Delegation of the European Union to the Kyrgyz Republic

Transition from education to work to be topic of meeting between EU and Central Asian government and education representatives

Bishkek, 11/12/2018 - 09:58, UNIQUE ID: 181211_4
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A total of nearly 30 participants, including 20 representatives from Ministries of Education and Labour, agencies and educational institutions from the Kyrgyz Republic, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan and a number of education experts from the European Union, will meet next week to discuss the transition of students graduating from Higher Education (HE) and Vocational Education & Training (VET) to the labour market.

The three-day meeting will take the form of a working group who will look at using graduate tracer studies to collect data on the transition of students into work and how to use that evidence for relevant policy analysis and development.

The event is being organised by the Central Asia Education Platform (CAEP) in collaboration with the European Training Foundation (ETF), who will bring to the table their experiences of the Torino Process project, and is being supported by the Ministry of Education and Science for the Kyrgyz Republic.

Education experts from the EU member states of Latvia and Poland will share their experiences of using tracer studies, and practical sessions will look at different approaches to surveying and measuring graduate transition. Teams from each of the Central Asia countries will also have the opportunity to develop their own strategy for undertaking and analysing tracer studies in their country, and will present these to the other delegates for discussion.

To prepare for the meeting, delegates met this week for a ‘webinar’ – a web-based seminar, in which the CAEP team presented an introduction to tracer studies and the concepts behind evidence based policy making and participants had the chance to put forward issues they would like raised at the meeting.

This will be the fifth in a series of working group meetings in Central Asia looking at evidence based policy making in VET and HE, which aim to not only share best practice and improve participants’ knowledge and skills, but also create a regional network that can continue exchanging ideas and experiences in the future.

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