Draft Programme of the Workshop

Day 1 – March 16, 2015 Contents
09.00 – 09.30 Registration & Welcome coffee
09.30 – 09.55 Welcoming remarks

  • Lellis Braganza, Programme Manager, DEVCO
  • Piotr Byczkowski, Cooperation Coordinator for Central Asia, EEAS

Outlook and Perspectives towards the EU – Central Asian Ministers’ Conference in Riga; June 2015

  • Piotr Byczkowski, Cooperation Coordinator for Central Asia, EEAS
  • Dr. Einārs Semanis, Ambassador – Director General of Bilateral Relations Directorate, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia
  • Līga Lejiņa, Deputy State Secretary of the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Latvia
09.55 – 10.05

Employability, Quality Assurance and Mobility as areas for cooperation in HE and VET
Summary of the results from the Bishkek Conference in December 2014
Claudio Dondi (CAEP Expert)

10.05 – 10.25

Experiences from Education Reforms in Latvia
Overcoming challenges and implementing reforms in HE and VET in Latvia
Līga Lejiņa, Deputy State Secretary of the Ministry of Education, Latvia
Questions and Answers

10.25 – 10.45

National Qualification Frameworks – Interaction in Education Systems
Function and development of NQFs –some experiences from practice in Kazakhstan, Turkey and the EU
John Hart (Research Associate / Consultant, Centre for Educational Sociology, University of Edinburgh)
Questions and Answers

10.45 – 11.00 Coffee and tea break
11.00 – 11.40

Quality and Quality Assurance in Education

  1. Accreditation and Recognition in Higher Education
    Experiences from the CANQA project (Central Asian Network for Quality Assurance and Accreditation)
    Dr. Carlos Machado, Educational Advisor and former European coordinator CANQA project
    2. Latvian Reforms in the VET sector. A way forward to enhancing quality and strengthening employability
    Dita Traidās, Director, State Education Development Agency, Latvia

Questions and Answers

11.40 – 12.40

Learning Mobility and EU-CA Partnerships in Education

  1. Erasmus+ – Mobility and Capacity Building
    Contributing to sustainable development in education in Central Asia
    Róisín McCabe, Programme Manager, European Commission,
    Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA)
  2. Member States Instruments to Enhance Mobility and Foster Modernisation in Education in Central Asia
    German Support Activities in Higher Education (DAAD)
    Christoph Jost, Head of Section, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)
    French Support Activities in Higher Education (Campus France)
    Alix de Gassart, Responsable adjointe Europe-Central Asia, Campus France
    German – Kazakh VET Partnership Project (sequa)
    Albert Over, Local Project Coordinator, Chamber of Crafts Trier (HWK Trier)

Questions and Answers

12.30 – 12.50 Discussion
12.50 – 13.00 Family Photo
13.00 – 14.30 Lunch break
14.30 – 14.50

Accreditation in Higher Education in Kyrgyzstan – Prospects & Limitations
The example of EdNet Agency on Quality Assurance and Accreditation, Bishkek
Arstanbek Dzhanaliev, EdNet, Kyrgyzstan

14.50 – 15.10

"Towards a Central Asian Higher Education Area: Tuning Structures and Building Quality Culture" – The TuCAHEA-Project
Ann Katherine Isaacs, Project Coordinator, University of Pisa

15.10 – 15.30

The International VET Cooperation of the BIBB: The Success Factors of the Germany Case
Roger Hessel, Senior Consultant,
Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BIBB), Germany

15.30 – 16.00 Coffee and tea break
16.00 – 16.20

Work-based Training for Teachers and Practice-oriented Further Training
Dr. Hans Schustereder, CAEP Expert

16.20 – 16.40

Peer Review Approach as Specific Instrument to Support Mutual Learning in Both Directions for the EU – Central Asian Dialogue on Education
Claudio Dondi, CAEP

16.40 – 17.15 Plenary Discussion
17.15 – 17.30

Summary and Orientation for the Following Day
Mr Christian Wagner, CAEP Team Leader

19.00 Official dinner
End of Day 1
Day 2 – March 17, 2015 Contents
09.00 – 09.15 Opening of Day 2
09.15 – 09.45

Introduction: Parallel Workshops on the Topics “Employability, Quality Assurance and Mobility”
International grouping, explanation of working arrangements and objectives
Moderation by CAEP experts

09.45 – 11.00

Development of recommendations for Riga Ministers’ Conference

Workshop 1: Focus on “Employability” in HE and VET

  • Reflection on Bishkek results, relevance of employability as core policy dialogue topic
  • Strengthening employers’ involvement and employability by means of regional and international (EU-CA) cooperation
    • by own efforts on national level
    • by Central Asian and regional co-operation
    • by EU – Central Asian cooperation
  • Donor coordination as requirement?
  • Recommendations for a roadmap concept as well as for concrete activities to be implemented as part of CAEP and beyond

Workshop 2: Focus on “Quality and Quality Assurance” in HE and VET

  • Reflection on Bishkek results, relevance of quality assurance as core policy dialogue topic
  • Strengthening of quality in education by means of regional and international (EU-CA) cooperation
    • by own efforts on national level
    • by Central Asian and regional co-operation
    • by EU – Central Asian cooperation
  • Donor coordination as requirement?
  • Recommendations for a roadmap concept as well as for concrete activities to be implemented as part of CAEP and beyond

Workshop 3: Focus on “Mobility & Partnerships” in HE and VET

  • Potentials from existing mobility supporting schemes on EU and EU Member State level
  • Strengthening mobility and strategic partnerships in education by means of regional and international (EU-CA) cooperation
    • by own efforts on national level
    • by Central Asian and regional co-operation
    • by EU – Central Asian cooperation
  • Donor coordination as requirement?
  • Recommendations for roadmap and concrete activities to be implemented as part of CAEP and beyond
11.00 – 11.30 Coffee and tea break
11.30 – 12.00 Continuation of Workshops
12.00 – 13.00

Re-grouping of working groups according to national composition

Discussion of results of the previous working groups with regard to “Employability, Quality Assurance and Mobility” in national working groups
Elaboration of recommendations for the three levels:

  • National level
  • Central Asian co-operation
  • EU – Central Asian cooperation

Elaboration of Recommendations for

  • topics to be selected as a part of the policy dialogue
  • activities to be implemented as part of CAEP and beyond
  • potential linkages with other EU-Central Asian platforms (e.g. legal framework in education, or sustainability / environmental protection as a cross-over task in education)

Fixing the workshop results by the moderators

Photos and written results for the conference documentation

13:00 – 14.30 Lunch break
14.30 – 15.00

Presentation of workshop results concerning “Employability, Quality Assurance and Mobility”
CAEP Moderators

15.00 – 16.30

Presentation of results of the five Central Asian Republics
Country focused comments on workshop results “Employability, Quality Assurance and Mobility”
Recommendations for topics and activities to be taken into consideration for Riga Ministers’ Conference
Presentation by representatives from Central Asia
After each presentation: short moderated plenary discussion

16.30 – 17.00 Coffee and tea break
17.00 – 17.30

Plenary wrap-up, summary and next steps
Prospects for enhancing the dialogue on educational modernisation

End of Day 2