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New Higher Education project in Serbia
A major project to support higher education reforms in Serbia was concluded in May 2007. The impetus for this positive development started during the 4th Conference of Ministers of Education from the Western Balkans held in Strasbourg in November 2006, when the Serbian Minister asked the Council of Europe’s Director of Education to help Serbia meet the requirements of the Bologna Process. Thanks to close co-ordination and support from the CoE office in Belgrade, the new joint project was signed six months later with the European Agency for Reconstruction (the European Union's main assistance instrument in the Balkans). The project will last for two years and totals over half a million Euros.
Anchored in the Bologna Process, the project aims to support and accelerate higher education reforms in Serbia, allowing the Serbian universities to be in line with developments at a European and international level. Young people in Serbia will thereby benefit through more efficient higher education institutions and hopefully their qualifications abroad will be better recognised. Better managed, democratically governed higher education institutions will also be beneficial for the society as a whole.
The project is designed to assist in meeting these goals by focusing on four interconnected areas:
§ Implementation of quality assurance based upon the Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance in the European Higher Education Area as adopted by the Ministers of Education in 2005;
§ Recognition of degrees and study periods;
§ Elaboration of a national framework for qualifications compatible with the overarching framework for qualifications in the European Higher Education Area;
§ Reviewing higher education legislation.
The project will be officially launched in September 2007 under the Serbian Chairmanship of the Council of Europe.
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