Project: Sport Professions – Education, Employment, Development in the Balkan Region

Acronym Application year Grant Reference number Duration Scope Project status
SPEED 2013 1006985.29 544362-2013 3 years Regional finalized
Eligibility period start Eligibility period end Extended until Website Facebook
December 01, 2013 November 30, 2016

Project summary

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


Joint Project-Curriculum Reform

Subject areas

  • Sports


University of Rome "Foro Italico", ITA Project coordinator
Daniela Caporossi Contact person
University of Belgrade, SRB
Sanja Mazic Contact person, Marina Djelic (Marina Đelić), Predrag Brkic (Predrag Brkić), Vojislav Parezanovic (Vojislav Parezanović), Ljubica Konstantinovic (Ljubica Konstantinović), Dragan Radovanovic (Dragan Radovanović), Tatjana Jovanovic (Tatjana Jovanović), Dragan Micic (Dragan Micić), Nebojsa Lalic (Nebojša Lalić), Vladimir Bumbasirevic (Владимир Бумбаширевић), and Natasa Ognjanovic (Nataša Ognjanović)
University of Novi Sad, SRB
Borislav Obradovic Contact person, Dejan Madic, Marko Stojanovic, Visnja Djordjic, and Boris Popovic
University of Nis, SRB
Sasa Bubanj Contact person, Teufik Tokic (Теуфик Токић), Vlastimir Nikolic (Властимир Николић), Dragan Radovanovic, Tomislav Okicic, Zvezdan Savic, Radmila Kostic, Sasa Velickovic, Milovan Bratic, Dobrica Zivkovic, Dragan Antic (Драган Антић), and Evica Petrovic (Евица Петровић)
Institute of Sports and Sports Medicine of the Republic of Serbia, SRB
Jasminko Pozderac Contact person
Student Conference of Serbian Universities - SKONUS, SRB
Marko Gusic Contact person
Ministry of Youth and Sport, SRB
Alisa Maric Contact person
Association "Sport for all" Serbia, SRB
Velizar Djeric Contact person
University of Vienna, AUT
Norbert Bachl Contact person
University of Southern Denmark, DNK
Thomas Skovgaard Contact person
National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, GRC
Geladas Nickos Contact person
European Network of Sport Science, Education & Employment, PRT
Pedro Sequeira Contact person
Ministry of Education and Science of Albania, ALB
Edlira Late Contact person
Ministry of Education, Science and Technology - Prishtina (1244),
Xhavit Dakaj Contact person
National Olympic Committee of Albania, ALB
Stavri Bello Contact person
Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Tirana, ALB
Elvis Pazaj Contact person
University of Prishtina,
Musa Selimi Contact person
"Luigj Gurakuqi" University of Shkodra, ALB
Nora Deda Contact person
University Sport Tirana, ALB
Arben Kacurri Contact person
"Aleksander Xhuvani" University of Elbasani, ALB
Ema Kristo Contact person
Kosovo Chamber of Commerce,
Safet Gerxhaliu Contact person


Title Type To
1.1 SpS HE system in the new WB socioeconomy Report April 20, 2014
1.2 Harmonization of Sport Science curricula in the WB Learning resources September 30, 2014
2.1 New joint Master and LLP in Sport professions Learning resources September 30, 2015
3.1 Teaching methods, tools & infrastructure update Learning resources September 30, 2015
3.2 ICT platform for works’ placement in SpS sectors Methodology May 30, 2015
4.1 New teaching courses in Sport professions Learning resources July 30, 2016
4.2 Evaluation report of new Master and LLP courses Report October 30, 2016
5.1 SPEED quality control and monitoring established Methodology January 30, 2014
5.2 SPEED progress and reports Report September 30, 2016
5.3 Report on Factual Findings Report November 30, 2016
6.1 SPEED Interactive website Other products January 30, 2014
6.2 Seminar and conferences reports & publications Events: Conferences and Seminars September 30, 2016
6.3 SPEED information dissemination tools Other products November 30, 2016
7.1 New or harmonized degree programs accredited Learning resources September 30, 2015
7.2 New SpS qualifications for job market needs Learning resources November 30, 2016
8.1 Project management plan established & carried out Methodology November 30, 2016
8.2 ICT consortium networking Other products January 30, 2014


Title Type Status
Master in Physical Activity, Health, and Exercise Therapy New study programme - MA level On-going
New master programme - Master in Physical Activity, Health, and Exercise Therapy, developed at the University of Belgrade. Maximum number of students - 36.


Resource title Resource type Keywords Authors
Comparison of EQFs and NQFs for Sport Profession Paper Sport sector, sport profession, learning outcomes, EQF, NQF Daniela Caporossi
Trends in Higher Education and Employment in Sport in Europe Teaching / Training materials Sport, sport sector, sport profession, trends, higher education, labour market Karen Petry