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Presentation of the Montenegrin Higher Education System Regional Cooperation in Higher Education: Hungary and the Western Balkans University of Szeged, March 11, 2015 • National Erasmus+ Office, Montenegro, • Ranko Lazović
Outline of presentation • • Law on Higher Education Structure HEIs in Montenegro Autonomy of HEIs Funding Quality Assurance Challenges in HE reform Topics of interest for future cooperation
New Law on Higher Education Main features Ø Ø Ø Ø Autonomy of HEIs Council of Higher Education Institutions Quality assurance Management of the public HEIs New system of funding HEIs Academic staff Organization of studies Ø -
Higher Education Structure
HEIs in Montenegro q University of Montenegro – public university q University Mediteran – private university, as of 2006 q University Donja Gorica – private university, as of 2010 q Fields covered: economics, law, political sciences, tourism, languages, engineering studies, natural sciences, biotechnology, humanities, academies, tourism, maritime studies, medicine, pharmacy, architecture, …
Autonomy of HEIs • Institutions are autonomous in performing their activities in accordance with the Law on Higher Education • Autonomy reflects in the following: employ academic and other staff, define its internal organization, in accordance with the Law and statute, conclude contracts with other institutions in Montenegro, conclude contracts also with institutions at international level etc.
Funding • • • State budget tuition fees (self financed students) intellectual and other services donations, presents and legacies projects and contracts with national, international, state and private entities aimed at promoting teaching, research and consulting activities. •
Quality assurance Government has appointed Council for Higher Education for improving higher education area Responsibilities of the Council, among other, are: ü offers opinion in the procedure of determining norms for issuance, changes and divesting of a license; ü offers opinion in the procedure for determining norms for higher education financing; ü determines criteria for assessment of study programmes taking into account their compatibility with the professional needs and international comparability; ü undertakes periodical controls of quality of licensed institutions and issue a certificate on reaccreditation; ü performs other activities prescribed by this Law and enactment on establishment of a Council.
Quality assurance Ø Reaccreditation of an institution, or a study programme are performed by a foreign accreditation organization authorized to determine validity and quality of study programmes and harmonization with the professional needs of the country. Ø Decision on engagement of a foreign accreditation organization is made by the Ministry, upon previous opinion of the Council of Higher Education. Ø In the process of reaccreditation an institution prepares self-evaluation report for the period of maximum five years; • In accordance with the self-evaluation report and performed evaluation process, report on reaccreditation has been prepared. • The report is submitted to the HEIs conducting self-evaluation, to the Ministry and Council of HE. • In accordance with the report of foreign accreditation agency on reaccreditation, Council issues certificate on the reaccreditation of HEI
Challeges in HE reform Sustainability of funding ( adequate model of financing) Improvement of capacity of Council of Higher Education Further improvement of quality assurance system Advancement of Ph. D studies Work to enhance employability, lifelong learning through improved cooperation with employers, especially in the development of educational programmes; Increased students` and academic mobility (internationalisation) Improvement of accommodation infrastructure; University facilities` infrastructure; Innovation of curricula; Development of learning outcomes; Development of research capacities; Developing the social dimension of higher education, provide adequate student support services, counseling and guidance, flexible learning paths and alternative access routes, including recognition of prior learning
Potential Areas of cooperation Curricula reforms Structural reforms Economics, Law, Sports and Physical Education, Biotechnology, Tourism, Arts, Languages Interpreting… Doctoral studies, Framework for development of joint programmes, Students roles and responsibilities in Bologna process, Students services improvement…
Participation of HEIs in EU programmes • • • TEMPUS programme Administrative capacities at HEIs considerably improved Improvement of teaching methodologies Modernization of equipment Improvement of cooperation between HEIs from Montenegro and WB region, and HEIs from EU member states Closer coopertaion achieved at local level between HEIs, and increased participation of non-academic partners Involvement of employers in the creation of curricula in accordance with the labour market needs Increased participation of students and students organizations Better preparedness of academic community for the next phase of participation in Erasmus + programme
Cooperation with Hungary under Tempus programme • Education of Teachers in the field of Ecological Food Production and Management, (2011), Kaposvár University • Development of Business Training in Montenegro, (2009), University of Debrecen (Hungary), Budapest Business School • Improvement and Establishment of Biotechnology in Higher Education, (2008), St. István University
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