Erasmus+ Higher Education Reform Experts Seminar on HE & VET, Istanbul, 10-11 March 2015

The Erasmus+ Higher Education Reform Experts Seminar on higher education and vocational education & training was organized by the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency in close cooperation with the Commission services (in particular DG EAC and DG EMPL) and the European Training Foundation (ETF). The event took place in Istanbul (Turkey), from 10 to 11 March 2015.

The aim of the seminar was to encourage reflection and discussion among Higher Education Reform Experts (HEREs) from the Partner Countries neighbouring the EU on how HE and VET could support economic and social development in the countries concerned and in particular how HE could support VET in addressing some of the socio-economic challenges faced by VET systems in the Partner Countries concerned.

Around 170 participants from 25 Partner Countries attended the event, including HEREs from each country, the coordinators of the National Erasmus+ Offices, experts and representatives from Turkish organisations, as well as experts from EU and Partner Countries. 

Seminar documents

1- Plenary session

•    Main challenges and trends in VET in the EU, partnering possibilities with Higher Education by Jan Varchola, Policy Officer, Directorate General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission

•    Main challenges and trends in VET in the Partner Countries, partnering possibilities with Higher Education by Madlen Serban, Director of the European Training Foundation

•    Main challenges and trends in VET in the Western Balkans: The case of Albania by Gentjana Sula, Deputy Minister of Social Welfare and Youth of Albania 

•    Main challenges and trends in VET in the Southern Mediterranean countries: The case of Egypt by Hany Helal, Professor, Cairo University

•    Main challenges and trends in VET in Central Asia: The case of Tajikistan by Subron Ashurov, Chair of the VET Support Foundation 

•    Main challenges and trends in VET in Eastern Europe: The case of Georgia by Elene Jibladze, Director of the Centre for Enhancement of the Quality of Education, Tbilissi

2- Workshops/ Case studies

Workshop 1
•    TVET Teacher: initial training and continuous training by Yelena Zigangirova, Director of Academic Management Department, “Rasipjkor” Holding, Non-commercial JSC, Kazakhstan and  Dana Kalenova, Head of department for TVET strategic development, Ministry of Education, Kazakhstan
•    HE and VET, partnering for training of VET school teachers and managers by Veronica Sultana, co-ordinator of the Vocational Teacher Training Unit at Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology MCAST, Malta

Workshop 2
•    HE & VET partnering for developing intermediate levels of qualifications for the labour market by Alicia-Leonor Sauli-Miklavčič, Project Manager, Association of Slovene Higher Vocational Colleges, Slovenia (EURASHE, European Association of Institutions in Higher Education)
•    MESS's work on NQS & Partnership for post-secondary intermediate levels of qualifications by Fatih Tokatli, Director of External Affairs, Training and Projects, Turkish Employers’ Association of Metal Industries, Turkey

Workshop 3
•    HE and VET, partnering for ensuring portability of qualifications and permeability among education and training systems by Seija Mahlamäki-Kultanen, Professor, Häme University of Applied Sciences, Finland
•    Partnership between VET and HE spheres: Ukrainian case by Rodion Kolyshko, Head of Labour Potential Development and CSR Department, Federation of Employers of Ukraine

Workshop 4
•    CHILL! Cooperation for regional innovation by Véronique Feijen, Policy advisor international affairs, MBO Raad, the Netherlands Association of VET Colleges, the Netherlands 
•    HE & VET - Partnering for fostering local development by Tami Atiya, Director of Technologies and Colleges, Amal School Network, Israel