The main criteria that have been used to select Serbian consortium:

  • universities showing willingness to implement objectives of the project - especially to implement master and PhD as a joint degree program;
  • universities that can guarantee interdisciplinary approach with lowest possible administrative complexity and risk;
  • big universities that can initiate changes in their regions;
  • one university with good results in developed innovation (UNS);
  • one university to represent private universities (SUB);
  • one technical college to represents vocational schools;
  • non-academic partners with main activities in providing innovative infrastructure;
  • one NGO with experience in LLL education (KEC);
  • balanced geographical distribution of partners within Serbia.

All Serbian universities (UNS, UKG, UNI, SUB) have well established mutual links and experience within TEMPUS framework in developing new curricula in collaboration with foreign partners and industry. They have participated in more than 30 TEMPUS projects for last five years. Highly relevant for this project proposal are the following: JP530213 (2012), JP516729 (2011), JP511140 (2010), JP158881 (2009), JP144959, JP144684, JP145009 and JP144889 (2008).

Serbian academic consortium members are experienced in: developing, accrediting, and realising master and PhD programs; developing knowledge triangle: research–education–innovation; attracting, administrating and implementing EC funding (especially TEMPUS); promoting new master programs to enrol new students.

In addition, they established a reliable network of contacts with key stakeholders and decision makers, and excellent track record of previous mutual collaboration.

UNS is well known for its innovative activities, entrepreneurial climate and more than 60 spinoff companies. Therefore it will manage overall project activities. UKG has very strong expertise and links to manufacturing industry (Fiat and other production oriented companies in Kragujevac), while UNI has a key role in supporting new knowledge based SMEs in the region. SU will bring additional quality to the consortium as university based in Belgrade with good links to main stakeholders in the public sector. Technical College of Applied Sciences Zrenjanin (TCAS) will make experience with TEMPUS for the first time. It will contribute to the impact and character of the project by expanding the group of target users and being the best practical example how technical vocational schools could support growth of Serbian innovation capacity.

The main characteristics of Serbian non-academic consortium members are: experience in creating and providing services and programs targeting development of Serbian innovative potential; experience in attracting, administrating and implementing EC funding (other than TEMPUS); everyday contact with innovators and an established network of contacts with innovative companies, policy and decision makers.

Two involved business incubators, with track record of successful mutual collaboration will provide access to innovative companies and better understanding of their needs. These will be crucial for developing curricula, realising students’ practical internship, development and realisation of LLL courses. With Innovation Fund (IF) in the consortium the project will get opportunity to easier attract attention of high level decision makers, to approach to some of the most innovative Serbian companies as well as to network with professionals outside consortium. IF will also be a promoter and potential sponsor of master and PhD programs after the project. ZIS will bring high level competences in LLL education, excellent network of contacts in policy making structures. Finally, KEC is NGO with competences in developing LLL education and creativity. All will be important for successful project implementation.

EU consortium members have been selected based on complementary skills, ability to transfer best practice and to develop competences and knowledge needed for achieving project objectives.

  • FUB will focus on developing Master and PhD curricula, especially in developing business related contents of programs. It will provide the latest knowledge in fields like innovation and business management, especially innovation audit, organisational structures and business models. Their experience in cross-cultural management as well as in developing joint degree and interdisciplinary PhD programs will be of immense importance.
  • AUTH will help in building research focused PhD program and developing virtual learning environment. They will contribute to development of teaching methodology that combines theory and application in an active learning environment. Their holistic and interdisciplinary approach to innovation, including innovation in public sector, will be important to achieve project aims.
  • UM will focus on developing Master curricula, especially in combining engineering and creativity related contents in master program. It will be a key partner in developing iLabs at Serbian HEIs, based on lab they have at UM. Also, sharing similar language and roots of educational system (former Yugoslavia) UM will help other EU partners to better understand situation in Serbia.
  • SEERC will help in organising and delivering LLL programs to industry as well as in overcoming mono disciplinary approach to innovation. They will help in establishing national innovation council and a regional network of researchers and students across South-East Europe.
  • WUS Austria will provide help in quality control, implementation, monitoring and internal evaluation of the project. With their well-founded knowledge about overall situation in Serbia as well as great experience in developing new curricula, they will assist in the process of defining learning outcomes and study program. Consortium will take advantage of their operative and technical capacity to support fast and efficient implementation of the Bologna system.