B&H Partners

UNIVERSITY OF BANJA LUKA (UBL), BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA – The University of Banja Luka, established in 1975, is the second largest in B&H, with more than 18,500 students. It consists of 16 faculties: Academy of Arts, Architecture, Economics, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Medicine, Agriculture, Law, Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Technology, Sport, Philosophy, Philology, Forestry, Political Sciences, and Mine Engineering. UBL has 57 licensed study programs at the I cycle, 46 at the II and 2 at the III and is fully commuted to the idea of a borderless area for research and knowledge exchange in Europe. Besides of an excellent location and own facilities, UBL has other competitive capabilities, including about 1,000 research active staff for teaching and research excellence and 450 administrative staff members.

The Banja Luka University staff has been involved in more than 85 Tempus projects, several FP6 projects and FP7 projects, as well as in Erasmus Mundus projects. The other international projects were financed by: the European Commission, the Council of Europe, United Nations, the World Bank, governments of several states.

The University of Banja Luka is bound by more than 100 bilateral agreements on cooperation with public and private universities from all over the world.

Web page: http://www.unibl.org

UNIVERSITY OF BIHAC (UNBI), BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA – The history of the University of Bihać began in 1997 when it was established. It has seven member units, 6 Faculties (Technical Faculty, Faculty of Pedagogy, Faculty of Law, Biotechnical Faculty, Islamic Faculty of Pedagogy and Faculty of Economy) and School of Health Studies. Total number of students is 4000. Teaching process at UNBI is organized through total 46 study programs, 27 study programs within 1st study cyclus and 19 study programs within 2nd study cyclus. The University of Bihać offers graduate study program and master study programs. All the faculties adopted ECTS. Teaching and administrative staff is making great efforts in ensuring proper conditions for high quality work in education and research.

Head of International Relations Office at the University of Bihać is Vice-rector for Scientific Research and International Relations. Currently, in the Office there are two employees, namely Expert Adviser for International Relations and Expert Associate for Projects. Teaching and administrative staff is making great efforts in ensuring proper conditions for high quality work in education and research. Through these basic activities, the University of Bihać contributes to the economic and cultural development of the region; it provides the necessary qualified human resources. The academic community of the University has recognized the importance of promoting and encouraging establishment of academic cooperation with foreign universities and similar institutions, participating in various national and international projects, as well as in exchange programs.

Web page: http://unbi.ba

DZEMAL BIJEDIC UNIVERSITY OF MOSTAR (UNMO), BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA – Dzemal Bijedic University of Mostar was founded in 1977 as one of the pillars of the development of the Herzegovina region. Today University consists of eight faculties in the fields of Humanities, Social Sciences, Technical Sciences, IT, and Biotechnology. Study programs are organized according to the Bologna principles. Students come mostly from Herzegovina and mid-Bosnia, but also from the rest of the country. Additional University capacities include research institutes and centres, and offices for student support.

University mission is to organize a wide range of educational processes of different contents and levels, to perform theoretical, applied and emerging scientific research, to become one of the leaders in the education of young experts necessary for the development of economy and society, as well as to promote cultural and social development of our region and country.

Apart from close cooperation with seven other public Universities of B&H, good cooperation with local entrepreneurship, and membership in B&H Rector Conference, UNMO has signed bilateral and multilateral Cooperation Agreements with relevant EU universities. Together with its partners, utilizing teachers and students potential, the University is implementing a number of projects, funded from different programs and aiming a wide scope of goals, from scientific to almost completely socially oriented.

As a part of the efforts to fulfil mission and achieve vision UNMO accepted good practices of Bologna process implementation.

UNMO management considers internationalization not in the narrow sense of mare mobility, but assumes all processes that lead to international recognition of a university, i.e. all supporting processes in strive for widely recognized excellence. In order to use internationalization as a drive for changes, it is necessary to observe it through different aspects: strategic documents, teaching process, RDI policy, international projects, mobility programs and quality assurance.

Web page: http://www.unmo.ba

UNIVERSITY OF EAST SARAJEVO (UES), BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA – The University of East Sarajevo is an independent and self-governing institution, consisting of the 15 faculties and the two academies. The University of East Sarajevo has over 30 bilateral agreements signed with partner universities from Europe and Russia. These bilateral agreements regulate different types of cooperation, such as work on subjects and projects of common interest, exchange of scholars and students, joint publications, exchange of information and other activities in order to improve the academic cooperation.

Certain faculties of the University of East Sarajevo have also a number of bilateral agreements signed with their partner faculties abroad. The University of East Sarajevo is a member of several university networks and international associations.

The University of East Sarajevo has participated in 12 TEMPUS projects since 2000, one FP6 projects; and other international project - such as project dealing with Brain Drain in West Balkan Countries, financed by UNESCO and 'Hewlett Packard', than ALPS/IRIS REFORM PROJECT BIH, financed by USAID, and Institutional University Development Plan 2003-2008 - the project was funded by the World Bank, IPA project CAPINFOOD etc.

The UES is the largest higher education institution in RS and regional reference in the field engineering education and research, with long years of experience in providing engineers.

From 2007 all UES’ faculties work according to the Bologna Process and in this removed all barriers for the mobility of teachers and student. Fostering more dynamic cooperation and exchange of know-how are among priorities in the university’s short term action plan.

Web page: http://www.ues.rs.ba

UNIVERSITY OF MOSTAR (SVEMO), BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA – University of Mostar is a higher education institution which organizes and performs university studies, scientific and professional work. It is one of eight public Universities in B&H and the only one where Croatian is used as the official language. The University is founded by cantons in which the Croatian people are dominant. It consists of 10 faculties and the Academy of Fine Arts. Today, over 16000 students study at the University of Mostar. The educational process is conducted through more than 70 study groups at the undergraduate and 30 groups at the graduate and postgraduate level. University of Mostar is internationally oriented and its intention is to become fully integrated into the European Higher Education Area. From the academic year 2005/2006, teaching process at the University of Mostar is conducted in accordance to Bologna process. IRO is responsible for interuniversity cooperation programmes and agreements, cooperation and contacts with relevant international organizations, exchange programmes and the management of international relations.

Web page: http://sve-mo.ba

UNIVERSITY OF SARAJEVO (UNSA), BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA – The University of Sarajevo is the oldest and largest higher education institution in Bosnia and Herzegovina. It is a public university, covering almost all fields through over 100 study programmes and over 200 departments, with around 34.000 students. The educational process is organized according to the Bologna principles. University of Sarajevo has extensive experience in TEMPUS projects dealing with such areas as Governance Reform, Quality Assurance, Curriculum Development, IT, E-infrastructure, distance learning among others. UNSA is internationally oriented and its intention is to become fully integrated into the EHEA, but preserving its academic tradition and academic culture heritage. UNSA has shared its practices in numerous FP and ERASMUS Mundus projects as well. Thanks to numerous international contacts, there are several PhD Study programs with strong international components, i.e. III cycle of study: Mathematical Sciences and Economics. UNSA is partner in the EMA2 project: Basileus, JoinEU-SEE PENTA, Sigma (Agile), Euroweb(+), Eraweb, GreenTech and Sunbeam.

Web page: http://www.unsa.ba

UNIVERSITY OF TUZLA (UNTZ), BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA – The University of Tuzla is a public higher education institution which was established in 1976. The University of Tuzla is currently in the process of obtaining institutional accreditation from the Cantonal Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sports.

In 2001 the University of Tuzla became the first integrated University in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The teaching is organized in three cycles, in line with the Bologna Process, and the University offers more than 80 study programs in bachelor, master’s and doctoral studies in 12 faculties and Academy of Performing Arts. Currently, there are around 16.000 students studying at the University of Tuzla in all cycles of studies. The University employs 720 academic and administrative staff members.

The University of Tuzla has signed over 40 cooperation agreements with the universities worldwide and is focused on developing relationships with the academic community and strengthening the international process. The University has participated in a number of international mobility and research projects, such as Erasmus Mundus, Ceepus, Tempus, Mevlana, FP6, FP 7, IPA and many more.

Web page: http://www.untz.ba

UNIVERSITY OF ZENICA (UNZE), BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA – Mission of UNZE is based on three basic components of higher education institutions:

Teaching-scientific (educational) work;

Scientific and research work;

Service of social community.

These three components of higher education are interdependent, but in order to observe and manage the processes at the University easier, they can be divided as follows:

Education, through teaching and through the process of scientific research, of high-quality, young professionals (students), and adults also, in all fields of teaching that exist at the university, so they can be productive in their current and future activities

Continuous monitoring and improvement of scientific research at the university; training (education) and involving larger number of young people (assistants and other youth) in this process; linking the university with the environment, economic and cultural events.

Mission of UNZE involves helping the economic, social and cultural development within and out of the borders of the region and the country, by providing scientific and technical support. Thereby the UNZE must fit in with national and international quality criteria for education and scientific activities and results. In other words, all the results of the teaching - scientific, scientific - research and professional work at UNZE must have the character of universal values that are not measured only with regional qualitative assessments.

UNZE vision is to become modern and respectable higher education institution, involved in joint academic area of Europe and the world. With this vision the UNZE should, by the year of 2017, grow into smaller flexible university with about 12 members (organizational units: faculties, institutes and other), which would offer 20-30 diplomas (study departments) and have about eight thousand students that would work and live in several functional campuses.

Web page: http://www.unze.ba

CENTRE FOR INFORMATION AND RECOGNITION OF QUALIFICATION IN HIGHER EDUCATION (CIP), BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA – The Centre (ENIC Centre of Bosnia and Herzegovina) represents Bosnia and Herzegovina at ENIC/NARIC network. The CIP is competent for:

information and recognition in the area of higher education;

coordination and international exchange of academic staff, students and programs in the area of higher education;

representation of Bosnia and Herzegovina in international projects in the area of higher education from its scope of competency;

through the international network of information centres (the ENIC/NARIC network), provision of information to the higher education institutions in B&H related to foreign higher education institutions and programs, as the basis for recognition of degrees and diplomas for the purpose of further education at higher education institutions in B&H, and representation of Bosnia and Herzegovina in such networks;

provision of notifications and opinions on foreign degrees and diplomas in Bosnia and Herzegovina for the purpose of continued education at higher education institutions in B&H;

provision of advice and information on the issues from its scope of activity to parties with legitimate interest;

pursuant to the Lisbon Convention and its subsidiary documents, submission of recommendations to the ministry of the Republika Srpska, the cantonal ministries and the Brcko District of B&H on recognition of diplomas acquired outside B&H for the purpose of employment, continued education and pursuing of other rights arising from the qualification acquired.

Web page: http://www.cip.gov.ba

AGENCY FOR DEVELOPMENT OF HIGHER EDUCATION AND QUALITY ASSURANCE (HEA), BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA – HEA was established in December 2008 by Framework Law on Higher Education (FLHE) in B&H as an independent public organization in charge for development of HE QA in HE. Its competences are related to specific FLHE provisions, with two mail duties: to serve as an independent institution in charge for development of specific provisions and recommendations for HE, and to provide QA and accreditation of HEIs and study programs. HEA is responsible to give recommendations on criteria for licensing of HEIs and study programs, to set quality standards, quality analysis and give recommendations for removal of shortcomings in the quality studies and HEIs. HEA has created a network within all HEIs and relevant ministries and BH in order to discuss all relevant issues regarding HE and particularly QA. HEA is also connected with all QA agencies in WB region, developing international cooperation with similar agencies widely. HEA is full member of INQAAHE, CEE Network and associate member of ENQA.

Web page: http://www.hea.gov.ba

HIGHER EDUCATION ACCREDITATION AGENCY OF REPUBLIKA SRPSKA (RS HEAA), BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA – The basic task of the Agency is organization and implementation of the external quality evaluation process and accreditation of Higher Education Institutions and applied study programs. This procedure is also conducted in accordance with European standards and procedures published in the aforementioned ESG document, requiring Agency to possess required resources, competent staff and expert knowledge for its implementation.

International visibility and recognition of Higher Education of Republic of Srpska in European higher education area depends on available resources, validity of conducted measures and issued accreditations.

It is clear that realization of international recognition of Higher Education in Republic of Srpska represents especially important and responsible social task of higher education institutions, as well as all stakeholders who comprise the unique RS Higher Education System.

Web page: http://www.heaars.com

FEDERAL MINISTRY OF EDUCATION AND SCIENCE (FMON), BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA – Competencies of the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the area of education are determined by its responsibility for ensuring the right to education and FMON performs administrative, professional and other activities, cooperates and coordinates activities with the cantons, provides technical and other support to the cantons for the successful implementation of policies agreed at the level of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

FMON participates in the implementation of student and academic exchange programs, performs activities in establishing a sustainable higher education financing system, monitors and coordinates the implementation of the international conventions, agreements and other documents in the field of higher education, performs tasks and duties relating to higher education, teaching and scientific processes, interdisciplinary education, LL and distance learning; initiates the adoption, supporting and monitoring the implementation of standards and norms in higher education; coordinates the inter-university cooperation in order to reform the higher education system; works on improving the quality of studies, initiates and supports the establishment and strengthening of links between HEIs in country and abroad.

More specifically, FMON supports: the internationalization of higher education and implementation projects for QA in HEIs through international participation, cooperation and networking in order to systematically meet the requirements for inclusion of country’s higher education in the EHEA; LLL projects encompassing networking and cooperation with scientific institutions, ministries, chambers of commerce, agencies, professional associations; national and international projects sensitizing the entire society for the knowledge society by improving flexibility and strengthening the education system, including better links between HEIs and the business world and projects having a regional and European dimension with direct application in the economy.

Web page: http://www.fmon.gov.ba

MINISTRY OF EDUCATION AND CULTURE (MPKRS), BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA – In accordance with the constitutional structure of B&H it is fully responsible for the higher education and science in Republic of Srpska. The sector for Higher Education and Science performs administrative, professional and other tasks stipulated by law concerning the jurisdiction of the RS in the areas of education and science. Among other tasks this includes:

Higher education,

Pupil and student standards,

Validation and equivalence of foreign school certificates and diplomas,

Scientific - research activity,

Development of scientific information and communications.

Web page: http://www.vladars.net/eng/vlada/ministries/MEC/Pages/default.aspx