The European Union (EU) announced the launch of a new partnership project with Israel through its Ministry of Education, which aims to establish an Israeli national qualification framework for education and academia “aligned with the European qualification structures”.
The project will last two years, its management will be implemented by Italy, and 1.8 million euros will be allocated for it. Ir is “the largest amount of money” given for a program of this kind in recent years, said Sharon Offenberger, spokeswoman for the European delegation.
“The partnership project is a part of deep official relations between the EU and Israeli government ministries and agencies”, said EU Ambassador to Israel Emanuele Giaufret, who added, “reflect a desire to bring Israel’s standards and procedures closer to those of the EU”.
The European Head of Mission stressed that the project will bring “significant benefits for young citizens” and “help Israel prepare for its future labour and economic needs”.
According to the EU, the creation of a national Israeli qualification framework aims to “bring together the different educational sectors” of the country, and to adjust its ” curriculum ” and ” qualifications ” to match ” the needs and opportunities of its workforce”.
The development of this system will also help Israel to make it “compatible with the European system” and facilitate “international mobility” between the two sides, the European delegation added.
Since 2007, the EU has carried out some 14 partnership projects with Israel in areas such as agriculture, telecommunications, energy, consumer protection or justice, and this is the first one in the field of education.