GENEGENE

The European Global Education Peer Review Process

The European Global Education Peer Review process grew out of a recommendation of the Maastricht Congress (2002), and the recognition that Global Education improvement at national level can be enhanced by international peer review and strategy learning. GENE facilitates the European Global Education Peer Review Process, providing the secretariat, and funding and expertise is provided by GENE participating Ministries and Agencies.

Aim of the Peer Review Process

The main aim of the process is to increase and improve the structures for, support for, access to, and results of Global Education in European countries. National Reports, and the processes leading to them, act as a tool to enhance quality and reach nationally, provide learning for policymakers and practitioners in other countries, and provide for the possibility of international comparative analysis, bench marking, and improved policy making.

Peer Reviews to Date

To date ten Peer Review processes have been undertaken – of Cyprus (pilot review early 2004), Finland (late 2004), Netherlands (2005), Austria (2006), the Czech Republic (2008), Norway and Poland (2009-10). A Peer Review Follow-Up process with Finland was also facilitated in 2010-2011, and a report on this launched in March 2011. Then followed Slovakia (report launched in February 2014), Portugal (launched at a European level in Brussels and at national level at the Portuguese  Parliament in Lisbon in 2014), Ireland (launched at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Dublin in November 2015). The report from the most recently completed Peer Review of Belgium was launched at the GENE Roundtable in spring 2017. A process with Cyprus is currently underway. Further Peer Reviews are being scheduled in a 2017-18 time-frame.