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On September 26-27, experts and professionals from the EU and Uzbekistan in Higher Education (HE) and Vocational Education & Training meet in Tashkent to discuss Quality Assurance and Accreditation (QAA) and National Qualifications Frameworks (NQF). The event is organised by the EU-funded programme Central Asia Education Platform (CAEP) in cooperation with the Ministry of Higher and Secondary Specialised Education of the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Uzbekistan, and is part of a series of meetings organised in the region, with similar events already held in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.
The aim of these meetings is to support the process of professionalisation and modernisation of education in the region by sharing EU expertise, facilitating policy dialogue at national level and exploring opportunities for development in the field in each country.
The first day focuses on the topic of National Qualifications Frameworks (NQF), with participants discussing the current status of NQF development in Uzbekistan and representatives from Poland, Latvia and Romania sharing lessons learnt from the introduction of NQF in their respective countries.
The second day will look at Quality Assurance and Accreditation (QAA) by considering the latest trends and challenges in the field and how both the Higher Education and Vocational Education & Training sectors can work together to link Quality Assurance and Accreditation systems with the development of National Qualifications Frameworks.
The two days will involve workshops and round table discussions on implementation of Quality Assurance and Accreditation and National Qualifications Frameworks in Uzbekistan along with recommendations for further actions. These reflections and suggestions will then feed into planned regional Peer Learning activities, in which representatives from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan will exchange developments and best practice in the sector.
The Central Asia Education Platform (CAEP) is a project funded by the European Union. It is a key pillar of the European Education Initiative (EEI) for Central Asia, which is to “contribute to the adaptation of education systems of Central Asian States to the needs of the globalised world” as well as the necessities of the region and the societies in each particular country. Now in its second phase, CAEP promotes policy dialogue and co-operation between the European Union and Central Asia, as well as regional co-operation between the countries of Central Asia, in order to strengthen education reforms in the region.