10 years of Brain Gain in Kosova

The Brain Gain Program (BGP) was a project implemented by WUS Austria and financed by the Austrian Development Coopera on (ADC) from 2002 until 2011. The main aim of the project was to open up the higher educaon sector in South Eastern Europe (SEE) by inving emigrated academics from the region to deliver courses, which are not available at the local universies. Like other universies in the region, the University of Prishtina recognized this as its true need.

For the last ten years, the project has supported the invitaon of professors, assistants and experts from relevant study fields to enable the UP and its students to benefit from their knowledge and expertise. Through their engagement at the UP, the emigrated academics also supported the ongoing reform processes at the University of Prishtina. Through BGP, Diaspora scholars and experts as well as academics, teaching at Austrian institutions, were encouraged to come to Kosova and to teach, research, and conduct mentorships for a period of one to three weeks up to four months.

Whereas in the period 2002-2007, BGP included only guest lecturers (mostly emigrated academics from SEE, teaching and living abroad, and Austrian lecturers), in the period 2008-2011 the project was enriched by the possibility to stay at the UP for an extended period (up to 4 months/ 1 semester). Academics, choosing this op  on were also conducting research activites and/ or providing mentorships for students.

Please find more information in pdf attached below.

Document type
  • Report


Publication Year


Geographical focus
  • Kosovo*
Scientifc field / Thematic focus
  • Cross-thematic/Interdisciplinary

Entry created by Ines Marinkovic on December 29, 2015
Modified on December 29, 2015