BLACK SEA CONFERENCE 2006
The 1st annual Black Sea Conference was organized by the National Assessment and Examinations Centre (NAEC) in summer, 2006. Top notch education experts from USA, UK, Germany, France, Italy and Israel were brought together to discuss the fairness and equity in access to higher education. The conference was attended by the representatives of higher educational institutions, non-governmental, international organizations, the Ministry of Education and Science of Georgia and other members of the civil society. Among other major issues tackled by the Conference was: Promoting Fairness and Equity in Access to Higher Education.
The conference also highlighted the educational reform in Georgia. The head of the National Assessment and Examinations Centre introduced one of the significant developments in education system in Georgia. She noted that establishing Unified University Entry Examinations have been one of the crucial events in the process of establishing Georgia as a democratic, constitutional state.
“It has become apparent for the society that knowledge and education is much valued. Creating such attitudes toward knowledge and education is of great importance in the process of state realignment and establishing state thinking” – stated Ms. Miminoshvili.
The Conference was further enriched by panel discussions workshops and other activities. There was great enthusiasm among delegates and civil society representatives. After invigorating plenary discussions and presentations, the Conference was concluded by informal dinner where the participants were granted with a brilliant opportunity of becoming familiar with famous Georgian cuisine and networking with their pairs.
BLACK SEA CONFERENCE 2009
The 2nd annual Black Sea Conference was organized by the National Assessment and Examinations Centre (NAEC) in summer, 2009.
A wide range of delegates from more than 15 countries such as: the UK, the USA, Sweden, Netherlands, Italy, Israel, Germany, Lithuania, Estonia, Botswana, Bulgaria, Hungary, Turkey, Ukraine, Kyrgyzstan were drawn to discuss “International Research and Educational Standards”. More than 30 international experts presented an in-depth overview and illustrated how they use the results of international or national research in order to develop or change educational policy and strategy.
The Conference was attended by the representatives of world leading educational organizations – International Education Association (IEA), the Institute of Educational Progress, National Institute of Testing and Evaluation (NITE), Quality and Curriculum Centre (QCA), Assessment and Statistics Institute, Netherlands Testing Organization, Boston College, Humboldt University, Gothenburg University, Rome University, etc.
BLACK SEA CONFERENCE 2014
The 3rd annual Black Sea Conference was organized by the National Assessment and Examinations Centre (NAEC) in autumn, 2014. Researchers, experts and policymakers of the educational field from the U.S. UK, Israel, Holland, Lithuania, Estonia, Black Sea Region and other world leading countries were brought together in Georgia to discuss the significant changes, problems and novelties in the field of Assessment.
The main topic of the 3rd Black Sea Conference was “New Technologies in Educational Assessment and Classroom Assessment”. The key note speakers and delegates addressed the challenge, which is most significant for the world’s educational domain. The presentations by top notch experts were followed by intense discussions.
The conference concluded with final remarks of participants of the conference regarding the need of such professional networking events for the development of the field of Assessment.