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Brussels, Belgium – 11-12, December 2017

Experts from 25 partner countries, as well as EACEA and EUA officers and EU officials attended the conference to promote the work of the HERE across different policy areas of the EU and optimise the participation of European policy makers. It was focused in particular on the regional, bi-lateral and bi-regional policy frameworks that shape and enable higher education reforms, exchanges and collaboration, which also contribute more broadly so social and economic development and have an important political and diplomatic function.

HERE have been tasked to contribute to higher education reforms in their specific countries neighboring the EU. BiH HERE experts actively participated and on the behalf of the Team Mr. Zlatan Buljko delivered presentation on EU-Western Balkans (WB) dialogue on higher education and research and spoke in detail about the ongoing dialogue in the context of all regional initiatives and WB PET ministerial meetings as well as all accession obligations.

The main conclusions and remarks of the conference are as follows:

(i). Increase investment into research (% GDP), but the research funding has to ensure performance oriented, competitive research selection and support to prioritize inter-and multidisciplinary research, while increasing collaboration within and among institutions;

(ii). research infrastructure has to be modernized and developed;

(iii). Support the development of more fit for purpose governance and management with appropriate levels of subsidiary and staffing,

(iv). Enhance learning and teaching (methods)–link with research - transversal & entrepreneurship training,

(v). Assess and value international collaboration and mobility alongside career development – build capacity;

(vi). The share of good practice has to be developed and activities to develop new leaders and motivate researchers has to be created.

Therefore BiH HERE experts appealed to the EC to increase research and infrastructure funds for WB countries.

Some of the recommendations are: