EU Donates 22 million EUR to the Serbian Government to Renovate and Equip Serbian Faculties
With a donation of 22 million EUR, the European Union will assist the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development to improve the infrastructure of 27 Serbian faculties.
The aim of this programme is to help Serbia develop a knowledge and innovation-based economy that responds to future European labour market demands in line with EU's Europe 2020 strategy.
Through the programme ‘Improving Higher Education Infrastructure in Serbia– EU HETIP’, the EU will fund the renewal of laboratories, research cabinets, study rooms and communal facilities for 27 Serbian public faculties, in Belgrade, Novi Sad, Kragujevac, Niš, Kraljevo, Novi Pazar, Bor, Vrnjačka banja, Čačak, and Leskovac.
The project will also provide standard teaching equipment as well as specific scientist equipment and modern ICT equipment. Modern, multi-purpose teaching equipment will improve the practical skills and competences of the Serbian students’ and will also help the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development to improve scientific and technical innovation and research which in turn will impact on economic prosperity. The EU HETIP project will thus assist Serbia in growing the potential of universities to play a central role in raising the level of employment and wealth creation.
University students in Serbia as well as the teaching staff will start benefiting from the EU HETIP project from the academic year 2013 which is when they will start using renovated spaces and modern equipment.
The EU HETIP project will last until June 2014 and is being implemented by the International Consortium Consultant ‘SAFEGE-Mott MacDonald S’ on behalf of the EU Delegation to Serbia.
The €22 million donation by the EU was made available through EU's pre-accession funds for Serbia (Instrument of Pre-Accession - IPA). Since 2000 more than 63 million EUR were donated to Serbia’s education sector.