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NQF And Quality Assurance


MQF Working Group meeting – seminar in Pobori

MQF Working Group meeting – seminar in Pobori Members of the MQF Working Group escaped from their busy offices for three days on 22 - 24 March 2010, to focus on the development of the component methodologies required to implement the MQF. The venue for the event was the isolated Hotel Zamak in Pobore, where the excellent conference and business centre provided the perfect venue for such an intensive work schedule.


Montenegrin Qualification Framework – sessions for representatives from educational institutions and employment offices

On 25th February, representatives from the higher education faculties in the southern region, together with some faculties from Podgorica, met to learn more about the Montenegrin Qualification Framework and the implications of this development for higher education.


Development of the Strategy and Action plan for Quality Assurance in Higher Education

A further meeting of the University of Montenegro Quality Assurance Strategy and Action Plan Working group was held on the 5th February. This was a training event focusing on the European Standards and guidelines for Quality Assurance.

Mitar Misovic PhD, director of the Quality Studies and Control Centre of the University, presented the current national quality assurance framework in Montenegro. Patricia Georgieva PhD, Quality Assurance expert on the IPA-funded NQF and Quality Assurance in Education project, gave a presentation and answered questions about this important topic. Members of the working group had the opportunity to form some initial ideas about how the Guidelines should influence their work.


Montenegrin Qualifications Framework awareness raising events

A further series of awareness raising events about the Montenegrin Qualifications Framework (MQF) started on Wednesday, 3rd February when representatives from the higher education faculties in Podgorica attended a half-day session in the Ministry of Education and Science. Participants were introduced to the concept of the developing Montenegrin Qualification Framework and had an opportunity to discuss the concept and its implications. The session was led by Janet Swainger and Slavica Raičević from the EU-funded IPA "NQF and Quality Assurance in Education" Project


Montenegro Qualification Framework Working Group addressed areas in need of development

The Working Group of the Montenegro Qualification Framework recently addressed areas in need of development that were identified by a recent Training Needs Analysis (TNA) conducted on the Group. Workshops were delivered in the latter part of January 2010 by the qualification experts on the IPA Project. Attendance at the workshops were good and averaged about half of the Group participating in any one workshop. Topics addressed included:

• Leveling of qualifications on a national framework;
• Specifying a qualification;
• Transforming aims and standards into learning outcomes;
• Credit rating a qualification;
• Recognizing non- and informal learning; and
• Classifying qualifications and occupations.


The first meeting of a working group for the development of a Quality Assurance Strategy for the University of Montenegro

The first meeting of a working group for the development of a Quality Assurance Strategy for the University of Montenegro will take place on Tuesday, 15th December 2009 in the Rectorate of the University of Montenegro. The event will be attended by representatives of the University staff and management, employers, students, professional associations and unions. The event will be facilitated by Mrs. Patricia GEORGIEVA, the quality assurance consultant on the IPA-funded NQF and Quality Assurance in Education project, funded by the European Union.


National Qualification Framework seminar

On Wednesday, 9th December, the Minister of Education and Science welcomed a wide range of stakeholder to a one-day seminar about the national qualifications framework. The event was very well-attended - over 80 people, representing the main stakeholders that will be involved in the future implementation of the Framework for Montenegro participated. More information was provided about the concept of an NQF and the implications for the development of a Montenegrin Framework which will cover all levels of achievement from the basic to the highest level and will encompass all types of qualifications – general, vocational and higher. Participants also had an opportunity to engage in practical activities to enable them to experience the types of decisions and tasks they will need to engage in as the Framework is developed. The topic generated lively discussion and many questions. The event was organised and facilitated by the team of the IPA NQF and Quality Assurance in Education project


NQF Working Group Workshop

This workshop mobilised and reconvened the NQF Working Group that had previously developed the Strategy for the Establishment of a National Qualifications Framework in Montenegro. The membership was extended to include some stakeholders who were not represented previously and to involve some key players in the education system.


National Qualifications Framework and Quality in Higher Education

A new project commenced on 15th September 2009 and will run for 20 months until May 2011. The project is being implemented by a consortium comprising WYG International and the University Strathclyde (Scotland) in conjunction with the Ministry of Education and Science and the University of Montenegro. The project is financed through the IPA (Instrument for Pre-Accession) Fund managed by the Delegation of the European Commission in Montenegro.

Purpose of the project

The project has two main purposes:

• to develop institutional arrangements and undertake capacity building in order to create a National Qualification Framework;
• to enhance the University's efforts to establish a quality assurance system in higher education.

Main project activities

1. a variety of activities linked to capacity building of staff in key institutions concerned with the establishment and administration of a national qualifications framework