Improving Minorities Communities Access to Higher Education in Serbian Language and Public Employment

Improving Minorities Communities Access to Higher Education in Serbian Language and Public Employment

Project Description

 tertiary education, the University in Mitrovica North (UMN) is the only Serbian language university in Kosovo, serving all Serbian speaking communities (Serbs, Gorani, Bosniaks and Roma). The University operates under the legal framework of the Republic of Serbia as part of the Serbian higher education system, run and financed directly by the Serbian Ministry of Education. The UMN is therefore neither licensed by the Kosovo Ministry of Education nor accredited by the Kosovo Accreditation Agency, and the diplomas issued by it are not recognized by Kosovo Authorities. Consequently, UMN graduates are facing persistent obstacles in accessing employment opportunities in the public sector, despite the provisions included in the Ahtisaari Plan, the deriving legal framework and the agreement on the nostrification of university degrees in the framework of the EU-mediated dialogue between Serbia and Kosovo.

Project implementation and expected results

The project will proceed on a two-track approach and the activities will be divided into two major components.

First, the project intends to support Kosovo’s Institutions in three areas: (1) the development of an ad-hoc mechanism for the recognition of the validity and equivalence of the UMN diplomas which could ensure full and equal employment opportunities to the graduates of this University while temporarily bypassing the issue of its accreditation within Kosovo’s framework; (2) the development of a legal instrument ensuring equal access to accredited professional schools for the members of minority communities who received education under the Serbian system; (3) the building up of the conditions and capacities for the initiation of a negotiation process between relevant stakeholders on the harmonisation of the UMN within the Kosovo higher education landscape through the production of a comprehensive roadmap. The three research-intensive activities will produce thorough information and in-depth analysis. These will guide the involved stakeholders in the achievement of sustainable solutions and represent a valuable point of reference for present and future institutional action.

Secondly, the non-institutional component of the project aims to build a trust-based environment, facilitating communication and cooperation among the involved actors. Linkages and discussion will be enhanced among the central-level institutions, municipal bodies, academic environment and civil society and between UMN and UP. The creation of a confidential space will enlarge the possibility of achieving shared solutions and guarantee the long-term sustainability of the initiated process.

The two dimensions of the project will proceed simultaneously and the results achieved through the planned activities are intended to mutually contribute to each other. The activities will be implemented by ECMI Kosovo and extensively rely on the work external experts, such as researchers, consultants and professional mediators.

Implementation period

01/04/2014 – 01/04/2016

Funding

This project is funded by the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Norwegian Embassy in Kosovo.

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Contact person

Name: Adrian Zeqiri

Position: Executive Director

Email: zeqiri@ecmikosovo.org

Tel: +377 (0)44 125 535
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