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South East Europe sets up regional network for qualifications frameworks
(Cetinje, 8-9 July 2008)
On July 8 – 9, representatives of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Montenegro, Romania, “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” and Turkey met in Cetinje to set up a regional network for qualifications frameworks. The network will also be open to Greece, Serbia and Slovenia, all of which were unable to participate in Cetinje. The meeting was opened by the Minister of Education of Montenegro, Professor Sreten Škuletić, and it was coorganized by the Ministry of Education of Montenegro and the Council of Europe.
The new regional network will be an important step in developing one of the key areas of the Bologna Process. The main purpsoe of the network is to exchange experience and promote good practice among the participating countries in the development and implementation of their national qualifications frameworks compatible with the overarching framework of qualifications of the European Higher Education Area (QF-EHEA). Participating countries shall offer mutual assistance and support in the development and implementation of their national frameworks and shall consider issues of regional concern.
In the first part of the meeting, Sjur Bergan, Head of the Council of Europe’s Department of Higher Education and History teaching and Chair of the Bologna Coordination Group on Qualifications Frameworks, gave an overview of issues and developments regarding qualifications frameworks in the European Higher Education Area. Nadežda Uzelac of the Ministry of Education of “the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” and a member of the Bologna Coordination Group on Qualifications Frameworks gave a presentation on the role and importance of qualifications frameworks from a regional perspective. Each delegation then provided an overview of the status and development of its national qualifications framework.
The meeting adopted the terms of reference of the network and elected Nadežda Uzelac, its first Coordinator. Participants also decided to appoint three dedicated teams to address specific issues. One team will plan and conduct a comparative analysis of qualifications frameworks and education systems of the countries participating in the Network. A second team will offer assistance and guidelines in developing national web sites for qualifications frameworks and consider whether it would be useful and feasible to develop a web site for the Network, and the third team will develop project proposals that may be submitted to external sources for support. This team will in particular consider project proposals that may help train higher education policy makers and practitioners in the region in key aspects of qualifications frameworks.
Presentations on national developments by:
“the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia” (see Nadežda Uzelac’s presentation, above]