To mark the official establishment of the ERI SEE Secretariat, the international Launching and Thematic conference – Vision of Regional Cooperation for Quality Education and Training was organized on the 26th of October 2018 in the Hyatt hotel in Belgrade. The conference gathered the highest decision-making ministry representatives from the region, policy implementers, education and training experts, as well as international partners (European Training Foundation, Regional Cooperation Council, GIZ…).
The Conference was opened by the Minister of Education, Science and Technological Development Mr Mladen Šarčević, followed by Ms Antoaneta Angelova-Krasteva, Director for Innovation, International cooperation & Sport at DG EAC European Commission (EC), Mr Goran Svilanović, Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), Mr Cesare Onestini, Director of the European Training Foundation (ETF), Mr Gerhard Kowar, Director of KulturKontakt Austria (KKA) and the host of the event, Ms Tina Šarić, Director of Education Reform Initiative of South Eastern Europe (ERI SEE).
During the next session, the participants and guest had the opportunity to hear presentations from Ms Tanja Bastianic, Policy Analyst, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), who presented the dimensions of quality in education from the OECD perspective. This was followed by the presentation Fostering national developments through regional cooperation on the example of Nordic cooperation framework, by Ms Helle Glen Petersen, Nordic Council of Ministers’ Secretariat and finally, Ms Antoaneta Angelova-Krasteva, Director of the European Commission (EC) gave an EU Perspective on Regional Cooperation. The presentations are available on the ERI SEE website.
Ms Tamara Tovjanin, Independent Advisor of the Ministry of Education of Montenegro and Member of the Governing Board of ERI SEE presented the draft version of the Statement on Common Understanding of Regional Cooperation for Quality Education and Training.
During the Ministerial panel, Ministers Arber Ademi, Shyqyri Bytyqi, State Secretaries Viktor Nedović, Besa Shahini, Mubera Kurpejović, and Assistant Ministers Adnan Husić and Vlado Prskalo described the current developments in education and training in their respective economies; and emphasized the areas in which regional cooperation can support national processes.
The second part of the conference (Thematic part) offered the platform for exchanges among the policy implementers, in the form of the expert panel where regional experts discussed quality assurance from their national perspectives, after which the parallel working meetings of already established regional expert groups (Western Balkans Alliance for Work-based Learning; Work Group for the Recognition of Academic Qualifications, SEE Network for Teacher Education and Training and Expert Group on Quality Assurance in General Education) took place. The mentioned expert groups are established by ERI SEE and partner organizations – Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), European Training Foundation (ETF), South Eastern Europe VET Network (SEEVET-Net) and the Western Balkans Chambers Investment Forum (WBCIF). This part of the conference has enabled the continuation of the work already in progress among the members of the expert groups.
For more information please see the Conference_conclusions
All presentations are available here
Photo credit: Dalibor Danilović