Project: Development of master curricula for natural disasters risk management in Western Balkan countries

Acronym Application year Grant Reference number Duration Scope Project status
NatRisk 2016 1245746.0 573806-2016 3 years Regional on-going
Eligibility period start Eligibility period end Extended until Website Facebook
October 15, 2016 October 14, 2019

Project summary

The main objective of this project is to educate experts for Natural Disasters Risk Management (NDRM) in WB partner countries (Serbia, Kosovo* and Bosnia and Herzegovina) through development and implementation of new master curricula in the field of NDRM and development of educational trainings for the public sector and citizens.
The new master curricula in NDRM, developed in cooperation with EU partner HEIs will provide innovative, research - based, cross – disciplinary, ICT supported education in the field of natural disaster risk management with the aim of fostering professionals who can formulate effective responses to complex practice and policy issues, enable their employment in the relevant public bodies and thereby substantially reduce disaster losses in WB partner countries.


Besides day-by-day visible outcomes (reports, analyses, study visits, action plans, etc.), more prominent outputs showing to what extent the project objectives are met will be:
- Developed/modernized master curricula and modules in WB partner HEIs, in accordance with the highest EU standards, followed by accreditation
- Contemporary equipped laboratories for studies in the field of NDRM
- Enrollment of students to the new master curricula offering mobility options for them and teaching staff
-Developed and conducted educational trainings for citizens and public sector in the field of NDRM
Finally, since the background for the foreseen activities is in accordance with EU standards and the best practices it is expected that all partner universities will educate experts with adequate knowledge and competences, which will be able to employ in relevant institutions for NDRM.


Capacity Building in Higher Education

Subject areas

  • Environmental protection


University of Nis, SRB Project coordinator
Dragan Antic (Драган Антић) Team Member and Milan Gocic (Милан Гоцић) Contact person
University of Defence, SRB
Mladen Vuruna (Младен Вуруна) Contact person
Criminal and Police Academy, SRB
Mladen Bajagic (Младен Бајагић) Contact person
Republic Hydrometeorological Service of Serbia, SRB
Jugoslav Nikolic (Југослав Николић) Contact person
Technical University of Crete, GRC
Vasileios Digalakis Contact person
Obuda University Universitas Budensis OE, HUN
Fodor Janos (Fodor János) Contact person
University of Messina, ITA
Pietro Navarra Contact person
Technical College of Applied Sciences in Urosevac with temporary seat in Zvecan,
Predrag Stanojevic (Предраг Станојевић) Contact person
University of Banja Luka, BIH
Mile Sikman Contact person
University of Sarajevo, BIH
Muharem Avdispahic (Muharem Avdispahić) Contact person
University of Pristina, with a temporary seat in Kosovska Mitrovica,
Srecko Milacic (Срећко Милачић) Contact person
Middlesex University, UK
Balbir Barn Contact person
University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, AUT
Martin Gerzabek Contact person


Title Type To
1.1 Report on natural disasters in WB Report March 14, 2017
1.2 Survey of established practices in EU countries for NDRM Report March 14, 2017
1.3 Report on master curricula best practices in EU partners and Catalogue of competencies Report May 14, 2017
2.1 Defined aims, specific competencies and learning outcomes of master curriculum per HEI in WB; Catalogue of courses Report August 14, 2017
2.2 Defined courses content and syllabi Service/Product December 14, 2017
2.3 Teaching staff trained Training December 14, 2017
2.4 Agreements for internships signed Report October 14, 2019
2.5 Laboratories equipped Service/Product June 14, 2017
3.1 Survey of citizens’ and public sector awareness Report April 14, 2017
3.2 Study visit reports written Report December 14, 2017
3.3 Trainings’ materials prepared, teachers selected Training material February 14, 2018
4.1 Students enrolled Report October 14, 2018
4.2 Master curricula implemented New study programme - MA level October 14, 2019
4.3 Students’ internships realized Other products October 14, 2019
4.4 Participants trained Training September 14, 2019
4.5 Quality report on master curricula Report September 14, 2019
4.6 Quality report on trainings Report September 14, 2019
5.1 Minutes of the meetings Report October 14, 2019
5.2 Quality control plan adopted Report January 14, 2017
5.3 Report of the external quality evaluation Report May 14, 2018
5.4 Report of the financial audit Report July 14, 2019
5.5 Report on the inter-project coaching Report May 14, 2018
6.1 Dissemination plan created Report March 14, 2017
6.2 Promotion material created Service/Product October 14, 2019
6.3 Student enrolment promoted Events: Conferences and Seminars October 14, 2018
6.4 Trainings promoted Events: Conferences and Seminars October 14, 2019
7.1 Sustainability plan created Report March 14, 2017
7.2 Master curricula accredited Other products October 14, 2018
7.3 Student and staff mobilities realized Report October 14, 2019
8.1 Minutes of the meeting Report November 14, 2016
8.2 Minutes of the meetings Report October 14, 2019
8.3 Guidelines on the project management and reporting created Report March 14, 2017
8.4 Project correspondence Report October 14, 2019
8.5 Interim and final reports submitted Report October 14, 2019


Resource title Resource type Keywords Authors
Report on natural disasters in the Western Balkans Study / Analysis Master curricula, natural disasters, risk management Kurt Glock, Michael Tritthart, Dragan Mlađan, Mirjana Galjak, Predrag Stanojević, Milan Gocić, Slaviša Trajković, Mladen Milanović, Miroslav Talijan, Rade Slavković, Goran Dikić, Vladimir Ristić, Saša Stojanović, Nenad Komazec, Darko Boţanić, Dragan Pamučar, Ljubomir Gigović, Radovan Karkalić, Naida Ademović, Slobodanka Ključanin, Emina Hadţić, Nebojša Arsić, Jelena Đokić, Predrag Ćeranić, Mile Šikman
This reports represents an overview of natural disasters, an analysis of risk management aspects and a survey of responsible institutes for Western Balkan countries. Natural disasters, which have occurred in Western Balkan countries, are qualitatively and/or quantitatively identified.
Report on established practices in EU countries for natural disaster risk management (NDRM) Study / Analysis Natural disasters, risk management strategies, responsible institutions, EU Kurt Glock, Michael Tritthart, Milan Gocić, Sally Priest, Simon McCarthy, Josie Joyce, Emeline Matheou, Louise Story, Giuseppe Aronica, Giovanni Falsone, Giovanni Randazzo, Ernesto Cascone, Agota Dregelyi-Kiss, Georgios Stavroulakis, Vassilis Moustakis, Yannis Tsompanakis, Maria Bakatsaki, Magda Marinaki
This report documents information about natural disasters, provides an analysis of risk management, survey of responsible institutes and analysis of education possibilities for different EU countries