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UNIVERSITY OF NI Š Perceptions on the current state of internationalization at institutional level Prof. dr Zoran S. Nikoli ć , Vice-Rector KICK-OFF MEETING University of Novi Sad - Re c torat e Friday, 7 February 2014. 544538-TEMPUS-1-2013--1-RS-TEMPUS-SMGR

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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