Higher Education and Research



In the aftermath of the dramatic events in Oslo, the Council of Europe discussed the role of education in building a culture of living together at a Forum organised on 22 and 23 September in Kyiv under the Ukrainian Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe.

The Forum gathered high-level representatives from the Ministries of Education from the contracting states parties to the European Cultural Convention to reflect on the challenges facing our societies in the 21st century and the role of education in maintaining and advancing sustainable democratic societies in Europe.

What competences and attitudes do our education systems need to develop in order to educate citizens with the will and ability to live together? How can we promote life-long-learning, which will not only enhance competitiveness and employability but also encourage social inclusion, active citizenship and personal development? The Forum discussed these questions in a series of workshops bringing together academics, government and civil society representatives throughout Europe.

The discussions built on the recent Council of Europe report on Living Together: Combining diversity and freedom in Europe in the 21st century which makes a series of concrete recommendations to promote intercultural education.

A regional meeting of Ministers of Education from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Moldova, the Russian Federation and Ukraine took place. . It provided the high-level representatives from the Ministries an opportunity to assess the progress their countries have made in implementing qualifications frameworks, examine common challenges, share best practice within the region. The participants supported the idea to organise regular regional meetings on this subject in order to share national experiences and good practices in the development and implementation of national qualifications frameworks compatible with the overarching framework of qualifications of the European Higher Education Area as well as the European Qualifications Framework for lifelong learning.


Final Report (English version only)

Communiqué (English version, French version, Russian version)

Programme (in English, French and Russian)

Opening speeches

Mr Mikola AZAROV, Prime-Minister of Ukraine (text in Russian and in English)

Mme Olöf OLAFSDOTTIR, Director of Education and Languages, Council of Europe
(text in English)

Mr Gvozden FLEGO, Chair of the Committee on Culture, Science and Education of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (text in English)

Dr Dmytro TABACHIK, Minister of Education and Science, Youth and Sport of Ukraine
(text in English)

Presentations

    “Education systems in Europe meeting the challenges of the 21st Century” by
    Ms Mady DELVAUX-STEHRES, Minister of National Education and Vocational Training of Luxembourg (text version in French)

“The Hungarian Experience in the European Education Area”, by
Dr Rózsa HOFFMANN, Minister of State for Education in Hungary (text version in French and in English)

“Education systems in multicultural societies: building a culture of living together”,
by Professor Julie ALLAN, University of Stirling, United Kingdom (powerpoint presentation in English)

“Competences for life in democratic societies in the 21st Century”,
by Professor Srbijanka TURAJLIC, former Deputy Minister for Higher Education of Serbia and former President of the Alternative Academic Education Network (powerpoint presentation in English)

“School education and universities: constructing European common education area”
by Professor Pavel ZGAGA, University of Ljubljana, former Minister of Education of Slovenia
(powerpoint presentation in English)

"Skills, not just diplomas: Managing for Results in Education Systems in Eastern Europe and Central Asia", by Mr Lars SONDERGAARD, Senior Economist at the World Bank's Human Development Unit in the Eastern Europe and Central Asia Region.
(powerpoint presentation in English)

Keynote speech by Dr Dmytro TABACHNYK, Minister of Education and Science, Youth and Sports of Ukraine (powerpoint presentation in English)

Intervention by Mr Andrey FURSENKO, Minister of Education and Science of the Russian Federation (abstract of the intervention in Russian and English)

Conclusions from the Regional meeting of Ministers of Education on the implementation of the European Higher Education Area by Ms Karine HARUTYUNYAN, Deputy Minister of Education and Science of Armenia (text in English)

Closing speech by by Dr Dmytro TABACHNYK, Minister of Education and Science, Youth and Sports of Ukraine (text in English)
Forum Background document (in English, in French and in Russian)
Press releases
Press release dated 12/09/2011
Link to the news item on the Ministry website
Reference documents
- The Council of Europe Report ”Living Together”: Combining diversity and freedom in 21st-century Europe, May 2011
- The Council of Europe White paper on Intercultural Dialogue “Living Together as Equals in Dignity”, a key policy statement on the values of the Council of Europe adopted by the Committee of Ministers in May 2008;
Useful Links:

Resources

Council of Europe bookshop
World bank documentation (Knowledge brief on BOOST)

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Regional meeting of Ministers of Education on the implementation of
the European Higher Education Area

Background document and programme (in English and in Russian)

Presentation by Mr Stephen ADAM, Council of Europe expert (powerpoint in English)

Link to the news item on the Ministry website