At the Opening Conference held at International Burch University today, four projects under the program Facilitating Cooperation in Higher Education were officially inaugurated.
As part of the Project Opening Conference, Prof Dr Mersid Poturak, rector of the International Burch University, and Dr Michael Green, the Education Consultant of Stirling Education, welcomed high level EU Delegation guests as well as esteemed guests from the higher education sector: Mr Gianluca Vaninni, Head of Operations Section for Social Development, Civil Society, and Cross Border Cooperation, Ms Joelle Lepot, Deputy Head of Contracts and Finances Section and Prof Dr Enes Hasic, Head of the Agency for the Development of Higher Education and Quality Assurance (HEA).
Mr. Vaninni emphasised the significance of the initiatives to the industry, as well as their impact on the sector, which will include spillover benefits in areas like interethnic reconciliation.
Prof Dr Enes Hasic, Head of the Agency for the Development of Higher Education and Quality Assurance (HEA), echoed the earlier statements and congratulated the consortia on their success. Prof Dr Hasic further pledged HEA's support for these projects and all future endeavours.
In addition to the plenary session, four roundtables on the four sectoral topics were held to solicit feedback from stakeholders in order to secure their buy-in and improve project implementation.
The program consists of the four projects aiming to empower universities to participate in the policymaking process, introduce student research mobilities to BH universities, support universities in developing academic project proposals, and develop a career management system in higher education, respectively.
The four projects, totaling 1.15 million euros, will be implemented over the next three years. Project partners include the University of Leon in Spain, the University “December 1, 1918” of Alba Iulia in Romania, and the FH Burgenland as well as three partner universities from Bosnia and Herzegovina – the University of Bihac, University “Dzemal Bijedic” of Mostar, and the Универзитет у Источном Сарајеву University of East Sarajevo.
The four projects will be implemented by four interdisciplinary teams consisting of domestic and foreign experts, each of which will be led by Prof Dr Alija Kozljak, Prof Dr Jasmin Kevric, Prof Dr Mersid Poturak, and Admir Salihagic.