First CAEP National Meetings on NQF held in Dushanbe and Bishkek

September 01,2016 |Category : Latest News

CAEP starts series of National Meetings in Central Asia countries to discuss current status of development of National Qualifications Frameworks (NQF) with events in Dushanbe and Bishkek.

On September 13 (Dushanbe) and September 17 (Bishkek) education experts from Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia and Poland came together in two dialogue forums, so-called “National Meetings”, facilitated by the Central Asia Education Platform (CAEP) to exchange views and discuss benefits, opportunities and challenges linked to the introduction of NQF in both countries. Representatives from the European Delegations to Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan stressed the overall relevance of NQF for linking labour market needs with education programmes both in Higher Education (HE) and Vocational Education and Training (VET). Furthermore, they highlighted the on-going contribution of the European Union to support both countries in modernising their education systems.

Deputy Ministers for Education and Labour of Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan pointed out, that numerous efforts are currently undertaken by ministerial staff, representatives of education institutions and the business community to develop coherent National Qualifications Systems and welcomed the opportunity to discuss next steps in this process with experts from Latvia and Poland. Since June 2015, Latvia and Poland are CAEP Lead Partners at EU Member States Level for VET and HE retrospectively.

As concrete outcomes of the two National Meetings, participating experts identified topics for a peer learning approach within the CAEO framework to be started in January 2017, involving as well Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, where similar meetings are planned for the near future.

A more detailed coverage of the event in Tajikistan you find here: Dushanbe, September 17, 2016

A more detailed coverage of the event in Kyrgyzstan you find here: Bishkek, September 20, 2016