National meeting on NQF held in Bishkek

September 20,2016 |Category : Latest News
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High-level National Meeting on National Qualifications Framework in the Kyrgyz education sector brings together deputy ministers, senior officials and education experts from the Kyrgyz Republic and the European Union as part of the EU funded “Central Asia Education Platform (CAEP)”.

35 Education Experts from Kyrgyzstan and the EU, including the National Erasmus+ Office and the European Training Foundation (ETF)met in Bishkek on September 16 to discuss and reflect the current status of introducing a National Qualifications Frameworks (NQF) in Kyrgyzstan. Worldwide, Qualifications Frameworks aim at making qualifications transparent for users, learners and potential employers. NQFs show what learners are expected to know, understand and be able to do on the basis of a given qualification (learning outcomes) based on practical needs for skills in the labour market. Furthermore, they enable learners to move up the qualification level, for example to move from Vocational Education and Training (VET) to qualifications acquired in a university at higher education level.

In March 2016 the Kyrgyz Ministry of Education and Science and the Ministry of Labour and Social Development adopted a regulation to introduce a NQF in Kyrgyzstan. Since then, various steps have been taken to modernise and adapt the existing qualifications with the aim to better align them with the needs of employers and graduates of the education system in the labour market and to assure a better quality education.

After some opening remarks by the CAEP Team Leader, Mr Christian Wagner, highlighting the relevance of NQF strengthening the linkage between the Higher Education sector and VET, Mr Nurmamat Esenkulov, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Education and Science of the Kyrgyz Republic, stressed the efforts being undertaken to develop a coherent National Qualifications System in the country, involving the relevant stakeholders in this process. Ms Zuurakan Kadenova, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Labour and Social Development of the Kyrgyz Republic, focused on the relevance of professions, which are in particular needed by the companies, contributing to job growth and strengthening the export potential of Kyrgyzstan.

In his opening speech, Mr Jaap Ora, Head of Political Section of the EU Delegation to the Kyrgyz Republic, said that education is one of the three key sectors supported by the European Union, which is contributing to poverty reduction in the country. The European Union is successfully implementing several projects in the areas of education, health, environmental sustainability, peace-building, food security and the promotion of democracy in Kyrgyzstan.

Prof. Ewa Chmielecka, Warsaw School of Economics, presented the “Polish way” to a coherent National Qualifications System since the early 2000 years, including the challenges having occurred and finally overcome in setting-up of a NQF. Key to success has been the active involvement of all stakeholders in the process and a constant support from the Ministry to mediate the various perceptions and ideas on the “right” implementation.

Furthermore, the European Union has supported the challenging process to introduce a National Qualifications Framework for many years – one example is the successful completion of the Tempus QUADRIGA project (Qualification Frameworks in Central Asia: Bologna-based Principles and Regional Coordination) in 2015, which provided valuable input to the elaboration of the NQFin Kyrgyzstan by mobilising national expertise and facilitating exchange at regional level with Kazakhstan and Tajikistan.

This National Meeting has been a “follow-up” of the Riga Regional Conference on National Qualifications Frameworks, where high-ranking representatives from all five Central Asia countries, the Ministry of Education and Science of Latvia and the Ministry of Science and Higher Education came together to share their good practice in developing all levels of National and Sectoral Quaification Frameworks. This Riga Conference has also been organised as part of the Central Asia Education Platform.

During a Ministerial Meeting of Ministers for Education between the EU and Central Asia countries in Riga in June 2015, the Ministers agreed on National Qualification Frameworks as well as on Quality Assurance and Accreditation as main topics for continuing the successfully implemented policy dialogue at regional, national and technical level. Latvia and Poland are the Lead EU Member States supporting the exchange for Vocational Education and Training (VET) and Higher Education (HE) respectively.

Currently, CAEP is preparing a Regional Conference on “Enhancing cooperation in Higher Education between Central Asia countries and the European Union” in Cracow, Poland, from November 16-18, leading towards the 2nd Ministerial Meeting planned for mid-2017.

More information on the upcoming CAEP Regional Conference in Cracowyou will find here:

http://www.caep-project.org/cracow2016/

All materials of the NQF National Meeting in Bishkek can be downloaded here:

http://www.caep-project.org/category/events(*)

For detailed information about CAEP and specific CAEP events, please contact:

Ms Dilya Woodward, CAEP Communication Expert, email: [email protected]

 

More information on the National Eramus+ Office in Kyrgyzstan and its activities you can find here:

http://erasmusplus.kg/en/

 

More information on the European Training Foundation (ETF) and its activities in Central Asia you can find here:

http://www.etf.europa.eu/web.nsf/pages/Central_Asia