Work Packages

WP1 - Evaluation of current internationalisation and recognition mechanisms

The wider objective of this WP is the assessment of the current state and identification areas for changes, as well as the improvement of internationalisation and recognition mechanisms. The implementation of this WP is essential for the identification of the present position at all partner institutions, meaning that this WP is an input for all other WPs. This WP will provide an analysis of the state of internationalisation and the state of the mechanisms resembling the qualifications on the national level through participation of all significant/relevant stakeholders (all public universities, the Accreditation Agency, the Ministries, and Centre for Information and Recognition of Qualification in Higher Education). Consequently, the exchange of experience and by presenting the qualitative and quantitative indicators, through a developed form for self-assessment, a detailed analysis will be prepared based upon the basic parameters of internationalisation and EHEA’s recognition model. Afterwards, EU experts from partner institutions will develop a SWOT analysis for B&H public universities, ministries, Agency for accreditation and Centre for Information and Recognition of Qualification in Higher Education.

This WP will allow for the identification of different fields to undergo reforms and improvement.

Type: Preparation

Lead organization:

Higher Education Accreditation Agency of Republika Srpska (RS HEAA)

Start date: 16-11-2015

End date: 31-03-2016

WP2 - Development internationalisation strategy and recognition model

This WP aims to develop a B&H recognition model for Higher Education institutions for practising fair recognition according to the principles of the Lisbon Recognition Convention, its subsidiary documents, latest EAR HEI Manual and the UNESCO Recommendation on the Recognition of Studies and Qualifications in Higher Education. The aim is also the development of a strategy for internationalisation of all partner universities taking into consideration the national situation, diversity and priorities of all partner universities. A series of internationalisation measures/ indicators related to the partner universities’ strategy will be developed. Internationalisation strategies and measures will be in accordance with Mobility Strategy 2020 for the EHEA. Mobility Strategy 2020 obliges all Higher Education institutions in EHEA to create a strategy and measures (indicators) for internationalisation. After completion of all key documents the comparative analysis will be conducted. This WP is one of the most important WPs.

Type: Development

Lead organization:

Centre for Information and Recognition of Qualification in Higher Education (CIP)

Start date: 01-04-2016

End date: 28-02-2017

WP3 - Capacity building

The aim of this WP is to strengthen capacities at all BH universities through procurement of equipment (IT and books) and through different trainings for students and university staff. Trained BH staff and students at EU partner institutions should perform in-house workshop at BH universities for education and practical trainings of internal staff and students (8 workshops) at each BH university.

Through this WP staff and students will gain skills and wider knowledge about internationalisation and recognition mechanisms that should be basis for improving internationalisation process at institution as well as recognition of qualifications. Educated human resources are the key factor for conducting reform. Because of limited financial resources, BH universities will get important informational infrastructure and books that should support internationalisation process and recognition of qualifications. All procured informational infrastructure will be available for all internal staff and students with ensured internet connection.

Type: Development

Lead organization:

University of Zenica (UNZE)

Start date: 01-02-2017

End date: 31-07-2017

WP4 - Pilot activities of internationalisation

This WP aims to implement the pilot activities of internationalisation. The package seeks to implement everything that has been developed so far, through staff that are trained at EU partner institutions, as well as through the Office of International Cooperation and student offices. This WP will contribute to a greater internationalisation of BH universities through practical implementation of the pilot activities selected from the internationalisation strategy. Different indicators and measures of internationalisation will be presented during implementation of this activity. Taking into account the developed documents and the practical training, this WP aims to connect all of the already implemented activities under the supervision of the EU partner institutions. After the implementation of pilot activities at all universities and through various trainings, a comparative analysis will identify the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of this procedure, but above all, the emphasis will be placed on the sustainability of these pilot activities considering that after the completion of the project no additional financial resources will be required.

Type: Development

Lead organization:

Buckinghamshire New University (Bucks)

Start date: 03-07-2017

End date: 29-12-2017

WP5 - Criteria for assessing of internationalisation of B&H universities

This WP focuses on the institutional dimension of internationalization. This WP should offer basic criteria that should provide sufficient internationalization and institutions of study programs. A common form of assessment of internationalization at the level of institutions and study programs is lacking in Europe. There are certain attempts by the European Consortium for Accreditation in Higher Education (ECA) to develop a methodology for assessing the quality of internationalization.

The development of these criteria in B&H would provide the minimum requirements that should provide one university for the institution and its study program that could prove to possess a certain degree of internationalization. Since the internationalization of the previous processes of accreditation in B&H showed worse results than other criteria assessed in accreditation, development of proposed criteria for evaluating internationalization should contribute to the improvement of this segment at all BH universities. Considering that the internationalization identified as the weakest point of the B&H universities by accreditation agencies (P13, P14), just from these agencies are expected to play a significant role in the development of these criteria. The development of these criteria will rely on the recommendations of the ECA and the recommendations of the accreditation agencies (P13, P14) with the support and significant contribution to the EU partners, as well as other BH partners. The overall objective is to lay the foundation for improving the process of internationalization, which is directly related to the recognition of qualifications.

Type: Development

Lead organization:

Agency for Development of Higher Education and Quality Assurance B&H (HEA)

Start date: 03-01-2018

End date: 31-07-2018

WP6 - Quality plan and monitoring

This work package should provide the regular reporting and control of all project activities, as well as compliance with certain ethical principles, and also to clarify the roles in the project. At the beginning of the project, the quality policy paper will be created with the aim of achievement a common understanding amongst all project partners with regard to the quality of the deliverables produced, the methods applied to control the quality and the ethical attitudes guiding partner’s involvement.

The main tasks of the WP will apply to regular reporting at the end of each year by all B&H project partners. All project partners will act responsibility and conciously in accordance with the ordinary and extraordinary controls, as the mechanism of internal and external reporting to be established at the beginning of the project, during the first meeting. Internal reporting should be support for external control and monitoring. Responsibility in this WP will have all the project partners who need to ensure efficient and planned implementation of all project activites. Unification of internal and external forms of control and monitoring, shall be made to avoid the bad quality of the the report.

Inicators of progress will refer to the number of held meeting, the number of reports, the number of participants in meetings with EU extrenal controllers.

Type: Development

Lead organization:

Instituto Politecnico do Porto (IPP)

Start date: 15-10-2015

End date: 10-10-2018

WP7 - Dissemination and exploitation

The main objective of this WP is to ensure the dissemination and sustainability of project results. Dissemination of the project results will be based on the principles of full transparency and involvement of all relevant stakeholders during the project lifetime and sharing of appropriate information and visibility activities. Sustainability will be achieved through the inclusion of all relevant project partners who can ensure sustainability, such as government bodies: ministries, agencies, and the Centre for Information and Recognition of Qualifications B&H.

Type: Dissemination and exploitation

Lead organization:

University of East Sarajevo (UES)

Start date: 15-10-2015

End date: 10-10-2018

WP8 - Management of project activities

Within this WP activities essential to the management of the project will be implemented. This WP is the main WP aiming efficient management of project activities including the establishment of project structure, respect for fundamental ethical requirements, establishing financial structure and control implemented activities with financial audit.

STINT will set up a management structure to efficiently address partnership, contractual and technical issues and to help ensure the achievement of the project objectives. STINT will be coordinated by KU Leuven, who will be responsible for ensuring that the overall project objectives are met and that all costs and milestones are in-line with the budgets and the provided timeline.

Project management will include a detailed Project Coordination Plan, proper planning, organization, coordination and control of all activities to ensure the implementation of the Erasmus + grant as planned by the project application.Management structure will be established (consortium, executive board, procedures, tools) in order to ensure financial and contractual management consortium.

Project consortium board (PCB) will be the high level decision making body consisted of all project partners (areas: project’s contents, workplan and budget) and will be chaired by project coordinator.

Executive Board (EB) will be responsible for the overall strategic management and report directly to PCB. EB will be consisted of all WP leaders. Planning and control will be ensured through project plan (scope, schedule, budget, resources, quality), financial reports (all partners), progress report (WP leaders) and risk analysis (coordinator). Risk Management Plan (RMP) will be the process that follows the project until its completion.

At the beginning of the project Communication Management Plan (CMP) will be defined, as well as communication requirements for the project, and how information should be distributed. CMP will define the following: what information will be communicated; how the information will be communicated (in meetings, email, telephone, Skype, newsletter, web portal, etc.); when information will be distributed; who is responsible for communicating project information; how any sensitive or confidential information is communicated and who must authorize this; any constraints, internal or external, which affect project communications; and any standard templates, formats, or documents the project must use for communicating. CMP will not be a static but a flexible document that should be updated regularly as new results become available and new potential communication actions and events present themselves.

It will also define the possible sources of conflict, preventive measures, the suggested solutions of conflicts, choosing the best conflict resolution model and Conflict Resolution Template.

Type: Management

Lead organization:

KU Leuven (KU)

Start date: 15-10-2015

End date: 14-10-2018