EU – Central Asia Policy Dialogue on Education

Labour Market Needs and Best Practices in Central Asia for Quality Assurance in Vocational Education & Training (VET) and Higher Education (HE)

Regional Workshop
EU – Central Asian Education Platform (CAEP)
in cooperation with the European Training Foundation (ETF)

 Bishkek, 11-12 December, 2014

The Central Asian Education Platform (CAEP) has been established by the EU together with the countries of Central Asia to promote a policy dialogue supporting reforms in the education sector of the five Central Asian countries. CAEP is the key pillar of the European Education Initiative (EEI) launched in the context of the EU – Central Asia Strategy for New Partnership in 2007.

Supported by CAEP, the first Regional Workshop on the European Training Foundation’s (ETF) Torino Process in Central Asia was conducted successfully in Astana, Kazakhstan, in February 2013. During this event, CAEP’s main support lines for policy dialogue were presented, focusing particularly on teacher policies and quality in education.

The second Regional Workshop on “Teacher Policies and Quality Approaches in Central Asian Education Systems” in Istanbul on 12-13 May 2014, aimed at promoting policy dialogue on supporting reform in the education sector between the EU and Central Asia. It was attended by government officials, university rectors, VET school directors and representatives as well as representatives from the employers’ associations from Central Asian countries and the EU.

One key conclusion was that there is significant investment by Central Asian countries and international donors in VET and HE and that there is a need for systematic exchange of best practices for implementing quality assurance measures to meet labour market needs.

In this context, under the umbrella of CAEP, and continuing the successful cooperation between ETF and CAEP, the third Regional Workshop “Labour Market Needs and Best Practices in Central Asia for Quality Assurance in Vocational Education & Training (VET) and Higher Education (HE)” will be organised in Bishkek on 11-12 December 2014, focusing on:

  • Current developments of the Torino Process in Central Asia
  • Discussion of challenges as well as best practices for implementing quality assurance measures to meet labour market needs and
  • Prospects for an intensified cooperation in education between Central Asia and the EU.

The main objective of the Torino Process is twofold: to acquire up-to-date knowledge about the policies and their results in a country; and to strengthen the ownership, participation and evidence-base of policy making to improve the performance of policies. Thus, the Torino Process serves as vehicle for developing a common understanding of a medium-term vision, priorities and strategy for VET development, exploring possible options for implementing this vision and / or making further progress.

By also involving the Higher Education Sector and discussing prospects for Regional and EU – Central Asia dialogue, this Regional Workshop addresses policy makers in the Central Asian Ministries of Education, the EU Commission as well as leading representatives from Universities and the VET sector, education specialists and social partners.

In the presentations and workshops, best-practice examples from the EU and Central Asia will be discussed and disseminated.

The event will also contribute to the further policy dialogue on education as envisaged by the upcoming Latvian Presidency in the EU.

The results of the Workshop will be documented and reported to ETF, Erasmus +, the EU Commission and the CAEP partner countries.