KOSOVO - The project, Support to vocational education and training reform in Kosovo, KSV/020 at the KosICT tech festival
This October, the KosICT tech festival held its 10th edition to bridge the gap between the local and international markets for Information and Communications Technology (ICT). The festival brings together local, regional and international experts to share their experiences and knowledge with the audience comprised of software developers, ICT enthusiasts and experts, C-level executives, academia representatives and students. Certainly, the ICT sector in Kosovo is in rapid development, and the festival aims to respond to this development by bringing together all the stakeholders in the industry and foster a unified collaboration between them.
With the presence of project KSV/020 in the ICT sector, its participation was deemed essential for demonstrating the commitment of vocational education and training to adapting to the changing labor market, especially regarding information technology. The Project supported the organisation of the Job Fair whereby six of the supported schools participated and presented their value proposition along with the ICT profiles that they are offering. The management of the school, teachers and students had the chance to attend the event and interact with company representatives for future collaboration opportunities.
A number of the project KSV/020’s interventions were presented to the public during the event, starting with the development of five qualification sets in the ICT sector and their implementation in six vocational schools.
This project showcased the business model concept as one of the main tools for fostering collaboration between vocational education and training schools and the private sector. Career guidance information system – Busulla.com boasts over 300,000 users and is the leading online platform for the provision of career guidance. Certainly, the achievements and interventions in the ICT sector will continue through Project KSV/801 with the development of cloud based testing system, as well as a tracer study information system, all whilst partnering with local, regional and international experts.
These achievements did not go unnoticed, as the Project KSV/020 was honored during the event. This award pays tribute to the Luxembourg Cooperation projects whose long-term efforts, dedication and sustained commitment have supported the vocational education and training sector. The project was awarded for the commendable achievements and significant contributions in the national reform of the national technical and vocational education and training system and in the development of the ICT and digital sector in Kosovo.
At the event, it was stated that:
“This award represents the successful work done by all LuxDev Projects in the technical and vocational education and training sector and serves as a catalyst for foster further reforms and changes in the sector with a focus on ICT. It also reflects the synergy between the LuxDev team, the relevant institutions, and the private sector, which has contributed to enhancing the teaching and learning experience in the vocational education and training sector in Kosovo for more than ten years.”
With the award, other stakeholders in the sector to use similar innovative approaches to working in partnership with businesses and public sector organisations to enhance student employability and increase workforce skills.
The KSV/020 project is co-funded by the Government of Kosovo and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and implemented by the Kosovo Ministry of Education and Science and LuxDev, the Luxembourg Development Cooperation Agency.
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