Higher Education and Research

Regional Network on Qualifications Frameworks for South East Europe, 29 – 30 June 2009, Ljubljana

SWOT of CROQF

Strengths

    In the development of the NQF what are the strong points?
    What are the things which go particularly well?
    Why?

Weaknesses:

    In the development of the NQF what are the weak points?
    What are the things particularly difficult and problematic?
    Why?

Opportunities:

    What are the external factors which play a positive role in this development?
    What supports the development? Why?

Threats:

    What are the external factors which play a negative role in this development?
    What refrains the development? Why?

STRENGTS

    good organization, good management, very high level of expertise among leaders of the project
    enthusiastic and dedicated team
    development of CROQF based on the local specific needs
    completion of big part of the work (terms-definitions, descriptors)
    Committee for the development of CROQF- Government's body -easier way for communication with different institutions
    Inclusion of all stakeholders in all stages of the process and relatively high visibility of the process among stakeholders, which is the result of strategic decision to focus on inclusion
    High quality web site at www.hko.vlada.hr, which is the result of dedicated resources at the level of the government and CROQF leadership

Weaknesses

    fast development which can no more be covered by individuals who works par-time on CROQF development – need for organized (institutional) support – question of financial means
    The current stage of CROQF development requires a high level of expertise, which may be difficult to achieve

Opportunities

    social partners (business sector, educational sector, media) sensible for and aware of the importance of CROQF
    regional recognition of the efforts, organization and quality of (work on) CROQF – regional contacts, support and (?) coordination
    There are options for European cooperation, including this Coordination group, which may facilitate the creation of answers to some questions
    Expert and financial support from the European funds is likely to contribute to the increase in capacity for CROQF development
    Understanding among members of the stakeholders of the importance of the work on CROQF for the improvement of the Croatian education and qualifications system
    participation of different institutions and bodies during the development of CROQF- improvement of quality assurance
    students mobility, mobility of working force

Threats

    Unequal involvement of groups of stakeholders - for example, higher education institutions might be better represented in the working groups than they are now
    There may be conflicting interests among different stakeholders, which may slow down CROQF development
    constitution of working groups which will develop qualifications – quality of individuals which will work in those groups
    selfish interests of some interest groups
    bachelors not recognised at the market
    tiredness from constant changes
    quality assurance