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Dublin: 12th Joint Meeting of the ENIC/NERIC Networks

Published date: 24.06.2005 14:59 | Author: ENIC CENTAR

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12th Joint Meeting of the ENIC and NARIC Networks, organized by UNESCO-CEEPES, Council of Europe and ENIC/NERIC Network of Ireland, was held from 12 - 14 June 2005 in Dublin. Montenegrin representative in Dublin was Vanja Drljevic, head of ENIC Centre in Montenegro.

Representatives of the ENIC/NARIC centres of the European countries, as well as from America, Australia, Canada and Africa participated at the meeting. Mr Ian McKenna, representative of the Department for Education and member of Bollogna Follow-up Group, held openning speech on the meeting.

Main topics of the meeting were Recognition and Qualification issues in the Bologna process. Reports related to recognition issues were presented from:

- Bologna Seminar on Learning Outcomes, Edinburg, 1 - 2 July 2004.
- Bologan Seminar on Recognition, Riga, 3 - 4 December 2004.
- Bologna Seminar on Qualification Frameworks, Copenhagen, 13 -14 January 2005.

Sjur Bergan, head of the Department for Higher Education and Science in the Council of Europe presented a report from the Ministerial Conference in Bergen, 18 19 May 2005.

Participants disscussed on the recognition of Bologna qualifications in the world. Speakers were:

- Ms. Mary Finlay, Director, Education Recognition Unit (AEI-NOOSR), Department of Education, Science and Training, Australian ENIC
- Mr. E. Stephen Hunt, US ENIC
- Mr. William Sabaya, President of the Regional Committee for the Arusha Convention, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
- Prof. Abdel Bagi A/Ghani Babiker, President of the UNESCO Regional Committee for Convention on the Recognition of Studies Arab States
- Prof. Andrejs Rauhvargers, President of the Committee of the Lisbon Recognition Convention
- Ms. Marie-Odile Ottenwaelter, CIEP, Coordinator of the MEDA Project

Trends and development in transnational education were presented as well (speakers: Mr. Yves Beaudin, National Coordinator, Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials (CICIC) and Ms. Carolyn Campbell, Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA), United Kingdom)

Participants were informed on UNESCO/OECD work progress report on Guidelines for quality provision in cross-border higher education and on international education and on an international information tool on recognised higher education instiutions (Ms. Zeynep Varoglu, Assistant Programme Specialist, Division of Higher Education, UNESCO Paris and Ms. Keiko Momii, Analyst, OECD).

Workshops dedicated to different aspects of diploma recognition and qualifications were organized, with key issues that are met in this process. Future perspectives and activities on ENIC/NARIC Networks were defined and the ENIC Bureau was elected, consisting of a chair and two vice-chairs (Eric Schwarz, ENIC center, Canada, was elected for the chair, and Carmel Kelly, ENIC/NARIC, Ireland and Nadezda Uzelac, ENIC center, Macedonia as vice-presidents).