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UNIVERSITY OFNIŠPerceptions on the current state of internationalization at institutional level

Prof. dr Zoran S. Nikolić, Vice-Rector


University of Novi Sad - Rectorate

Friday, 7February 2014


Strengthening of Internationalisation Policies at Universities in Serbia (SIPUS)


Entering the European Higher Education Area

  • offers many benefits, but

  • requires the necessary changes such as

    • parallel process of integration,

    • rationalization of university structure,

    • adequate level of competence, etc.

  • University of Niš has the great expectations!

Toward integrated university of ni
Toward Integrated University of Niš

  • Integrated Departments/Divisions

  • Multidisciplinary study programs

    • Master Academic Studies

    • Doctoral Studies

    • Life-Long Learning

  • (Any kind of) International Cooperation

  • International Projects(TEMPUS, ERASMUS MUNDUS, FP7, ...)

Toward integrated university of ni1
Toward Integrated University of Niš

  • Integrated University System for Quality Assurance and Quality Enhancement

    • Integrated strategy for quality assurance;

    • Integrated system for internal quality control;

    • Integrated tools for quality control;

    • ...

    • Vice-Rector for quality assurance and quality enhancement.

University of ni integrated units
University of Niš: Integrated Units

  • Center for Quality Enhancement

  • Center for International Cooperation

  • Center for Career Development

  • Center for Technology Transfer

  • Center for Life-Long Learning

  • Interface Center

  • Center for Multidisciplinary Study

  • Innovation Center

Comprehensive internationalization
Comprehensive Internationalization

  • It is a commitment, confirmed through action, to infuse international and comparative perspectives throughout

    • the teaching,

    • research, and

    • service missions of higher education.

  • It shapes institutional ethos and values and touches the entire higher education enterprise.

  • It is essential that it be embraced by

    • institutional leadership,

    • governance,

    • faculty,

    • students, and

    • all academic service and support units.

Comprehensive internationalization1
Comprehensive Internationalization

  • the movement of students, scholars,

  • the movement of ideas across national boundaries,

  • developing cross-cultural awareness,

  • promoting values of interconnectedness,

  • upholding the values of inter-cultural exchange,

  • internationalization of curricula,

  • continued professional development,

  • global ranking schemes,

  • the search for common standards,

  • international recruitment.

Necessary university reform
Necessary University Reform

Internationalization and Cooperation are two parts in global strategy at the University of Niš

  • Establishing and strengthening the network with European HEIs.

  • Responsibly fostering established cooperation and building new bridges of collaboration with European HEIs.

  • Facilitating the mobility of students as the primary objective.

  • Facilitating the transfer of knowledge and new technologies (e.g. through Innovation Center).

International associations and networks
International Associations and Networks

  • EUA - European University Association

  • IUC - Inter-University Center in Dubrovnik

  • DRC - Danube Rectors' Conference

  • UniAdrion - Virtual University of the Adriatic-Ionian Basin

  • EFQUEL - European Foundation of Quality in E-Learning

  • AARC - Alps-Adriatic Rectors Conference

  • EEN - Enterprise Europe Network

International programmes
International Programmes

  • TEMPUS: 2001

  • CEEPUS: 2005

  • FP7: 2007

  • IPA: 2007


  • MEVLANA: 2013

Academic agreements
Academic Agreements

Over 30 countries

More than 90 agreements

University regulation
University Regulation

  • Office for international collaboration (Current state: reconstruction).

  • General rules for the international projects realization.

  • General rules and regulations for students mobility realization:

    • Learning Agreement

    • Training Agreement and Quality Commitment

    • Transcript of Records

    • Transcript of Work ...

Scientific Journals

  • Facta Universitatis: published in English since 1986

  • Journal of Teaching English for Specific and Academic Purposes: 2013

General Opinion of University of Niš

Internationalization and cooperation

Two key processes in joiningthe European Higher Education Area!

InternationalizationNot an end but a means to many ends!


An institutional imperative, not just a desirable possibility!

Tempus project fuse

FosteringUniversity Support Services and Procedures

for Full Participation

in the European Higher Education Area


  • Providing legal and administrative conditions and working protocols

  • Establishing and improving integrated university support services for academic mobility and international cooperation

  • Capacity building of teaching and non-teaching staff for full participation in EHEA