Project title: EQUAL ACCESS FOR ALL: STRENGTHENING THE SOCIAL DIMENSION FOR A STRONGER EUROPEAN HIGHER EDUCATION AREA
Duration: 3 years (2012-2015)
Type: STRUCTURAL MEASURES
Equal access to higher education provides advantage in access to labour market and represents a major tool for eradicating poverty and social exclusion. With this project we are aiming to increase chances of youth in Serbia to enter and remain in higher education (HE), especially Roma, persons with disabilities, rural population, young people from lower education families and other underrepresented groups.
This project addresses identified problems of diversification of student body entering and completing HE by addressing following set of activities organized in nine work packages.
First set of activities encompasses improvement of the policy framework for diversifying the student body entering and completing HE through: analysis of existing primary and secondary data on access and completion of HE, functioning of relevant institutions and organizations, exchanging experiences on institutional best practices of universities in Serbia and learning from best practices in EU partner countries.
Second set of activities includes improvement of the existing HE statistics in line with best European practices and support existing structures to improve data collection, analysis and dissemination. This should support establishment of the evidence based policy making.
Third segment of the project is dedicated to the piloting of measures intended for specific underrepresented groups. Purpose of this package is to use available set of policy instruments, pilot other identified instruments
and verify effectiveness through innovative operation of student support service. This should enable project team to fine-tune policy recommendations for decision makers.
Improved policy recommendations, results from piloting of the effective support measures and enhanced statistical system of HE will be consequently reflected in the improvement of existing national regulation through the draft Law on Pupil and Student Standards and changes to internal regulations of the universities.