II. Education and educational policy in the enlarged European Union
     - the cases of Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Lithuania.

Goals of the seminar
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Goals of the seminar

The goal of the conference was to contribute to a better understanding of educational policies and structures in the old and new member states in order to ensure co-ordinated interaction between education systems and actors in the enlarged European Union. Dissemination of knowledge about and experiences with the current shape of EU and Member State policy in the field of education will help to strengthen the impact of EU instruments for the purpose of constant improvement of education including school, university, long distance learning etc.

In particular, the conference aimed at the following:

  • Rising the educational awareness in the EU member states
  • Improving the quality and effectiveness of education in the enlarged EU
  • Ensure the exchange of experiences of actors in the educational systems on the background of political, economic and social circumstances in each country
  • Reinforce and enlarge existing co-operation

The main target groups of the conference were members of school or university administration, members of ministries of education, representatives of professional and industrial associations and those of private educational organisations from Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Lithuania and Germany.


Conference was held at the Castle of Genshagen, October 14 - 16, 2005

  Friday, October 14th

Before 13:00 Arrival of the participants

13:00 - 14:00 Lunch

14:00 - 16:00 Presentation of participants
Introduction to the content of the seminar

Moderation: Dirk Hofmann

16:00 - 16:30 Coffee break

16:30 - 18:30

Plenary session 1st Part

Educational policy and educational awareness in the old and new EU member states

András Forgács, Hungarian Ministry of Education:
Present conditions and future prospects of the Hungarian education system. How to meet the challenges?

¥udovít Sopèák, Divina Primary School / Bo¾ena Stúpalová, Gymnasium Skalica: Education system in Slovakia

Rima Morkunienė, ©iauliai Didzvaris Gymnasium / Silva Sabaliauskienė, Educational Department of ©iauliai Municipality: Education system in Lithuania

Moderation: Anna Hofmann

18:30 - 19:30 Dinner


Plenary session 2nd Part

Mutual recognition of qualifications: quality standards of education in the enlarged EU

Kamila Antczak, AIESEC Polska:
The place of Polish education system after EU-enlargement - pros and cons

Eszter Mácsár, AIESEC Hungary: Education system in Hungary

Pavla Polechová, Czech Ministry of Education:
Education system in Czech Republic
Presentation: part 1 part 2

Moderation: Kathia Serrano-Velarde

  Saturday, October 15th


Transfer from the hotel to the Castle



9:30 - 11:00
Workshop 1

Exchange of experience among the target groups:

11:30 - 12:30

Workshop 2

The reinforcement and "enlargement" of existing co-operation across the target groups: problems and possible solutions

13:00 - 14:00


14:00 - 16:00

Presentation and discussion of results
Moderation: Anna Hofmann

16:30 - 17:30

Coffee break

16:30 - 17:30

Closing plenary session

Possibilities of further common action
Moderation: Dirk Hofmann

17:30 - 18:15



Departure to Berlin (by bus)

Evening: Culture Programme in Berlin

  Sunday, October 16th

Morning Departure of participants

Programme in pdf

List of the participants

Zbigniew Lorkiewicz

DODN Lower Silesia Teachers' Training Centre in Wroclaw, Poland

Kamila Antczak

Bartosz S³awecki

The Poznan University of Economics, Poland
Karolina Baranowska

ALFA The Association of Social Education, Poland
Alicja Osio

GFPS Poland
Torben Heinze

University of Constance, Germany

Susanne Von Horn

Free University in Berlin, Representative in Moscow, Germany/Russia

Kathia Serrano-Velarde

Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany

Dirk Hofmann

Association Ost trifft West - Ost trifft West, Germany

Anna Hofmann

Foundation Genshagen, Germany

Malwina Pryjda

Association Ost trifft West - Ost trifft West, Germany Adam-Mickiewicz-University in Poznan, Poland

Prof. Dr.-Ing Vojtech Molnar

Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, Slovakia

¥udovít Sopèák

Divina Primary School, Slovakia
Bo¾ena Stúpalová

Gymnasium Skalica, Slovakia

Dr. Lucia Hrebeòárová

University of Zilina, Institute of Continuing Education, Slovakia

Dr. Pavla Polechová

Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, Czech Republic

Lenka Krivankova

Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic

Rima Morkuniene

©iauliai Didzvaris Gymnasium, Lithuania

Silva Sabaliauskiene

Educational Department of ©iauliai Municipality, Lithuania

Vilma Vaskelaite

Vilnius University, Lithuania

Deimena Labanauskaite

Mykolas Romeris University, Lithuania

Asta Valatkaite

Esthetic Education School "Savirai¹kos Studija", Lithuania

Renata Keliotiene

Vilnius University, Lithuania

András Forgács

Ministry of Education, Hungary

Eszter Mácsár

AIESEC, Hungary