Conference 'Student Mobility and Recognition of Study Periods Abroad (Western Balkans - EU)'
More than 200 participants from 33 out of 35 public universities in Western Balkans as well as representatives from EU universities and policy makers from the region were gathered in Ljubljana/Slovenia from 10-12 October 2010 to discuss problems and solutions regarding the recognition of study periods abroad. The conference was organised under the auspices of the Belgian Presidency of the EU Council by the King Baudouin Foundation in close cooperation with Ghent University, University of Graz, University of Ljubljana and SPARK and was supported by the European Commission, the Flemish Ministry of Education and Training, the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science and Research and the City of Ljubljana.
With the new "Erasmus Mundus External Co-operation Window" initiative which was launched in December 2006 by the European Commission mobility of students, researchers and university staff between the Western Balkans and the EU has been considerably increased.
Along with this opportunity, which can be seen as a preparatory phase before the countries of the Western Balkans can enter the Erasmus program, came some practical problems. One of the challenges is the academic recognition of study periods spent abroad: what happens once a student returns with his results obtained abroad? Many students and academics from the region are facing problems related to academic recognition, although it is one of the key points of this program – and for mobility in general.
The conference in Ljubljana put the topic of recognition of study periods on the agenda of all Western Balkan countries and presented challenges and best practices regarding tools, procedures and responsibilities to improve academic recognition.
The 200 rectors, deans, professors and ECTS coordinators from universities in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo , Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia discussed over two days this important issue which is an obstacle to a further increase of mobility. At the end of the conference, recommendations for an improved academic recognition were presented and debated by key policy makers from the region, among them Prof. Myquerem Tafaj, Albanian Minister for Education and Science and Prof. Slobodan Jaukovic, Serbian Deputy Minister for Higher Education.
The Erasmus Mundus Programme - Rita-Szettele - EACEA (Education Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency) (216 KB)
The Role of Ministries in Student Mobility - Prof. Sreten Skuletic, Former Minister of Education and Science of the Republic of Montenegro (112 KB)
Policy of Co-operation and mobility in the EHEA by Prof. Pavel Zgaga, University of Ljubjlana (164 KB)
Problems of Recognition In Making Erasmus (PRIME) - Daphne Scherer, Erasmus Student Network (390 KB)
Basileus projects - Valere Meus - Ghent University (252 KB)
Principle & Ideas - Janerik Lundquist - Linköping University (106 KB)
Case Study - NQF in Macedonia - Elizabeta Bahtovska - University of Bitola (165 KB)
Tools fostering recognition - Raimonda Markeviciene & Robert Wagenaar (518 KB)
Case study : University of Novi Sad - Pavle Sekerus (680 KB)
Case study : University of Rome - Mattea Capelli (24 KB)
Case study : University of Masaryk - Amal Al Khatib (158 KB)
Case study : University of Sarajevo - Faruk Caklovica (674 KB)
Case study : University of Tuzla - Mirsad Djonlagic (92 KB)
Case study : Ghent University - Delfien Cloets (218 KB)
Case study : University of Bitola - Elizabeta Bahtovska (95 KB)
Case study : University of Graz - Sylvia Schweiger (231 KB)
Case study : University of Prishtina - Hysen Bytyqi (694 KB)
Case study : University of Skopje - Elena Dumova (156 KB)
Pictures - Conference on academic recognition - Lubljana - October 2010 (518 KB)
Recommendations (43 KB)