In the frame of the ongoing Twinning project “Further improvement of the system for development and implementation of the National Qualifications Framework” – MK 13 IPA SO 02 15, in the last week of April a study visit was organised to the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework Partnership, in Glasgow, Scotland.
The delegation from the Ministry of Education and Science and the Employment Service Agency of Republic of Macedonia, led by Ms. Natasha Janevska – State Advisor at the Ministry, held working meetings with the colleagues from the Quality Assurance Authority for Higher Education, Skills Development Scotland, Scottish Qualifications Authority, and Education Scotland too. Two on-the-spot visits to the Scottish Fire and Rescue Training Centre, Cambuslang and to the City of Glasgow College were organised, both offering qualifications from all levels according to the Scottish National Qualifications Framework.
Besides the sharing of experiences in the processes of establishing and development of the national qualifications frameworks, the activities for promotion and recognition of the importance of the frameworks, development of interinstitutional collaborations, recognition of prior learning and non-formal learning, and the processes for granting credits in the vocational and higher education, quality assurance in the processes for development of qualifications, management with the register of qualifications, as well as the ways for gathering relevant and timely labour market information and appropriate quick responses from the educational system were elaborated in more details. The inclusion of the stakeholders, like students, teachers, parents, adults, and employers all equally important in parallel to the educational institutions is a constant challenge for which experiences and suggestions for a successful overcoming were shared.
The collaboration between the two institutions continues after the study visit and the end of the ongoing project, through planned additional activities in different areas.