Kosovo - Business Model Offices lead to an international partnership agreement between the CoC Ferizaj and SEDU Vet School in Finland
An important component of the Project is the establishment of the Business Model Offices (BMO) and the advancement of a new management concept in all the supported Vocational Education Training (VET) schools. Through this component, the Project aims at increasing the relevance of the supported schools by intervening in the following aspects: advancing the qualification sets based on the Industry needs, identification and conclusion of agreements aiming at income generation opportunities, mapping and development of potential partnerships with the external stakeholders, and the development of the students skills and knowledge by conducting relevant practical work and professional practice.
The Project has piloted the implementation of the Business Model concept in the Center of Competencies (CoC) Ferizaj enhancing its capacity of conducting industrial liaison and partnership building activities. The full dedication of the management of the CoC and the Project team has enabled the school to transform this innovative experience into a real success story through the signature of many partnership agreements with the national and international partners. Recently, the CoC Ferizaj has signed a long-term multi-purpose agreement with the SEDU VET School in Finland. Through this agreement, the graduates of the Professional Nurse profile in the CoC Ferizaj will be able to visit SEDU and attend an additional year of studies. The complementary education received from SEDU will equip the graduates with additional language skills and practical training leading to the receival of a Finnish diploma upon their graduation. Additionally, the CoC Ferizaj will receive support from the SEDU in the provision of the teaching and learning materials, and the professional development of the teachers of the pharmacy profile in the next three years.
The CoC has selected the first cohort of 20 graduates following a strict selection process as per the same admission criteria applied in Finland. The selection process revealed that the student had the required level of knowledge reassuring the CoC on the quality of education it provides. The graduates have started their studies at SEDU in January 2020 and the initial impression on the quality of the educational experience received by them is very positive. The completion of this working experience will directly increase their value in the labour market by increasing their chances for immediate employment upon their return and provision of additional contribution to the field in Kosovo. A successful experience of the graduates will further promote the overall objective of the Project to support the creation of a technical workforce that is relevant to the social and economic development of Kosovo. At the same time, a successful agreement with SEDU will allow the CoC Ferizaj to ensure its long-term sustainability by the provision of quality education that will promote it as a future reference point for the local and European labour market.
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The selected students at SEDU in Finland (13 February 2020)