Second Meeting of Ministers for Education

June 23, 2017

Astana (Kazakhstan)


Christian Wagner ([email protected])

Ministers for Education from the EU and Central Asia will meet in Astana to reflect on the results of the activities carried out since 2015 and explore further steps in strengthening cooperation. During the Riga meeting in 2015 Ministers for Education and high-level officials from the European Commission, EU Member States and the Central Asia countries of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan agreed on the following priority themes:

  • Development of Qualification Frameworks and Standards
  • Quality Assurance and Accreditation
  • Employment and Labour Market Needs.

In the framework of the Central Asia Education Platform (CAEP), Ministers endorsed a CAEP roadmap, focusing on policy dialogue by organising regional conferences, national seminars, peer learning and working group meetings and by providing stock-taking reports on National Qualification Frameworks and Mobility. Since the meeting in 2015, 2 high-level regional conferences have been held, a number of national meetings on NQF and Bologna Principles have been conducted, and 2 market intelligence reports have been published. Peer learning events and data collection workshops are also planned for the coming months. In order to prepare for the Ministerial Meeting, a 3rd meeting of Senior Officials from the Central Asia countries and the EU will take place in Brussels on March 7. The 4th Senior Officials’ Meeting will then be held in Astana the day before the Ministers’ Meeting on June 22 to fine-tune the Joint Communiqué. Participants at the Ministerial meeting will also be invited to visit EXPO 2017 “Future of Energy” on June 24. More information including the programme, the Astana Declaration and other downloadable materials from the event can be found on the Ministerial Meeting webpages.