Sport is a powerful tool for socioeconomic development and personal & collective wellbeing. In research & higher education this involves the expansion of Physical Education (PE) into Sport Science (SpS), accounting for much wider scope & new science, implications & job market needs: in teaching, training, management, health, social work, etc.
Many West Balkan (WB) countries, with their growing economies & developmental prospects (tourism, etc.), are becoming aware of these new potentialities, particularly as they look at EU accession policies, but need to fill a gap.
Based on two previous Tempus projects conducted by the EU Partners (EUP) in Albania, Kosovo & FYRoM to implement the Bologna Process and an initial curricular reform, this new project aims at:
a) extending the reform to other WB Universities & to Serbia, fostering harmonisation in the region & with EU;
b) developing a common approach to SpS accounting for modern standards & the manifold potentialities of sectorial qualification in sport as related to health, education, employment, development;
c) addressing the shared national priority personal services/sports & the regional priority vocational training with a joint, vocationally oriented Master & LLP targeting SpS professions, with a common core in line with EU standards, and specialisations with diverse learning outcomes & competencies to meet local needs & personal preferences.
Intensive Modules will be offered in various WB locations and combined flexibly with existing curricula according to specialisation, supported by vocational training & online work. The Master, involving a 1 yr (60 ECTS) initial qualification (training), and a 2nd yr with field & thesis work (60 ECTS) allowing different specialisations (health, management, etc.), will be accredited & sustained in the various countries, disseminated & recognised throughout the region & at European level, serving as basis for the establishment of LLP to acquire new competencies in sport.
Building on two previous Tempus projects conducted by the EU Partners (EUP) in the region to promote the Bologna Process & upgrade Physical Education (PE) into modern Sport Science (SpS), this project aims at:
a) extending the academic reform in SpS, involving additional West Balkan (WB) Universities and countries beyond existing conflicts, easing tensions & fostering harmonisation in the WB & with EU in line with accession policies, promoting new teaching methodologies & quality assurance, exchanges through mobility & ICT technology;
b) developing a regional approach to SpS reflecting EU standards and the manifold implications & potentialities of sectorial qualification in sport, as related to education, employment, development (sport centers, events, tourism, health, social integration, etc.), with a joint, vocationally oriented, Master and Life-Long Programs (LLP) targeting SpS specialists, able to meet diverse job market needs, according to local specificities & personal preference