• Past 28 29 September 2017
  • Belgrade, Serbia

Background

The sixth meeting of the Western Balkans Platform on Education and Training included representatives from the governments of:

  • Albania
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Kosovo*
  • Montenegro
  • Serbia
  • The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

Representatives from the European Commission included staff from the Directorate General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture, the Directorate General for Research and Innovation, as well as Directorate General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations.

Summary

The 2017 Ministerial meeting gathered over 100 participants from the Western Balkans, including the Ministers responsible for Education and Science, EU Delegations, National Erasmus+ Offices, universities, Erasmus+ alumni and regional stakeholders.

On 28 September, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, Tibor Navracsics, opened the Ministerial together with the Serbian Minister of Education and the Head of the EU Delegation to Serbia. The opening of the event was dedicated to the 30 years of the Erasmus programme, with a panel debate on the impact of Erasmus+ between Commissioner Navracsics and alumni from the region who have benefitted from the programme and its predecessors.

The two-day event then focused on two themes:

  • increasing research capacity in the region
  • enhancing mobility opportunities

The Ministers discussed the state of reforms in their countries, identified new priorities for regional cooperation and worked towards deeper cooperation. The debate highlighted the need to increase the overall quality of education and research in the region by making full use of the existing opportunities under Erasmus+ and Horizon 2020.

A detailed report and conclusions can be found below.

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

Final report

Final Report and Conclusions WBPET 2017

Presentations

Session 2

Presentation of the Western Balkans Alumni Association, Klaudja Koci and Stefan Ubiparipović 

Session 3

Research Capacity in the Western Balkans, Lisa Cowey, Higher Education Reform Expert 

Session 4

Inter-Regional Mobility, Overview of Existing Opportunities & Way Forward, Albert Sesé, DG Education, Youth, Sport and Culture

Progress Reports - 2017 update

At the outset of the Western Balkans Platform on Education and Training, the Ministers of Education from the Western Balkans identified two main priorities:

  • teacher training
  • higher education

This year again, the countries were asked to update their yearly reports, providing valuable information on the reform efforts undertaken in both areas. The input provided shows the progress in the implementation of these reforms and helps the European Commission coordinate its EU assistance, so that these efforts are properly supported.

Progress reports on higher education reform:

Progress reports on teacher training:

Ministerial meetings from previous years:

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