Central Asian Education Platform Regional Workshop


“Employability, Quality and Mobility
in Higher Education and
Vocational Education & Training”

Istanbul, March 16th – 17th, 2015

The Central Asian Education Platform (CAEP) was established in 2012 by the EU to promote policy dialogue supporting reforms in the education sector in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. CAEP focuses on Higher Education and Vocational Education and Training, and is the key pillar of the European Education Initiative (EEI) launched in the context of the EU – Central Asia Strategy for New Partnership in 2007.

The Latvian presidency of the Council of the EU will host a meeting of Central Asia Education Ministers on 25th and 26th June 2015 in Riga at the Latvian National Library. The event is being organised together with the European Commission Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development and the EU European External Action Service (EEAS). At the Riga conference, the Central Asian Education Ministers are expected to issue a communiqué and endorse a roadmap of future activities to promote further improvements in HE and VET systems. The roadmap activities are expected to be funded by the EU Central Asia Education Platform (2015 to 2018) and EU Member States.

Under the umbrella of the CAEP, a Workshop is being organised on “Employability, Quality and Mobility in Higher Education and Vocational Education & Training” (16th-17th March 2015, Istanbul) to prepare the content of the Riga Conference. The purpose of this workshop is to gather all stakeholders to draw up a proposal for a communiqué and a roadmap of future activities (2015 – 2018) to be endorsed by Central Asian Education Ministers in Riga.

The Istanbul preparatory workshop will be based on the results of the CAEP third Regional Workshop “Labour Market Needs and Best Practices in Central Asia for Quality Assurance in Vocational Education & Training (VET) and Higher Education (HE)” held in Bishkek from 11th-12th December 2014. Strengthening the internationalisation of higher education systems, quality assurance and improving links to labour markets are some well-known needs in Central Asia. The roadmap of activities is likely to include:

  • Further introduction of Bologna-type reforms (three-level cycle system, quality assurance, evaluation);
  • Governance, strategic planning and management of higher education institutions;
  • Internationalisation of higher education institutions (including recognition mechanisms and mobility, international relations capacities);
  • How to better access the EU’s Erasmus+ programme and EU Member States programmes for student and teacher mobility and capacity development cooperation projects;
  • Developing/updating VET national qualification frameworks (NQFs) to respond to labour market needs;
  • Promoting effective collaboration between VET/HE/employers in developing NQFs and educational content;
  • Engaging employers in providing learning placements for VET teachers and students;
  • Transparency and independence of external quality assurance (EQA);
  • Central Asia accreditation system for VET teacher training schools;
  • Development of standards for data collection (e.g. common quality assurance indicators, graduates’ employment, employers’ feedback on graduate skills, migration).