Project: Boosting the Telecommunications Engineer Profile to Meet Modern Society and Industry Needs

Acronym Application year Grant Reference number Duration Scope Project status
BENEFIT 2017 967265.0 585716-2017 3 years Regional on-going
Eligibility period start Eligibility period end Extended until Website Facebook
October 15, 2017 October 15, 2017

Project summary

Universities in the Western Balkan (WB) region that offer study programs in telecommunication engineering are experiencing a reduced number of students despite the fact that telecommunications is a pillar in modern economy.

The major reason is that the telecom industry is passing through significant changes and the labor market requires a new profile for the telecom engineer (TE): a professional that is trained in the broad ICT domain, that owns both technical and market oriented skills and, therefore, that can contribute to the techno-economic society challenges. To render the study program more attractive and to boost the TE profile, the project BENEFIT will work on three main pillars:

A) the cooperation between HEIs and industry to modernize the study program in telecommunication engineering;

B) the adoption of modern teaching methodologies and tools, the upgrade of the infrastructure, and the creation of joint university-industry labs;

C) the implementation of training of both teachers and students.

Furthermore, to increase the level of cooperation, visibility and sustained opportunities the project will develop an integrated e-platform giving access to class material for e-learning, training/internships in the region, listing of universities and companies, employment opportunities, and events of both technical nature and accessible to the general public. Therefore, BENEFIT will contribute to shape a modern profile of graduates in telecom/ICT engineering bridging the gap with the job


1) To improve the telecommunications engineer profile in the WB region to meet the fast changing techno-economical needs of industry and society.

2) To modernize the curricula in telecommunications engineering modules of accredited study programmes at 6 WB HEIs through modernized courses, the adoption of new learning/teaching tools/methodologies, and the improvement of the lab infrastructure.

3) To increase HEI-Industry cooperation through the implementation of new trainings and internships and the creation of joint labs that will translate into more job opportunities.

4) To increase the attractiveness of the telecommunication engineering curricula through a common HEI-Industry eplatform that collects and links: study programmes, video lectures, innovative network of audio-libraries, training/internship opportunities, industry profiles and job opportunities.


Capacity Building in Higher Education


University of Klagenfurt, AUT Project coordinator
Andrea Tonello Contact person
University of Novi Sad, SRB
Dusan Nikolic (Душан Николић) Contact person
University of Nis, SRB
Dragan Antic (Драган Антић) Contact person
University of Belgrade, SRB
Vladimir Bumbasirevic (Владимир Бумбаширевић) Contact person
Cluster Ni-CAT, SRB
Goran Mladenovic Contact person
Cisco Srbija d.o.o Beograd, SRB
Ivan Zaklanovic Contact person
RT-RK Doo Novi Sad, SRB
Gordana Velikic Contact person
Bit Centar, BIH
Robert Martic (Robert Martić) Contact person
Bicom d.o.o, BIH
Davor Bacic (Davor Bačić) Contact person
University of Tuzla, BIH
Samir Nurić Contact person
University of Sarajevo, BIH
Rifat Skrijelj Contact person
University of Banja Luka, BIH
Milan Mataruga Contact person
Ericsson Nikola Tesla D.D., HRV
Gordana Kovacevic Contact person
University of Osijek, HRV
Drago Zagar (Drago Žagar) Contact person
University of Ljubljana, SVN
Ivan Svetlik Contact person


Title Type To
1.1 Consolidated ex-ante analysis and guidelines aimed at boosting the telecommunications engineer profile including a projection of needs for ICT engineers in the future Report April 14, 2018
1.2 Consolidated project plan of implementation actions Report April 15, 2018
2.1 Modernized and accredited study programmes in telecommunication engineering of 3 B&H and 3 Serbian universities in cooperation with ICT industry Modernized study programme/courses - BA level October 14, 2019
2.2 Delivery of new study programmes and report on study programme changes Report
2.3 Web portal linking ICT study programmes of both EU and WB universities and enrolment procedures Report October 14, 2020
2.4 Web catalogue for long-term cooperation with ICT industry in the region Service/Product October 14, 2020
3.1 Development of modernized teaching methodologies Report April 14, 2020
3.2 Creation of six joint university-company labs ruled by an agreement Service/Product April 14, 2020
3.3 Collection of teaching material for new and modernized courses Teaching material April 14, 2020
3.4 Web repository for class and lab sessions material, recorded remote classes and network of audio-libraries Service/Product April 14, 2020
4.1 Creation of training/internships Web Platform Service/Product October 14, 2020
4.2 Implementation of student training modules on technical and entrepreneurial subjects Report October 14, 2020
4.3 Implementation of internships and co-supervised theses in industry Report October 14, 2020
4.4 Implementation of teacher training modules Training October 14, 2020
4.5 Surveys and reports on training/internship Report October 14, 2020
5.1 Establishment of Quality Control (QC) board and appointment of external experts for QC Report April 14, 2018
5.2 Development of guidelines for QC Report April 14, 2018
5.3 Reports on project implementation Report October 14, 2020
5.4 Reports on graduates profile improvements and correspondence to industry needs Report October 14, 2020
5.5 Report on tools for monitoring students enrolment and employability/employment/entrepreneurial statistics of graduates Report October 14, 2020
5.6 Reports on stakeholders reached beyond the project consortium Report October 14, 2020
6.1 Central project web platform linked to the e-platforms developed in the other WPs Service/Product October 14, 2020
6.2 Report on exploitation and dissemination plan Report April 14, 2018
6.3 Report on exploitation and dissemination plan Report October 14, 2020
6.4 Offered open events to reach the community at-large and disseminate the results at ICT conferences Events: Conferences and Seminars October 14, 2020
6.5 Organization of an yearly webinar (hosted in turn by the HEIs partners) broadcasted to all locations Events: Conferences and Seminars July 14, 2020
6.6 The whole project is aimed to create a study programme coordinated by a joint university-industry consortium: this will allow to offer future pupils double-degrees programmes that will make them suitable both for academic and industrial work projects. Report October 14, 2020
6.7 Created an agreement for the maintenance of the web platforms beyond the project life time Report August 14, 2020
6.8 Created partnerships for follow-up projects and H2020 funding for research projects on telecommunication engineering involving industry Report October 14, 2020
7.1 Report on the project management (PM) board and its establishment Report January 14, 2018
7.2 Report on the project management (PM) e-platform for sharing documentation Report January 14, 2018
7.3 Project meetings and progress/status reports Report October 14, 2020
7.4 Periodical reports on status between the project coordinator (PC) and the funding agency Report October 14, 2020
7.5 Delivery of financial reports Report October 14, 2020