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30 March 2020

Activity Details (ID# 24417)  

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Title Participation of 1 Serbian expert to CoE Conference ''Converging Competences, Diversity, Higher Education, and Sustainable Democracy'', Strasbourg, 2-3 October 2008. 
Description Relevant Serbian Institutions participate in international conference

capacity building and integration in international networks in the area of QA

participant: Professor Vera DONDUR, member of the Commission for Accreditation and Quality Assurance 
Status Completed 
Date 02/10/2008 - 03/10/2008 
Location Strasbourg, Council of Europe
Countries CoE Members: Serbia
  Joint Programme Activity - Serbia-Educ
Joint Programme EC/CoE
JP Serbia-Educ - Strengthening Higher Education Reforms in Serbia    (Logframe)  (Activities)
Project Purpose 1 - 2007/DG4/JP/1741   Serbia-Edu - Strengthening Higher Education reforms in Serbia
Expected Result 1.5 - Complementary measures • Nationwide dissemination of the project activities and results. • Functional project management structures in place allowing for timely, efficient, and effective implementation. • Students are actively involved in the implementation of the reform areas addressed by this Project • Gender equality awareness raised
Council of Europe Programme of Activities
I – Culture and intercultural dialogue
Line of Action ⇒ V.1 – Education and Linguistic Diversity: promoting democratic culture
Programme ☆ V.1.2  Towards a European Higher Education area
Project 1994/DG4/104 European Higher Education Area - qualifications and structural reform of higher education in Europe
Expected Result 6 Stakeholders and authorities in countries that recently joined the Bologna Process benefit from expert advice and targeted assistance in implementing higher education reforms.

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Organisation of meetings - Conference 
Directorate (Service) Education, Culture and Heritage, Youth and Sport (Directorate of Education - Higher Education and Research Division)
CoE Contact WENDLING , Mireille   email
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Last Modified 26/11/2008 

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Objective(s) 1. Increase higher education’s leadership and commitment to preparing informed, engaged and socially responsible graduates to live, work and act productively in a global environment.
2. Compare practices across a range of cultural and country contexts.
3. Expand the practical vision of how higher education can promote education for citizenship and democracy as integral to higher education through research, teaching, student life and community engagement.
4. Explore how higher education can prepare learners for responsible citizenship in a world characterized by broad international contacts and cooperation and for greater expertise in intercultural communication and understanding.
5. Investigate and maximize the converging competences for knowledge and understanding, preparing for the modern workplace, sustaining the practice of democratic cultures and achieving social cohesion through and in the face of multiple differences.
6. Identify potential partners for future collaborations such as research, projects, student, faculty, or staff exchanges and for developing resources to further education for democracy and intercultural dialogue.
7. Generate specific strategies to build a global network of practice such as:
a. Developing comparative global research projects both to assess the impact of diversity on universities and to identify successful approaches that enhance multicultural understanding, learning and cooperation.
b. Supporting the development of student organizations dedicated to promoting democracy, human rights and the integration of diversity.
c. Encouraging activities on or around Human Rights Day that focus on the responsibility of universities to advance human rights, including tolerance and multicultural understanding.
d. Developing resources to facilitate ongoing common projects/actions and exchange of ideas and good practice. 
Output/Results Within the final recommendations, the specific following ones were addressed to the Council of Europe:
• work within the Bologna Process to foster the mission of higher education in furthering democracy, diversity and human rights as part of the values and goals of the European Higher Education Area;
• work to describe competences in qualifications frameworks in such a way as to cover the full purposes of education and to reflect the need for ‘converging competences’ in the newly developing national qualifications frameworks as well as the overarching framework of qualifications of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA-QF) as well as the European Qualifications Framework for lifelong learning (EQF-LLL);

That the Council of Europe and the US Steering Committee of the International Consortium for Higher Education, Civic Responsibility and Democracy

• build on the project “Universities as Sites of Citizenship and Civic Engagement” which focused on institutional assessment of the civic engagement of higher education and the Democracy Project which focused on democratic values, practices and skills of students,
• on this basis, establish a new project exploring activities of higher education institutions on democracy, human rights and diversity in curriculum development, teaching methods and approaches and the way these issues are addressed by the institutions’ research projects, programs, centers and institutes;
• to organize a conference in the United States in 2009 or 2010 to continue the dialogue on these issues and to seek to increase the involvement of European institutional leaders as well as of higher education leaders from other parts of the world. 
Conclusions/Follow Up The recommendations and conclusions of the General Rapporteur will be presented to the Steering Committee and the report will be published within the Higher Education Series including all speeches and interventions. 
Participants - Presidents and rectors of American Universities and colleges
- Rectors of European universities
- Civil servants representing European Ministries in charge of Higher Education
- Students representatives (American and European ones)
Consultants/Experts Adam, Stephen, Professor, University of Westminster
Bjeliš Aleksa, Rector, University of Zagreb
Bok, Derek, President Emeritus, Harvard University
Bowman, Al, President, Illinois State University
Bruun, Jeanine, Master degree studies “Multicultural and International Education” - Oslo University College, European Students' Union (ESU)
Cantor, Nancy, Chancellor and President, Syracuse University
Ceretti, Peter, Student, University of Pennsylvania
Currie, Ding-Jo, President, Coastline Community College
Deca, Ligia Chairperson 2008-2009, European Students' Union (ESU)
Hyland, Ayne, Former Vice-President of the Cork University College, European University Association (EUA)
Klemenčič, Manja, Former Secretary General of ESIB, Postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University
Koprivica, Slobodanka, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Education and Science
Muirhead, Bruce, Executive Director, Eidos
Nielsen, Lars Lynge, President, EURASHE
Nožica, Žarko, Prorector of University of Applied Sciences in Zagreb, EURASHE
Nugent, Georgia, President, Kenyon College
CoE Secretariat Gabriele Mazza
Sjur Bergan
Katia Dolgova-Dreyer
Jean-Philippe Restoueix
Mireille Wendling 
Total No. Participants 110 
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