Created on 02 March 2021

Within the OCTRA (Online Course Catalogues and Databases for Transparency and Recognition) project, the Project kick-off meeting was held on 26 January 2021. The project was approved by the Erasmus+ program, the K3 activity “Support for Policy Reform”.

This project aims is to increase dialogue with higher education institutions (HEIs) by agreeing on a template of course catalogues and improvement of national qualifications databases and registers (NQD) that would guide to structured and transparent learning outcomes of HE qualifications facilitating the automatic recognition.

The project aims to elaborate guidelines and recommendations that would serve as an assisting tool for HEIs to improve or create appropriately useful and consistent course catalogues corresponding to the NQDs (if existing), and for bodies responsible for NQDs to make adaptations in the content useful for credential evaluation.

This all will be implemented through the following activities:

  1. Desk research – exploring situation regarding course catalogues of HEIs and NQDs in the ENIC and NARIC project partner countries;
  2. Guidelines and recommendations for HEI and NARICs, ECTS Users’ Guide (2015) about online course catalogues and NQDs – to provide ideas for necessary improvements of the online tools;
  3. Peer-learning seminars – to discuss the guidelines and recommendations with the relevant stakeholders;
  4. National workshops for HEIs – to present the guidelines and recommendations to the representatives of HEIs in the partner countries;
  5. International conference.

Partners of this project are Academic Information Centre – Latvian ENIC/NARIC, Bulgarian ENIC/NARIC, Estonian ENIC/NARIC,Croatian ENIC/NARIC,Polish ENIC/NARIC,ENIC of Bosnia and Hercegovina, Russian ENIC,BA School of Business and Finance (Latvia)andLatvian Rectors' Conference.

During the meeting main topics related to the project's activities were discussed such as the work plan, the coordination of the project and the agreement of the methodology and content of the country reports.

The next meeting should be held in Bosnia and Herzegovina in June 2021 if the pandemic situation allows it.