Project: Implementation of Dual Education in Higher Education of Serbia

Acronym Application year Grant Reference number Duration Scope Project status
DualEdu 2017 992310.0 586029-2017 3 years National on-going
Eligibility period start Eligibility period end Extended until Website Facebook
October 15, 2017 October 14, 2020

Project summary

Dual Education is a unique education model, which combines classroom-based education with work experiences. Aiming to improve the relevance and effectiveness of education, meaning that education has to provide graduates with competences required by employers and job market,  Serbian Government is giving high priority to implementation of Dual Education. This project has to specify a generic, flexible Dual Higher Education (DHE) model to be implemented in Serbia, after testing different derived specific models during their pilot implementations.  Some sectors, such as IT, need to employ students due to the lack of  IT graduates. Other sectors are expecting graduates to have competences more in line with their needs. 

After analysis best practices in Europe and worldwide, and after interviewing interested companies in Serbia what DHE models are the most suitable to them, the project will specify a flexible and generic DHE model from which different specific DHE models could be derived and implemented according to companies requirements. The project plans to propose amendments to the corresponding legislation (Law on Dual Education, Law on Higher Education, Labor Law) and to accreditation standards. The selected  DHE models will be tested during their pilot implementations by all Serbian HEIs participating in the project and with companies - its associate members, during the second half of this 3-years project. At the end, a survey and interviews of companies with and without DHE students will identify  benefits of introducing DHE in Serbia. 

Proposals of amendments to DE and HE legislation and accreditation standards, based on the developed and tested DHE model,  as well as guidelines for DHE implementation  offered  to HEIs and companies, are expected project outcomes. They will have a significant impact to the relevance and effectiveness of higher education in Serbia, as more graduates will have competences needed by employers.


The overall aim of the project is:

-        Improvement of the competencies of higher education graduates in Serbia according to the needs of employers,

-        Increase of the employability of graduates and their motivation to study, and

-        Improvement of accessibility to higher education of students from lower income families


In order to achieve these aims, the project needs to realize the following concrete objectives:

-        To identify needs and specific requirements of companies in different industrial sectors and businesses for DHE and to find companies willing to participate in pilot implementations of DHE during the project;

-        To develop a flexible and generic Dual Higher Education Model (DHEM) to support different needs and interests of employers, higher education institutions (HEIs) and students in different industrial and business sectors and to provide recommendations to HEIs for implementation of Dual Higher Education;

-        To test the specific DHE models generated from the developed generic DHEM, by realizing their pilot implementations during the project and to analyse achieved results; and

-        To propose changes to legislation/regulations to adapt Dual Higher Education in Republic of Serbia.


Capacity Building in Higher Education


University of Belgrade, SRB Project coordinator
Nenad Zrnic (Nenad Zrnić) Contact person
College of Applied Studies of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in Belgrade, SRB
Vera Petrovic (Вера Петровић) Contact person
State University of Novi Pazar, SRB
Miladin Kostic (Миладин Костић) Contact person
University of Kragujevac, SRB
Nebojsa Arsenijevic (Небојша Арсенијевић) Contact person
University of Novi Sad, SRB
Dusan Nikolic (Душан Николић) Contact person
Metropolitan University, SRB
Dragan Domazet (Dragan Domazet) Contact person
Cluster Ni-CAT, SRB
Goran Mladenovic Contact person
National Council for Higher Education of the Republic of Serbia, SRB
Dejan Popovic (Dejan Popović) Contact person
Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia, SRB
Mladen Sarcevic (Mladen Šarčević) Contact person
PowMio GmbH, DE
Dejan Ilic (Dejan Ilić) Contact person
University of Lodz, POL
Roman Patora Contact person
University of Lleida, ES
Jaume Puy Llorens Contact person
FH Joanneum Gesellschaft M.B.H., AUT
Karl Peter Pfeiffer Contact person
Formasup, FRA
Frederic Sauvage Contact person


Title Type To
1.1 Review of EU and worldwide best practices and experiences in DHE Report April 14, 2018
1.2 Transfer of knowledge and skills from programme countries institutions to Serbian HEIs Report April 14, 2018
1.3 Report on review of needs and recommendations regarding DHE Report February 14, 2018
2.1 Flexible and generic Dual Higher Education Model (DHEM) for Serbia Report May 14, 2018
2.2 Conference on DualEdu added value on industrial sector Events: Conferences and Seminars April 14, 2018
2.3 Discussion Forum on the proposed DHEM model with key stakeholders and policy makers Events: Conferences and Seminars May 14, 2018
3.1 Amendments to the Law on Higher Education and law on Dual Education of Serbia Report June 14, 2018
3.2 Amendments to the Labour Low Report June 14, 2018
3.3 Amendments to the Accreditation Standards Report June 14, 2018
3.4 Discussion forum on draft proposals of ammendments Events: Conferences and Seminars June 14, 2018
3.5 Recommendations to HEIs in Serbia on how to implement DHE Report October 14, 2020
4.1 Documents on description and concept of the specific DHEMs of HEIs Report November 14, 2018
4.2 Presentation of specific DHMEs of HEIs to companies. Events: Conferences and Seminars January 14, 2020
4.3 Agreements with companies interested to participate in the pilot testing of the specific DHEM with HEIpartners from Serbia Report January 14, 2020
4.4 Plan for pilot testing of the specific DHEM of HEIs Report January 14, 2020
4.5 Material for specific DHEMs pilot testing Training material February 14, 2020
4.6 Equipment Service/Product January 14, 2019
4.7 Analysis of the results of pilot testing of each of specific DHEM of HEI-partners from Serbia Report September 14, 2020
5.1 Quality and evaluation strategy Report January 14, 2018
5.2 Interim evaluation report Report March 14, 2019
5.3 Final evaluation report Report October 14, 2020
6.1 Dissemination and exploitation plan Report December 14, 2017
6.2 Dissemination products Service/Product October 14, 2020
6.3 Interim dissemination and exploitation report Report April 14, 2019
6.4 Final dissemination and exploitation report Report October 14, 2020
6.5 Final Conference Proceedings Report October 14, 2020
7.1 Efficient overall management Service/Product October 14, 2020
7.2 Steering Committee meetings Other products October 14, 2020
7.3 Local Committee meetings Other products October 14, 2020