Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development is in charge of administration tasks related to: research, planning and development of education; administrative supervision in education and student standards; participation in the construction, equipping and maintenance of facilities for education; pedagogic supervision in education and student standards; organization, performance appraisal and supervision of the training of employees in education; validation of public documents acquired abroad; improvement of social care for gifted students; improvement of social care for students with special needs, creating conditions for access and implementation of projects within the scope of the Ministry who are funded by the EU IPA funds, grants and other forms of development assistance, as well as other duties prescribed by law. Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development carries out public administration tasks related to the system, development and promotion of scientific research in the scientific, technological and economic development; proposing and implementing policies and strategies of scientific and technological development; identification and implementation of programs of scientific and technological research and development; training of personnel for scientific research; proposing and implementing innovation policy; knowledge and technology transfer in the economy; development and improvement of the innovation system in the Republic of Serbia; regulations in the field of transport and intellectual property rights; development of the functioning of scientific and technological information and program development of scientific and technological infrastructure.

The University of Belgrade is the oldest university in Serbia and the largest in this part of Europe. Founded in 1808, it consists of 31 faculties (among them 11 in the field of engineering), 11 research institutes, 13 University centres, Computer Centre and the University Library with more than 3.500.000 volumes. It provides education in sciences and mathematics, technology and engineering sciences, medical sciences, social sciences and humanities, with 340 study programs, over 95.000 students and 5.000 academic and research staff, 3,696 papers in 2014 on SCI, SSCI and AHCI lists, numerous publications and scientific and research projects. The University has 11 endowments and 7 funds for supporting the best students. Intensive capacity building for scientific research results in over 300 doctoral theses per year. One of the basic priorities of UB through its Strategy of internationalization is the establishment and the development of cooperation with international organizations dealing with the issues of higher education. UB has a very intensive cooperation with Serbian and regional industry. A very important result of this cooperation represents the skill praxis that UB students take at domestic companies to get real-world experience in the major field of studies (skill praxis is mandatory in most of the curricula at UB). Many students work on parts of their B.Sc. and M.Sc. theses in companies where they solve real-world practical problems. An additional effect of industrially based thesis is that students get acquainted with company procedures and prepare for future employment. Finally, UB faculties utilize problems from industry for formulation of project topics for courses that include project design in syllabus. For more information about the University of Belgrade please visit www.bg.ac.rs.

The University of Novi Sad was founded in 1960, operating in the four major towns of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina: Novi Sad, Subotica, Zrenjanin, and Sombor. The University is comprised of the following 14 faculties covering all major fields of study: Faculty of Philosophy, Faculty of Agriculture, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Technology, Faculty of Economics, Faculty of Technical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Sciences, Academy of Arts, Faculty of Civil Engineering, 'Mihajlo Pupin' Technical Faculty, Faculty of Sport and Physical Education, Faculty of Education, and Teachers' Training Faculty in Hungarian. In December 2007. UNS also has Institute of Lowland Forestry and Environment, Institute of Food Technology, Association of Centres for Interdisciplinary and Multidisciplinary Studies and Research, UNESCO Chair in Entrepreneurial Studies, and centres for applied statistics and education development. Currently at UNS is enrolled more than 43.000 students at bachelor level of studies, and around 6.500 students at master and doctoral level, studying on more than 350 study programmes. Number of employees is more than 5.000, including teaching staff of around 3.770, and around 130 foreign teachers. Research at the University is achieved through basic, applied and development research in the field of law, economics, mathematical, technological, social and medical sciences. UNS has significant international cooperation with other HEIs and its experienced and well qualified staff plays a significant role in great number of projects across Europe. The University of Novi Sad is the second largest among six state universities in Serbia. Having invested considerable efforts in intensifying international cooperation and participating in the process of university reforms in Europe, the University of Novi Sad has come to be recognized as a reform-oriented university in the region and on the map of universities in Europe.

The University of Kragujevac is a modern educational and research centre embracing almost all major areas of teaching and research and offering a wide range of accredited study programs at Bachelor, Master and PhD levels at 12 faculties: Faculty of Economics in Kragujevac; Faculty of Law in Kragujevac; Faculty of Engineering in Kragujevac; Faculty of Medical Sciences in Kragujevac; Faculty of Science in Kragujevac; Faculty of Mechanical and Civil Engineering in Kraljevo; Faculty of Education in Jagodina; Faculty of Technical Sciences in Cacak; Teachers Training Faculty in Uzice; Faculty of Agronomy in Cacak; Faculty of Philology and Arts in Kragujevac; Faculty of Hotel Management and Tourism in Vrnjacka Banja. The total teaching staffs at the University exceeds 1.000, and more than 18.000 students are gaining higher education at the faculties of this University. Besides, the University comprises the following centres: University Centre for Career Development and Student Counselling; University Information Centre; Lifelong Learning Centre; Joint Centre for Scientific Research of Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts and the University of Kragujevac; Collaborative Training Center and Knowledge Transfer Center. International cooperation as a priority activity of the University of Kragujevac and an integral part of the strategy of internationalization of the University is focused on the establishment and development of cooperation with foreign universities and international organizations dealing with higher education and expanding the network of inter-signing cooperation agreements with new partners abroad, as well as renewing contracts with existing partners.

FH JOANNEUM With currently more than 40 highly specialized degree programs in the 6 departments (applied computer sciences, engineering, health studies, building| energy &society, media&design, management) 530 employees and more than 800 affiliated lectures FH JOANNEUM is one of Austria`s leading universities of applied sciences. FH JOANNEUM considers the production of knowledge and passing it on, as well as research and training, as processes, which are inseparably connected with each other. These are integrated activities, which enrich and strengthen each other. FH JOANNEUM is a university of applied sciences committed to stimulating innovation through R&D in order to meet sustainability goals and societal needs in line with the principle 'from idea to implementation'. Against this background, research and development is a prerequisite for the internationally recognized education provided by FH JOANNEUM, which is based on permanent transfer of knowledge between teaching and R&D. Production Technology and Organization (PTO) and Engineering and Production Technology at the Institute of Applied Production Technologies (IAP) of FH JOANNEUM have been the first cooperative (in German "dual") study programs in Austrian Higher Education . (Students are assigned to a partner company during the program and alternate theory semesters with work terms, with a duration of three to six months each, throughout their education). This specific competence in Work Based Education has led to numerous project partnerships, membership in international bodies in this field like the World Association of Cooperative Education (WACE) and conference presentations and organization (f.e. WACE 8th International Symposium on Work Integrated Learning, June 2010 in Graz).

National Council for Higher Education Functions of the NCHE are prescribed by Art. 11 of the Law on Higher Education. It observes the development of the higher education system in Serbia and its conformity with the European standards; formulates proposals for the Ministry of Education on the higher education policy; prescribes standards for accreditation of higher education institutions and study programs; decides in the appellate procedure on the decisions on accreditation issued by the Commission for Accreditation and Quality Assurance; prescribes minimal criteria for the election of higher education professors; proposes the National Qualification Framework; prescribes the list of professional, academic and scientific titles; proposes to the Government material resources for funding public higher education institutions and their study programs, as well as criteria for the distribution of resources, etc. NCHE encompasses 21 members from academia elected by the Parliament out of which 12 have been proposed by the Conference of the Universities of Serbia, 2 by the Conference of the Academies of Professional Studies, 6 by the Government of Serbia and 1 by the Provincial Government of Vojvodina. Two representatives of students take part in the sessions of the NCHE. The members of the NCHE elect among themselves the President, two Vice Presidents and one Secretary General.

Formasup in the Hauts de France region is a vocational training centre which gathers universities and high schools, both commerce and engineer schools. Formasup includes 4300 apprentices in the high education and delivers more than 120 degrees from the technician level to the master level, including engineer level among 40 high education institutions. It covers a large variety of sectors, such as the industrial field, commerce, law, communication, politic sciences, etc…It is an association created in 1992 with 3 major academic training centres in the industrial area. The apprentices are enrolled in partnership with 2500 companies. The purpose of this structure is to promote the WIL (work Integrated learning) under contract and thus to improve the collaboration between the academic training centres (universities, schools), the firms and the French authorities (regional administrations and organisations). We stress on the fact that FORMASUP provides a professional qualification that confers further education degree. With implied educational professionals and motivated companies, it makes it possible for young adults to acquire a diploma, with qualification as well as professional experience. To achieve this goal, FORMASUP promotes the development of pedagogical tools in order to improve this acquisition of abilities through work experience. Such tools connect the 3 actors of the training: apprentice, company mentor and school tutor. With respect to this framework, the apprentice is both a student and an employee with a work contract. Such a system is a plus for learners to get acknowledged degree which is the same as the one by the conventional education system but based on another learning process. Good results were achieved. Indeed WIL allows the apprentice to develop his competences and improve his employability, gives the company the opportunity to recruit a young who already knows the industrial field, improves the ability of the training centre to form on a quality basis.

Belgrade Metropolitan University (BMU) is an integrated university consisting of three faculties, which are not legal entities: Faculty of Information Technology, Faculty of Digital Arts and Faculty of Management. BMU operates in two campuses - in Belgrade and Niš. BMU offers BSc programs in information technology, software engineering, information systems, game development, operations management, business and marketing, graphic design, design of interactive media and fashion design. MSc programs are in information security, software engineering, information systems, marketing management, and design of new media. PhD programs are in the areas of software engineering, management and development, and design of new media.Almost all study programs are offered in two forms: “face-to-face” and “online” (using e-learning). Most of it BSc programs are offered in three forms: “face-to-face”, “online” (using e-learning) and “hybrid” (using blended-learning and flipped-classroom approach). Most of BMU master programs are offered only as online programs. BMU is a modern university, known for its mission to provide quality education by implementing innovative approaches in  higher education. For BMU, quality education has to provide graduates that satisfy needs and expectations of their employers. In its Business and Education Centre in Niš, BMU is promoting enternpreneurchip of its students supopirted by the IT incubator and innovation developmnt with IT companies in its Innovation Centre. By implementing Dual Higher Education, BMU expects to establish close and long-term collaboration with companies - future employers of its students.In its Innovation Centre, BMU offers space to software development units of companies providing continuous internships and scholarships  to its students.  BMU is very interested  for implementation of Dual Higher Education (DHE) in its IT-related programs after the end of this project  and was the initiator of this project proposal.

University of Novi Pazar (SUNP) is the only integrated state university in Serbia. With  more than 4000 students and  250 permanent teaching staff (170 professors and lecturers and 80 assistants and research fellows) it is contributing to comprehensive development of the region. Integrated structure of SUNP has enabled it, as the youngest state university in Serbia, to develop much faster with the available funds and teaching and administration staff. SUNP operates through ten departments. It is accredited for 45 study programmes (20 bachelor, 20 master and 5 PhD study programmes). Relevant departments for the proposed project are Department for interdisciplinary studies and Departments of Technical Sciences with Civil Engineering and Architecture study programmes. SUNP has noticed results and number of realized projects ( national and international) in various areas relevant to subject of this project like curriculum development, lifelong learning, university/enterprises cooperation, etc.

PowMio GmbH consists of highly-educated software engineers with over 15 years of joint experience in developing cutting edge software for SAP SE. Our team worked on both back-end and frond-end development of solutions, including mobile, web and standalone applications. Our passion is to deliver quality and flexibility to our clients, such that we're sure that we're building the best products for their market. Our offer to customers is full-stack software development, software design services and consulting services. Our main clients are small and medium size companies (SME), and we help them innovate, improve their existing products and to analyse their market potential – that will eventually lead to the market success of their products. We professionally address technical project challenges of our clients at any stage, either an early stage e.g. idea in a business plan, or e.g. extensions of a fully running commercial product. Furthermore, PowMio GmbH builds innovative solutions on its own and our daily work includes delivering innovative products to the market, and therefore very passionate about the success of their clients and open for investment negotiations to support innovative teams with the available skill set.Technologies and solutions we professionally apply daily:

  • Languages: Java, C#, Java Script, SQL, HTML
  • Databases: PostgreSQL, MySQL, Microsoft SQL Server
  • Back-end: Apache Tomcat, NodeJS, Hibernate/JPA, PHP, Java EE
  • Front-end: Responsive web applications, native Android and iOS, Hybrid Apps, AngularJS, Apache Cordova, PhoneGap
  • Communication layer: RESTfull Services, JSON, XML
  • Other: Unity3D

University of Social Sciences (SAN) is the largest private university in Poland, with more than 20 years of experience. We provide high-quality education to students from all over the world. The University offers a wide range of Bachelor's and Master's programs in major cities in Poland and in the branch campus in London. Our offer also includes MBA and PhD studies and a unique American Master’s degree program in cooperation with Clark University. Our goal is to equip students and graduates with specialist knowledge and practical skills needed in the 21st century’s labour market, both at the local and international levels. Therefore, all of our programs are developed in close cooperation with partner companies and institutions and provide students with an opportunity to participate in internship programs and various projects in a real-world business environment. Dual studies, which offer the possibility of combining traditional education at a university level with acquisition of practical professional competencies in companies, are the model gaining in popularity. SAN follows these trends and develops cooperation in the scope of dual international studies that enable students to gain practical knowledge and professional competencies based on academic education in the country and at foreign partner universities as well as work in international companies.SAN employs top class academic staff to provide high quality study programmes both in Polish and English. Our educational programmes reflect the needs of rapidly changing world, taking into account the needs of the labour market. As an educational organization we cooperate with more than 150 universities/organizations abroad and our didactics from various departments have been involved in more than 90 international projects so far.As an educational organization our SAN promotes a multidisciplinary approach, bringing together researchers from a diversity of backgrounds (economics, humanities, engineering, etc.).

The University of Lleida is a part of the public university system of Catalonia. It has about 11.000 students including undergraduate, master and doctorate levels, covering a wide range of knowledge fields, from health sciences and medicine, agronomics, law and economy, educational sciences, humanities and engineering. Its research specialization fields are agro food technology, bio medics, sustainable technology and social development. It has about 600 faculty members. We provide high standards of teaching with quality services throughout the university community that reach society beyond the campus gates. Students make up most of the UdL community, and our objective is to ensure that they enjoy the teaching and learning processes involved. They will thus be able to develop both at a professional and personal level by following other educational, cultural or leisure activities, and by participating in the UdL to keep it a lively, ever-improving educational institution. The UdL of the 21st Century is an entrepreneurial university that promotes a comprehensive educational model. It caters for the requirements of different educational contexts through its involvement in the development of initiatives to ensure all students have the basic skills, the ability to think for themselves and the tools needed to deal with life as citizens in an ever-changing social arena. In 2013, the University of Lleida adopted its new strategic plan 2013-2016. With the aim of improving the employability of our students, one of the main pillars of the strategic plan is precisely the promotion and development of work integrated learning for graduate and Master programs. To this end we have created a Commission for the development of coop programs, chaired by the vice-rector of Planning, Innovation and Entrepreneurship and supported by the Social Council of the University of Lleida and the Foundation of the University of Lleida. As a result, during 2012-2103 the first studies on work and training in higher education were implemented through a pilot program training primary teacher in partnership with the Department of Education of the Generalitat of Catalunya. All the educational programs are certified by AQU (Catalan Agency for University Quality) and ANECA (Spanish Agency). It has a quality system certified by AQU.

The School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science of Applied Studies (VISER) is public high educational institution, financing from the budget of the Republic of Serbia and the income from tuition fees. The main activity is 3 year of vocational studies with 180 ECTS (7 different programs) and 1 year of specialized professional with 60 ECTS (5 different programs). Curricula for seven foundation study programs are developed, authorised and accredited, in three year duration and granting upon their completion 180 ECTS points: Audio and video technologies, Automation and Vehicle Control Systems, Electronics and Telecommunications, E- Business, New Energy Technologies, New Computer Technologies, Computer Engineering. Students may continue further education at 6 accredited specialist study programs in one year duration and granting upon their completion 60 ECTS points: Multimedia and digital television, Mechatronics, Electronics and Telecommunications, Information Technology, Electric Power Engineering, Security of Information and Communication systems. Graduate students receive bachelor and specialized diplomas. The school has a building with 4000 square meters, 24 different laboratories with top-edge equipment, specializes laboratories, Regional HDTV studio and class rooms with more than 1120 seats. The School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science of Applied Studies was coordinating institution for one regional Tempus project no.517022 which is successfully finished and currently is partner on three on-going projects.

NiCAT cluster is non-profit association of successful companies, scientific research institutions (Faculties of Electronic Engineering and Mechanical Engineering) and economic development support institutions, founded in 2011. We are leading institutions working with Hi tech industry in South East Serbia and we have catalyst role in community and the region. NiCAT is self-sustainable from the beginning and main goals of organization are: increasing of the turnover of the cluster members both on national and international market, strengthening of the capacities of the companies for technological development and innovations and the development of new technological products and services, promotion of the City of Niš as a favourable location for business operations in the advanced technology field. The ultimate objective of the NiCAT cluster is to empower and modernise electronic, electro-mechanical and ICT industries in Serbia, and facilitate financing of new development projects, and therefore expand the business scope of the Association’s members and source new markets for their promotion. Fields of Operation: Electromedicine, Electronics and Automation, Information and Communication Technologies, Mechanical Engineering, Optoelectronics. NiCAT main projects are: IPA CBC BG-SRB program - ATM Integration project (2012); NARD (National Agency for Regional Development) program - NiCAT cluster InterSTART project (2012/2013), Inter-sector project - Best national cluster project in Serbia (2013/2014), SLDP USAID program - ICT Cluster Academy project (2014). NARD program- NiCAT Dermoskope project - Best national cluster project in Serbia (2014/2015), E-learning platform for employees learning and development (2015/2016)…NiCAT cluster have great cooperation with many stakeholders at the local level and strategic partnership with other three ICT clusters in Serbia and NiCAT is one of seven Founders and Board members of Serbian Cluster Association, as well as members of the Council of clusters of Serbia. Also, NiCAT is member of Digital SME Alliance and have signed MoU with 14 other clusters from the Balkans and Black Sea region.