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Support for Implementation of Reform Tools in Slovak HE
Start date: Jun 15, 2016, End date: Jun 14, 2018 PROJECT  FINISHED 

In Yerevan in May 2015 it was concluded that the implementation of structural reforms in the higher education systems across the signatory countries is uneven, the tools are not always used correctly and continuing improvement of the higher education systems and greater involvement of academic communities are necessary to achieve the full potential of the EHEA. There were four policy goals set for the upcoming period, where two of them – enhancing the quality and relevance of learning and teaching, and fostering the employability of graduates – together with the implementation of key tools are especially relevant for the Slovak higher education.Successful implementation of changes in the higher education system usually requires a good understanding of changes and implemented tools at the lowest level of the system – faculties and individual teachers, administrative staff at institutional level.The aim of the “Support for Implementation of Reform Tools in Slovak HE - SIHE” project is to create opportunities for HEIs in Slovakia to consult relevant national and foreign experts and to communicate to national policy makers their experience with the reforms in three priority areas: a) quality assurance, b) proper use of ECTS and learning outcomes and c) student-centred learning. Obstacles for a proper implementation of these tools at institutional and system levels need to be identified.The expected impact is:- Updating internal quality assurance systems of Slovak HEIs, input for an adjustment of the external quality assurance system in conformity with ESG;- Changes in the development of study programmes and graduates' profiles while taking into account students' needs and expectations, increasing the relevance of study programmes for the labour market, raising the attractivenes of HE;- Gradual interlinkage with the NQF and the National Qualifications System, more transparent information on graduates for employers, easier recognition of studies/parts of studies.

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