<ul><li>SOUTH-EASTERN EUROPE (SEE) </li></ul><ul><li>A university-wide strategic focus at the University of Graz </li></ul...
SEE - Strategic focus <ul><li>since 2000 - first university in the German speaking area </li></ul><ul><li>geographic locat...
SEE - Geographic Region
SEE – Three pillars FOR WITH ABOUT South Eastern Europe
SEE - For <ul><li>Creating structures </li></ul><ul><li>Curriculum development </li></ul><ul><li>Exemption from fees </li>...
SEE - For <ul><li>Examples for the creation of structures:  </li></ul><ul><li>Institution Building Project in the frame of...
SEE - For <ul><li>Curriculum Development: Examples </li></ul><ul><li>Master Program “Sustainable Regional Development” wit...
SEE - With <ul><li>TEMPUS </li></ul><ul><li>Erasmus / Erasmus Mundus External Window </li></ul><ul><li>CEEPUS </li></ul><u...
SEE - With <ul><li>TEMPUS </li></ul><ul><li>Currently approximately 10 TEMPUS projects with different topics ranging from ...
SEE - With <ul><li>CEEPUS  </li></ul><ul><li>Supports networks of Austrian and South-East-European HEI in the frame of stu...
SEE - With <ul><li>Mobility Programs: </li></ul><ul><li>Bilateral agreements  for student mobility with the Universities o...
SEE – With Additional Mobility Programs (selection) <ul><li>University of Graz to SEE : </li></ul><ul><li>Rudi-Roth-Schola...
SEE - With <ul><li>Participation in networks with focus on parts of the region: </li></ul><ul><li>Alps-Adriatic-Rectors‘ C...
SEE - With <ul><li>8 University Partnerships in SEE: </li></ul><ul><li>Slovenia: Ljubljana (1990) and Maribor (1992) </li>...
SEE - About <ul><li>Research </li></ul><ul><li>Teaching </li></ul><ul><li>Summer Schools </li></ul>ABOUT
SEE - About <ul><li>Research: </li></ul><ul><li>Vestigia Manuscript Research Center  </li></ul><ul><li>Department of SEE H...
SEE - About <ul><li>Teaching: </li></ul><ul><li>Courses dealing with SEE at all faculties </li></ul><ul><li>Master in Sout...
SEE - Objectives <ul><li>University of Graz as HEI with a clearly defined European dimension </li></ul><ul><li>Enhancement...
SEE – More information <ul><li>visit </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.uni-graz.at/en/bibwww/bibwww_strategicfocus/bibwww_see.h...
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  • In autumn 2000 the University of Graz established the university-wide focus on South-Eastern Europe. The reasons for that decision are quite understandable: the geographic position, the longstanding and intensive cooperation with numerous partners in the region and the wide expertise of knowledge in various fields. The partners include individual contacts of academics and administrators as well as departmental cooperation or university wide partnerships. Mobility has a long tradition, also various (joint) projects in different fields of science. Since Austria has become eligible to European Union funds, especially with the support of TEMPUS a number of projects have been realized. The University of Graz shows a strong commitment to the Bologna process and a common European Higher Education Area. We have tried and still try to share our experience in various Bologna related issues with other universities, especially in South Eastern Europe. The Tempus project “Monitoring the Bologna Process at the University of Sarajevo”, which was implemented between October 2006 and April 2008 is one example for this engagement. (The main g oal of the project was the support of the University of Sarajevo in the implementation of the Bologna declarations as well as the evaluation of the positions o students and university leadership to these far reaching reform processes.) All this lead to the university wide focus on South Eastern Europe and this element is now part of the university‘s profile. The whole university is involved, not only individuals or single departments. In practice this means special support for SEE related activities, extra staff dealing with SEE issues, a number of lectures on the region and so on. Most recently, the interdisciplinary Competence Centre for South Eastern Europe has been established as a university wide center. It will be inaugurated on Wednesday next week. I will talk about this center later in more detail.
  • Geographic region The Definition of the geographic region of South Eastern Europe at the University of Graz exceeds most of the usual regional definitions. It doesn‘t see the Region in a political sense by dividing it into countries which already entered the European Union, those where accession talks started and those were accession is not in sight yet. (((((The EU for example uses the term: Western Balkan, including all countries of former Yugo except Slovenia plus Albania The Stability Pact for South-Eastern Europe , which was founded in 1998 based on the idea to stabilize the region with a comprehensive, long term conflict prevention strategy, included all countries of former Yugo except of Slovenia, but also Romania, Bulgaria and Moldova. )))) Our definition of South Eastern Europe is determined by the clearly geographic definition. It comprises the following countries: Albania – Bosnia and Herzegovina – Bulgaria – Croatia – Greece – Hungary – Macedonia (FYROM) – Montenegro – Moldavia – Romania – Serbia – Kosovo Slovenia - Turkey
  • The Focus on South Eastern Europe at the University of Graz is founded on three pillars: Activities for SEE Activities with SEE partners Activities about SEE Of course, these three pillars are mainly based on analytical distinctions, while in practice they are often overlapping – most projects FOR SEE are also implemented WITH universities and experts from SEE, and many projects about SEE are also implemented with partners from the region and the other way around.
  • The pillar „FOR SEE“ includes the creation of structures, curriculum development and the exception from tuition fees for students from South Eastern Europe, which – after some pre-stages - were finally completely excepted in 2007.
  • One prominent example for the support of structural measures of the University of Graz for universities in South Eastern Europe is the wide ranging engagement at the University of Shkodra in Albania, starting with a university wide partnership from 1995 on. It included the - foundation and enlargement of institutes - trainings and mobility programs for students and lecturers - 2007: opening of a new university library. The cooperation between the Institutes of German Language and Literature in Shkodra and Graz can be seen as model of best practice. PhD Students from, Shkodra which have been trained in Graz, are now back in Shkodra and teach there according to Bologna standards.
  • FOR SEE, also means the development of Curricula, meaning that members of the University of Graz have participated in curriculum development at different universities in SEE. This concerned law as well as information sciences. The newest project is the application for the Development of the Master Program “Sustainable Regional Development” at the University of Novi Sad (together with the Department of Geography, University of Graz) (Call by WUS Austria, 2008, for a Master Studies Development Program) Curriculum development also includes the PhD level, as for example a PhD in “Food Technology” has been developed for the University of Sarajevo and Banja Luka (in collaboration with the Human Nutrition &amp; metabolism Research and Training Center (TEMPUS project)
  • Turning to the second pillar: What do we mean by „WITH SEE“? This pillar includes: Tempus projects (some have already been mentioned) CEEPUS projects, Erasmus / and Erasmus Mundus external Window projects Other mobility programs And University networks
  • The University of Graz participates and coordinates numerous TEMPUS projects in the realm of higher education development, which aim at advocating the reform processes in South Eastern Europe in the directions of market economy and democratization of the society. The approximately 10 TEMPUS projects in which the University of Graz has an active role reach from: curriculum development via quality assurance measurements, Bologna designed study programs to institution building. Some Examples: Croatia: Enhancing Absorption capacity of EU-programs in Croatia
  • CEEPUS (Central European Exchange Program for University Students) Is an excellent possibility of creating closer cooperation and at the same time enhancing student and lecturer mobility, as CEEPUS grants are usually rather high compared to other scholarships. As long as some countries from SEE are not eligible to Erasmus CEEPUS is the perfect instrument for student and staff mobility. The University of Graz is a member in various networks for years already. Examples:
  • The University of Graz has also Bilateral agreements for student mobility, as with the Universities of Novi Sad and Belgrade (Sarajevo enquired) At the moment, we are designing a new application for Erasmus Mundus External Windows, not at least in order to facilitate exchange from SEE countries not yet eligible for Erasmus. With universities from Croatia, we have a pre-Erasmus exchange (Zagreb, Rijeka, Zadar, Split, Osijek) And of course, we also have a regular Erasmus Exchange with Universities from Rumania, Bulgaria, Hungary and Slovenia.
  • As you can see, there are also various other scholarship programs in both directions available – for students and young researchers from Graz going to SEE, and for students and young academics and researchers from SEE who want to come to Graz. Two programs should be shortly introduced here: The program “Go Styria“ and the program “Best of South East”: “ Go Styria” started last year and is a cooperation between the county of Styria and the University of Graz, in which excellent students from SEE who study at the University of Graz are awarded with a scholarship. “ Best of South East” started only this study year, and is a cooperation of the Styrian Bank with the University of Graz. Excellent young graduates in economy and law from SEE are awarded with a scholarship in order to take part in a one year traineeship at the Styrian bank (and can visit courses at the university), while excellent students from SEE ca finish their studies here and complete a two month internship at the bank.
  • Finally we participate in a number of networks designated to the area or being located in it. I would like to name the Alps Adriatic Rectors‘ Conference which has members from Austria, Croatia, Germany, Italy and Hungary and works especially on issues of the Alps-Adriatic-Region. The University of Graz is also a member in the Danube Rectors‘ Conference and the Central European Initiative University Network. As you all know, Graz is a member in the Coimbra Group, an association of long-established European multidisciplinary universities of high international standard. In its Eastern Neighboring Task Forces the Coimbra Group especially tackles issues in relation with the HE sector in East- and South Eastern Europe.
  • At the University of Graz itself research about SEE is promoted as well as teaching. To name an example I would like to mention the Vestigia manuscript research center which deals with the coverage of old manuscripts mainly from countries in East and South-Eastern Europe. The Competence Centre for South Eastern Europe is also a place of interdisciplinary team building. Lawyers, economists and scholars are working together on solutions for problems in the transition process to democracy, rule of law and market economy in the countries of South-Eastern Europe. Each faculty offers a number of lectures, seminars and other types of activities about SEE related topics. This may be law as well as economy or biology. The university offers events on current topics as for example the so called SOE-Akademie, where selected guests from SEE discussed about current topics. Summer Schools are an important feature of a university‘s program for students. The international Summer School in Seggauberg, which has taken place twice already, was attended by 80 students each time from mainly SEE but also Austrian and other European universities. The faculty of Theology has for many years organized the Summer University Europe South/East which offers research-based knowledge of topics which are relevant fort he process of European unity. The basic idea of EuroS/O is the European coalescence which also is developed through mutual solutions of concrete problems in everyday life.
  • At the University of Graz itself research about SEE is promoted as well as teaching. To name one example I would like to mention the Vestigia manuscript research center which deals with the coverage of old manuscripts mainly from countries in East and South-Eastern Europe. With the Department of South eastern European history, as ell as the Institute for Slavic Studies, the University of Graz has two long established institutions which especially deal with SEE. Beyond this, each faculty offers a number of lectures, seminars and other types of activities about SEE related topics. In the law faculty, there is a strong focus on research about SEE, but also economy or biology incude the region. The Competence Centre for South Eastern Europe, which has been mentioned in the beginning, is a place of interdisciplinary team building. Lawyers, economists and scholars are working together on solutions for problems in the transition process to democracy, rule of law and market economy in the countries of South-Eastern Europe. While it was founded in 2000 at the Faculty of Law, this year it was upgrated into a faculty overreaching center. In the end of this year, a pre-application will be handed in in order to establish a special research project on SEE at the University of Graz, stressing on the interdisciplinary character of the research.
  • Each faculty offers a number of lectures, seminars and other types of activities about SEE related topics. Again, this may be law as well as economy or biology. You find a list of all courses at our homepage. The faculty of law offers a “ Master in South east European Law and European Integration ”, which focuses on the future of SEE and especially the preparations to EU accession. Being trained in this field, graduates can position themselves very well on the international job market. Furthermore, the University of Graz offers a Master Programme on European Integration and Regioanlism in a Joint Degree together with the University of Zagreb and the Autonomous University of Barcelona. Already mentioned earlier, the University of Graz offers a number of joint degrees with partner universities, of whom some are situated in South eastern Europe. The joint master in History of South Eastern Europe is such a degree. Partners in this Master program are the University of Babes Bolanji in Cluj Napoca and the University of Ljubjana. The University of Graz also offers debates on current topics in the frame of the so-called SOE-Akademi e. Lecturers of the Akademie include experts from our university as well as guest lecturers, often originating from SEE. This Akademie is is mainly based on panel discussions and is directed not only to university students and lecturers, but also to the wider public. Summer Schools are a further important feature of a university‘s programme which include SEE students as well as SEE as a topic. The international Summer School in Seggauberg , which has taken place three times already, was attended by about 80 students each time from mainly SEE but also Austrian and other European universities. The Faculty of Theology has for many years organized the Summer University Europe South/East which offers research-based knowledge of topics which are relevant fort he process of European unity. The basic idea of EuroS/O is the European coalescence which also is developed through mutual solutions of concrete problems in everyday life.
  • Leutloff uni of graz forcus on south east europe

    1. 1. <ul><li>SOUTH-EASTERN EUROPE (SEE) </li></ul><ul><li>A university-wide strategic focus at the University of Graz </li></ul><ul><li>Seminar: BALANCE - Bologna: A Long-term Approach to New Certification in Europe </li></ul><ul><li> Graz, October 17, 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Carolin Leutloff-Grandits University of Graz / Austria </li></ul>
    2. 2. SEE - Strategic focus <ul><li>since 2000 - first university in the German speaking area </li></ul><ul><li>geographic location </li></ul><ul><li>intensive cooperation with numerous partners in the region </li></ul><ul><li>long term experience </li></ul><ul><li>commitment to the Bologna process in a EHEA </li></ul><ul><li>profile-creating element of the university </li></ul>
    3. 3. SEE - Geographic Region
    4. 4. SEE – Three pillars FOR WITH ABOUT South Eastern Europe
    5. 5. SEE - For <ul><li>Creating structures </li></ul><ul><li>Curriculum development </li></ul><ul><li>Exemption from fees </li></ul>FOR
    6. 6. SEE - For <ul><li>Examples for the creation of structures: </li></ul><ul><li>Institution Building Project in the frame of a partnership with the </li></ul><ul><li>University of Shkodra / Albania (from 1995 on) </li></ul><ul><li>- mainly financed by the Ministry for Science and Research </li></ul><ul><li>- foundation and enlargement of institutes </li></ul><ul><li>- trainings and mobility programs for students and lecturers </li></ul><ul><li>- 2007: opening of a new university library </li></ul><ul><li>- cooperation between the Institutes of German Language and Literature studies as model of best practice </li></ul>
    7. 7. SEE - For <ul><li>Curriculum Development: Examples </li></ul><ul><li>Master Program “Sustainable Regional Development” with the University of Novi Sad (together with the Department of Geography, University of Graz) </li></ul><ul><li>PhD Program Development in “Food Technology” for the University of Sarajevo and Banja Luka (together with the Human Nutrition & Metabolism Research and Training Center, University of Graz) </li></ul>
    8. 8. SEE - With <ul><li>TEMPUS </li></ul><ul><li>Erasmus / Erasmus Mundus External Window </li></ul><ul><li>CEEPUS </li></ul><ul><li>Other Mobility Programmes </li></ul><ul><li>University Networks </li></ul>WITH
    9. 9. SEE - With <ul><li>TEMPUS </li></ul><ul><li>Currently approximately 10 TEMPUS projects with different topics ranging from curriculum development via quality assurance measurements, Bologna designed study programs to institution building. </li></ul><ul><li>Some Examples: </li></ul><ul><li>Enhancing Absorption Capacity of EU-Programs in Croatia </li></ul><ul><li>Masters in Civil Society and Local Development </li></ul><ul><li>From Quality Assurance to Strategy Development </li></ul><ul><li>Masters in EU Institutions and Policies and Political Management </li></ul>
    10. 10. SEE - With <ul><li>CEEPUS </li></ul><ul><li>Supports networks of Austrian and South-East-European HEI in the frame of student- and lecturer-exchange. </li></ul><ul><li>The University of Graz is a member in various networks for years already. </li></ul><ul><li>Some Examples: </li></ul><ul><li>Slavonic Studies (12 partners, of which 7 are from SEE) </li></ul><ul><li>Education of Modern Analytical and Bioanalytical Methods (9 partners, of which 6 are from SEE) </li></ul><ul><li>Minorities in Central Europe - Law, Culture, Politics (9 partners, of which 5 are from SEE) </li></ul><ul><li>Borders and Boderlines in Cultural Anthropology in the University Education (18 partners, of which 10 are from SEE) </li></ul>
    11. 11. SEE - With <ul><li>Mobility Programs: </li></ul><ul><li>Bilateral agreements for student mobility with the Universities of Novi Sad and Belgrade (Sarajevo enquired) </li></ul><ul><li>Designing a new application for Erasmus Mundus External Windows </li></ul><ul><li>Pre-Erasmus exchange with universities from Croatia (Zagreb, Rijeka, Zadar, Split, Osijek) </li></ul><ul><li>Erasmus Exchange with Universities from Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary and Slovenia, Greece and Turkey </li></ul>
    12. 12. SEE – With Additional Mobility Programs (selection) <ul><li>University of Graz to SEE : </li></ul><ul><li>Rudi-Roth-Scholarships </li></ul><ul><li>Programs of the ARGE Alpe Adria </li></ul><ul><li>Utrecht Network Hospitality Scheme for Summer School Participants </li></ul><ul><li>Ida-Pfeiffer-Scholarships </li></ul><ul><li>SEE to the University of Graz: </li></ul><ul><li>Programs of the ARGE Alpe Adria </li></ul><ul><li>Best of South East (new!) </li></ul><ul><li>Go Styria </li></ul><ul><li>Coimbra Group Hospitality Scheme </li></ul><ul><li>International Summerschool Seggau </li></ul>
    13. 13. SEE - With <ul><li>Participation in networks with focus on parts of the region: </li></ul><ul><li>Alps-Adriatic-Rectors‘ Conference </li></ul><ul><li>Danube Rectors‘ Conference </li></ul><ul><li>Central European Initiative University Network </li></ul><ul><li>Eastern Neighbouring Task Force in the Coimbra Group </li></ul>
    14. 14. SEE - With <ul><li>8 University Partnerships in SEE: </li></ul><ul><li>Slovenia: Ljubljana (1990) and Maribor (1992) </li></ul><ul><li>Croatia: Zagreb (1981) </li></ul><ul><li>Hungary: Pécs (1991) </li></ul><ul><li>Serbia: Belgrade (2007) and Novi Sad (2007) </li></ul><ul><li>Bosnia-Herzegovina: Sarajevo (1996) </li></ul><ul><li>Albania: Shkodra (1994) </li></ul><ul><li>+ n umerous agreements on faculty and departmental level </li></ul>
    15. 15. SEE - About <ul><li>Research </li></ul><ul><li>Teaching </li></ul><ul><li>Summer Schools </li></ul>ABOUT
    16. 16. SEE - About <ul><li>Research: </li></ul><ul><li>Vestigia Manuscript Research Center </li></ul><ul><li>Department of SEE History </li></ul><ul><li>Institute for Slavonic Studies </li></ul><ul><li>Research at various other faculties and departments, especially in the law faculty </li></ul><ul><li>Competence Centre for South Eastern Europe </li></ul>
    17. 17. SEE - About <ul><li>Teaching: </li></ul><ul><li>Courses dealing with SEE at all faculties </li></ul><ul><li>Master in South East European Law and European Integration </li></ul><ul><li>Joint Master in European Integration and Regionalism </li></ul><ul><li>´Joint Degree in History of South-Eastern Europe </li></ul><ul><li>SEE Academy </li></ul><ul><li>Summer Universities </li></ul>
    18. 18. SEE - Objectives <ul><li>University of Graz as HEI with a clearly defined European dimension </li></ul><ul><li>Enhancement of Graz as attractive location for HE </li></ul><ul><li>Optimization of student, faculty and staff mobility in and out </li></ul><ul><li>Implementation of projects supporting the three pillars </li></ul><ul><li>Awareness raising of the strength and chances of the university </li></ul>
    19. 19. SEE – More information <ul><li>visit </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.uni-graz.at/en/bibwww/bibwww_strategicfocus/bibwww_see.htm </li></ul><ul><li>contact </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>
    20. 20. Thank you for your attention!

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