National Erasmus+ Information Day in Bosnia and Herzegovina was organised on Wednesday, 19 October 2016, at the ceremonial hall of the Rectorate of the University of Sarajevo. The event was opened by Prof. Dr. Izet Radjo, Vice-Rector for Scientific/Artistic Research, University of Sarajevo, H.E Mr. Lars-Gunnar WIGEMARK, Head of the EU Delegation and the EU Special Representative in BiH, Mr. Adnan Husic, Assistant Minister, Ministry of Civil Affairs BiH and Mr. Suad Muhibic, Head of National Erasmus+ Office in BiH.
The event was organised in order to promote opportunities within the Erasmus+ programme, with special emphasis on possibilities within the area of higher education, including: capacity building for higher education, international credit mobility, joint master degrees, Jean Monnet activities, and other relevant opportunities.
Ambassador Wigemark emphasised “Everything is about education, as without quality education no society can progress. We support BiH on its European path and therefore an investment in education is very important”.
Mr. Muhibic emphasised “BiH educational institutions are currently implementing 17 capacity building projects, and we are particularly happy that two proposals from BiH were accepted within the Jean Monnet component of Erasmus+ in the second call last year. The next call will be published in October and we are expecting even a greater involvement of the respective institutions”.
Paul Butcher, student from Scotland enrolled in the University of Graz, is currently on the student exchange programme at the University of Sarajevo within the Erasmus+ credit mobility component and finds the programme perfect for his academic and personal development.
“I’m enrolled in the Southeast European Studies Department at the University of Graz and the opportunity to live and study in Sarajevo was as it was tailor-made for me since my focus is Bosnia and Herzegovina under the Austro-Hungarian Empire”, Paul explained.
Dejan Zonjic, student of Economics at the University of Sarajevo who has taken part in the Erasmus + credit mobility in Portugal is excited to apply the acquired knowledge in his country.
“Besides the academic side I’ve had an opportunity to learn how the wine industry in Portugal functions and it motivated me to apply for a MA degree programme to learn even more about the topic”, Zonjic concluded.
The event attended about 100 participants, including representatives of public and private higher education institutions, relevant ministries of education, NGOs, students, and other relevant stakeholders in the field of higher education in BiH.