Steering Committee

Seventh Steering Committee
Vushtrri, 12.12.2017 – The Steering Committee of the Twinning Project “Further Support Education in Public Safety in Kosovo”, held today the seventh meeting at the Kosovo Academy for Public Safety, where it was estimated that so far has made important progress in the implementation of the project.
The Head of the Twinning Project Mrs. Krista Haak thanked all the actors involved in the implementation of the twinning project, saying that their focus in the past three months has been the finalization of twelve applications for the Academy’s institutional accreditation and validation of vocational programs. The work has been finalized on time and she emphasized that now everything has been submitted to the Qualifications Authority office. This great work has been done by achieving results thanks to the cooperation with the agencies, the Academy staff and the experts.
Mrs. Krista Haak said that from the member states’ the point of view we are pleased to support not only the Academy, but all the public security institutions that have a key role in public security in the country.
The representative of the European Union Office in Kosovo Mr. Rafael Nievergelt, gave a positive assessment of the realization and progress of the twinning project. Mr. Nievergelt
is proud of with the work that has been done up to this phase of the European Union project.
Mrs. Ritva Vahakoski presented the twinning project’s quarterly report while reporting on the progress of the components.

Sixth Steering Committee
Vushtrri, 13.09.2017 -Today, at the Kosovo Academy for Public Safety (KAPS), the Steering Committee of the Twinning Project held its sixth meeting, where it was estimated that this project is being successfully implemented. The focus of the meeting was to review the actions and outcomes of the project. When it comes to the activities, the work is under way and still continues and all processes have come to an end and are in the final stage.
The preparation of the bachelor program was marked as a great achievement, this is an example of cooperation between the project experts and the staff of the Academy. The academy is moving towards achieving the goal of being a well-known agency for research and public safety studies and that in these three months the progress has been made.
In this quarter all three components are running and the Component 1 is coming to an end. The expected outcome for Component 1 is to finalize all the documents and submit them to the inquire. The both application forms needed for 6 agencies with all the annexes are in the very final faze as well as self-assessment report drafted by KAPS quality office is in very good faze. It is very realistic that KAPS will be able to submit all the documentation as needed to the inquire by the end of October or latest early November.
The Component 2 is focused in e-learning and student counselling. There are 7 e-learning courses which KAPS staff will start implementing it in incoming academic year. Since there is a deep interest in KAPS about e-learning there might be needed additional in depth training in that aspect. While the student counselling system is still in progress and the system itself is covering not only the academic counselling but also all the other aspect of counselling of what students might need while studding in KAPS.
The Component 3 was focusing on the drafting the guidelines for the Research and Development and also the research topics, which were defined and approved by KAPS. As the Component 3 has more than 50% of mission weeks ahead mostly will be implemented during 2018.
The outcome of the quarter was very positive and both parties remained motivated and the project is on schedule as well.

Fifth Steering Committee
The fifth steering committee was held on 14.06.2017. The focus of the meeting was to review the actions and outcomes of the fourth quarter of the project. When it comes to activities, the fifth quarter was the busiest so far.
The fifth quarter included all four activities of the first project component, which are further support to the board of KAPS as coordination mechanism for implementation of vocational trainings for all public safety agencies, developing and harmonizing vocational curricula for all public safety agencies based on minimum criteria as per NQA quality assurance requirements and approved minimum criteria, developing sustainable vocational training structures representing all public safety agencies coordinated by KAPS, and further strengthening of quality assurance system within KAPS for vocational trainings. The developing sustainable vocational training structures representing all public safety agencies coordinated by KAPS and developing and harmonizing vocational curricula for all public safety agencies based on minimum criteria as per NQA quality assurance requirements and approved minimum criteria activities were concluded during this quarter.
The activities of the second project component included establishing an e-learning platform within KAPS bachelors degree programme and developing a student counselling system to ensure a student-centered approach. Framework for the e-learning was created, as well as the framework and aims for student counselling.
The third project component included strengthening the capacities of the Institute for research and development and strengthening the co-operation with national and international research organizations.
The goals have been met and the outcomes are clear. Both the Twinning project and KAPS staff are motivated towards the project. Everything is well on schedule.

Fourth Steering Committee
The fourth Project Steering Committee meeting was held in 17.03.2017. The focus of the meeting was to review the actions and outcomes of the fourth quarter of the project. In addition to continuing the processes started during the first three quarters, the third project component was also started.
The activities of the first project component during the fourth quarter focused on developing and harmonizing vocational curricula for all public safety agencies based on minimum criteria as per NQA quality assurance requirements and approved minimum criteria and developing sustainable vocational training structures representing all public safety agencies coordinated by KAPS.
The activities of the second project component contributed on further upgrading and advancing the KAPS bachelor degree programme according to previous recommendations for re-accreditation of the curriculum.
As mentioned above, the third project component – contribution to KAPS institute of research and development becoming fully functional for the benefit of all the public safety agencies in Kosovo – began during the fourth quarter. The main focus was strengthening the capacities of the Institute for research and development, as well as conducting the relevant studies in the field of public safety that would be beneficial to all public safety agencies in Kosovo and their policy making process. It also included a study visit to Finnish Police University College, The Training Institute of Prison and Probation services, Jyvaskyla University of Applied Sciences, Regional Rescue Center Faculty of Management of the University of Tampere.
After the first year  of the project it was concluded that the project is well on schedule and all the se outcomes has been reached.

Third Steering Committee
In the third Steering Committee meeting, which was held on 09.12.2016, the main focus was on reviewing the actions during the third quarter of the project. The main focus on that period was to continue the processes started during the previous two quarters. In other words, to continue with the first two project components.
The activities of the first project component focused on further support to the board of KAPS as coordination mechanism for implementation of vocational trainings for all public safety agencies, developing and harmonizing vocational curricula for all public safety agencies based on minimum criteria as per NQA quality assurance requirements and approved minimum criteria, and developing sustainable vocational training structures representing all public safety agencies coordinated by KAPS. One of the main focuses was on the development of vocational education training curricula.
The activities of the second project component during this period focused on supporting KAPS in implementing the recommendations given according to previous activities and establishing an e-learning platfrom within KAPS bachelors degree programme. Moodle was set up as the learning management system for KAPS bachelors degree programme and the staff of the academy showed very high level of motivation and readiness to create a foundation for implementing e-learning at KAPS.
Outcome of the quarter was again very positive.

Second Steering Committee
In the second Steering Committee meeting, which was held on 16.09.2016, the main focus was on reviewing the actions during the second quarter of the project. During that period the project components one and two out of the three in total were active, aiming to contribute to a sustainable vocational training structure for all public safety agencies and further upgrading and advancing the bachelors degree programme.
The activities of the first project component focused on further support to the board of KAPS as coordination mechanism for implementation of vocational trainings for all public safety agencies as well as developing and harmonizing vocational curricula for all public safety agencies, based on minimum criteria as per NQA quality assurance requirements and approved minimum criteria. For that purpose a delegation from KAPS was sent to Estonia for a study visit to learn from about the operations of several public safety institutions in the country. Those institutions were Academy of Security Sciences, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Viru Prison, Police Directorate, Department of Rescue, the Directorate of Taxes and Customs, College of Justice, the Rescue Centre in Rakvere and Rescue School within the college, etc.
The activities of the second component focused on the assessment, gap analysis, with recommendations for improvement of the KAPS bachelors degree programme, establishing an e-learning programme within KAPS bachelors degree programme and developing a student counselling system to ensure a student-centered approach. From the e-learning point of view the staffs abilities were insufficient, but very motivated in developing their skills in the area, as well as being part of a online learning management system implementation.
The outcome of the quarter was very positive and both parties remained motivated and the project is well on schedule.

First Steering Committee
The first Steering Committee was held 17.06.2016. The meeting started with reviewing the successful kick-off, which included all the publishing material and the web pages of the project. The project  and its objectives were presented to the stakeholders and to the media representatives.
All three project components and their advancement during the first quarter were the biggest topics of the committee meeting. First component – contribution to a sustainable vocational training structure for all public safety agencies – was started during the first quarter. The main focus of that was further support to the board of KAPS as coordination mechanism for implementation of vocational trainings for all public safety agencies as well as developing and harmonizing vocational curricula for all public safety agencies, based on minimum criteria as per NQA quality assurance requirements and approved minimum criteria.
As well as the first project component, the second project component was also kicked off during the first quarter. Its main focus was in the assessment, gap analysis, with recommendations for improvement of the KAPS bachelors degree programme.
The project was well on schedule with all parties motivated and communication running smoothly.

The first Twinning Project Steering Committee meeting will be held on 17.06.2016 in order to reveal the first quarter of project progress.