The parallel education system run by Serbia in Kosovo is
considerably large, encompassing all levels of education and spread throughout
its whole territory. Its integration within Kosovo’s framework inevitably
raises direct political and financial implications.
The project aims to help improve the quality of Serbian-language
education and increase representation of minority communities in Kosovo
institutions in order to complement the existing Dialogue between Kosovo and
Serbia. With a focus on a number of realistic objectives, designed to be
implemented independently of each other, the project will seek to work
separately and where possible jointly with various actors. These include the
Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (MEST) of Kosovo, the University
of Mitrovica North (UMN) and schools that operate in Serbian language in
Kosovo. The aim of this project is not only to improve Serbian-language
education, but also give greater representation to non-majority communities
within public institutions and exercise of free public professions in Kosovo.
The Government of Kosovo has recently adopted a temporary
validation mechanism that allows graduates from UMN to apply for jobs,
professional licenses, and professional examinations within public institutions
of Kosovo. The project will seek to provide technical support to this important
process and facilitate the communication between all actors involved. Through a
comprehensive and independent research it will seek to fully understand the
situation of education in Serbian language in Kosovo at all levels,
pre-primary, primary, secondary, and higher education, with the view of
exploring possibilities of its continuous improvement. The project will further
assist the government of Kosovo, specifically, the MEST in developing a
detailed policy on advancement of Serbian-language education in the framework
of the Kosovo education system. Lastly, it also supports continual learning
opportunities for the education staff of the UMN to enhance the quality of
education and increase the employability of its graduates.
and activities of the project
The overall objectives of the project is to improve the quality of
Serbian-language higher education in Kosovo and to increase the employability
of graduates of UMN by:
Providing technical support to the work of the
Commission for the Verification of Degrees Issued by the University of Mitrovica/Mitrovicë
to verify diplomas issued by Serbian-language education institutions in order
to increase the representation of non-majority communities within Kosovo’s
Mapping and evaluating the status of
Serbian-language education in Kosovo;
Supporting MEST in creating a roadmap to develop
and advance the legal and institutional framework for Serbian-language
education in Kosovo;
Enhancing the quality of the Serbian-language
university-level education by promoting continuous learning opportunities for
education staff at UMN.
Greater representation of non-majority
communities in public institutions of Kosovo.
A clear and up to date qualitative assessment of
Serbian-language education in Kosovo.
A roadmap on how to develop and advance the
legal and institutional ambiguity of Serbian-Language education in Kosovo.
Improved quality of education at the UMN.
01/07/2016 – 30/06/2019
This project is funded by the European Union and managed by
the European Union Office in Kosovo and co-financed by the Royal Norwegian
Embassy in Kosovo.
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