BFUG Working Group Meeting in Tbilisi
3 July, 2016
On June 3, 2016, Tbilisi hosted BFUG Working Group II meeting hosted by National Center for Educational Quality Enhancement. The aim of the meeting was to support the implementation of policies of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA), particularly, the Bologna process in its member countries. The working group meeting was opened by Mr. George Sharvashidze, Deputy Minister of Education and Science of Georgia.
Participants have discussed the possibilities of exchanging information on best practices in the field of Higher Education. The working group identified the needs of countries based on three main criteria:
1) Whether a three cycle-system (Bachelor, Master, Doctoral) is in place and the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System implemented.
2) Compliance with the Lisbon Recognition Convention. How recognition of education is administered, and student mobility is facilitated by member states;
3) Whether a well-developed Quality Assurance System based on the European Standards and Guidelines is in place and operational among member states.
The Working Group also discussed challenges regarding the lifelong learning principle and implementation of the short cycle on the fifth-level within the eight-level educational system. The above-mentioned issue is important in terms of transition among different levels of education and recognition of education.
As the meeting, representative of EUROSTUDENT talked about the implementation of state assistance programme for disadvantaged students. Austrian co-chair discussed the Austrian experience along with the measures designed to resolve the issue.
Representatives of BFUG Secretariat, France, Austria, Belgium, Great Britain, Denmark, Hungary, Armenia, Albania, Ukraine, Romania, Poland, Georgia, ENQA, EQAR, ESU, ETUCE and EUROSTUDENT attended the session.