Membre associé de l’EUA et mettant son expertise au service de ces deux régions, l’AERES a participé à l’évènement. Patricia Pol, responsable des affaires européennes et internationales de l’AERES, est ainsi intervenue sur le processus de Bologne, fer de lance du système d’assurance qualité de l’espace européen de l’enseignement supérieur. Support de présentation de Patricia Pol, responsable des affaires européennes et internationales de l’AERES.
L’objectif de la conférence était de promouvoir un dialogue durable, une compréhension mutuelle et un échange accru entre les universités arabes et européennes. Les principaux thèmes de la journée ont porté sur:
* la comparaison et l’équivalence des systèmes d’enseignement supérieur, illustrées par le processus de Bologne;
* l’employabilité: perspectives culturelles, sociales et économiques;
* la formation en recherche et l’enseignement doctoral;
* l’internationalisation de l’enseignement supérieur.
Pour cette première édition, l’importance de la qualité et la nécessaire coopération entre les systèmes d’assurance qualité européens et arabes ont été soulignées lors des discussions.
Zoom sur l’activité de l’AERES dans les pays Arabes:
* Participation de l’AERES à des programmes européens:
- « Toward Lebanese Quality Assurance Agency » (Liban): le programme Tempus TLQAA a pour objectif de réfléchir à un modèle de garantie de la qualité pour l’enseignement supérieur libanais. Les résultats du projet, qui s’achèvera en septembre 2013, seront utilisés pour la création de l’agence d’assurance qualité libanaise, inscrite dans une nouvelle loi en cours d’élaboration. > En savoir plus
- « Aqi-Umed » (Maghreb): le projet, achevé en janvier 2013, avait pour objectif de contribuer au développement des pratiques de garantie de la qualité et d’évaluation dans les universités du Maghreb, par le partage d’expériences entre institutions du Nord et du Sud de la Méditerranée. > En savoir plus
* Evaluations organisées par l’AERES:
- Evaluation en cours du plan national de l’Arabie saoudite pour la science, la technologie et l’innovation;
- Evaluation à venir d’un master et d’un doctorat en archéologie de l’Université King Saoud (Arabie saoudite);
- Evaluation de licences de l’Université King Saoud (Arabie saoudite) en 2012;
- Evaluation institutionnelle de l’Université de Beyrouth (Liban) en 2009.
> Pour en savoir plus, consulter l’espace en ligne « Ouverture européenne et internationale » de l’AERES.
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As the European Union moves towards recovery, closer cooperation between member states is needed more than ever in order to ensure growth, job creation and better competitiveness. The EU must demonstrate to its people and the world that it pursues credible financial and economic policies, is committed to growth through joint initiatives that increase competitiveness, and aims at security for its citizens and openness with its partners. The EU has already demonstrated its ability to respond to challenges, agreeing on reforms that will enhance its economic performance, strengthen its banks and ensure sound fiscal policies. In the run-up to the next EU political cycle, it is vital to maintain the momentum and implement political agreements that reflect the interests of all member states and EU citizens. The Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the EU will seek to steer the decision making process as an honest broker, and ensure its continuity and the inclusion of all relevant partners. It will build on the cooperation with its Trio partners, thorough preparation and the consistent support of Lithuanian society for EU membership. As one of the most successful countries to overcome the economic and financial crisis and return to sustained recovery and growth, Lithuania will seek to organize the Presidency in an equally efficient and result-oriented manner. Above all, the Lithuanian Presidency will focus on the three goals of a credible, growing and open Europe.
The Lithuanian Presidency will strive to make progress towards sounder public finances in the EU and to strengthen the ground for financial stability, which is required to fully restore the EU’s economic credibility. The Presidency’s efforts will be directed at further developing the Banking Union framework, and making progress on other legislative proposals in the field of financial market reforms. Its key task will be the implementation and enhancement of agreed reforms including economic governance, and the deepening of the Economic and Monetary Union.
The Lithuanian Presidency will build on the Europe 2020 agenda and the European Semester, reinforced by stronger Single Market policy, as well as the effective implementation of the Compact for Growth and Jobs. It will focus on further deepening and integrating the Single Market as the main driving force for economic growth and better employment opportunities. The Presidency will work to complete the initiatives of the Single Market Act I, advance the new initiatives under Single Market Act II, as well as facilitate the Single Market Governance. It will prioritize initiatives that will enhance confidence in the EU economy and result in a dynamic Digital Single Market. The Presidency will pay due attention to research and innovation issues. It will pursue the EU’s commitments to complete the internal energy market by 2014, and ensure that no Member State remains isolated from the European energy networks after 2015.
The Lithuanian Presidency will make steps to strengthen the EU as a global model of openness and security. The Presidency will focus on the closer integration of the EU and its Eastern Partners, hosting the Eastern Partnership Summit in November 2013. It will pursue the continuation of the enlargement process, smarter control of the EU’s external borders, and better coordination in the external dimension of EU energy policy. The Presidency will promote free trade with strategic partners such as the USA, Japan, Canada and others. It will also seek to boost the Common Security and Defence Policy through stronger cooperation with partners, as well as better responses to new security challenges.
Lithuanian presidency approaching: institutional cooperation is necessary to achieve common EU goals
The vice-minister pointed out: “Since we approach European elections, the next half-year EU institutions expect an exceptional workload in the field of legislation activity. We need to work together effectively to achieve common goals, because the results depend on all of us.“
In Strasbourg the vice-minister presented main priorities of the Lithuanian Presidency of the EU Council, which are the building of a credible, growing and open Europe.
While speaking to the representatives of the EP, the Lithuanian foreign affairs vice-minister pointed out: “As this is the European Year of Citizens we are once again reminded of our common responsibility to our people. We need to keep building a Europe that is credible to its citizens and the world. Europe, which grows its economy and offers jobs. Europe, which remains open to its partners and neighbours”.
In the meeting with the committee chairs of the EP the issues concerning the future work of the EU Council and EP during the forthcoming six months were also discussed. During the next half-year the matter of great importance will be to reach agreements on the implementing programs of the Multiannual Financial Framework 2014-2020 and the EU Budget for 2014, as well as on such issues as financial stability, economic growth. The entire programme for the Lithuania‘s Presidency will be presented to the European Parliament by President Dalia Grybauskaitė on the 3rd of July.
The meeting of the foreign affairs vice-minister and the Committee Chairs of the European Parliament is one of the most significant preliminary events before the Presidency. Permanent cooperation with the EP will be upheld during the entire period of the Lithuanian Presidency of the EU Council. All the new legislative acts of the EU are simultaneously discussed in the EP committees and by the working parties at the EU Council which this half-year will be chaired by Lithuanian representatives. This means that every single EU legislative act will be negotiated between Lithuanian representatives and members of the EP.
The Conference of Committee Chairs of the EP consists of 22 chairs of permanent and temporary committees. The main task of this conference is to coordinate the activities of all the EP committees and to bring forward proposals concerning the organisation of the EP‘s plenary sessions. The meetings of the committee chairs take part in Strasbourg once a month.
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