Project: Conversion Courses for Unemployed University Graduates in Serbia

Acronym Application year Grant Reference number Duration Scope Project status
CONCUR 2008 666421.0 145009-2008 3 years National finalized
Eligibility period start Eligibility period end Extended until Website Facebook
January 15, 2009 January 14, 2012 October 14, 2012 http://www.concur.uns.ac.rs

Project summary

One of the major goals of the EU society is to increase the adaptability of workers and enterprises, on one hand, and the flexibility of labour markets, on the other. These goals could be achieved more efficiently if investing in human capital through better education and skills are encouraged. This area is where we see a growing need for expert involvment in helping educated young people adapt to new demands and helping Serbian society to face the problem of large number of unemployed graduates. Relevant national authorities in Serbia, such as four biggest universities, the Ministry of Education and the National Council for Higher Education, but also National Employment Service and Serbian Chamber of Commerce, decided to take on the challenge of developing new teaching programmes that will provide additional skills, highly desired at the labour market. By identifying the employers’ needs and allowing them to influence the Serbian national education system in order to contribute to increase its efficiency, one of the wider objectives of our Project, to achieve synergy of the HE system in Serbia with the labour market, is addressed.

The main objective of the project is to increase the employability of the university graduates in Serbia by offering them to aquire additional integrated skills, complementary to their basic vocational skilles gained through their basic education. That will be achieved by developing 8 Master Programmes for Graduate Conversion, in the field of engineering, agriculture, business and economy. In this way, mobility and employability of graduates in Serbia at local, regional, and European labour market will be increased. The developed courses will be conducted through the Centres for Education Conversion, which will be established at each of the four participating universities in Serbia, as one of the main goals of this project. A group of 300 graduates will undergo the training within the duration of the Project.

Objectives

1. To develop eight Master Programmes for Graduate Conversion of unemployed graduates with the aim of improving their employability potential;
2. To provide training for approximately 300 unemployed graduates through the newly developed Master Programmes for Graduate Conversion;
3. To establish 4 Centres for Education Conversion at participating universities in Serbia through which the training will be organized.

Programme

Programme
TEMPUS PROGRAMME
Subprogramme
Joint European Project-Curriculum Development

Subject areas

  • University Strategic Planning
  • University-Industry Links
  • Multidisciplinary Studies

Partners

University of Novi Sad, SRB Project coordinator
  • Faculty of Agriculture
  • Faculty of Technical Sciences
Miroslav Plancak Contact person, Ivana Mirovic, Slobodan Dudic, Ognjan Luzanin, Dejan Movrin, Igor Budak, Ivana Ignjatovic, Natasa Sladoje-Matic, Jovanka Pantovic, Vesna Jevtic, Vesna Rodic, Ana Koprivica, Gordana Ostojic (Gordana Ostojić), Stevan Stankovski, Miroslav Veskovic (Miroslav Vesković), Pavle Sekerus (Павле Секеруш), Radmila Marinkovic Neducin, Ilija Cosic, Dragan Seslija (Драган Шешлија), Ivan Beker, Danijela Gracanin, Helena Hirsenberger, Radovan Pejanovic (Radovan Pejanović), Leposava Grubic-Nesic, Goran Andjelic, and Zoran Njegovan
University of Belgrade, SRB
  • Faculty of Organizational Sciences
Mirjana Drakulic (Mirjana Drakulić) Contact person
University of Nis, SRB
  • Faculty of Electrical Engineering
Vlastimir Nikolic (Властимир Николић) Contact person
University of Kragujevac, SRB
  • Faculty of Engineering Sciences
Miroslav Babic Contact person, Aleksandar Aleksic, Snezana Nestic, Ruzica Nikolic, Nebojsa Jovicic (Nebojša Jovičić), Milan Matijevic (Milan Matijević), Dusan Gordic (Dušan Gordić), Danijela Tadic (Danijela Tadić), Slavko Arsovski, Dusan Stefanovic (Dušan Stefanović), Vesna Stojanovic-Aleksic, Verica Babic (Verica Babić), Dragan Dzunic (Dragan Džunić), Slobodan Mitrovic, Miladin Stefanovic (Миладин Стефановић), and Vladimir Cvjetkovic
National Employment Service, SRB
Zeljka Zelenovic-Vukovic
Serbian Chamber of Commerce, SRB
Biljana Dimitrijevic
Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology, IRL
Laurence Elwood
University of Exeter, UK
Jovisa Zunic
University of Ljubljana, SVN
Srecko Devjak
Wageningen University, NLD
Wim Heijman

Equipment

University of Novi Sad
Title Model Equipment type Quantity Location
Printer IT equipment – printers, scanners, multifunctional devices 1 Faculty of Technical Sciences
Monitor IT equipment – other 15 Faculty of Agriculture
University of Belgrade
Title Model Equipment type Quantity Location
Server Dell Power Edge R410 IT equipment – server 2 University of Belgrade - Rectorate
Notebook Dell inspiron N7110 core IT equipment - notebook computer 10 University of Belgrade, Rectorate or Faculty of Organizational Sciencies
Desktop computer Apple iMac 27" IT equipment - desktop computer 1 Faculty of Organizational Sciencies
Printer HP color laser JET CP1525N IT equipment – printers, scanners, multifunctional devices 1 Faculty of Organizational Sciencies
Printer HP color laser Jet M1536 dnt MFP IT equipment – printers, scanners, multifunctional devices 1 Faculty of Organizational Sciencies
Notebook stand Logitech IT equipment – other 4 Faculty of Organizational Sciencies
Software Ms Office 2010 Software 5 Faculty of Organizational Sciencies
TV Sony KDL 46CX520 BAEP LCD TV Audio, Video and Communication equipment – projector and TV 1 Faculty of Organizational Sciencies
Microphone IT equipment – other 1 University of Belgrade - Rectorate
Speakers Harman Cardon IT equipment – other 2 University of Belgrade - Rectorate
Network switch Laver 3 Switch juniper IT equipment – other 1 University of Belgrade - Rectorate
Network equipment Firewall juniper IT equipment – other 1 University of Belgrade - Rectorate
Software Ms office for Mac Software 1 Faculty of Organizational Sciencies
GSM Gateway Audio, Video and Communication equipment – other 1 University of Belgrade - Rectorate
Laptop Dell xps L702 IT equipment - notebook computer 4 Faculty of Organizational Sciencies
University of Nis
Title Model Equipment type Quantity Location
Laptop IT equipment - desktop computer 1 University of Nis
Copy machine IT equipment – printers, scanners, multifunctional devices 1 University of Nis
Drive Lab equipment in engineering 3 University of Nis
Servo motor Lab equipment in engineering 1 University of Nis
Servo drive Lab equipment in engineering 1 University of Nis
Stepper motor Lab equipment in engineering 1 University of Nis
Power supply Lab equipment in engineering 2 University of Nis
Force transducers Lab equipment in engineering 3 University of Nis
Signal conditioner Lab equipment in engineering 3 University of Nis
Data acquisition device Lab equipment in engineering 1 University of Nis
Cable Lab equipment in engineering 2 University of Nis
Connector block Lab equipment in engineering 2 University of Nis
Data acquisition device Lab equipment in engineering 1 University of Nis
Force transducers Lab equipment in engineering 2 University of Nis
Amplifier for strain gage transducers Lab equipment in engineering 1 University of Nis
Displacement transducer Lab equipment in engineering 1 University of Nis
Accelerometer Lab equipment in engineering 1 University of Nis
Infrared thermometer Lab equipment in engineering 1 University of Nis
Windenergy – Experimental kit Lab equipment in engineering 1 University of Nis
Hydrogen – Fuel Cell – Experimental kit Lab equipment in engineering 1 University of Nis
Photovoltaic – Experimental kit Lab equipment in engineering 1 University of Nis
Device for demonstrating deformities Lab equipment in engineering 1 University of Nis
CNC Control Simulator Lab equipment in engineering 2 University of Nis
Projector Audio, Video and Communication equipment – projector and TV 2 University of Nis
Projector screen Audio, Video and Communication equipment – other 2 University of Nis
TV Audio, Video and Communication equipment – projector and TV 1 University of Nis
Camera Audio, Video and Communication equipment - photo equipment 1 University of Nis
Flashbulb Audio, Video and Communication equipment - photo equipment 1 University of Nis
Video camera Audio, Video and Communication equipment - photo equipment 1 University of Nis
Laptop IT equipment - notebook computer 5 University of Nis
Video camera Audio, Video and Communication equipment - photo equipment 3 University of Nis
Camera Audio, Video and Communication equipment - photo equipment 5 University of Nis
Desktop computer IT equipment - desktop computer 10 University of Nis
TV Audio, Video and Communication equipment – projector and TV 1 University of Nis
Scanner IT equipment – printers, scanners, multifunctional devices 10 University of Nis
Monitor IT equipment – other 2 University of Nis
DVD recorder Audio, Video and Communication equipment – other 2 University of Nis
Microphone Audio, Video and Communication equipment – other 2 University of Nis
Audio card Audio, Video and Communication equipment – other 2 University of Nis
Mixer Audio, Video and Communication equipment – other 1 University of Nis
Speakers Audio, Video and Communication equipment – other 10 University of Nis
Microphone stand Audio, Video and Communication equipment – other 2 University of Nis
USB controller IT equipment – other 1 University of Nis
Tripod Audio, Video and Communication equipment – other 3 University of Nis
Printer IT equipment – printers, scanners, multifunctional devices 1 University of Nis
Printer IT equipment – printers, scanners, multifunctional devices 2 University of Nis
University of Kragujevac
Title Model Equipment type Quantity Location
Laptop Toshiba Portege R830-113 IT equipment - desktop computer 1 Faculty of Engineering Sciencies - Dean Office
Copy machine IT equipment – printers, scanners, multifunctional devices 1 Faculty of Engineering Sciences - Student Office
Drive Lab equipment in engineering 3 Faculty of Engineering Sciences
Servo motor Lab equipment in engineering 1 Faculty of Engineering Sciences
Servo drive Lab equipment in engineering 1 Faculty of Engineering Sciences
Stepper motor Lab equipment in engineering 1 Faculty of Engineering Sciences
Power supply Lab equipment in engineering 2 Faculty of Engineering Sciences
Force transducers Lab equipment in engineering 3 Faculty of Engineering Sciences
Signal conditioner Lab equipment in engineering 3 Faculty of Engineering Sciences
Data acquisition device Lab equipment in engineering 1 Faculty of Engineering Sciences
Cable Lab equipment in engineering 2 Faculty of Engineering Sciences
Connector block Lab equipment in engineering 2 Faculty of Engineering Sciences
Data acquisition device Lab equipment in engineering 1 Faculty of Engineering Sciences
Force transducers Lab equipment in engineering 2 Faculty of Engineering Sciences
Amplifier for strain gage transducers Lab equipment in engineering 1 Faculty of Engineering Sciences
Displacement transducer Lab equipment in engineering 1 Faculty of Engineering Sciences
Accelerometer Lab equipment in engineering 1 Faculty of Engineering Sciences
Infrared thermometer Lab equipment in engineering 1 Faculty of Engineering Sciences
Windenergy – Experimental kit Lab equipment in engineering 1 Faculty of Engineering Sciences
Hydrogen – Fuel Cell – Experimental kit Lab equipment in engineering 1 Faculty of Engineering Sciences
Photovoltaic – Experimental kit Lab equipment in engineering 1 Faculty of Engineering Sciences
Device for demonstrating deformities Lab equipment in engineering 1 Faculty of Engineering Sciences
CNC Control Simulator Lab equipment in engineering 1 Faculty of Engineering Sciences
Projector Audio, Video and Communication equipment – projector and TV 2 Faculty of Engineering Sciences
Projector screen Audio, Video and Communication equipment – other 2 Faculty of Engineering Sciencies
LCD TV Samsung Audio, Video and Communication equipment – projector and TV 1 Faculty of Engineering Sciences - Dean Office
Camera Nikon Audio, Video and Communication equipment - photo equipment 1 Faculty of Engineering Sciences - Computer Center
Flashbulb Audio, Video and Communication equipment – other 1 Faculty of Engineering Sciences - Computer Center
Video camera Sony Audio, Video and Communication equipment - photo equipment 1 Faculty of Engineering Sciences - Computer Center

Participants

Participation type Person
Individual Expert Laszlo Karpati

Activities

1.1 Creating 8 up-to-date Master Programmes for Graduate Conversion based on labour market needs
1.2 Purchasing of the relevant literature
1.3 Preparation of courses & teaching material

2.1 Legal issues & Providing adequate space
2.2 Purchasing of necessary equipment

3.1 Providing information and advertising
3.2 Selection procedure
3.3 Runinig Training Courses

4.1 Assstence in employment of at least 35% of trainees

5.1 Creation and Operation of the web site
5.2 Printed material distribution
5.3 Public relation meetings/workshops

6.1 Formal accreditation of the programmes at the national level
6.2 Financial sustainability obtaining

7.1 Quality control of the programmes, subjects and trainings
7.2 Inter-tempus project coaching
7.3 Quality assessment of the project

8.1 Kick-off meeting
8.2 General management
8.3 Local management.

Deliverables

Title Type To
Business Performance Management New study programme - MA level
Description
In total 263 students enrolled in all study programmes Business Performance Management was developed by University of Belgrade. Translation in Serbian:Menadžment poslovnih performansi
Enterpreneurial Management New study programme - MA level
Description
This study programme was developed by University of Belgrade. Translation in Serbian: Preduzetnički menadžmet
Advanced Engineering Technologies New study programme - MA level
Description
Done by University of Novi Sad
Agricultural Extension New study programme - MA level
Description
Done by University of Novi Sad
Control and Applied Computing New study programme - MA level
Description
Done by University of Nis
Multimedia Technologies New study programme - MA level
Description
Done by University of Nis
Industrial Management New study programme - MA level
Description
Done by University of Kragujevac
Business Information Systems New study programme - MA level
Description
Done by University of Kragujevac