The overall objective of this operation is to support the linkage between higher education institutions and the labour market, in order to improve the quality of higher education from the perspective of graduates and employers as main beneficiaries of higher education services.
The specific objective of this operation is to further strengthen institutional capacities of higher education institutions (HEIs) and their cooperation with the private sector, with the main focus on the following activities:
Analysis of the applicability of study programmes/curricula of HEIs through the evaluation of the employability of students graduating from these programmes;
Support for the efficient functioning of Career Centres in universities
Support to the effective operation and functioning of the Boards for Trust and Cooperation with the Public (BTCP’s)
Contribution to National Development Plan/Cooperation agreement/Association Agreement/Action Plan
The aims and objectives of this project are directly linked to those of the National Programme for Development of Education 2005-2015, as well as with the Innovation
Strategy 2013-2020 and the Entrepreneurial Learning Strategy 2014-2020, since in all these national documents the development of labour market oriented higher education is highly prioritized. Strengthening the links between higher education institutions and the private sector is one of the first measures directly aimed at achieving better quality of the higher education sector. Also, process of development of a new comprehensive Education Strategy for the period 2016 – 2020 is underway. MoES will coordinate the whole process, with TA support provided through a Framework contract to be launched in December 2015/January 2016 within the OPHRD 2007-2013.
This Twinning project contributes to the efforts of the country towards implementation of the Government priority to promote sustainable economic growth and competition, higher employment rate, increasing living standards and quality of life. This priority is in line with the overall objective of OPHRD (2007-2013). The overall strategic objective of the Operational Programme is to foster the development of human resources, in particular by improving the quantity and quality of human capital, leading to more and better jobs, higher growth and development and increased national competitiveness at international level.
The European Council of December 2005 granted the candidate status to the country. In February 2008 the EU Council adopted the Accession Partnership, which encompassed the key reform priorities for the country.
The Framework Agreement between the Government of the Beneficiary Country and the Commission of the European Communities on the Rules for Co-Operation Concerning EC - Financial Assistance to the Beneficiary Country in the Framework of the Implementation of the Assistance under the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA) was ratified and published in the “Official Gazette” No 18/2008 dated as of 5 February 2008. As of 1 January 2007, the Beneficiary Country is eligible for all 5 components of the Instrument for Pre - Accession Assistance2.