Created on 11 April 2019

On the occasion of organizing the Third Meeting of the Steering Committee of the Twinning Project "Strengthening Institutional Capacity for Recognition of Qualifications in Higher Education", we inform the public about the current state and activities of the project.

Twinning 1Twinning 2Twinning 3The Twinning project, "Strengthening Institutional Capacitiy for Recognition of Qualifications in Higher Education", funded by the European Union, started on the 5th of September 2018. Twinning partners are the Center for Information and Recognition of Higher Education Qualifications in Bosnia and Herzegovina (CIP) as a representative of the beneficiary country and consortium of institutions from Croatia, France and Latvia.

The aim of the project is to transfer experience and good practices from EU member states to Bosnia and Herzegovina. Employees of the EU Member States' institutions come to missions and train the stakeholders involved in the foreign higher education qualifications recognition process in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Twinning Project Institutions from the European Union are the Ministry of Science and Education of the Republic of Croatia, the International Center for Pedagogical Studies of the French Republic and the Academic Information Center of the Republic of Latvia. The project also includes the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Latvia, the National Commission for Professional Qualifications of the French Republic, the Agency for Science and Higher Education and the Central Finance and Contracting Agency for Programs and Projects of the European Union of the Republic of Croatia.

In the first part of the implementation of the project, the analyzes of the legislation on recognition of higher education qualifications in BH were carried out, which will result in the creation of a Road Map, Recommendations for Recognition Authorities and a draft Rulebook. Preparations were also made for trainings, workshops and meetings. In the first quarter there were 11 missions with a total of 85 working days. The Resident Twinning Advisor also had meetings with senior officials from the sector of recognition of foreign higher education qualifications in BiH and acquainted them with the way of working in the EU and the problems that were discovered in BiH.

In the second quarter of project implementation, 13 missions were successfully carried out through workshops and meetings in Mostar, Sarajevo, Tuzla and Banja Luka with representatives of higher education institutions, competent ministries of education, representatives of employers and public employment services as well as with other stakeholders in the sector. Experts and project leaders had the opportunity to meet with staff working on recognition of foreign higher education qualifications from across Bosnia and Herzegovina and exchange experiences. On the basis of discussions and information gathered from these meetings, procedures were initiated on legislative changes.A draft law was prepared in Central Bosnia Canton, which should soon be submitted for adoption. Representatives of the Ministry of the Zenica-Doboj Canton and Canton 10 were also actively involved in the workshops and hope that there will soon be changes to the law in those cantons. Experts from EU countries have offered their knowledge and experience to all stakeholders in Bosnia and Herzegovina who will work on amending the legislation on recognition of foreign higher education qualifications in order to comply with European Union standards.

In the next period project activities will focus on training of staff from employment services, staff of bodies for recognition of foreign higher education qualifications, as well as training for court interpreters will be conducted. The Database on professional recognition will also be made and piloted, which will be a tool for all employees in the relevant recognition bodies. The Database will be used in processing statistical data and monitoring processes of recognition of foreign higher education qualifications across BiH.