Conference of Ministers of Education of the EHEA Members 2020

On November 19, 2020, a conference of the Ministers of Education of the members of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) was held. The organizer is the Italian Ministry of Higher Education and Research. The conference was attended by more than 3,000 participants, ministers of education from 47 countries spoke.

The conference was attended by 48 ministers of higher education, the Council of Europe, the European Commission, UNESCO, EURASHE (European Association of Higher Education Institutions), ESU (European Student Union), EUA (European University Association), EQAR (European Register of Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education) other.

Kazakhstan was represented by a delegation headed by the Minister of Education and Science A.K. Aimagambetov.

The leaders of higher education in the European space meet every 2-3 years to assess the progress made within the framework of the EHEA. Due to the current situation of the COVID-19 pandemic, the meeting was held online for the first time. The live broadcast of the event, at the link, was available to everyone.


The Communiqué prepared for this conference proposes to further develop higher education systems until 2030 to concentrate on three new areas:

  • Inclusive. Each student will have equal access to higher education and receive comprehensive support in completing their education and training.
  • Innovative. Introduce new and more consistent teaching, teaching and assessment methods and practices closely related to research.
  • Interconnected. The common framework and tools will continue to facilitate and enhance international cooperation and reform, knowledge exchange and staff and student mobility.


Considering that “academic freedom is an integral aspect of quality teaching, teaching and research in higher education”, the Academic Freedom Statement was adopted.

Participants also welcomed San Marino as a new member of the EHEA, which became the 49th participating country. San Marino will be supported in meeting commitments in accordance with the agreed roadmap.

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