Today, the Delegation of the European Union, representatives from the Italian and Israeli Ministries of Education gathered with multiple government stakeholders and the academic community to launch the largest Twinning project to have been undertaken in Israel, and the first benefitting the Ministry of Education. The 2 year, 1.8 million Euro project, is aimed at establishing an Israeli National Qualification Framework.
The Israeli national qualification framework (NQF) will bring the various existing education and training sectors, formal and informal, together in a single framework. It will encourage greater matching of curricula and qualifications with the needs and opportunities of the Israeli labour market. One of the objectives of the project is to ensure the Israeli NQF is aligned to the European Qualification framework. The development of an Israeli NQF compatible with the European system will also facilitate international mobility. Since 2008, the European Qualifications Framework has allowed Member States to compare qualifications across EU countries, thus enabling learning and work mobility.
EU Ambassador to Israel, Emanuele Giaufret said: "Twinning projects are part of deep official relations between the EU and Israeli government ministries and agencies. They reflect the desire to bring Israel's standards and procedures closer to those of the EU, and encourage important sharing of experience. This is the first Twinning project with the Ministry of Education, one which has great benefits for young citizens choosing their career pathways and will help Israel prepare for its future labour and economic needs".
"Twinning" provides the legal and financial framework for institutional cooperation between public administrations of EU Member States and those of partner countries. Since 2007, Israel has already benefitted from about 14 Twinning projects in areas such as telecommunications, agriculture, consumer protection, energy, environment and justice, as well as about 120+ TAIEX activities delivering European expertise on specific topics.