Erasmus+ info day

Podgorica, 23 November 2017 – During a presentation organised by the National Erasmus Office in Montenegro, participants could hear how Montenegrin higher education institutions can use the opportunities of the Erasmus+ programme.

The Erasmus+ programme of the European Union includes the fields of education, youth and sports. The programme enables a better connection among the member states in the process of defining educational policies and promotes recognition and evaluation of the acquired qualifications. The largest portion of the budget is set aside for education. Head of the EU Delegation to Montenegro, Ambassador Aivo Orav, encouraged all students and academic staff to participate in the programme.

"Today’s event is an ideal opportunity for all of you to share your thoughts, lessons learned and experiences, but also to get informed about the new prospects and activities for 2018. For projects aimed at building capacities of higher education institutions and creating networks, the new call has a budget of almost 140 million euros. I strongly encourage all of you to explore how you can best help your faculties and universities to access these resources, create new learning opportunities, and improve the overall educational offer to your students," Orav said.

After the last Erasmus+ invitation for proposals, Montenegrin higher education institutions were granted three projects within the framework of capacity building in higher education. The approved projects were from the fields of the energy market, agriculture and health. Mubera Kurpejovic, Director General of the Direcotorate for Higher Education at the Ministry of Education,said that for Montenegro, as a country implementing reforms of the education system, Erasmus+ is very important.

"Erasmus+ offers you exactly that - through joint projects with partners, you will not only gain experience, but you will also be able to find the best solutions," said Kurpejovic.

In the last 9 years, the University of Montenegro has participated in 16 Erasmus Mundus partnerships, while around 300 students and researchers participated in the exchange programmes. Currently, 8 capacity building projects are being implemented. New opportunities will be offered to participants this year.

"From this year, student mobility will be further enabled, which, besides attending classes at foreign universities, will enable the professional training of students through working practice in companies, which is of invaluable importance for the development of knowledge and competences," said the Acting Rector of the University of Montenegro, Prof Danilo Nikolic, PhD.

The new invitation for proposals for next year's projects in the framework of capacity building in higher education, credit mobility, Erasmus Mundus joint master studies and the Jean Monnet program were presented during the Info Day. The application deadline is February 8, 2018. More information is available at http://www.neomontenegro.ac.me/