On 10 and 11 March 2015 the European Commission and the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency organised a seminar for the Erasmus+ Higher Education Reform Experts (HEREs)
on current challenges and trends in the links between Higher Education (HE) and Vocational Education & Training (VET) in the Erasmus+ Partner Countries neighbouring the EU, and in particular on partnership options between both sectors to support VET and socio-economic development.
The seminar was the first HERE event organised under Erasmus+. It gathered more than 170 participants involving 25 Partner Countries from Central Asia, Eastern Europe, Russia, the Southern Mediterranean and the Western Balkans, including professionals working at higher education institutions, business representatives, public authorities and National Erasmus+ Offices (NEOs).
The seminar offered the country representatives a possibility to exchange information and experiences about on-going developments in their countries. It also provided opportunities for sharing outcomes of projects funded under the previous EU Tempus programme that are implemented in the different countries. The great variety of higher education and VET systems, cultural contexts, and stages of economic development covered by the participating countries were both a challenge and a source of inspiration and allowed for a direct comparison of very different approaches to HE and VET.
The conclusions of the seminar are now available here