Regional Workshop in Istanbul on 12-13 May 2014

Teacher Policies and Quality Approaches in Central Asian Education Systems

May 12, 2014 to May 13, 2014

Istanbul (Turkey)

Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and EU


In cooperation with the European Training Foundation and organised under the umbrella of CAEP, this two-day workshop will present the main findings of, and discuss recommendations for, a high-level policy dialogue in the following key areas:

  • Common European Principles for Teacher Competences and Qualifications;
  • Quality of VET and HE, focusing on employability of graduates, stakeholders’ involvement, the adopting of a learning-outcomes approach, and the learning needs of teachers;
  • State-of-the-art of existing Teacher Policies and Quality Assurance systems for VET and HE in Central Asia and the European Union.

In more detail, the topics to be covered range from career orientation for prospective teachers, teachers’ social skills and professional development, to issues of stakeholders’ involvement in VET and HE, development, maintenance and management of qualifications to the development of curricula for qualifications, and training of teachers to strengthen the capacity of both the VET and HE sectors to comply with labour market needs.

In the presentations and workshops, best-practice examples from the EU and Central Asia will be discussed and disseminated.

The event will also consider the results of the ETF Conference on Quality Assurance in VET in Central Asia, held in November 2013 in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

The two study reports to be presented will serve as background papers for the discussion of the current developments and approaches being followed in Central Asia. The meeting will also discuss what each country identifies as its main recent achievements, and any challenges that are emerging – as a result of either existing or new developments. Within the scope of these two objectives, the workshop sessions should produce clear messages for the region in terms of progress and priorities, and contribute to facilitating a region-wide dialogue on VET and HE issues.

The discussions amongst policy makers and experts will enable each country to identify where it believes EU CAEP support will be most valuable in the next few years, and to make recommendations for the strengthening of education systems, be it in VET or HE.

The results of the workshop will be documented and reported to ETF, Tempus, the EU Commission and the CAEP partner countries.


Day 1
12 May 2014
09.00 – 09.30 Registration & Welcome coffee
09.30 – 10.00 Opening of the seminar
Chair: Mr Wolfgang Hellwig (CAEP Project Director)

  • EEAS
  • Mr Arjen Vos, ETF

10.00 – 10.15

Mr Christian Wagner (CAEP Project Team Leader)
Introduction to the Central Asian Education Platform Project (CAEP)

  • CAEP Database
  • CAEP Studies
10.15 – 11.00 Mr Johann Schustereder (CAEP Project Expert)
Presentation: Teacher policies in the EU and Central Asia
Role and professional development of vocational teachers and trainers – results and recommendations
11.00 – 11.15 Discussion
11.15 – 11.30 Coffee and tea break
11.30 – 13.00 Facilitator: Mr Christian Wagner (CAEP Project Team Leader)
Individual country presentations on “Teacher Policies”

  • Kazakhstan
  • Kyrgyz Republic
  • Tajikistan
  • Uzbekistan
  • Turkmenistan

10 minutes presentations followed by discussion

13.00 – 14.00 Lunch
14.00 – 14.45 Mr Claudio Dondi (CAEP Project Expert)
Presentation. Quality in VET and HE
Capacity of Quality Assurance systems in VET and HE to meet qualification needs of individuals, employers, economy and society– results and recommendations
14.45 – 15.00 Discussion
15.00 – 15.15 Coffee and tea break
15.15 – 16.45 Facilitator: Mr Wolfgang Hellwig (CAEP Project Director)
Individual Country Presentations on “Quality Systems in VET and HE” (policy level, institutional level, individual level)

  • Kazakhstan
  • Kyrgyz Republic
  • Tajikistan
  • Uzbekistan
  • Turkmenistan

10 minutes presentations followed by discussion

16.45 – 17.00 Comments on the Studies’ results from ETF perspective
Mr Arian Vos, ETF
17.00 – 17.30 Plenary discussion
Facilitator: Mr Christian Wagner (CAEP Team Leader)

  • First conclusions with regard to identified topics for policy dialogue
19.00 Official dinner
End of day 1


Day 2
13 May 2014
09.00 – 09.15 Round up of Day 1
09.15 – 09.30 Current developments and trends of the Torino Process in Central Asia
Vincent McBride, ETF
09.30 – 11.00 Quality for Innovation: Quality Approaches and Human Resources in VET and HE
Three working groups to be facilitated by ETF

  • WG 1: Strengthening Teacher Policies and Training
  • WG 2: Institutional Approaches to Quality issues
  • WG 3: Synergies of Quality Systems in VET and HE
11.00 – 11.30 Coffee and tea break
11.30 – 12.00 Continuation of workshops
12.00 – 13.00 Facilitator: Mr Arjen Vos, ETF
Presentation and discussion of WG results
13:00 – 14.00 Lunch
14.00 – 16.00 “Developing a roadmap for EU CAEP activities in Central Asia”
Plenary Discussion and/or Working Groups (maybe for each country individually)
Facilitator: Mr Wolfgang Hellwig (CAEP Project Director)

  • Conclusions and Recommendations for Strengthening Policy Dialogue within CAEP and beyond

16.00 – 16.30

Coffee and tea break

16.30 – 17.00

Individual Consultation to CAEP
Potential for intensified cooperation to strengthen the policy dialogue
End of Day 2


  • Background note WG 1 – Strengthening Teacher Policies and Training [EN][RU]
  • Background note WG 2 – Institutional Approaches to Quality Issues [EN][RU]
  • Background note WG 3 – Synergies of Quality Systems in VET and HE [EN][RU]
  • Presentation CAEP Wagner [RU]
  • Presentation ETF Torino McBride [EN][RU]
  • Presentation Kazakhstan Narbekova [RU]
  • Presentation Kazakhstan Omirbaev [EN][RU]
  • Presentation Kyrgyzstan Umankulova [RU]
  • Presentation Quality Dondi [EN][RU]
  • Presentation Tajikistan Kadyrova [RU]
  • Presentation Tajikistan Sanginov [RU]
  • Presentation Teacher Policies Schustereder [EN][RU]
  • Working paper on Quality of VET and Higher Education Dondi [EN][RU]
  • Working paper on Teacher Policies Schustereder [EN][RU]