4th policy dialogue on higher education with Southern Mediterranean countries – Ensuring quality of teacher education

Brussels, 9-10 July 2018

Launched back in 2012 by the European Commission’s Directorate General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture (DG EAC), this dialogue gathers high-level civil servants responsible for higher education or international cooperation from Southern Mediterranean and European countries, universities and students organisations.

The objective is to provide a regional platform for policy dialogue on higher education, to share good practice and experience among the participants, in particular using the rich experience gathered through the Erasmus+ programme, to evaluate EU assistance and identify further needs for support and to promote regional cooperation.

Two years after the third policy dialogue meeting, participants will take stock of recent policy developments at EU level and in Southern Mediterranean countries in the higher education field. The thematic focus of the event will be on "Improving the quality of teacher education", "teacher" being considered as school education (primary/secondary levels) and higher education teachers.

The European Commission expects around 100 participants from 15 Member States and 9 partner countries (Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia). The Southern Mediterranean Delegation will be composed of representatives from Ministries responsible for higher education and school education, representatives from universities involved in teachers' education, National Erasmus+ Offices and the Embassies to the EU (located in Brussels).

Brussels, Belgium

Programme

Monday 9 July 2018

08.30 – 09.00

Registration

09.00 – 10.00

OPENING SESSION

Moderation: Antoaneta ANGELOVA-KRASTEVA, European Commission, DG Education, Youth, Sport and Culture - Director for Innovation, International Cooperation and Sport

  • Welcome and latest policy developments of the European education agenda
    Themis CHRISTOPHIDOU, European Commission, Director-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture
  • The global context of EU – Southern Mediterranean cooperation
    Fernando GENTILINI, European External Action Service - Managing Director for the Middle East and North Africa.
  • The Union for the Mediterranean: Regional solutions to regional educational challenges in the Mediterranean
    Nasser KAMEL, Secretary General of the Union for the Mediterranean
  • The perspective of a Southern Mediterranean country
    Deena BORAIE , Senior Adviser to the Minister for Education, Egypt

10.00 – 11.00

SESSION 1: SCENE SETTER - THE IMPORTANCE OF THE TEACHING PROFESSION IN THE EDUCATION POLICY CONTEXT

Moderation: Antoaneta ANGELOVA-KRASTEVA, European Commission, DG Education, Youth, Sport and Culture - Director for Innovation, International Cooperation and Sport

  • The policy context in Europe: School development and excellent teaching – Michael TEUTSCH, European Commission, DG Education, Youth, Sport and Culture - Head of the School Unit
  • Teaching and learning as part of the EU Higher education policy – Kinga SZULY, European Commission, DG Education, Youth, Sport and Culture - Head of Higher Education Policy Sector
  • The perspective of a Southern Mediterranean country – Ihab QUBAJ , Assistant Deputy Minister for Higher Education Affairs, Palestine

    Discussion

11.00 – 11.30

Coffee break

11.30 – 12.45

SESSION 2: THE CHALLENGES OF THE TEACHING PROFESSION

Moderation: Claire MOREL, European Commission, DG Education, Youth, Sport and culture - Head of the International Cooperation Unit

  • Keynote speech – Teresa O’DOHERTY , Member of the Teacher Education Policy in Europe network (TEPE)
  • An overview of the teaching profession in Europe at school and university levels – David CROSIER and Marie-Pascale BALCON , Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency
  • The teaching profession in Morocco, progress and challenges – Youssef EL AZHARI, Director of the National Centre for pedagogical innovation and experimentation

    Discussion

12.45 – 13.00

Group photo in the Lobby

12.45 – 13.00

Lunch break, Hotel ground floor​

SESSION 3.A – ENSURING QUALITY IN SCHOOL TEACHERS EDUCATION - EXCHANGE OF NATIONAL PRACTICES

Moderation: Teresa O’DOHERTY, Member of the Teacher Education Policy in Europe Network (TEPE)

14.15-15.45

How to best organise Initial Teacher Education?

  • Reforms in Teacher Education in Israel - Rivka WADMANY, Member of the Council of Higher Education
  • Implementing the reform of initial teacher education in France - Jacques GINESTIÉ , Dean of the faculty of Education, Aix-Marseille University
  • The reform of Initial Teacher Education in Tunisia – Riadh BEN BOUBAKER, General Director of programmes and continuous training

Discussion around the following themes

  • Organisation of Initial Teacher Education (ITE): selection at entry, programme structure, qualifications, flexible pathways
  • Organisation of ITE curricula: balance of subject content, pedagogical theory and practice
  • Embedding practical teaching experience in Initial Teacher Education: practicum requirements, co-operation with practice schools, feedback from school practice

15.45-16.15

Coffee break

16.15-17.45

How to make sure that Initial Teacher Education meets the needs?

  • How to build and implement a teacher competence framework – The example of Hungary - Csilla STEGER , Educational Authority, Vice President for higher education
  • Teacher educators: the missing link? - Liesbeth HENS , Policy advisor teacher education at Flemish Ministry of Education and Training
  • Raising the Quality of Teacher Education Programmes in Palestine through Technology Enhanced Learning Teaching and Assessment (Erasmus+ Project) – Nabil JONDI, Dean at Hebron University

Discussion around the following themes

  • Assuring programme quality: Building up quality assurance mechanisms, developing and using teacher competence frameworks/standards
  • Teacher educators: Job profile, requirements, professional development
  • Adapting to new challenges: introducing Information and Communication Technologies for teaching and learning in curricula for future teachers

3.B –MODERNISING TEACHING AND LEARNING IN HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS

Moderation: Irina FERENCZ, Deputy Director of the Academic Cooperation Association

14:15-15:45

What role can universities play?

  • The European Forum for Enhanced Collaboration in Teaching (EFFECT) - Luisa BUNESCU , Policy Officer, European University Association
  • Modernising teaching methods in an Algerian university - Naouel ABDELLATIF MAMI , Sétif 2 University, Vice-Rector of external relations
  • The perspective and role of students in improving learning at university - Ian McCREADY, European Student Union

Discussion around the following themes

  • Combination of academic and worked-based learning, practices and obstacles
  • Balance between research and education in universities and integration of research results and innovation in teaching
  • Impact of increasing digitalisation of universities on higher education delivery and qualification of teaching staf
  • Involvement of students and external stakeholders in the development of new methods of teaching and learning

15.45-16.15

Coffee break

16.15-17.45

What role can national authorities play?

  • Professional Standards Framework for Excellence in Teaching and Learning in Lebanese Universities - George YAHCHOUCHI , Coordinator of the E-Taleb Erasmus+ Project, Provost of the Holy Spirit University of Kaslik
  • The White Paper on Quality Culture in Higher Education in Norway - Ragnhild SKÅLID , Counsellor for Education, Mission of Norway to the EU

Discussion around the following themes

  • Assessment of learning outcomes
  • Adaptation to diversification of student population such as individualisation of learning, flexible delivery, greater focus on pedagogies
  • Acknowledgement and reward of good quality teaching in recruitment, staff development and promotion schemes
  • Resources and structures available to enable learning and teaching enhancement.

Dinner - Bus departure at 19 o’clock – Meeting at the Hotel reception

Tuesday 10 July 2018

09.00 - 09.30

SESSION 4 - FEEDBACK FROM DISCUSSIONS ON DAY 1

Moderation: Claire MOREL, European Commission, DG Education, Youth, Sport and Culture - Head of the International Cooperation Unit

  • Lessons learned on school teacher education – Davide PARMIGIANI , Vice President of the Association for Teacher Education in Europe
  • Lessons learned on modernising teaching and learning methods at university – Yasser ELSHAYEB, Coordinator of the National Erasmus+ Office in Egypt

9.30-10.45

SESSION 5 - ERASMUS+ IN THE SOUTHERN MEDITERRANEAN REGION: ACHIEVEMENTS AND FUTURE DEVELOPMENTS

09.30 – 10.45

Achievements at mid-term…

Discussion

  • Overview of the Erasmus+ Programme achievements in the region – Claire HERRMANN , European Commission, DG Education, Youth, Sport and Culture, International Cooperation Unit, Policy Officer
  • The impact of Erasmus+ International Credit Mobility in a partner country – Reem ALKHADER , Project Officer, National Erasmus+ Office in Jordan
  • Using Erasmus+ Capacity Building projects to support a national reform agenda – Ahmad JAMMAL , Director General of Higher Education, Lebanon

10.45 – 11.15

Coffee break

11.15 – 12.15

… and future developments

 

Discussion

  • eTwinning expanded, a «Plus» – Jutta KASTNER - European Commission, DG Education, Youth, Sport and Culture, School Education Unit, Policy Officer
  • Erasmus+ goes virtual with Southern Mediterranean countries – José DIEZ VERDEJO - European Commission, DG Education, Youth, Sport and Culture, International Cooperation Unit, Policy Officer
  • Looking beyond 2020 – Claire MOREL - European Commission, DG Education, Youth, Sport and Culture, Deputy Head of the International Cooperation Unit

12.15 – 12.45

CLOSING REMARKS

  • Conclusions from the Tunisian perspective –  Maher GASSAB, Ministry of Higher Education, General Director
  • Closure of the meeting –  Viviane HOFFMANN – European Commission, Deputy Director-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture

12.45 – 14.00

Lunch

 

Background documents

1. At EU level

School teacher education

Teacher education and training at University level

Erasmus+

2. National Examples

Lebanon – Higher education

Ireland in School education

Ireland in higher education

 

Photo gallery

 

Video gallery