News archive - [Event Review] 5th Meeting of the Western Balkans Platform on Education

On 27-28 June 2016, the European Commission (EC) organised a two-day meeting with the education ministers of the Western Balkans.

This fifth meeting of the Western Balkans Platform on Education and Training (WB PET) was held in Sarajevo and included representatives from the governments of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Kosovo*, Montenegro and Serbia.

Representatives from the EC included staff from the Education and Culture and Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations Directorates-General.

2016 was the first time Ministers reported on developments in teacher training, following the recommendations of the study on reforming teacher education and training.

The study had been presented at the 2014 meeting, where Ministers also presented their own teacher education and training reform plans.

The 2015 meeting saw the introduction of a trial reporting system to review the progress of reforms, a practice continued for the 2016 Meeting where Ministers presented an example of one of the reforms before presenting their reports.

The reforms showcased included:

  • The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia: A new law for primary and secondary school teachers
  • Serbia: A new bi-law and system of continuous professional development for teachers
  • Albania: New curricula for initial teacher education programmes
  • Montenegro: New reaccreditation procedures for initial teacher education programmes
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina: Qualification and occupational standards for teacher education
  • Kosovo*: Critera and tools for evaluation teacher performance

The Commission also presented the Platform's latests study, "From University to Employment: Mapping Higher Education Provision and Labour Market Needs in the Western Balkans".

The study offers concrete data for policy reform in higher education and the labour market, answer questions on issues such as:

  • how many degrees are awarded per year
  • what skills employers are looking for
  • obstacles to entering the labour market for graduates

The Commission also presented an update on the implementation of the 11 regional activities decided on at the 2015 meeting.

The agenda of the meeting and a list of participants are also available.

On the WB PET website you can find the presentations of the Conference, Progress reports on the reform of teacher education and training by country and Progress reports on higher education reform - 2016 update by country.

Source: WB PET

Geographical focus
  • Western Balkans
Scientifc field / Thematic focus
  • Cross-thematic/Interdisciplinary
  • General

Entry created by Anna Sirocco on July 14, 2016
Modified on August 24, 2016