Director-General and Romanian Prime Minister sign agreement on transitional arrangements for UNESCO-CEPES

Director-General and Romanian Prime Minister sign agreement on transitional arrangements for UNESCO-CEPES
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On 25 September 2009, the Director-General of UNESCO, Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, signed in Paris a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on transitional arrangements for the UNESCO European Centre for Higher Education in Bucharest (UNESCO-CEPES) during 2010-2011, following the signature of the MoU by the Prime Minister of Romania, Mr Emil Boc, in Bucharest.

The MoU secures Romanian funding for all costs related to CEPES up until 31 December 2011. It also realigns the Centre’s mandate with the new education landscape in Europe. During the next two years, CEPES will focus on addressing the higher education needs of Member States in Central, Eastern and South-East Europe. The Director-General warmly welcomed the agreement, which he said would bolster the promotion of higher education in the sub-region. “The MoU stands as firm testimony to the excellent collaboration between UNESCO and the Government of Romania”, he affirmed.

The Romanian Government has noted its intention to use this two-year transitional period to explore the possibility of creating a Category 1 Institute in Bucharest to replace CEPES, fully-financed by the Romanian authorities. Mr Matsuura has expressed the Secretariat’s full assistance and cooperation in this regard.

The signing of the MoU is the outcome of eight months of discussions on the future of CEPES in the light of changed higher education priorities in Europe. In the course of these discussions, the Director-General paid tribute to what he described as “the instrumental role CEPES has played in strengthening higher education cooperation in Europe in the 1980s and 90s, and its valuable contribution to the democratic changes that took place during this period”. He also thanked the Romanian authorities for their strong and constant support to the Centre since its creation in 1972.

  • Author(s):Office of the Spokesperson
  • Source:Flash Info N° 177-2009
  • 06-10-2009
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