2015 Ministerial Conference and Fourth Bologna Policy Forum
14-15 May 2015
Yerevan, Armenia

EHEA Ministerial Conference and Fourth Bologna Policy Forum Programme
14-15 May, 2015
Yerevan, Republic of Armenia

13 May, 2015
16:00 - 18:30 Bilateral Meetings (optional)
(Venue: Armenia Marriott Hotel Yerevan, Ground floor, Rooms “Trdat the Second”, “Ashot Yerkat” and “Levon of Cilicia”)
16:00 - 18:30 Visit to the Universities (optional)
19:00 - 19:30 Transfer from the Hotels to the Welcome Cocktail Venue
19:30 - 21:30 Welcome Cocktail
(Venue: Tumo Center For Creative Technologies)
14 May, 2015
Venue: Karen Demirchyan Sports and Concerts Complex
08:00 - 09:30 Transfer from the Hotels to the Sports and Concerts Complex
08:30 - 10:45 Registration of the Participants
09:00 - 10:45 Bilateral Meetings (optional)
(Venue: Sports and Concerts Complex, Rooms for Bilateral Meetings)
09:00 - 10:45 BFUG Meeting
(Hall: Argishti)
10:00 - 10:45 Coffee Break
EHEA Ministerial Conference and Fourth Bologna Policy Forum
11:00 - 13:20
11:00 - 11:40 Official Opening of the EHEA Ministerial Conference (MC) and Fourth Bologna Policy Forum (BPF)
Joint MC and BPF Plenary Session 1
(Hall: Ararat)

Chair: Armen Ashotyan, Minister of Education and Science of the Republic of Armenia
11:00 - 11:10 Welcome Speech:
Serzh Sargsyan, President of the Republic of Armenia
Speeches:
11:10 - 11:15 Mārīte Seile, Minister of Education and Science of the Republic of Latvia
11:15 - 11:20 Illugi Gunnarsson, Minister of Education, Science and Culture of Iceland
11:20 - 11:25 Armen Ashotyan, Minister of Education and Science of the Republic of Armenia
11:25 - 11:35 Tibor Navracsics, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport
11:35 - 11:40 EHEA Accession: Official Announcement on the Membership of the Republic of Belarus in the EHEA
11:40 - 12:10 Bologna Process Implementation Report: Main Conclusions and Challenges Ahead
Joint MC and BPF Plenary Session 2
(Hall: Ararat)

Keynote Speakers: Andrejs Rauhvargers (Secretary General, Rectors’ Council, Republic of Latvia, Co-Chair of the Reporting on the Implementation of the Bologna Process Working Group) and David Crosier (Education System Analyst, Eurydice, Working Group on Reporting on the Bologna Process Implementation)

Chair: Mārīte Seile, Minister of Education and Science of the Republic of Latvia
12:10 - 13:20 Interactive Panel on the Bologna Process Implementation: Main Conclusions and Recommendations

Panel represented by: European Commission (EC), Council of Europe (CoE), European University Association (EUA), European Association of Institutions in Higher Education (EURASHE), European Student’s Union (ESU), European Association for Quality Assurance in Higher Education (ENQA), European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education (EQAR), Education International (EI), BusinessEurope

Panelists:
EC - Xavier Prats Monné, Director-General, DG for Education and Culture
CoE - Sjur Bergan, Head, Higher Education Department
EUA - Lesley Wilson, Secretary General
EURASHE - Andreas G. Orphanides, President
ESU - Elisabeth Gehrke, Chairperson
ENQA - Maria Kelo, Director
EQAR - Eric Froment, Chair of the EQAR Register Committee
EI - Jens Vraa-Jensen, Chair of the EI Pan-European Higher Education and Research Standing Committee
BusinessEurope - Gerhard F. Braun, Vice President of the Confederation of German Employers’ Associations (BDA)

Moderator: Fr. Friedrich Bechina, Undersecretary, Holy See-Congregation for Catholic Education
13:20 - 14:30 Lunch
14:30 - 16:00 Discussing the “Future of Higher Education and the Bologna Process”

Group Discussions in Parallel Sessions
14:30 - 16:00 1st Parallel Session - Heads of Delegations
(Hall: Ararat)

The Fundamental Values of the EHEA: a Guide to the Future
Keynote Speaker: Sjur Bergan, Head of the Higher Education Department, Council of Europe

Topic for Discussion:
  • Fundamental values of higher education in the context of the current political, socio-economic and demographic challenges: economic crisis, regional conflicts, technological developments, migration streams and changes in the labour market.


Moderator: Armen Ashotyan, Minister of Education and Science, Republic of Armenia
14:30 - 16:00 2nd Parallel Session
(Hall: Ani)

Bologna with Student Eyes 2015 - a Reality Check: Time to Meet the Expectations from 1999
Keynote Speaker: Karolina Pietkiewicz, Member of the Executive Committee, ESU

Topics for Discussion:
  • What are the most important challenges for the EHEA that should be addressed in the period 2015 – 2018 and beyond?
  • How can the countries face societal challenges through higher education?


Moderator: Kevin Guillaume, Attaché, Head of Unit, Ministry of Federation Wallonia-Brussels, Kingdom of Belgium
14:30 - 16:00 3rd Parallel Session
(Hall: Argishti)

Labor Market Challenges – and How Higher Education Systems Can Respond
Keynote Speaker: Claudia Costin, Senior Director of the Education Global Practice, The World Bank

Topics for discussion:
  • What are the most important challenges for the EHEA that should be addressed in the period 2015 – 2018 and beyond?
  • How can higher education help the countries overcome labour market crisis?


Moderator: Peter Greisler, Director, Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Federal Republic of Germany
14:30 - 16:00 4th Parallel Session
(Hall: Tatev) Prospects for e-Learning in European Higher Education
Keynote Speaker: Michael Gaebel, Director, Higher Education Policy Unit, European University Association

Topics for discussion:
  • What are the most important challenges for the EHEA that should be addressed in the period 2015 – 2018 and beyond?
  • How can higher education make the best use of the technological developments?


Moderator: Adam Tyson, Acting Director, Dir B - Modernisation of Education II: Education Policy and Programme, Innovation, EIT and MSCA, DG for Education and Culture, European Commission
16:00 - 16:30 Coffee Break
16:15 - 16:30 Family Photo, Heads of Delegations
EHEA Ministerial Conference
16:30 - 18:30
Bologna Policy Forum
16:30 - 18:30
Discussion of the Yerevan Communiqué

MC Session 1

16:30 - 18:30
(Hall: Ararat)

Chair: Helene Hellmark Knutsson, Minister of Higher Education and Research of Sweden
Regional Initiatives of Cooperation Similar to the Bologna Model

BPF Session 1
(With participation of the EHEA countries’ representatives)

16:30 - 17:15
(Hall: Argishti)

(15 minute presentations)

1. Outlook in ASEAN Cooperation: Steps, Challenges and Implementation.
Keynote Speaker: Leenawaty Limantra, Rector, Ma Chung University, Indonesia

2. Latin America Countries’ Cooperation
Keynote Speaker: Rafael van Grieken, ANECA Director General, Spain

3. Regional Cooperation in MENA (Middle East and North Africa) Region
Keynote Speaker: Nina Arnhold, Senior Education Specialist, The World Bank

Interactive Panel on Regional Initiatives of Cooperation Similar to the Bologna Model

(With participation of the EHEA countries’ representatives)

17:15 - 18:30
(Hall: Argishti)

Panel Represented by: EUA, Association of Arab Universities (AAU), Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), The World Bank, Kyrgyz Republic

Panelists:
EUA - Michael Gaebel, Director, Higher Education Policy Unit
AAU - Sultan Abu Orabi, Secretary, Jordan
ASEAN - Leenawaty Limantra, Rector, Ma Chung University, Indonesia
The World Bank - Nina Arnhold, Senior Education Specialist
Kyrgyz Republic

Topics for the Panel Discussion:
  • How to make the dialogue and cooperation in the region permanent and ongoing?
  • How can higher education respond to demographic developments?


18:30 - 19:00 Transfer to the Hotels from the Sports and Concert Complex
19:30 - 20:00 Transfer from the Hotels to the Official Dinner Venue
(Venue: “Ojakh” Restaurant)
20:00 - 22:30 Cultural Event Followed by the Official Dinner Hosted by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Armenia
22:30 Transfer from the Official Dinner Venue to the Hotels
15 May, 2015
Venue: Karen Demirchyan Sports and Concerts Complex
08:00 - 09:00 Transfer from the Hotels to the Sports and Concert Complex
EHEA Ministerial Conference
09:00 – 10:30
Fourth Bologna Policy Forum
09:00 – 10:30
Finalising the Discussions on the Yerevan Communiqué

MC Session 2

09:00 – 10:30
(Hall: Ararat)

Chair: Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, Minister for National Education, Higher Education and Research of the French Republic
Common Trends in Higher Education: Structural Reforms and Mobility

BPF Session 2
(With participation of the EHEA countries’ representatives)

09:00 – 09:45
(Hall: Argishti)

(15 minute presentations)

1. Erasmus+ (2014-2020): The International Dimension–Support to Modernisation and Internationalisation
Keynote Speaker: Klaus Haupt, Head of Unit, Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA), European Commission

2. Internationalisation in Quality Assurance: Challenges and Priorities for the Future
Keynote Speaker: Padriag Walsh, President of the ENQA

3. Recognising External Quality Assurance Across Borders - Results from the RIQAA Project
Keynote Speaker: Colin Tϋck, Director of EQAR
Interactive Panel on Common Trends in Higher Education: Mobility, Recognition and Quality Assurance Issues

(With participation of the EHEA countries’ representatives)

9:45-10:30
(Hall: Argishti)

Panel Represented by: EC, ENQA, EQAR, Egypt, Libya

Panelists:
EC - Klaus Haupt, Head of Unit, EACEA
ENQA - Helka Kekalainen, Vice-President
EQAR - Colin Tϋck, Director
Egypt - Ashraf Mansour, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, German University in Cairo
Libya - Taeib El Bahloul, Faculty of Arts, Tripoli University

Topics for the Panel Discussion:
  • Solutions to overcome barriers to mobility and recognition
  • QA in the HEIs: standards, external QA and independent QA bodies


Moderator: Karine Harutyunyan, Deputy Minister of Education and Science, Republic of Armenia
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 - 11:45 Presentation of the Conclusions from the Parallel Sessions on the “Future of Higher Education and the Bologna Process”

Joint MC and BPF Plenary Session 3
(Hall: Ararat)

1. Presentations from the Parallel Sessions by the Moderators (8-10 minutes each)
  • 1st Parallel Session - Armen Ashotyan, Minister of Education and Science, Republic of Armenia
  • 2nd Parallel Session - Kevin Guillaume, Attaché, Head of Unit, Ministry of Federation Wallonia-Brussels, Kingdom of Belgium
  • 3rd Parallel Session - Peter Greisler, Head of Directorate Universities, German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Federal Republic of Germany
  • 4th Parallel Session - Adam Tyson, Acting Director, Dir B - Modernisation of Education II: Education Policy and Programme, Innovation, EIT and MSCA, DG for Education and Culture, European Commission
2. Presentation on the Outcomes of the “Future of Higher Education-Bologna Process Researchers Conference” (FOHE BPRC 2014)
Presentation by: Liviu Matei, Pro-Rector, Central European University

Chair: Illugi Gunnarsson, Minister of Education, Science and Culture of Iceland
11:45 – 13:00 Discussion of the Fourth Bologna Policy Forum Statement

Joint MC and BPF Plenary Session 4
(Hall: Ararat)

Introduction of the Fourth Bologna Policy Forum Statement by Gayane Harutyunyan, Head of the BFUG Secretariat, Republic of Armenia

Chair: Jet Bussemaker, Minister of Education, Science and Culture of the Netherlands
13:00 - 14:30 Lunch
14:30 - 15:15 Closing Session

Joint MC and BPF Plenary Session 5
(Hall: Ararat)

Chair: Armen Ashotyan, Minister of Education and Science of the Republic of Armenia
14:30 - 14:40 Adoption of the Yerevan Ministerial Communiqué by the EHEA Member Countries
14:40 - 14:50 Adoption of the Fourth Bologna Policy Forum Statement
14:50 - 15:00 Presentation of the 2018 Ministerial Conference by the French Republic

Presentation by: Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, Minister for National Education, Higher Education and Research of the French Republic
15:00 - 15:15 Official Closing of the Ministerial Conference and the Fourth Bologna Policy Forum

Closing remarks by:
Hovik Abrahamyan, Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia
Xavier Prats Monné, Director-General, DG for Education and Culture, European Commission
15:15 - 16:15 Press Conference (The press conference is an invitation only event)
15:15 - 16:30 Transfer to the Hotels from the Sports and Concert Complex
15:15 Cultural Programme (Optional)
Departure of the Participants