Delegation from Azerbaijan got acquainted with Lithuanian experience of reforming the higher education system


On 11 February 2019, representatives from Azerbaijan Ministry of Education, quality assurance agency and universities visited the Centre for Quality Assessment in Higher Education (SKVC). The guests were interested in Lithuanian experience of creating learning outcomes and competence-based education system. 

During the meeting with the specialists of the SKVC, the guests showed great interest in regulation of studies, competence-based standards of vocational education and training, and implementation of higher education study programmes, based on learning outcomes. They were informed about study classification, its changes over time and reasons, as well as influence of the labour market data on specific education requirements. 

Dr. Giedrius Viliūnas presented the development of higher education system in Lithuania in the context of Bologna Process. The representatives of the SKVC shared information about Lithuanian qualifications framework, study level descriptors, and classification of Lithuanian study fields and programmes. The principles of state regulation and autonomy of higher education were discussed, as well as general aims and specific features of higher education. The guests were also informed about the academic and professional recognition of foreign qualifications and the contribution of the SKVC to the creation of recognition tools and good international practices. 

The delegation from Azerbaijan is visiting Lithuania under the EU-funded Twinning project Support to Strengthening the Higher Education System in Azerbaijan. The general objective of the project is to further develop Azerbaijan’s higher education system through aligning it with a competence-based education approach. The project is implemented by relevant state institutions from Azerbaijan, Lithuania, Latvia, and France.