News archive - [Event Review] Networking Forum „EU-Higher Education Cooperation between Germany and the Western Balkan region”

The main goal of the Networking Forum was to intensify and improve higher education cooperation between the Western Balkan region (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, Montenegro and Serbia) and Germany in Erasmus+ with a focus on Erasmus+ Key Action 2 “Capacity Building in the field of Higher Education” (CBHE). The conference took place at the University of Belgrade on Septemer 23-25, 2015 and it was organized in cooperation with the DAAD Information Center Belgrade, the National Erasmus+ Office in Serbia and the University of Belgrade.

Presentations held are publicaly available and in particular WB countries' presentations on current trends and challenges in each of the WB countries provide a quick overview on possibilities for the cooperation within higher education sector.

Objectives and content of the Networking Forum

The main goal of the Networking Forum was to intensify and improve higher education cooperation between the Western Balkan region (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, Montenegro and Serbia) and Germany in Erasmus+ with a focus on Erasmus+ Key Action 2 “Capacity Building in the field of Higher Education” (CBHE).

The EU programme for Education, Training, Youth and Sport, Erasmus+ (2014-2020), includes a strong international dimension in the field of higher education and supports several actions targeting cooperation with Partner Countries worldwide. Especially Erasmus+ Key Action 2 activity CBHE builds on the success of the former Tempus programme and continues to promote higher education cooperation between Programme and Partner Countries. CBHE especially supports the modernisation of higher education in the EU's surrounding area and focuses on reform and modernisation of higher education Eastern Europe, the Mediterranean region and the Western Balkans.

The Forum supported future Erasmus+ CBHE applicants by facilitating networking between German higher education representatives and their existing and future partners in the Western Balkans.

The forum consisted of two components:

  1. Fact Finding Mission - German Higher Education representatives had the possibility to visit Higher Education institutions in Serbia (0,5 days)
    German Higher Education representatives gained an insight into the higher education system and institutions in Serbia and met higher education representatives of their respective fields of studies.
  1. Networking seminar “EU-Higher Education Cooperation between Germany and the Western Balkan region” (1,5 days)
    Participants were informed about funding opportunities for higher education cooperation. German higher education representatives had the possibility to present their project ideas to the audience. Best practice examples of ongoing or previous projects as well as time slots for networking amongst each other complemented the agenda of the seminar.

Programme and presentations

Networking Seminar “EU-Higher Education Cooperation between Germany and Western Balkan region”

Thursday, 24 September 2015         

Welcome and introduction
Dr. Vladimir Bumbaširević, Rector of the University of Belgrade
Axel Dittmann, Ambassador of Germany to Serbia
Dr. Hanns Sylvester, Director of the National Agency for EU-Higher Education Cooperation, DAAD

Ms. Anne Spangemacher, Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA)

Ms. Saja Kosanović, Faculty of Technical Sciences Kosovska Mitrovica, Kosovoi
Mr. Mithat Smailbegović, State University of Novi Pazar, Serbia

Priorities and possibilities for cooperation with the Western Balkans / Current trends and challenges

  • Serbia, Ms. Sofija Dukic, National Erasmus+ Office (NEO) Serbia
  • Albania, Ms. Blerjana Bino, European University of Tirana
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ms. Nena Markovic, National Erasmus+ Office (NEO) Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Kosovoi, Mr. Goran Lazic, National Erasmus+ Office (NEO) Kosovoi
  • Montenegro, Ms. Vanja Drljevic, National Erasmus+ Office (NEO)         

Presentation of project ideas from German conference participants

Friday, 25 September 2015

Ms. Bettina Wenzel, Director of the DAAD Information Center Belgrade

Prof. Atanasko Tuneski, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University Skopje, Macedonia
Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Höffer, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany

Workshop sessions

How to write a competitive proposal?

How to conduct an orchestra? Project management in multi-national teams

Let the magic happen – dissemination and sustainability of Erasmus+ projects

Ms. Beate Körner, DAAD


Source: DAAD.de

Contact and further information:

Dr. Marco Brückner brueckner@daad.de

Geographical focus
  • WBC
Scientifc field / Thematic focus
  • Cross-thematic/Interdisciplinary

Entry created by Ines Marinkovic on November 3, 2015
Modified on November 25, 2015