EU Twinning project supporting the National Center for Educational Quality Enhancement formally launches activities
21-month project with over 120 missions of German and Estonian experts to fine-tune NCEQE’s policy and guidelines with EU standards
On Tuesday, 29th October 2019, the Kick-off of the EU-funded Twinning Project “Strengthening capacities for quality assurance and governance of qualifications” was held at Gldani Vocational Education and Training Centre, one of the most modern and prominent public vocational education institutions in Georgia. The kick-off meeting was part of a high-level event marking official launch of new EU Programme on Skills Development and Matching for Labour Market Needs - Skills4Jobs . At the event formal statements on the Skills4Jobs Programme were made by EU Ambassador, Prime Minister, and ETF Director. At the event the sides discussed the state of play, challenges and perspectives of skills matching for labour-market in Georgia.
At the occasion, on behalf of Twinning partner Estonian Junior Project Leader Dr. Heli Mattisen presented the activities envisaged in framework of the project and talked over the sustainability and future perspectives of Twinning project outputs. In her speech, Dr. Heli Mattisen highlighted the achievements of NCEQE at the European platforms. „Georgia has made significant progress in the field of education in recent years. Making NCEQE an equal member of the family of European agencies is one of many examples of success. I sincerely hope that our Twinning project will help to create a favourable environment for further developments and mutual learning. “- The Estonian Twining project leader stated.
The overall objective of the Twinning project launched in July 2019, is to contribute to human capital development by improving quality assurance, transparency and governance of skills and qualifications in a lifelong learning (LLL) perspective. Within 21 months over 120 EU expert missions with total of more than 600 working days will be implemented to support the National Center for Educational Quality Enhancement (NCEQE) and partners to implement and monitor the new/ reformed quality assurance framework of education through improved institutional capacities, effective instruments and procedures, participative governance, and delivery of relevant information to stakeholders and the population.
The Twinning project comprises three components. The objective of
1) the first component is to strengthen quality assurance of education and training in an LLL
2) the second component is to contribute to the implementation of the new National
3) the third component is to contribute to an improved model of governance, monitoring
and dissemination of NCEQE’s outputs.
In the framework of the Twinning project, EU experts will draft guidelines with practical proposals considering the best regulatory practices of implementation of European Qualification Framework (EQF) as well as considering national circumstances in Georgia, thus ensuring smooth implementation of ENQA recommendations endorsed for NCEQE to meet requirements of the full membership.
In April 2019, the NCEQE (National Center for Educational Quality enhancement) became a member of ENQA, the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education and of EQAR, the European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education. This Twinning project is an additional step of Georgia and of the beneficiary institution - NCEQE on the way of implementation of the EU-Georgia Association Agreement and of becoming a fully recognised family member of the European Higher Education Area.
The event was attended by key stakeholders from the Government of Georgia, EU Delegation to Georgia, DAAD, EKKA, NCEQE, ETF, young people and other stakeholders, in total by 150 participants.
The Twinning project is implemented by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in partnership with the Estonian Quality Agency for Higher and Vocational Education (EKKA).
Twinning is a European Union instrument for institutional cooperation between Public Administrations of EU Member States and of beneficiary or partner countries. Twinning projects bring together public sector expertise from EU Member States and beneficiary countries with the aim of achieving concrete mandatory operational results through peer to peer activities.
For additional information, please see: https://ec.europa.eu/neighbourhood-enlargement/tenders/twinning_en