MOSTAR: Training; Qualification Standards; Dissemination

MOSTAR: Training; Qualification Standards; Dissemination

MOSTAR: Training; Qualification Standards; Dissemination

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Meeting first day

BHQFHE: Training; Qualification Standards; Dissemination

Mostar, October 4-7 2015

Workshop at University Dzemal Bijedic of Mostar, 05/10/2015 – Minutes

Contemporary ICT qualifications: perspectives for B&H – round table

Training ow work groups members (BHQFHE activity 3.3) – ICT qualification standards

Prof.Dr. Wilhelm Schäfer, Director of University of Paderborn, and project coordinator gave a lecture on ICT qualifications, with emphasise on what computer and software engineers need to know and to do today, and what will become the core for ICT qualifications in the near future. In his speech professor Schäfer emphasized academic excellence as a tool for development of the industry sector, especially in the field of innovation, and generalization as opposed to particular demands. From the lecture it was clear that academic excellence is clearly linked to the very strong industry sector that should support academia, and serve as a source of problems to be solved in the best way, in order to become competitive at the global level. Nevertheless, the topics he covered provided a clear direction for the development of ICT qualification in B&H as well, with emphasise on skills promoting abstract thinking, modelling, systematic approach to problem solving, etc.

The next presentation in this session was given by Daria Duilovic from the Ministry of Civil Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina. She summarized state of the art in Qualification Framework development in B&H (KOBIH), and emphasized that, for the first time in this project, her statements reflect official Ministry policy on the matter. This presentation was very informative for most of participants, especially for our EU partners, for it clarified all their doubts concerning KOBIH.

Contemporary ICT qualifications: perspectives for B&H (BHQFHE activity 2.4)

In the following section, there was a panel discussion, as well as time for questions on the previous presentations. Panellists briefly presented main issues in the KOBIH development as:

  • Prof.Dr. Mario Žagar, FER, University of Zagreb, through examples of best practice (Distributed software development) emphasized the need for soft skills related to employability;
  • Prof.Dr. Petar Marić, ETF, University of Banja Luka, tackled the evolution of study program structure in BiH, and importance of realistic learning outcomes, as well as the need for capacity building at BiH universities;
  • Prof.Dr. Dražena Tomić, EF, University of Mostar, emphasized the difference in professional and academic study programs, and the difference in employability;
  • Prof.Dr. Dragi Tiro, MF, University Dzemal Bijedic of Mostar mentioned difficulties in defining multidisciplinary study programs;
  • Prof.Dr. Samra Mujačić, ETF, University of Tuzla, discussed on benefits/drawbacks of including e-learning and interactivity.

Training ow work groups members (BHQFHE activity 3.3) – ICT qualification standards

This session started with the presentation of Maria Naletelić from APOSO (www.aposo.gov.ba) on the reform process of qualifications prior to higher education in BiH. Again, for most of the participants it was very informative, for there is general lack of dissemination of good practices in BiH, and together with presentation from Daria Duilović, majority of even BiH participants learnt for the first time on the efforts of others on development of KOBIH.

The following section was to deal with the role of qualifications in quality assurance, and Slavica Škoro from HEA, and Ahmet Mehić from the University of Paderborn presented two standings on the issue, official in BiH, and one from the coordinating institution. It turned out that while practice differs, both are founded with the same principles.

The last block of presentations and discussion was foreseen for EU partners’ experiences and best practices.

  • Prof.Dr. Dermot Coughlan, University of Limerick, presented a new UL initiative starting from the role of university as a pillar of socio-economic development, and therefore shown BiH universities the new possibilities for offering professional qualifications.
  • Prof.Dr. Simon A. Burtonshaw-Gunn, University of Northampton, shared expertize on the employability aspect of qualifications.
  • Prof.Dr. Magda Valls, University of Lleida, gave an overview of the existing academic qualifications at UDL and the ideas for development of new, more professional ones.

The closure followed all of the discussions, and it was decided to propose the following conclusions from the workshop:

  1. There should be clear distinction between academic and professional qualifications; in BiH for the time being, universities are responsible for both;
  2. Pursuit of the academic excellence should be supported from the state level, for there is little or no industry in BiH to support it;
  3. While in academic ICT qualifications one should emphasize systematic approach, abstraction and generalization, professional ICT qualifications can be related to the social role of the university, while both should incorporate some soft skills that boost employability;
  4. There still is the need for capacity building at BiH universities;
  5. Ministries and agencies should provide methodology and framework.

From the second day there were demands from the industry:

  1. The emphasise in the qualifications should be on employability and local needs, what refers to the social role of university;
  2. Universities might be forced to either seek the balance, or decide which type of qualifications they will provide (academic or professional);
  3. Local businesses are demanding particular qualifications and relevant LLL programs;
  4. Since partnership should be the keyword, all relevant stakeholders should communicate more;
  5. Industry is asking for transferable skills such as communication, management, LLL, quality assurance;
  6. Young people should be involved in all processes, whether they be students, young entrepreneurs, employees, or unemployed.SVEMO

Minutes of Meeting second day

TEMPUS BHQFHE: WORKSHOP AT UNIVERSITY OF MOSTAR

Training, dissemination and drafting of BHQFHE sectorial standards

Project: Tempus Bosnia and Herzegovina Qualifications Framework (BHQFHE)

Place: University of Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Date: October 6th 2015.

Present: List of participants is enclosed in Annex 1

Agenda: The Agenda is enclosed in Annex 2

  1. WELCOME

Rector – prof. Dr. Ljerka Ostojić, University of Mostar and vice rector – prof. Dr. Izabela Dankić, University of Mostar welcomed all participants of the Tempus BHQFHE workshop.

  1. WORKSHOP
  • QF and learning outcomes – mechanical engineering (I, II and III cycle) – Expert groups and team members (BHQFHE activity 3.3)

Prof. Dr. Vojo Višekruna, assistant rector of University of Mostar and prof. Dr. Vahida Žujo, vice rector of University “Džemal Bijedić” Mostar, presented the results of the work of expert group for technical sciences established in the framework of Tempus BHQFHE. This group had task to develop QF for I, II and III cycle of selected study programme – mechanical engineering. Professor Višekruna presented the results for the first and the third cycle, while professor Žujo presented the results for the second cycle.

  • Qualifications framework – perspective of cantonal Ministry of Education – Expert groups and team members (BHQFHE activity 3.3)

Mr. Željko Bakula, representative of Ministry of education, science, culture and sport of West Herzegovina canton briefly presented the role of Ministry in Tempus BHQFHE and stressed the importance of QF for Ministry. Also, he pointed out to some open issues that ministries have faced in everyday work, like unfinished regulations, complex coordination between different ministries in BH and etc.

  • QF and learning outcomes – English language (BHQFHE activity 3.2)

Prof. Dr. Marijana Sivrić, University of Mostar, presented the work of expert group for humanities established in the framework of Tempus BHQFHE. She presented the results for the first cycle – study program of English language. Also, professor Sivrić explained in detail process of developing and establishing of new study program at University of Mostar.

  • PANEL discussion: HE Qualifications in BH – business sector perspective – (BHQFHE activity 2.3 and 7.2)

Moderators: prof. Dr. Nina Bijedić, vice rector University “Džemal Bijedić” Mostar and prof. Dr. Dražena Gašpar, University of Mostar

Ms. Alisa Gekić, representative of the LINK Mostar (Association for Entrepreneurship and Business) presented the work of the LiNK and problems of the SME sector when it comes to the labor market and the matching of curricula to the needs of the SME sector. Also, Ms. Gekić presented the platform to work with SMEs, with special reference to the problems of the SME sector in the labor market, with proposed solutions and the responsible institutions.

Mr. Ivan Jurilj, representative of the REDAH Mostar (Regional development agency in Herzegovina) presented the work of the Agency with focus to the analysis of the actual status in industrial sectors like mechanical engineering, production of plastic, tourism and ICT in Herzegovina. He stated concrete requirements related to qualifications and skills that are necessary for further development of those industries.

After those presentations the active discussion was started. All workshop participants were included in discussion related to the qualifications that HE offer and qualifications that business sector need, about necessity that business sector be more directly included in proces of development of study programmes, about necessity for open dialoge between universities and business and etc.

  • QF and QA – University of Mostar perspective (BHQFHE activity 6.1)

Ms Monija Malešević, MSc – QA Coordinator of University of Mostar, gave overview of QA at University of Mostar with focus on how QF could help in development and QA of study programmes.

  1. WORKSHOP CONCLUSION

The main workshop conclusions are related to demands from the industry:

  1. The emphasise in the qualifications should be on employability and local needs, what refers to the social role of university;
  2. Universities might be forced to either seek the balance, or decide which type of qualifications they will provide (academic or professional);
  3. Local businesses are demanding particular qualifications and relevant LLL programs;
  4. Since partnership should be the keyword, all relevant stakeholders should communicate;
  5. Industry is asking for transferable skills such as communication, management, LLL, quality assurance;
  6. Young people should be involved in all processes, whether they are students, young entrepreneurs, employees, or unemployed.
  1. Additional Information – Tempus BHQFHE
  • Tempus BHQFHE Progress Report (activity 8.4)

Project manager, Ahmet Mehić, University of Padeborn informed project partners about Progress Report related to Tempus BHQFHE, about current (delivery of equipment) and next activities (Guidelines for BHQFHE).

  • Referring to the development of Guidelines for BHQFHE (2.1.)

Ms. Slavica Škoro, representative of HEA, informed project partners about activities HEA did in defining content and structure of Guidelines for BHQFHE.

Minutes UNMO SVEMO BHQFHE

 

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