Higher Education

Tue, 2013-04-30 00:00

This is a short summary of the report prepared by Dr. Nino Chubinidze, the Director for Quality Assurance Department in Caucasus University (Tbilisi, Georgia) and presented during the seminar on Quality Assurance in Higher Education that took place on 26 March in Minsk

The review is prepared by Janne Järvinen, the intern with the ODB

During the past ten years Georgia has been developing a Higher Education Quality Assurance System to improve the quality of the country’s higher education system. The development of the quality assurance system has been carried out in conjunction with the adoption of the main principles of the Bologna process. The ten year period for the development of the tertiary education system in Georgia is divided into three phases: I) Preparatory phase where institutional accreditation process was very technical and lacked contribution from the universities. II) QA System development reflects active participation from official governmental bodies, as well as from the academic society.  III) The third term of Quality Assurance System Development in Georgia , which is an on-going process and  covers not only institutional but also program evaluation area and actively encourages  employers to make the system to adequate and appropriate to the global market needs.  IV) The review of the future of the QA system development in Georgia.

Fri, 2013-03-29 15:56

A day-long seminar, dedicated to various aspects of quality assurance in higher education was held in Minsk on 26 March. The event was organised in the framework of the programme "EU and Belarus: Sharing Knowledge" by the Brussels-based Office for a Democratic Belarus and its partner organisation the Office for European Expertise and Communication.

Wed, 2013-03-13 14:36

On 26 March, the Office for a Democratic Belarus (Brussels, Belgium) together with the Office for European Expertise and Communication (Minsk, Belarus)  organise a seminar on  quality assurance in higher education.

The seminar will be conducted in the frames of "EU and Belarus: Sharing Knowledge" programme" and will cover the following topics:

• Standards and guidelines for quality assurance systems in the European Area of Higher Education;
• Models and guidelines for quality assurance;
• Information System for evaluation of quality: content, recipients of  information, reporting;
• Internal evaluation of the quality and content of and procedures;
• External evaluation of the quality and content of and procedures;
• Interaction of universities with external experts to assess the quality;
• Ensuring competence of teachers;
• Student self-governance;
• Universities autonomy.

Mon, 2013-02-18 17:37

Belarusian specialists in higher education learn from their Ukrainian colleagues at an expert meeting, entitled "Joining the European Area of Higher Education by Post-Soviet States.  Different scenarios and success stories" 

On 12 February, another in-country expert meeting dedicated to the post-soviet states' experience in adoption the Bologna principles in higher education took place in Minsk. Belarusian experts had a chance to meet Taras Finikov, President of the International Foundation for Education Policy Research, and a former Ukrainian Deputy-Minister for Education and Science.

Fri, 2013-02-01 15:58

Round-table 'Belarus on Its Way Towards European Area of Higher Education takes place in Minsk


Translated by ODB

Despite the fact that Belarus is not part of the Europena Area of Higher Education, calling the country a new-comer in this proccess would be unfair. In 2009-2011, Belarus was actively preparing a membership application for International Bologna Secretariat and and these effords caused a lot of discussion nationally and internationally. Currently, the process of transition to Bologna system slowed done however has not been interrupted. This small break gives Belarus time to reflect and learn from its neighbours' experience.

"Forewarned is forearmed" - This saying became a slogan for the round-table  'Belarus on Its Way towards European Area of Higher Education' that took place on January 28 in Minsk. The meeting gathered teachers from different universities of Belarus, National Institute for Higher Education, Centre for Students' Initiative, and Independent Public Bologna Committee. Professor Rimantas Zelvys, Vice-Rector for Research of Vilnius Pedagogical University (Lithuania) was an invited speaker at the event.

Wed, 2012-09-05 20:10

There could be no better way to honour the life and academic career of prominent Belarusian Vitali Silitski (1972-2011) than a fellowship for his fellow political analysts, researchers and countrymen.

Silitski was a ground-breaking representative of a new, post-Soviet generation of Belarusians: a talented political scientist, sociologist and publicist; ironic, and metaphoric, not always ready to meet the opponent halfway, direct, thoughtful and fair, a weighty figure in many ways.

Silitski studied in Minsk, Budapest, Washington D.C. and Stanford, authored and co-authored books and hundreds of publications on democratisation processes in the post-Soviet space, as well as electoral revolutions and the politics of economic reform. He headed the Belarusian Institute for Strategic Studies, shaping it into the foremost think tank in the country. And he passed
away too early.

After his unfortunate death in June 2011, BISS, in conjunction with several of its partners, came up with the idea of financial support for Belarusians students and researchers. Alumni of the Central European University in Hungary where Vitali completed his Masters’ degree raised money to support a Belarusian student who was studying there at that time. The Institute of
European Studies and International Relations of the Comenius University in Bratislava, with the help of the Slovak government (SlovakAid), offered a fellowship for six Belarusians to come over for a semester. With these initiatives running, BISS and its partners plan to come up with research fellowships for month-long internships in think-tanks around Europe.
Belarus Headlines talked to the Vitali Silitski fellows of the Comenius University about their motivation to apply for it and their knowledge of the programme’s namesake.

Sun, 2012-06-17 00:00

On 3-6 June, a group of Belarusian  experts in higher education  came to Tbilisi (Georgia), on a three day study visit, which was a part of  the project ‘EU and Belarus: Experience Exchange’, organised by the Office for a Democratic Belarus.


Wed, 2012-03-28 15:52

On 19-21 March, a delegation of Belarusian experts in higher education visited Brussels. A group of specialists representing different higher education institutions of the country had a series of meeting at the European Commission, the European Parliament, Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency, as well as the European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education. The Belarusian delegates also paid a visit to the Maastricht University in the Netherlands. In the frames of the visit the Belarusian experts had a chance to learn more about the EU programmes such as Tempus, Erasmus Mundus and Jean Monnet, to discuss the possibilities for Belarus’ participation in them as well as the difficulties and obstacles the Belarusian universities face while implementing the EU-supported projects.

Fri, 2010-06-25 16:34

On 24th of June 2010, the European Training Foundation in cooperation with the Delegation of the European Union to Belarus and the Office for Democratic Belarus (Brussels, Belgium) organised a joint seminar entitled “Interaction between the Labour Market and Education in Belarus”. The aim of the event was to present an independent study conducted by The European Training Foundation and to further  discuss it with the experts from local government institutions such as The Ministry of Labour and Social Protection,  local and regional NGOs.

Fri, 2010-02-19 13:53

Round table on questions of cooperation between Belarus and EU in the field of higher education took place in Minsk on February 6.
It presented an opportunity for extensive discussion on EU-funded programmes that are currently opened for Belarus and the projects that are being implemented in their framework. In addition, Belarusian and EU experts exchanged their views on formal and informal education, crisis of higher education  and the need for reforms in this sector, as well as problems related to protection of the intellectual property in Belarus.
Among other topics, participants of the event from leading state and private universities of Belarus, the Ministry of Education, various  non-governmental organisations and think tanks, experts of the European Commission and journalists actively discussed the issue of Belarus' readiness for joining the Bologna process.