The 2nd Meeting of Ministers will be held in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, on June 23, 2017.
This will lead on from the successful First Ministerial Meeting in Riga in June 2015 which resulted in the endorsement of a Joint Communiqué in which high-level representatives from both Central Asia countries and the EU agreed on beneficial cooperation in Higher and Vocational Education.
The event is being organised by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan in close cooperation with the European Commission and the European External Action Service (EEAS).
Ministers for Education from the EU and Central Asia are being invited to 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:
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.
The Joint Communiqué of the First Ministerial Meeting and the Indicative Roadmap of Activities can be downloaded here.