Project: Higher Education Learning Partnerships

Acronym Application year Grant Reference number Duration Scope Project status
HELP 2008 676554.0 JP 144596-2008 3 years Regional finalized
Eligibility period start Eligibility period end Extended until Website Facebook
January 15, 2009 January 14, 2012

Project summary

The project will establish HELPS in each partner country comprising the partner university together with representatives from the local and regional government, enterprise and civil society. The HELP infrastructure will be used to initiate dialogue with stakeholders on the nature and extent of specific skills shortages faced by enterprise at the local and regional levels in South Eastern Europe due to transition. Actvities to inform and stimulate this dialogue include meetings, a needs analysis conducted at local level and a workshop for stakeholders on cooperative approaches between education and industry for training skills development. Interaction between HELPs will connect local activities with developments at the regional level. Support from the UK Partner will offer guidance and direction in this dialogue and in the preparation and delivery of demand-driven skills training courses. More importantly, this will ensure quality in the dialogue and approaches to skills training that emerge. Innovative approaches will be encouraged, including cooperation with stakeholders in the design of skills training and in the delivery of the learning programmes.

The project structure has been developed to maximise the impact of HELP activities on training practices and policy-making. Dissemination will occur throughout the project life through a variety of publication, reports and tools relating to outcomes of HELP activities.


To establish learning partnerships (HELPs) in South Eastern Europe between higher education and enterprises at the local level to:

  • identify and prioritise the main learning and training needs to promote local enterprise development;
  • evaluate the existing learning and training opportunities at the local level and the ways these could be improved within HELPs in terms of the access, structure and content of learning and training programmes;
  • share experience of local HELPs at the regional level and explore existing models of partnership for knowledge exchange between education and enterprise;
  • to increase the availability of relevant information at the regional level on the nature and extent of skill shortages affecting economic development;
  • prepare certified learning and training programmes within HELPs tailored to local enterprise development needs and priorities;
  • pilot, monitor and evaluate the learning and training programmes, especially the potential for sustainability based on private provision;
  • disseminate results widely, particularly at the regional policy-making levels to support economic transition within South Eastern Europe.


Joint Project-Higher Education and Society

Subject areas

  • University-Industry Links


Tessedik Samuel College, HUN Project coordinator
Michael Alderson Contact person
University of Novi Sad, SRB
Fuada Stankovic Contact person, Tatjana Vranjesevic, Mladen Radisic, Dusan Dobromirov, Sandra Fiser Sobot, Tatjana Zubic, Ana Soti (Ana Šoti), Vojin Senk (Војин Шенк), Tatjana Tosic, Vesna Raskovic (Vesna Rašković), and Natasa Hrabovski
Carlsberg Serbia, SRB
Lidija Latinovic
Centre of Strategic Economic Studies, SRB
Ivan Knezevic
Agora University, ROU
SC Balbeary Treatment Buzias SA, ROU
Ministry for SME, Commerce, Tourism and Liberal Professions, ROU
Pivovara Brewery Osijek, HRV
Körös-Völgye Alapítvány (Foundation to Support SMEs), HUN
Gallicoop Poultry Hatching and Processing Company Limited, HUN
Telford College of Arts and Technology, UK
Politehnica University of Timsoara, ROU
J.J. Strossmayer University, HRV


University of Novi Sad
Title Model Equipment type Quantity Location
Smart switch IT equipment – other 8 Rectorate
Flip chart Office equipment (fax, telephone, white board) 1 Rectorate
Desktop computer with monitor IT equipment - desktop computer 1 Teaching room
Laptop Dell, 15.6'' IT equipment - notebook computer 1 Teaching room
Camera + Memory card Audio, Video and Communication equipment - photo equipment 1 Teaching room
Paper shredder Office equipment (fax, telephone, white board) 1 Teaching room
Desktop computer with monitor IT equipment - desktop computer 1 Central Library
Laptop IT equipment - notebook computer 2 Central Library
USB cabel IT equipment – other 1 Central Library
Flip chart Office equipment (fax, telephone, white board) 1 Central Library
White board Office equipment (fax, telephone, white board) 1 Central Library
Printer IT equipment – printers, scanners, multifunctional devices 1 Rector's Office
Projector Audio, Video and Communication equipment – projector and TV 1 Rector's Office
Projector screen Audio, Video and Communication equipment – other 1 Rector's Office
Laptop IT equipment - notebook computer 1 UNESCO Chair
Printer IT equipment – printers, scanners, multifunctional devices 1 UNESCO Chair
USB cabel IT equipment – other 1 UNESCO Chair
Printer duplexer IT equipment – other 1 ARMUNS
USB cabel IT equipment – other 1 ARMUNS
Notebook stand IT equipment – other 2 ARMUNS
Printer duplexer IT equipment – other 1 Copy room of the Rectorate
USB cabel IT equipment – other 1 Copy room of the Rectorate
Desktop computer IT equipment - desktop computer 2
Laptop IT equipment - notebook computer 1
E-book reader IT equipment – other 6


A1-1 - establish HELP offices
A2-1 - use meetings at the local and regional levels to establish HELP network and initiate stakeholder dialogue.
A2-2 - local needs analysis in each HELP to inform stakeholder dialogue.
A2-3 - M&E of meetings to ensure continuity, coherence and quality.
A3-1 - good practice workshop on partnerships and curriculum development.
A4-1 - publication and dissemination of recommendations of HELP meetings.
A5-1 - sharing of project experience at the local and regional levels.
A5-2 - M&E of meetings to ensure contunity, coherence and quality.

A6-1 - cooperative development and delivery of tailored training programmes.
A6-2 - input from UK partner to increase understanding of skills training
A6-3 - M&E of training programmes.

A7-1 - final conference to disseminate widely the project findings at the local and regional policy-making levels.
A7-2 - final evaluation of project.


Title Type To
HELP office established Other products
done by University of Novi Sad
Training Needs Analysis conducted Report
Done by the University of Novi Sad
6 training courses developed and delivered Training
Done by the UNESCO Chair for Entrepreneurial Studies: "How to create a market for your own innovation?", "Formulating the strategy for innovative business", "How to improve own communication / sales / presentation skills?", "How to prepare for business life", "Identification of resources and innovative use of opportunities" and "Internet marketing"
One Stop Shop established Other products
Established at the University of Novi Sad,


Resource title Resource type Keywords Authors
HELP Presentation Promotion material HELP, presentation, Fuada Stankovic
Ekonomija zasnovana na znanju nastaviće da raste u Evropi. Biznis sektor će morati da sarađuje sa obrazovnim institucijama da bi obezbeđivao veštine potrebne za inovacije. Pronalaženje posla u ovom sektoru će zavisiti ne samo od nivoa kvalifikacije nego i od njene relevantnosti na radnom mestu. Pristup treninzima u veštinama i obrazovanju se mora širiti u ekonomiji koja raste.
Training Opportunities in Central and Eastern Europe Summary Study / Analysis HELP, training, results, conclusions, university
Over the past two decades Central and Eastern Europe has experienced unprecedented economic, social and political change. The process of transition has required significant adaptations at all levels of the economy and society. Much progress has been achieved throughout the region in the privatisation of State enterprises which has opened up new economic space to the private sector, especially SMEs. In parallel, the region has witnessed changing shares of employment in agriculture, manufacturing and the service sector. This in combination with occupational changes has given rise to the need for new or adapted skills in the labour market. Most relevant to the HELP project are those new skills needed by enterprises and their labour forces that contribute to encouraging innovation, increasing competitiveness and raising productivity. This is especially true in the SME sector where the share of total employment is increasing. However, the reform of adult learning and skills training in Central and Eastern Europe has been slow. Rates of participation in training continue to lag behind average levels in the European Union. This needs to be addressed if Europe as a whole is to become the most competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economy in the world. Training must not be seen as an option but rather a fundamental component of good business practice. By improving competitiveness at different levels, training enables businesses to realise their goals more efficiently and effectively. The bottom line is that training directly affects business profitability.
Partnerstvo na delu u Centralnoj i Istocnoj Evropi - Vodic za dobru praksu Manual / Handbook / Guide learning partnerships, Central and Eastern Europe, higher education, training, učeća partnerstva, Centralna i Istočna Evropa, visoko obrazovanje, treninzi
Raspolozivost treninga i mogucnosti njihovog razvoja u Centralnoj i Istocnoj Evropi Study / Analysis treninzi, Centralna i Istocna Evropa, vestine, trainings, Central and Eastern Europe, skills
Tokom poslednje dve decenije, Centralna i Istočna Evropa imaju iskustvo bez presedana u ekonomskim, socijalnim i političkim promenama. Proces tranzicije zahteva značajna prilagoĎavanja na svim nivoima privrede i društva. U čitavom regionu postignut je veliki napredak. Privatizacija državnih preduzeća je otvorila novi ekonomski prostor za privatna preduzeća, posebno mala i srednja. Istovremeno, region je bio svedok promena u strukturi zaposlenih u poljoprivredi, proizvodnji i uslužnom sektoru. Ovo je, zajedno s promenama u zanimanjima, dovelo do porasta potreba za novim veštinama na tržištu rada. Najrelevantnije za HELP su one nove veštine potrebne preduzećima i njihovoj radnoj snazi koje će doprinositi ohrabrivanju inovacija, povećanju konkurentnosti i produktivnosti. Ovo je posebno važno za sektor MSP čiji se udeo u ukupnom zapošljavanju povećava. MeĎutim, reforma obrazovanja odraslih i obuka u veštinama sporo su se uvodili u Centralnoj i Istočnoj Evropi. Stope učešća u obuci i dalje zaostaju za prosekom u Evropskoj uniji. Ovo se mora naglasiti ako Evropa, kao celina, teži da postane najkonkurentnija i najdinamičnija ekonomija na svetu zasnovana na znanju. Obuka ne bi trebalo da se posmatra kao opcija, već kao osnovna komponenta dobre poslovne prakse. Da bi se poboljšala konkurentnost na različitim nivoima, obuka omogućava preduzećima da što efikasnije i efektivnije ostvare svoje ciljeve. Suština je u tome da obuka direktno utiče na profitabilnost biznisa. Osnovni cilj HELP projekta je da se podigne svest o značaju obuke za uspešno poslovanje. Kao sastavni deo aktivnosti projekta, sprovedena je Analiza potreba za obukom (TNA) u Hrvatskoj, Madjarskoj, Rumuniji i Srbiji, kako bi se bolje razumelo stanje u regionu kada je obuka u pitanju. Istraživani su stavovi poslodavaca prema obuci, tekućoj praksi u obuci u veštinama i prirodi veština koje nedostaju. Ovde je prikazan rezime rezultata. Značajno podudaranje rezultata izmeĎu zemalja ukazuje na preku potrebu povećanja ponude treninga koja će biti odgovor na potražnju. Jedan od načina da se ovo realizuje je da obrazovne institucije blisko saraĎuju sa preduzećima u okviru obostrano korisnog partnerstva, struktuiranog oko obuke i razvoja biznisa. Na ovaj način, može se doprineti relevantnosti obrazovanja i obuke i njihove primenjivosti u pravcu produktivnosti biznisa, šansi za zapošljavanje i regionalnog prosperiteta u celini.
Prirucnik za pisanje biznis plana mape inovativnog poslovanja Manual / Handbook / Guide biznis plan, trziste, konkurencija, preduzece, business plan, market, competition, company