Project: Quality in Research

Acronym Application year Grant Reference number Duration Scope Project status
QiR 2011 544311.67 JP 517097-2011 3 years Multy-country finalized
Eligibility period start Eligibility period end Extended until Website Facebook
October 15, 2011 October 14, 2014 http://www.qinr.ac.me/

Project summary

The general goal of the project “Researching Quality and Quality in Research – QiR” is to promote the conversion of Western-Balkan Countries research standards with those of the EU member states, i.e. to meet the goals formulated in the Lisbon Convention and to fulfil the aims of the Bologna Process.

This is done by various measures, most notably:

  • The introduction of quality assurance in scientific research in the target region
  • The development of international relations and fostering networking activities among the scientific community
  • The support of the research work of young scientific researcher at the Partner Countries Universities (PCUs) in order to strengthen their capacities and skills


To achieve these specific objectives, the project is therefore divided into the following nine different work packages:

  • (DEV)  WP 1. As-is situation assessed and analyzed
  • (DEV)  WP 2. Quality standards for research developed
  • (DEV)  WP 3. QiR Standards Officer installed and cooperation with R&D SC Manager assured
  • (DEV)  WP 4. Quality standards adopted and published
  • (DEV)  WP 5. Pilot project for Young Scientific Researcher (YSR) launched
  • (QPLN) WP 6. Quality control
  • (EXP)  WP 7. Sustainability of the project achieved
  • (DISS) WP 8. Aims and goals of the project disseminated
  • (MNGT) WP 9. Project successfully managed

The definition, development and implementation of quality standards in research are in line with European and international regulations. High quality research activities therefore not only help to increase the universities’ reputation but also largely contribute to the competitiveness of the national innovation system of their countries.

The project especially aims at fostering the research activities of Young Scientific Researcher of the SEE Region, which is a direct investment in the development of the academic staff (Human Resource Development).

Furthermore, good research serves as basis for good teaching: the benefits of a high quality in research thus trickle down to the student.

Objectives

•    Introduction of quality assurance in scientific research in the target region
•    Development of international relations and fostering networking activities among the scientific community
•    Supporting the research work of young scientific researcher at the PCUs in order to strengthen their capacities and skills
 

Programme

Programme
TEMPUS PROGRAMME
Subprogramme
Joint Project-Governance Reform

Subject areas

  • Quality Assurance Mechanisms

Partners

University of Sarajevo, BIH Project coordinator
Samir Arnautovic Previous project coordinator and Senad Odzak Contact person
University of Novi Sad, SRB
Pavle Sekerus (Павле Секеруш) Contact person, Marko Skoric (Марко Шкорић), Laura Spariosu, Aleksej Kisjuhas (Алексеј Кишјухас), and Ana Soti (Ana Šoti)
State University of Novi Pazar, SRB
Zarko Barbaric Contact person, Fikret Halilovic, Senad Ganic, Samir Manic, Irfan Fetahovic, Sabahudin Becirovic, Adela Crnisanin, Sabina Zejnelagic, Vera Nikolic-Stojanovic, and Cemal Dolicanin (Ćemal Dolićanin)
University of Vaasa, FIN
University Paris 8 Vincennes - St. Denis, FRA
Ministry of Education and Sports of Montenegro, MNE
University of Munster, DE
World University Service Austria, AUT
Polytechnic University of Tirana , ALB
University of Montenegro, MNE
University of Mostar, BIH
Federal Ministry of Education and Science B&H, BIH
"Luigj Gurakuqi" University of Shkodra, ALB

Equipment

University of Novi Sad
Title Model Equipment type Quantity Location
Laptop Toshiba Portege Z30-A-12Q IT equipment - notebook computer 1
Laptop Toshiba Portege Z30-A-12Q IT equipment - notebook computer 1 Centralna zgrada rektorata, Kancelarija za projekte I-19
Laptop Dell Inspiron 3537 IT equipment - notebook computer 1
Laptop Dell Inspiron 3538 IT equipment - notebook computer 1
Laptop Dell Inspiron 3539 IT equipment - notebook computer 1
Laptop Dell Inspiron 3540 IT equipment - notebook computer 1
Laptop Dell Inspiron 3541 IT equipment - notebook computer 1
Laptop Dell Inspiron 3542 IT equipment - notebook computer 1
Laptop Dell Inspiron 3543 IT equipment - notebook computer 1
Laptop Dell Inspiron 3544 IT equipment - notebook computer 1
Laptop Dell Inspiron 3545 IT equipment - notebook computer 1
Multifunkcijski uređaj HP Laser jet Pro mfp m476DN IT equipment – printers, scanners, multifunctional devices 1 Centralna zgrada rektorata, Kancelarija za projekte I-19
Laptop HP ProBook 650G1 IT equipment - notebook computer 1 Centralna zgrada rektorata, Armuns I-2
Monitor Dell U2412M Ultrasharp Led IT equipment – other 8 Centralna zgrada rektorata, Armuns I-2
Napajanje CISCO 6504E IT equipment – other 1 Centralna zgrada rektorata, Armuns I-2
Scanner Epson Workforce DS-510 Color Document IT equipment – printers, scanners, multifunctional devices 1 Centralna zgrada rektorata, Kancelarija izvršnog direktora II-15
Grafička kartica Gigabyte nVidia GV-N650OC- 1GL IT equipment – other 1
Softver Office Home and Business 2013 Software 1 Centralna zgrada rektorata, Kancelarija prorektora za nauku i međunarodnu saradnju II-14A
Softver Office Home and Business 2013 Software 1 Centralna zgrada rektorata, Kancelarija za projekte I-19
Softver Office Home and Business 2013 Software 9
State University of Novi Pazar
Title Model Equipment type Quantity Location
Printer Laser Jet Pro m401 dn IT equipment – printers, scanners, multifunctional devices 1 Block A, Room 107
Computer Lenovo M93z IT equipment - desktop computer 2 Block A, Room 16
Printer Laser Jet Pro m401 dn IT equipment – printers, scanners, multifunctional devices 1 Block A, Room 16
Computer Apple imac 21.5" IT equipment - desktop computer 1 Room 5
Printer Laser Jet Pro m401 dn IT equipment – printers, scanners, multifunctional devices 2 Block B, Room 20A; Block B, Room 303
Computer Lenovo M93z IT equipment - desktop computer 15 Block A, Room 16, R1
Scanner Fujitsu FI 6110 IT equipment – printers, scanners, multifunctional devices 1 Block B, Room 17
Printer Laser Jet p1102 IT equipment – printers, scanners, multifunctional devices 7 Block B, Room 17
Printer Laser Jet Pro m401 dn IT equipment – printers, scanners, multifunctional devices 2 Block B, Room 17

Activities

1.1 Develop and disseminate assessment guidelines
1.2 Conduct self-assessment of the as-is situation
1.3 Collect good practice examples from EUUs
1.4 Present gathered data at kick-off conference

2.1 Set up interdisciplinary task forces and SC
2.2 Develop and elaborate general research standards
2.3 Redefine standards according to needs of PCUs


3.1 Analyse the location for the QiR office
3.2 Develop a job profile and criteria for QiR Standards Officer
3.3 Establish QiR Standards Offices at 5 PCUs
3.4 Hire and train QiR Standards Officer for 4 PCUs
3.5 Train R&D SC Manager to implement QiR Standards


4.1 Finalize QiR standards at a mid-term conference
4.2 Assure implementation of QiR Standards
4.3 Agree on YSR pilot project and anthology


5.1 Raise awareness for QiR amongst YSR
5.2 Develop profile and criteria for selection of YSR
5.3 Select YSR that receive support
5.4 Supply YSR with equipment and grant
5.5 Conduct two week study visit of YSR to EUUs
5.5 Present five best works of YSR at final conference


6.1 Internal quality control and monitoring
6.2 External quality control and peer review


7.1 Develop a business plan for QiR Offices
7.2. Embed the QiR Offices into PCUs


8.1 Launch of project Website
8.2 Visibility Package (guidelines / anthology)
8.3 Networking events and final conference


9.1 project coordination
9.2 Financial management
 

Deliverables

Title Type To
1.1 Develop and disseminate assessment guidelines Report October 15, 2011
1.2 Conduct self-assessment of the as-is situation Report November 15, 2011
1.3 Collect good practice examples from EUUs Report December 15, 2011
1.4 Present gathered data at kick-off conference Events: Conferences and Seminars January 25, 2012
2.1 Set up interdisciplinary task forces and SC Other products January 25, 2012
2.2 Develope and elaborate general research standards Other products February 25, 2012
2.3 Redefine standards according to needs of PCUs Training September 01, 2012
3.1 Analyse the location for the QiR office Other products July 01, 2012
3.2 Develop a job profile and criteria for QiR officer Other products October 01, 2012
3.3 Establish QiR Standards Offices at five PCUs Other products November 01, 2012
3.4 Hire and train QiR Standards Officer for 4 PCUs Training July 01, 2013
3.5 Train R&D SC Manager to implement QiR Standards Training July 01, 2013
4.1 Finalize QiR standards at a mid-term conference Events: Conferences and Seminars July 15, 2013
4.2 Assure implementation of QiR standards Other products July 15, 2013
4.3 Agree on YSR pilot project and anthology Other products July 01, 2013
5.1 Raise awareness for QiR amongst YSR Other products November 01, 2013
5.2 Develop profile and criteria for selection of YSR Other products September 01, 2013
5.3 Select YSR that receive supprot Other products December 01, 2013
5.4 Supply YSR with equipment and grant Other products February 01, 2014
5.5 Conduct two week study visit of YSR to EUUs Training May 15, 2014
5.6 Present five best works of YSR at final conference Other products October 01, 2014
6.1 Internal quality control and monitoring Other products January 15, 2012
6.2 External quality control and peer review Other products May 15, 2012
7.1 Develop a business plan for QiR Offices Other products November 01, 2012
7.2 Embed the QiR Offices into PCUs Other products December 01, 2013
8.1 Launch of project website Other products February 15, 2012
8.2 Visibility package (guidelines/anthology) Other products February 29, 2012
8.3 Networking events and final conference Events: Conferences and Seminars February 01, 2012
9.1 Project coordination Other products October 15, 2011
9.2 Financial management Other products October 15, 2011

Resources

Resource title Resource type Keywords Authors
A brief summary of the questionnaires from 7 WB partner universities Questionnaire Quality standards, doctoral studies, academic promotion, commercialization of research
Guidelines for the quality in research Manual / Handbook / Guide Quality in research, ethics in research, scientometrics, research management/support services, PhD dissertation: training, practices and quality standards, promotion of young researchers, gender issues and equal opportunities
Meeting young academics from the Western Balkan region Promotion material Young academics, Western Balkan region, development of international relations, fostering networking activities among the scientific community
Poziv 2013_Univerzitet u Novom Sadu Promotion material Studijski boravak mladih istraživača na EU partnerskim univerzitetima, studenti master i doktorskih studija
Presentations_September 2012 Teaching / Training materials Ethics in research, management in research, PhD: Training, practices and quality standards, promotion of young researchers, quality control in QiR, scientometrics