Kosovo - Launching the new qualification for "Physiotherapy Assistant" in the Centre of Competence in Ferizaj
On 13 December 2017, the project with the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MEST) officially launched the newly developed qualification for “Physiotherapy Assistant” in the Centre of Competence (CoC) in Ferizaj.
The development of this qualification is part of the national process of reforming the entire VET academic offer in the country. It has been developed according to the new model of curricula, where general modules and specific vocational modules have a modular format integrating both, theoretical and practical aspects. This new structure increases students’ employability greatly and facilitates their transition into the labour market through equipping them systematically with the knowledge and tools that are relevant to the respective industries.
With the support of the project and in close collaboration with experts from the academic and private sector, the Occupational Standards for Physiotherapy were elaborated. Once verified by the Steering Council of the National Qualification Authority, MEST and the project could establish in April 2017 a Technical Working Group (TWG) for the development of the new qualification. The TWG consisted of a moderator, two sector experts, one industry expert as well as the Physiotherapy teacher and instructor of CoC Ferizaj. Taking into account the project’s experience in designing and implementing new qualifications, KSV/015 provided technical assistance throughout the whole process and in November 2017, the TWG submitted a full report with all the needed materials for the qualification to the project.
The Chief Technical Adviser of Project KSV/015 presenting the Physiotherapy profile to representatives of the Agency for Vocational Education and Training and Adult Education (AVETAE), Pristina University, Secondary Medical Schools and public and private institutions during the official launching ceremony.
The knowledge, understanding and competences of students in Physiotherapy can now be achieved with a strong curriculum combining professional training and professional practice, teaching and learning material, support material, quality guidelines, proper equipment as well as professional and qualified staff.
Students of CoC Ferizaj demonstrating some of the recently installed equipment for the Physiotherapy profile to the guests of the launching ceremony. They showed great enthusiasm about the modalities of the CoC and let on their fascination for the standards of the new equipment.
The CoC in Ferizaj has been supported and functionalised by the Luxembourg-Kosovo Development Cooperation project KSV/015 since 2010 and is now one of the most modern and well-equipped schools throughout the region. The teaching and learning process in the CoC started in September 2013 with the enrolment of 192 students in 8 different health profiles. Since the beginning, the CoC has had a clear strategy of action and the possibilities for further career prospects of their graduates have continuously been assessed. The decision to develop a new qualification for "Physiotherapy Assistant" is the result of a joint investigation of the MEST through the project KSV/015 and in collaboration with the CoC Ferizaj. It also represents a clear response to the local educational and labour market demand in the area of Ferizaj.
Considering the importance of a unified implementation of the qualification for “Physiotherapy Assistant” throughout the country and with regard to the objectives of the next Kosovo-Luxembourg Development Cooperation intervention, the project will also lead the process of replication in the whole country. It will support MEST with adequate preparations for implementing the curriculum currently offered in CoC Ferizaj in all public medical schools as of the next academic year 2018/2019. More specifically, the project will provide capacity building for the teaching and management staff of the four respective schools during the preparatory phase of the Physiotherapy profile unification process, in order to facilitate the implementation of the new curriculum and the application of the newly developed Teaching and Learning Material (TLM).↑ To the top