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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 of ni perceptions on the current state of internationalization at institutional level

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 ...

University of ni perceptions on the current state of internationalization at institutional level

Scientific Journals

  • Facta Universitatis: published in English since 1986

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

University of ni perceptions on the current state of internationalization at institutional level

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