Higher Education and Research

In September 2011 a regional meeting of Ministers of Education was held in Kyiv under the Ukrainian Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe. Following on from the success of this meeting, the 2nd regional meeting of Ministers of Education on the Implementation of the European Higher Education Area was held in Strasbourg on 22-23 November 2012.

The meeting was attended by the delegations of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, the Republic of Moldova, the Russian Federation and Ukraine, as well as by observer organisations.

The meeting examined issues of particular relevance to ministers of education of the countries concerned, with specific focus on the implementation of national qualifications frameworks and its link to quality assurance.

At the end of the meeting a declaration was adopted.


Council of Europe
Unit for Regional and Bilateral Co-operation
Department of Education
Directorate for Democratic Citizenship and Participation
DG II: Democracy
67075-Strasbourg, France




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Main documents
- Declaration (in English and in Russian)
- Programme (in English and in Russian)

- List of participants
- Powerpoint and text presentations
National Qualifications Frameworks in the European context by Mr Sjur Bergan, Head of the Education Department
Self- certification of National Qualifications Frameworks against the EQ-EHEA by Mr Stephen Adam, Higher Education Expert
An analysis of self-certifications by Mr Bryan Maguire, Head of Qualifications Services Designate, Qualifications and Quality Assurance Authority of Ireland
Beyond structures: implementation of the national qualifications frameworks (general principles) by Mr Stephen Adam
Implementation of the national qualifications framework: students’ view by Ms Nevena Vuksanovic, Executive Committee member, European Student Union
National qualifications frameworks and quality assurance by Ms Lena Adamson, Higher education expert
State of play and main challenges by the national representatives:
Mr Armen Ashotyan, Minister of Education and Science of the Republic of Armenia (PPT)
Mr Gulu Novruzov, Deputy Minister of Education of Azerbaijan (PPT)
Mrs Ketevan Natriashvili, Deputy Minister of Education and Science of Georgia (PPT)
Mr Bakytzhan Zhumagulov, Minister of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan (PPT in English, PPT in Russian and text)
Ms Maia Sandu, Minister of Education of the Republic of Moldova (PPT)
Mr Victor Chistokhvalov, Director of the Institute for Comparative Educational Policy of the Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia (text in Russian)
Mr Dmytro Tabachnik, Minister of Education and Science, Youth and Sports of Ukraine (PPT)

Reference documents

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