Republic of Serbia
Area: 77,484 km²
Population: 7,120,666 (According to the census 2011)
Official languages: Serbian, recognised regional languages: Croatian, Romanian, Russian, Slowakian, Hungarian
In close cooperation with the Serbian Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development and the Agency for Educational Development the OeAD's Regional Office in Sarajevo implements projects in Serbia to support sustainble education reforms as well as the international exchange of experience between Serbian and Austrian education institutions and educational experts. The current projects focus on vocational education and training (quality deveopment in schools; promotion of cooperation between schools and the business sector).
- Promotion of cooperation between schools and the business sector
- Support of the reform of tourism education and training
- Support for practice firm training
- Exchange of experience in education policy within the framework of ERISEE
Effective quality development in schools and colleges of vocational education and training through successful change management – Strengthening the skills of headmasters and headmistresses
Quality development in vocational education and training is a development priority in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia. School quality development systems have been introduced in all three countries. The leadership competence of school headmasters and headmistresses to successfully initiate and manage the change processes necessary for quality development at schools has been identified as a key success factor for the effectiveness of school QA systems in all three countries. The aim of this regional project is therefore to strengthen the leadership and change management skills of headmasters and headmistresses for effective school QA in all three countries through appropriate further education programmes.
In cooperation with the University College of Teacher Education Styria and experts from relevant institutions in the three partner countries an analysis format has been developed for the survey of existing training needs of headmasters and headmistresses. In country analyses the further education needs have been identified and existing further education offers in this area have been analysed. On this basis country-specific training concepts for headmasters and headmistresses have been developed in cooperation with the relevant ministries and Austrian and local experts and the systemic anchoring in the education systems has been initiated. The aim is to strengthen the leadership skills of 120 headmasters and headmistresses of schools of vocational education and training in Serbia in the field of effective school QA. Moreover, new approaches and trends in school quality management are continuously presented and discussed at national and regional conferences by local and international experts.
Cooperation between schools and business in the tourism sector
Close cooperation between vocational schools and businesses is a prerequisite for high-quality vocational training that is geared towards the needs of the labour market. The goal of the regional "Cooperation between Schools and Business" project is to improve the quality of practical training for pupils by promoting cooperation between partners in the tourism industry and from tourism and hospitality management schools. The focus is on the organisation of high quality company internships. The project results include the development and anchoring of an expanded task profile for the practice-oriented vocational instruction coordinators as liaisons between schools and businesses, particularly in the organisation of company internships. To implement the new task profile guidelines have been developed that also include measures to anchor the cooperation between schools and businesses in school quality development.
Representatives of 57 out of approximately 77 schools of vocational education and training with a focus on tourism and hospitality were familiarised with the new (tasks) profile by means of dissemination seminars. After a first test phase of the implementation of the new tasks profile in the course of a school year the experiences of 57 schools of vocational education and training with a focus on tourism and hospitality were gathered in reflection seminars. The guidelines were revised on the basis of this feedback.
Project component “Assuring the quality of in-company learning in school-based vocational education and training“
As Serbia, just like Austria, has both dual and school-based vocational education and training the OeAD supports the Serbian Ministry of Education in ensuring and developing the quality of in-company learning in school-based vocational education and training.
In April 2019 a comprehensive analysis of the implementation formats of in-company training in school-based vocational education and training in Serbia was carried out. On the basis of this survey the OeAD supports the Serbian Ministry of Education in the development of a provision for the regulation of in-company placements in school-based vocational education and training. The aim of this regulation is to ensure and improve the quality of work placements in school-based vocational education and training. In cooperation with the Serbian Ministry of Education and the Serbian Chamber of Commerce some 100 schools of vocational education and training will also be trained in the implementation of the regulation. The project will be carried out in coordination with the Austrian Chamber of Commerce, which also supports the introduction of dual vocational training in Serbia.
Quality assurance in the implementation of teaching by means of training firms
The aim of this project is to impart entrepreneurship skills by means of an increased implementation of training firms at business schools in Serbia. In order to ensure the quality of training firm teaching continuous needs assessments are carried out in close cooperation with the Ministries of Education and the Association of Business, Tourism and Hospitality Schools in Serbia and further education measures for teachers at business schools are organised.
Strengthening and dissemination of the Active Learning teaching/learning concept
In close cooperation with the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Serbia and the Education Forum Serbia the implementation of new teaching/learning approaches at schools in disadvantaged regions of Serbia is supported. Training courses for the implementation of Active Learning for teachers in Serbia are held on a regular basis. In the period from 2016 to 2019 a total of 128 seminars and training courses were organised. Approximately 3500 teachers from 64 schools took part in them.
Contact Mara Ikić (Educational Coordinator)