European Union External Action

Invitation to media: EU-Armenia strategic policy dialogue workshop, Armenia education reform strategy and Torino Process 2019-20 in Armenia

Yerevan, 15/03/2019 - 13:07, UNIQUE ID: 190315_21
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 The EU Delegation to Armenia and the European Training Foundation (ETF), the EU Agency in charge of supporting countries in the EU neighbourhood to undertake reforms in education and labour policies, are inviting the media to a discussion on the latest developments in EU and Armenia cooperation for better education reforms.

The event will be held on 18 March 2018 in Yerevan (10:00-17:00, Marriott Hotel, Ararat Hall). Media registration is at 10:15 to cover the opening of the event. The event agenda is enclosed.

The event will mark two key steps towards progress of the EU and Armenia cooperation in the field of education and training systems reforms:

  • The European Union Delegation to Armenia will launch the EU-Armenia policy dialogue on education in the framework Comprehensive and Enhanced Partnership Agreement (CEPA) and the Five Year Government Programme and the Education development strategy for Armenia.
  • The European Training Foundation will launch the new cycle of the ‘Torino Process’ (2019-20), a periodic assessment of progress in modernising skills development in EU neighbouring countries.

Background

Now at its 5th edition (2019-20), the ‘Torino Process’ is an initiative of the European Training Foundation. It is a periodical assessment tool used by countries bordering the EU to measure the effectiveness of reforms in countries' education and training systems, in a lifelong learning perspective. Armenia has been using the ‘Torino Process’ since 2010-2011 showing, despite relatively low expenditure on education, an overall high educational attainment. However, public spending is still low (7.3%) in vocational education – the pathway towards better employability.

The EU-Armenia policy dialogue is an initiative of the European Union expected to allow the EU to follow closely the preparation of future reforms and strategies in the Education field.

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