Dear Vice Rector Betenya, Dear Colleague,
We thank you for sending the Report on the implementation of EHEA principles and tools, which we were very pleased to see. We ask you kindly to convey our thanks also to your First Deputy Minister of Education, Ms I.A. Starovoitova.As you are aware, the Report arrived very close to the BFUG Board meeting in Skopje, which did not allow us to give it full consideration in the meeting. As a result Board members had to take some time to read it carefully in order to send you our feedback. In the future, we ask you kindly to submit your Report at least two weeks before the Board meets, so that we can consider it and discuss it while we are together.In general, the Board notes positively the many Bologna-related activities, conferences, workshops and events which are listed. We are happy to see that different stakeholders are being informed and potentially involved in the implementation process. We also appreciate the fact that the activities are described in order according to their relevance to the topics of the "Strategy".
Nonetheless, it is difficult to understand exactly what has been accomplished.As a result, the Board asks you please to resubmit the Report, giving a clear analytical view, under each topic, to describe, what changes have already been made, in your legislation or practice, and what impact this has had, or is expected to have, with a stipulated timeline. If there have been or you foresee delays or obstacles, please describe them for us. Please tell us also, for each topic, what support the BFUG and its members can offer. In this context, we recall that the Action Plan as submitted to the 2018 Ministerial conference states that "[t]he Ministry of Education of the Republic of Belarus wishes to invite the BFUG to support Belarus in this work".
We would welcome your views on how this can best be accomplished, as this point is not described in the report submitted.We ask you to do this rapidly, by 21 March at the latest. That would enable us to report to the Bologna Follow-up Group, in time for its meeting on 4-5 April in Bucharest.With respect to the "Key Commitments", we note that Belarus is involved in all three BICG Peer Support Groups. Please do take full advantage of all three Peer Support Groups, attending the meetings and interacting with the other countries in the activities and projects.We also wish to remind you that we have not yet received the Action Plan for the first semester of 2019, which we believe is in preparation.
Please send it as soon as possible, ensuring that it focuses clearly on implementation, defined in terms of concrete objectives.Be assured that we strongly support your efforts to implement the EHEA framework, knowing that they will be to the benefit of all of us, and in final analysis to all our young people.We have some comments on single points which you will find annexed.
Katherine Isaacson behalf of the BFUG Board