlined in the Yerevan Communique, and is stressed as a priority withing the Mobility pillar of the Multiannual Action Plan on the Regional Economic Area (MAP), endorsed by Prime ministers of the region.

The Seminar on Recognition of Academic Qualifications addressed the latest developments regarding recognition of academic qualifications in Europe, as well as current practices of recognition of academic qualifications in the Western Balkans. It emphasized the importance of the Lisbon Recognition Convention and the corresponding tools, such as Diploma Supplement, ECTS, Quality Assurance, Qualifications Framework etc., and enabled the presentations of existing challenges and progress. The Seminar’s participants also heard about European trends and context in recognition of academic qualifications, experiences and practices of existing systems of automatic recognition of academic qualifications in Benelux and Nordic regions, with participants from European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education (EQAR),  Finnish National Agency for Education, Swedish Agency for Higher Education, and independent experts in this field, as well as institutional and student experiences in the Western Balkans.

It provided opportunities to discuss the recognition of academic qualifications from multiple perspectives of key regional stakeholders in the process, namely representatives of the Ministries of Education, ENIC/NARIC offices, higher education institutions and students.

Western Balkans Alliance on Work Based Learning: SEEVET Net – WB Chambers Investment Forum meeting – Vienna, 28th and 29th November 2017

Under the auspices of the KulturKontakt Austria and ERI SEE, a meeting / workshop between the representatives of the regional VET centres (gathered under the umbrella of the SEEVET Network) and representatives of the regional Chambers of Economy (gathered under the umbrella of the Chambers Investment Forum – CIF) was organized, with the purpose of continuation of planning a regional project proposal dealing with the subject of developing joint standards of occupation and qualifications, and curricula and their piloting, and developing an on-line regional platform for Work Based Learning.

The meeting / workshop gave opportunities to participants to present the most recent developments in the area of WBL in the SEE region – changes in legislation to allow for the smoother implementation of the WBL, projects already taking place, documents, tools and instruments produced as complimentary to the undertaken reforms – and to share among themselves. The meeting also served as the basis for the creation of the future on-line regional platform, that will enable sharing of documents, practices, ideas, communication, and work on the joint future documents and activities.

During the meeting, already existing instruments for the implementation of different formats of WBL were mapped; those that will need translation and modification were identified, as well as the gaps in documents that do not exist yet but would be useful for more countries.

2nd Meeting Of Regional Experts In Quality Assurance In General Education, 8th November 2017, Zagreb

2nd meeting of Regional Experts in Quality Assurance in General Education, 8th November 2017, Zagreb

The 2nd meeting of Regional Experts in Quality Assurance, organized by the ERI SEE and with the support of the KulturKontakt Austria, and hosted by the Croatian Centre for the External Evaluation of Education, was be held in Zagreb on the 8th November 2011.

The focus of the meeting was to create a platform for the regional experts in the field of quality assurance to learn from each other’s experiences, recognize common challenges and reflect on future joint activities aimed at improving the QA systems and aspects, this time with a particular focus on internal quality mechanism regulating high professional standards and integrity in institutions work, and accounting for transparency and quality of their activities. Therefore, the existing and potential internal quality assurance mechanisms were presented and discussed. For this purpose, the Finnish education experts from the Finnish Education Evaluation Centre were invited and presented their experienced in various models of internal quality mechanism, as well as their practices in the evaluation of institutions.

In addition, the participants were presented a model of the IT system that can assist in performing the tasks regarding various aspects of quality assurance, namely national examinations. Future regional activities were discussed. In the final part of the meeting, a study visit to the Croatian Centre for external evaluation of education was organized.

Next meeting of the network is planned for the first quarter of 2018.

23rd meeting of the ERI SEE Governing Board, 6th October 2017, Belgrade

The 23rd ERI SEE Governing Board meeting took place on 6th October 2017, in Belgrade. It gathered the representatives of the ministries of education from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro and Serbia, as well as from the Regional Cooperation Council and KulturKontakt Austria; and was chaired by the Serbian representatives. The meeting was also attended by the representatives of the Consultative Body – European Training Foundation and Austrian Federal Ministry of Education.

During the meeting, various issues, ranging from the establishment of the Secretariat of the ERI SEE, information about the undertaken activties, financial report, to planning of future activties, in which ERI SEE plays a key role – such as the  cooperation between the VET centres and Chambers of economy from the region on the subject of work-based learning; cooperation between the regional institutions in charge of quality assurance aspects; and cooperation in the area of recognition of qualifications – were tackled.

The next Governing Board meeting was announced for the period mid February 2018.

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