Over the last two days, from February 7th to 8th, the International University of Sarajevo played host to two Technical Assistance Missions workshops facilitated by the Centre for Information and Recognition of Qualifications in Higher Education and the national Erasmus Office in BiH. This pivotal event attracted esteemed attendees from higher education institutions across Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), as well as Ministers and representatives from various Ministries of Higher Education, including those from the Federation of BiH, Republika Srpska, and numerous cantons. Additionally, representatives from the Ministry of Civil Affairs of BiH, the National Erasmus Office in BiH, and the Team of Higher Education Reform Experts of BiH graced the occasion.
The first day of the workshop explored the crucial theme of the Further Development of the Baseline of Qualifications Framework in Bosnia and Herzegovina. As the Qualifications Framework constitutes a cornerstone of educational reforms, particularly in higher education, the workshop aimed to address key issues plaguing its finalization within the Bosnian context. Eminent EU Expert, Prof. Dr. Mile Dželalija from the University of Split, Croatia, delivered two comprehensive presentations, shedding light on the National Qualifications Frameworks (NQF), Qualifications Frameworks in the European Higher Education Area, and the European Qualifications Framework (EQF). He also expounded on the Development of NQFs towards automatic recognition. A spirited roundtable discussion ensued, focusing on employers' needs and their relationship with NQFs, the interplay between NQFs, quality assurance, and recognition, as well as the challenges facing Bosnia and Herzegovina in this realm.
The second day of the workshop was dedicated to the Implementation of Directives 2005/36/EC and 2013/55/EU in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Participants discussed the phases of implementation, the roles of different bodies, and familiarized themselves with the administrative and operational prerequisites for compliance with the Directives. Discussions centered on administrative cooperation, the Internal Market Information System (IMI), recognition procedures, the utilization of the European Professional Card, and the application of administrative fees. The day culminated in a constructive discussion on the next steps in the Roadmap for Implementation of the Directives, identifying the lead authorities responsible for implementation, and delineating the roles of Sectorial councils in implementation and quality assurance.
Overall, the workshops served as a forum for robust discussions, knowledge exchange, and strategic planning to propel educational reforms forward in Bosnia and Herzegovina. By fostering collaboration among diverse stakeholders and drawing upon international expertise, the event underscored a collective commitment to advancing the educational landscape and ensuring the alignment of Bosnian higher education with European standards and best practices.