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Slovakia:Bilateral Agreements and Worldwide Cooperation

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Overview Slovakia

Contents

Slovakia:Political, Social and Economic Background and Trends

Slovakia:Historical Development

Slovakia:Main Executive and Legislative Bodies

Slovakia:Population: Demographic Situation, Languages and Religions

Slovakia:Political and Economic Situation

Slovakia:Organisation and Governance

Slovakia:Fundamental Principles and National Policies

Slovakia:Lifelong Learning Strategy

Slovakia:Organisation of the Education System and of its Structure

Slovakia:Organisation of Private Education

Slovakia:National Qualifications Framework

Slovakia:Administration and Governance at Central and/or Regional Level

Slovakia:Administration and Governance at Local and/or Institutional Level

Slovakia:Statistics on Organisation and Governance

Slovakia:Funding in Education

Slovakia:Early Childhood and School Education Funding

Slovakia:Higher Education Funding

Slovakia:Adult Education and Training Funding

Slovakia:Early Childhood Education and Care

Slovakia:Organisation of Programmes for Children under 2-3 years

Slovakia:Teaching and Learning in Programmes for Children under 2-3 years

Slovakia:Assessment in Programmes for Children under 2-3 years

Slovakia:Organisation of Programmes for Children over 2-3 years

Slovakia:Teaching and Learning in Programmes for Children over 2-3 years

Slovakia:Assessment in Programmes for Children over 2-3 years

Slovakia:Organisational Variations and Alternative Structures in Early Childhood Education and Care

Slovakia:Single Structure Education (Integrated Primary and Lower Secondary Education)

Slovakia:Organisation of Single Structure Education

Slovakia:Teaching and Learning in Single Structure Education

Slovakia:Assessment in Single Structure Education

Slovakia:Organisational Variations and Alternative Structures in Single Structure Education

Slovakia:Upper Secondary and Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

Slovakia:Organisation of Upper Secondary Education

Slovakia:Teaching and Learning in Upper Secondary Education

Slovakia:Assessment in Upper Secondary Education

Slovakia:Organisation of Vocational and Technical Upper Secondary Education

Slovakia:Teaching and Learning in Vocational and Technical Upper Secondary Education

Slovakia:Assessment in Vocational and Technical Upper Secondary Education

Slovakia:Organisation of Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

Slovakia:Teaching and Learning in Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

Slovakia:Assessment in Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

Slovakia:Higher Education

Slovakia:Types of Higher Education Institutions

Slovakia:First Cycle Programmes

Slovakia:Bachelor

Slovakia:Short-Cycle Higher Education

Slovakia:Second Cycle Programmes

Slovakia:Programmes outside the Bachelor and Master Structure

Slovakia:Third Cycle (PhD) Programmes

Slovakia:Adult Education and Training

Slovakia:Distribution of Responsibilities

Slovakia:Developments and Current Policy Priorities

Slovakia:Main Providers

Slovakia:Main Types of Provision

Slovakia:Validation of Non-formal and Informal Learning

Slovakia:Teachers and Education Staff

Slovakia:Initial Education for Teachers Working in Early Childhood and School Education

Slovakia:Conditions of Service for Teachers Working in Early Childhood and School Education

Slovakia:Continuing Professional Development for Teachers Working in Early Childhood and School Education

Slovakia:Initial Education for Academic Staff in Higher Education

Slovakia:Conditions of Service for Academic Staff Working in Higher Education

Slovakia:Continuing Professional Development for Academic Staff Working in Higher Education

Slovakia:Initial Education for Teachers and Trainers Working in Adult Education and Training

Slovakia:Conditions of Service for Teachers and Trainers Working in Adult Education and Training

Slovakia:Continuing Professional Development for Teachers and Trainers Working in Adult Education and Training

Slovakia:Management and Other Education Staff

Slovakia:Management Staff for Early Childhood and School Education

Slovakia:Staff Involved in Monitoring Educational Quality for Early Childhood and School Education

Slovakia:Education Staff Responsible for Guidance in Early Childhood and School Education

Slovakia:Other Education Staff or Staff Working with Schools

Slovakia:Management Staff for Higher Education

Slovakia:Other Education Staff or Staff Working in Higher Education

Slovakia:Management Staff Working in Adult Education and Training

Slovakia:Other Education Staff or Staff Working in Adult Education and Training

Slovakia:Quality Assurance

Slovakia:Quality Assurance in Early Childhood and School Education

Slovakia:Quality Assurance in Higher Education

Slovakia:Quality Assurance in Adult Education and Training

Slovakia:Educational Support and Guidance

Slovakia:Special Education Needs Provision within Mainstream Education

Slovakia:Separate Special Education Needs Provision in Early Childhood and School Education

Slovakia:Support Measures for Learners in Early Childhood and School Education

Slovakia:Guidance and Counselling in Early Childhood and School Education

Slovakia:Support Measures for Learners in Higher Education

Slovakia:Guidance and Counselling in Higher Education

Slovakia:Support Measures for Learners in Adult Education and Training

Slovakia:Guidance and Counselling in a Lifelong Learning Approach

Slovakia:Mobility and Internationalisation

Slovakia:Mobility in Early Childhood and School Education

Slovakia:Mobility in Higher Education

Slovakia:Mobility in Adult Education and Training

Slovakia:Other Dimensions of Internationalisation in Early Childhood and School Education

Slovakia:Other Dimensions of Internationalisation in Higher Education

Slovakia:Other Dimensions of Internationalisation in Adult Education and Training

Slovakia:Bilateral Agreements and Worldwide Cooperation

Slovakia:Ongoing Reforms and Policy Developments

Slovakia:National Reforms in Early Childhood Education and Care

Slovakia:National Reforms in School Education

Slovakia:National Reforms in Vocational Education and Training and Adult Learning

Slovakia:National Reforms in Higher Education

Slovakia:National Reforms related to Transversal Skills and Employability

Slovakia:European Perspective

Slovakia:Legislation

Slovakia:Institutions

Slovakia:Glossary

Bilateral Agreements

Slovakia has the signed and active bilateral agreements with 42 countries in the field of education, science and culture. Particular attention is paid mainly to the consolidation of bilateral relations with the V4 neighbouring countries with an emphasis on cooperation with the Czech Republic. Priority is cooperation with the European Union, NATO countries, especially the U.S., as well as with Russian Federation and some countries of the former Soviet Union.


Cooperation and Participation in Worldwide Programmes and Organisation

In the framework of academic mobility, Slovak participants benefit from the scholarships of the German Academic Exchange Service (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst - DAAD) In 2001 the German Academic Exchange Service DAAD, Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic and Slovak Academy of Sciences agreed a joint programme, aimed at intensification of scientific cooperation. The aim is a support of cooperation between the German and Slovak research groups through "Program of exchange of persons involved in joint projects (Programm des projektbezogenen Personenaustauschs – PPP). Within the framework of research cooperation increased emphasis is laid on education and specialization of young research generation (PhD candidates and post doctorants). The programme is open for all specializations and trends. The offer is designed for university teachers and scientific workers in German and Slovak higher education institutions and non-university research workplaces.

Within the cooperation with the OECD,  Slovak delegates participate in regular meetings of the OECD Committees: the Committee on Education, CERI Governing Board, Committee on Science and Technology Policy, the PEB Steering Committee (Program for educational institutions) and IMHE (Programme on the management of university education). Slovakia joined the project “Review on Evaluation and Assessment Frameworks for Improving School Outcomes", the national co-ordinator is the National Institute of Certified Educational Measurements. The international project "Europe at School" promotes the European awareness among pupils and students, as well as teachers, strengthen the European dimension in education and training, while implementing it in school teaching programmes and extracurricular activities of children and youth (www.iuventa.sk). The education sector is also involved in the OECD Programme for International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC).

While fulfilling the obligations of OECD membership, as well as the goals of the foreign policy objectives of the Slovak Republic, MoESRS SR ensures implementation of adopted National Programme of Official Development Assistance in 2011 by providing the Government scholarships to foreign students and the Slovaks living abroad for all levels of higher education at public universities in Slovakia.

Cooperation between the Slovak Republic and UNESCO in the area of education has been developed through the "Associated Schools Project Network". The schools lay emphasis on education for democracy, tolerance, peace, human rights, international understanding and environmental education.The education sector participates in regular meetings of the Bureau of the Slovak Commission for UNESCO at the premises of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Slovak Republic, as well as the General Assembly of the Slovak Commission for UNESCO and activities organized by Slovakia for UNESCO.

The education sector takes an active part in the Council of Europe activities. Since 1999 several international projects were carried out, e.g., Europe at School, Teaching Modern Languages, Education for Democratic Citizenship, study stays, etc. The Slovak Republic is involved in CE programs that are aimed at problems of education of children from disadvantaged background, particularly, the Romany children.  Another big project was realised by the Council of Europe Centre of Modern Languages in Graz where foreign language teachers from Slovakia are sent to improve their knowledge of languages.

Simultaneously, co-operation  with the Council of Europe continued through the work of the MoESRS SR representatives at regular meetings of the Council of Europe advisory bodies related to education, youth and sports, such as the Steering Committee for Education, Council of Europe Standing Conference of Ministers of Education, Steering Committee of Youth (CDEJ), Programme Committee of the European Youth Fund of the Council of Europe and the Joint Council, Monitoring Group of the Anti-Doping Convention of the Council of Europe (T-DO), Ad hoc European Committee for the World Anti-Doping Agency (CAHAMA). In 2010, the Slovak Republic joined the initiative of the Council of Europe and the European Youth Card Association based in Bratislava named the Partial Agreement on the Youth Card, which is a tool to promote youth mobility via organisation the Youth Card EURO <26. The membership in the European initiative will ensure the opportunity for youth structures to become involved in the programme activities that allow withdrawal of funds.    

In addition to the educational programs of the European Union - Lifelong Learning Programme and Youth in Action, in which the European countries participate, the Slovak Republic is also engaged in other European programs and activities. The Tempus program promotes the development and reform process in higher education in the EU partner countries and contributes to the development of international cooperation between institutions in the EU and partner countries while implementing the Bologna process. The programme is open to the European Union member states; partner countries are divided into the following groups - the Western Balkans, Eastern European countries, Central Asia and Mediterranean countries. Tempus is managed by the European Commission in Brussels and each EU country nominates its National Contact Point - NCP, its task is to provide information and consultation for those interested in the program, as well as promote cooperation of national institutions with institutions in partner countries. NCP in Slovakia is a part of the Slovak Academic Association for International Cooperation.

The EU Programme Erasmus Mundus aims to promote cooperation and mobility in higher education between the countries of the European Union and third countries (excluding the EU, EFTA and candidate countries), while supporting the Bologna Process.