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 third regional meeting of Ministers of Education on the implementation of the European Higher Education Area was held in Yerevan under the Armenian Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe on 17-18 October 2013. The meeting was co-organized by the Ministry of Education and Science of Armenia, the Council of Europe and the European Students’ Union. In comparison to previous meetings, it also included delegations from the countries of the Black Sea Economic Co-operation. The meeting was attended by the delegations of Armenia, Belarus, Bulgaria, Georgia, Moldova, Romania, the Russian Federation and Ukraine, as well as by observer organisations.

The meeting focused on different parts of the Bologna structural higher education reform process, with a particular focus on the self-certification and implementation of national qualifications frameworks and student participation in the higher education governance.

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




Main documents
- Declaration (in English and in Russian)
- Programme (in English and in Russian)
- Powerpoint and text presentations
Plenary session:
Qualifications Frameworks in the Context of Structural Reforms in the European Higher Education Area by Mr Sjur Bergan, Head of the Education Department
National Qualifications Frameworks: Self-Certification and Beyond Challenges by Mr Stephen Adam, Higher Education Expert
National Qualifications Framework and Recognition of Qualifications by Ms Carita Blomqvist, Chair of the Lisbon Recognition Committee (2007-2013), Finnish National Board of Education
Overview of the Student Participation in the Higher Education Governance by Ms Milica Popovic
Parallel sessions:
Towards the 2015 Bologna Ministerial meeting: main challenges in the implementation of the EHEA by Ms Gayane Harutyunyan, Head of the BFUG Secretariat
Student Participation in Higher Education Institutions Governance by Ms Gabriela Bergan and Mr Tiago Martins
National Policy on Student Participation in Institutional Governance: Yerevan State University case by Mr Ruben Markosyan, Vice-rector of the Yerevan State University
Students’ Participation in the Governance of HEIs: Armenian reality by Mr Sargis Asatryants, Vice-Chairman at Armenian National Student Association

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