Detailed Programme

EHEA Ministerial Conference and Third Bologna Policy Forum
26-27 April 2012, Bucharest

25 April 2012, Victoria Palace

19:30 – 20:15     Transfer to the Welcome Buffet Dinner from the hotels
 20:30                   Cocktail and Welcome Buffet Dinner

26 April 2012, Palace of the Parliament

08:00 – 11:00     Transfers from the conference hotels to the Palace of the Parliament


09:00 - 11:00      BFUG Meeting (Room: “I.I.C. Bratianu”)


09:00 – 12:00     Bilateral meetings (optional) (Room: "Mihai Viteazul" and "President" )


10:00 - 11:30      World Bank Parallel Session (Room: "Human rights")

                              ·    Mircea Miclea -  Relevant Skills

                              ·   Omar Arias - Measuring Skills and Policies to Develop them

                              ·   Eliot Sorel - Biological, Psychosocial, and Educational Antecedents/Determinants of Sustainable

                                   Development 


11:00 – 12:00     Arrival and registration                                                 

12:00 – 13:30     EHEA Ministerial Conference

Official Opening – Plenary Session (Room: "A.I. Cuza")


Chair: Catalin Ovidiu Baba – Minister for Education, Research, Youth and Sports in Romania

Speakers:                         

  •  - Traian Băsescu, Romanian President (10 min)
  •  - Catalin Ovidiu Baba, Romanian Minister for Education, Research, Youth and Sport in Romania (10 min)
  •  - Morten Østergaard, Danish Minister for Science, Innovation and Higher Education (5 min)
  •  - Gulu Novruzov, Azeri Vice-Minister of Education (5 min)
  •  - Androulla Vassiliou, European Union, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth (5 min)


Bologna Process implementation and challenges ahead – Interactive panel
Chair: Germain Dondelinger (Co-Chair of the Working Group on The Bologna Process Implementation)
David Crosier, Eurydice and Andrejs Rauhvargers, Co-Chair of the Working Group on The Bologna Process Implementation -  "The European Higher Education Area in 2012: Bologna Process Implementation Report" – main conclusions and way forward (15 min)
Reactions and discussion with the heads of delegation of the BFUG Consultative members (roundtable – EHEA consultative members: Council of Europe, UNESCO, EUA, EURASHE, ESU, ENQA, EI and Business Europe)  (50 min)


13:30 – 15:00          Luncheon (Rooms: "Reception", "Brancovenesc")

15:00 – 16:30    EHEA Ministerial Conference - Parallel sessions


(Rooms:  "Nicolae Balcescu", "Mihai Viteazul", "Nicolae Iorga", "Drepturilor Omului")


Moderated by the Ministers from Romania, Denmark, Azerbaijan and Armenia


Aim: Discussing the Bucharest Communiqué

15:00 – 16:30    BPF Information and mutual exchange session 1 – Plenary session  (Room: "I.I.C. Bratianu")

Title: The Bologna Process – A Catalyst for Reform in other regions?

Moderator: Hilligje van’t Land, Director Membership and Programme Development, International Association of Universities (IAU) – (10 min introduction)
Format: Interactive panel– 45 min

Panelists:

  •  Mongkhonvanit Pornchai, IAU Board Member / President Siam University (Thailand)
  • Carlos De Feo, Secretary General, Federacion Nacional de Docentes Universitarios, CONADU (Argentina)
  • Victor Sanchez, President, United States Students Association (USA)

Main questions for the panelists:

  • How did the BP impact your national/ regional context?
  • What are the opportunities and obstacles for inter-governmental cooperation, similar to the Bologna Process, in your region?

Moderated discussion with questions from the audience – 35 min

16:30 – 17:00    Coffee Break

16:45 – 17:00    Family photo EHEA heads of delegation
                          Family photo EHEA and non-EHEA heads of delegation

17:00 – 18:30    EHEA Ministerial Conference
Plenary Session (Room: "A.I. Cuza")


Chair: Morten Østergaard, Danish Minister for Science, Innovation and Higher Education


Aim: Finalising the discussions on the Bucharest Communiqué


Short overview:
Presentation of the conclusions from the EHEA parallel sessions


Sir Peter Scott (IOE) – Main conclusions of the Future of Higher Education – Bologna Process Researchers’ Conference (FOHE-BPRC)

Discussions for finalising the Bucharest Ministerial Communiqué

17:00 – 18:30    BPF Information and mutual exchange session 2 – Plenary Session (Room: "I.I.C. Bratianu")


Theme - Qualifications Frameworks and their role in academic and professional recognition

Chair: Jean-Philippe Restoueix, Council of Europe
Format: interactive panel – 60 min 


Panelists:

  •  - Javier Botero, Vice-Minister, Colombia
  • - Joe Samuels, SAQA, South Africa 
  • - Shelagh Whittleston, Australia
  • - Holly McKiernan, Lumina Foundation, USA
  • - Mr. Bryan Maguire, HETAC, Ireland


Main questions to be addressed by speakers:

  • - Why has a QF been developed for higher education in your country/ region?
  • - What was the process for developing it?
  • - What were the challenges in developing it?
  • - Do you believe it is accomplishing its intended goal? How do you know this is the case?


Q & A with the public: 30 min

18:30 – 19:00    Transfer to the hotels from the Palace of Parliament

20:00 – 20:30    Transfer to the Festive Evening Event from the hotels

20.30                 Festive Evening Event / Official dinner, The Romanian Athenaeum (1-3 Franklin Street)

27 April 2012, Palace of the Parliament

08:00 - 09:00     Transfer from the hotels to the Palace of Parliament

                           Bilateral meetings (optional) (Room: "Mihai Viteazul" Hall, "President" Hall)

09:00 – 10.30    Bologna Policy Forum Official Opening – Plenary session

(Room: "A.I. Cuza")


Chair: Gulu Novruzov, Azeri Vice-Minister of Education


Welcome words:

  • Catalin Ovidiu Baba, Romanian Minister for Education, Youth and Sports (5 min)
  • Androulla Vassiliou, European Union, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth (5 min)


Keynote speech, Eduardo Ochoa, Assistant Secretary of Postsecondary Education, U.S. Department of Education (20 min)

Discussion– 60 min

10:30 – 11:00     Coffee Break

 11.00 – 12.30     BPF Thematic parallel sessions
(Rooms: "Nicolae Balcescu", "I.I.C. Bratianu", "Nicolae Iorga", "Drepturilor Omului")


Chaired by the ministers responsible for higher education in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Denmark and Romania and co-Chaired by 4 non-EHEA ministers


Parallel session 1: Global academic mobility: Incentives and barriers, balances and imbalances
Co-Chairs: Denmark and the United States of America

Contribution from Xavier Prats Monné, Deputy Director-General for Education and Culture, European Commission 


Parallel session 2: Global and regional approaches to quality enhancement of HE
Co-Chairs: Romania and Colombia


Parallel session 3: Public responsibility for and of HE within national and regional context
Co-Chairs: Armenia and Council of Europe 


Parallel session 4: The contribution of HE reforms to enhancing graduate employability
Co-Chairs: Azerbaijan and BUSINESSEUROPE 


The main questions for the debates will correspond to the questions at the end of the BPF background paper chapters.

12:30 – 12:45          Transfer from the parallel sessions rooms to the plenary hall

12:45 – 12:50          Adoption of MC Communiqué by the EHEA members
(Room: "A.I. Cuza")
Chaired by Catalin Ovidiu Baba, Romanian Minister for Education, Research, Youth and Sports

12:50 – 13:00         Presentation of the 2015 EHEA Ministerial Conference, Yerevan, Armenia

(Room: "A.I. Cuza")

Presentation by Armen Ashotyan, Armenian Minister of Education and Science

13:00 – 14:00          Discussion and adoption of the BPF Statement
                                    Plenary session

(Room: "A.I. Cuza")

Chaired by Catalin Ovidiu Baba, Romanian Minister for Education, Research, Youth and Sports


Short overview:
Presentation of the conclusions from the BPF thematic parallel sessions
Discussions for finalizing the BPF Statement
Adoption of the BPF Statement

14:00 – 15:00          Press conference ("Spiru Haret" Hall)


14:00 – 15:30          Luncheon ("Reception" Hall, "Brancovenesc" Hall)


15:30                          Departure of participants


Transfers to hotels or to “Henri Coanda” Airport

The press conference is an invitation only event.

For the participants with early flights, shuttles will be available for transfer to the Bucharest airport.

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