A conference summarising the results and achievements of the EU-funded Twinning Light Project “Support to the modernization of the system for post-secondary education” was conducted on Friday, February 24, 2017.

The project is being implemented as a bilateral cooperation between the Ministry of Education and Science and the Educational Research Institute from Poland, in cooperation with foreign experts.

The opening speeches within the conference were delivered by Mr Mauro di Veroli representing Delegation of European Union, Mr Pishtar Lutfiu, Minister of Education and Science and H. E. Mr Jacek Multanowski, Ambassador of the Republic of Poland. H. E. Ambassador stated that the Polish-Macedonian cooperation in the area of education and qualifications indeed developed in the course of past year during the implementation of the two twinning projects related to the national qualifications framework and post-secondary education development.

Project results were discussed by Ms Dana Biskoska, BC Project Leader and by Ms Agnieszka Chłoń-Domińczak, MS Project Leader.

Ms Agata Poczmańska, Project Expert, presented the reviewed legal acts and strategic documents related to post-secondary education as well as the concept of harmonisation of post-secondary with the national qualifications framework. The role of the VET Center in post-secondary education was presented by Ms Lepa Trpcevska, Head of Department for the development of occupational standards and curricula at VET Centre. Mr Horacy Debowski,  Project Expert, focused on developing post-secondary teaching plans and programmes.

Stakeholders were especially involved in the discussion on links between post-secondary education and the labour market and they concluded that the post-secondary vocational education is an important component of the education system, that can bridge the gap between employer’s expectations and skills of current and future workers.

Good practices in developing and implementing post-secondary education were presented by Dragan Jankov, director of  SOU Nikola Karev and Sonja Ristovska, director of  ASUC Boro Petrusevski.

The project began on August 24, 2016. The project was financed by the European Union, Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA) Multi-Annual Operational Programme “Human Recourses Development”.