Dr. Elena Rizova

Associate professor

Prof. Dr. Elena Rizova was born in 1982 in Skopje. She graduated (2005) and received her master’s degree (2008) at the Faculty of Philosophy at the University “St. Cyril and Methodius” in Skopje. In June 2011 she was employed at the Faculty of Philosophy in Skopje as a junior assistant at the Institute of Pedagogy. She successfully defended her doctoral dissertation on the topic “Adult literacy in the Republic of Macedonia – conditions and tendencies” in June 2012 at the Faculty of Philosophy in Skopje, and obtained a scientific degree – Doctor of Pedagogical Sciences. She was elected as an assistant professor in December 2012, and since September 2017 she has been an associate professor at the Institute of Pedagogy at the Faculty of Philosophy in Skopje.

She has received a scholarship from the DVV International Office of Master of Science in Andragogy.

She attended courses, trainings, seminars and made several study visits to universities in Slovenia, Finland, Italy, Turkey, Croatia, etc.


– President of the Lifelong learning Centre at the Faculty of philosophy – Skopje;

– President of the Council for Adult Education of the Republic of North Macedonia (2013-2017).

– Head of the Regional Andragogical Academy – a regional project with the participation of six countries from Southeast Europe;Representative of the Organizing Committee of ELN (European Literacy Network) for the Republic of North Macedonia, within the COST network;

– Member of the Editorial Board of the Annual Proceedings published by the Faculty of Philosophy – Skopje;

– Member of the editorial board of the magazine Adult education published by the Bosnian Cultural Center (BCC);

– Editor of the International Journal of Education, Research and Training (IJERT) published by the Faculty of Philosophy – Skopje;

– National Expert for EYRIDICE appointed by the National Agency for European Educational Programs and Mobility of the Republic of Northern Macedonia;

– National ECVET expert appointed by the National Agency for European Educational Programs and Mobility of the Republic of Macedonia;

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Elena Rizova has fruitful scientific and research experience in the field of educational policy strategic documents, adult education, lifelong learning and vocational education and training. She has national and regional work experience in education policy creation and analysis, education policy evaluation and monitoring, as well as national and regional experience in developing and piloting educational programs for youth and adults.

Languages: Fluent in English, and uses French, Spanish, Serbian and Croatian.

Communication skills: Excellent skills for realization of team and collective work; excellent moderation skills that involve a high level of communication of different types.

Organizational skills: Leadership skills: national coordinator and international project manager and several national projects. Team management skills: Organization and implementation of numerous seminars, workshops and trainings with national and international participants.

Computer skills and competencies: advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office ™ tools (Word, Excel, Access, Power Point); advanced knowledge of SPSS statistical software; advanced work with and via the Internet; advanced knowledge of Corel Draw

Prof. Dr. Elena Rizova  is engaged in teaching and seminars of the courses:

The second cycle of studies:
  • 1

    [PE1033 / 19] Educational reforms in the EU

  • 2

    [МО1023 / 19] Quality management of education

  • 3

    [PE216I / 19] Techniques for learning and teaching adults

  • 4

    [PE217I / 19] Literacy and primary education of adults in the Republic of Macedonia

  • 5

    [МО212И / 19] Career development

The third cycle of studies:
  • 1

    [PED10] The concept of lifelong learning

  • 2

    [PED20] Quality assurance in education

  • 3

    [PED23] Entrepreneurship and Management in Education

  • 4

    [PED24] Human resource development and knowledge management


Rizova, E., Bekar, M., & Velkovski, Z. (2020). Educational challenges of roma minorities: The case of the Republic of North Macedonia, International Journal of Cognitive Research in Science, Engineering and Education (IJCRSEE), 8(3), 113-122.

Velkovski, Z., Rizova, E. (2019). “Adult education in conditions of economic and political transition”, ESREA International conference on Adult education and learning policy in a world risk society, Prague, Czech Republic, (2019).

Rizova, E. (2020). Educational offer and inclusion in non-formal adult education area, Annuaire de la Faculté de Philosophie 73 (2020) UDK: 374.4:331.5] :364–786.

Rizova, E. (2020), Professional development of educational workers throughout non-formal education. Conference Proceedings „Improving the quality of life of children and youth”, ISBN 978-953-6965-92-2.ISSN 1986-9886. P 723-730.

Rizova, E. (2019). Didactic approach to literacy: Method of Paulo Freire. Conference Proceedings DIDACTIC CHALLENGES III: Didactic Retrospective and Perspective WHERE/HOW DO WE GO FROM HERE? ISBN 978-953-6965-92-2.p 434-443.

Rizova, E. Vasilevska, B. Talevska, B. (2018) “The role of school counsellors in implementation of inclusive education”,International Conference titled  “Transformation towards sustainable and flexible societies”, organized by Faculty of philosophy-Skopje, Ministry for education and science of Republic of Macedonia, Ohrid.

Rizova, E., Pejatovic, A. (2017) Regional Andragogy Academy – from concept to effects, Andragoške studije, issn 0354–5415, broj 1, jun 2017, str. 45–67

Rizova, E., Velkovski, Z. (2015). ”Contemporary adult literacy models”, International conference of the Faculty of educational sciences, ISSN 978-608-244-275-4, (2015).

Rizov, T., Rizova, E. (2015). “Augmented reality as a teaching tool in higher education”, International Journal of Cognitive Research in Science, Engineering and Education, Volume 3, Issue 1, June 2015. 

Rizova, E. (2015). “Teacher competences for intercultural dialogue”, International Conference titled  “Practicum of Future Pedagogues, Teachers and Kindergarten Teachers in Multicultural Environments – Experiences and Challenges”, organised by OSCE Mission Skopje and Pedagogical Faculties from Republic of Macedonia.

Velkovski Z., Rizova, E. (2015). “Social dialogue and partnership in vocational education and training”, International Journal of Cognitive Research in Science, Engineering and Education, Volume 3, Issue 1, June 2015. 

Rizova, E. (2015). “Reforms and the System for adult education in the Republic of Macedonia”, International Journal for education, research and training, Volume 1, Issue 1, 2015.

Velkovski, z. Rizova, E. (2014). “Successful practices for enforcing intercultural dialogue”, International YICER conference for education, organized by YILDIZ Technical university in Turkey, held in Istanbul, Turkey (2014).

Rizova, E. (2013). “Vocational education and students with special educational needs” at International Conference for Inclusive education, organized by Faculty of philosophy-Skopje, Ministry of education and science and  Scientific Community for special education and rehabilitation, held in Ohrid, Macedonia (2013).

Barakoska, A., Stojanovska, V., Rizova, E. (2013). “Contemporary Management and the Benefits of Its Implementation”, International Conference on leadership in education ENIRDELM, Portoroz, Slovenia.

Rizova, E. (2013). “Adult literacy as a prerequisite for lifelong learning” at International Andragogy symposium on Key competences and adult learning, organized by Agency for vocational education and training and adult education Croatia, held in Biograd na Moru, Croatia (2013). 

Rizova, E. (2012). “Inclusion of the illiterates in the knowledge-based society” at the International scientific conference for Inclusive education – state and challenges, held in Ohrid, Macedonia (2012).

Rizova, E. (2011). “Student’s self-evaluation in higher education” at the International Conference for Evaluation in education in the Balkan countries, organized by BASOPED in Belgrade, Serbia (2011).

Rizova, E. (2011). “Lifelong learning as a challenge and necessity in Macedonian society” at International Scientific Symposium: Education between tradition and modernity organized by Institute of pedagogy, Faculty of Philosophy-Skopje in Ohrid (2011).