Education and Training Opportunities in Bosnia and Herzegovi

An Expert's View about Educational and Community Associations in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Posted on: 20 Sep 2010

(BIH) currently has the reform of the education and training sector seen as the key for country’s economic development. There are plenty of opportunities for UK companies.

Sector briefing Education and Training Opportunities in Bosnia and Herzegovina Why Bosnia and Herzegovina? Bosnia and Herzegovina (BIH) currently has the status of potential candidate country for membership of the EU and the reform of the education and training sector is seen as the key for country?s economic development. With a population of 3.8 million an official GDP per capita of US$4,436 (2009), BIH is regarded as a lower middle-income country. Approximately 6% of GDP is allocated to education. The Bosnian education system is predominately public. Although public schools are universities are generally affordable, the programmes they offer often fail to meet the needs of the labour market. A number of independent secondary schools and universities offering international Find general information on the Bosnian accreditation is growing. market conditions on UKTI?s website. The Doing Business Guide for Bosnia and Traditionally, Bosnians perceive education as Herzegovina gives an overview of Bosnia?s important for career development and are economy, business culture, potential ready to invest in relevant education and opportunities and an introduction to other training programmes, particularly those relevant issues. provided locally. UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Education and Training opportunities in Bosnia and Herzegovina (including scholarships) Lot 10 aims at Opportunities enhancing the quality of European higher education and student mobility and is BIH is aiming to develop an effective VET contributing to the development of human system to improve links between education resources. The indicative annual allocation for and the employment sector. Given that over Tempus and Erasmus Mundus for BIH is around 70% of students in secondary education opt for ?2.4million. occupational programme, VET is a crucial aspect of the education sector reform The Government has expressed interest in programmes. Although there is an issue over participating in the following programmes: Life official recognition of international Long Learning, Youth in Action and Competition qualifications (VET and academic), a growing and Innovation - Programme for number of independent educational Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CIP-EIP). consultancies who specialise in education and corporate training programmes are keen to Historically, the most widely taught second forge partnerships with UK educators that offer language at BIH schools has been English. vocational qualifications. English is viewed as a tool for access to information and technology, achieving In general, donor support aims to highlight academic goals and opening up a range of education as an element of socio-economic professional opportunities. Many English development and move the BIH education language schools are therefore looking for system closer to EU education standards. partners that offer English for Specific Whilst the sector enjoys the support of Council Purposes, English for Business/Executives, of Europe, UNICEF, Council of Europe, OSCE Work Experience and Young Learner Courses. and ADC Austria, the main donor is the EU. Under IPA 2009, the EU has allocated ?5million Higher education institutions from BIH would to provide support to education and labour be interested in collaboration with UK market reform by improving the quality of the institutions with a view to develop joint workforce and to reduce the unemployment degree programmes, especially masters and rate. PhD programmes, as well as for joint participation in the Community programmes. th 7 EU Framework Programme is the instrument for supporting Research and The UK?s education is very much valued. There Technological Development in the EU. The is a potential market for UK degrees since programme is designed to support cooperation there is a sustained demand amongst young between universities, research centres and professionals for graduate and postgraduate industry by providing financial support for studies with direct career relevance. sustainable multi-country projects. The Programme?s budget is estimated at Distance learning opportunities seem to be ?50.5billion. In addition, the country can gaining in relevance. Young professionals are access complementary instruments - EUREKA ready to pay for their professional R&D and COST. EUREKA R&D is industry-led development, but usually not willing to leave platform designed to increase productivity and their jobs. competitiveness through technology. COST (European Cooperation in Science and If you have any questions on the opportunities Technology) fosters the establishment of above, contact the UKTI contacts named in this scientific excellence in biomedicine, food and report. Business opportunities aimed agriculture, forests, ICT, transport and urban specifically at UK companies are added daily to development, chemistry, societies and health, UKTI?s website. These leads are sourced by our environmental management. staff overseas in British Embassies, High Tempus IV supports the reform of higher Commissions and Consulates, across all sectors education mainly through university and in over 100 markets. cooperation projects in line with EU standards. The programme is open to higher education You can be alerted to business opportunities on institutions and to other organisations (NGOs, a regular basis by registering on the UKTI training companies, chambers of commerce, website. Find out more on UKTI?s business public enterprises). opportunities service on the UKTI website Erasmus Mundus Action 2 Partnerships with Third Country higher education institutions UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Education and Training opportunities in Bosnia and Herzegovina Major events and activities UKTI contacts In the Region: Alma Kadunic Trade and Investment Manager TVET Scoping Mission to the Balkans UKTI Bosnia and Herzegovina Contact: Matthew Anderson, TVET UK Tel: +387 33 282 237 Email: matthew.anderson@tvetuk.org Email: alma.kadunic@fco.gov.uk Time: March 2011 Corporate Education Event, Vienna, Austria Contact: UKTI Education & Skills Sector Group Email: education@ukti.gsi.gov.uk Time: June 2011 (tbc) In the UK: Business English Inward Mission Contact: Sarah Wang, Business English UK Email: sarah@englishuk.com Time: 30 September -2 October 2010 English UK inward Mission Contact: Alexandra Jones, EnglishUK Email: alexandra@englishuk.com Time: 4-8 October 2010 Find full details of all events regarding this country on the UKTI website. New export events are added daily to the site and you can register to be alerted to them on a daily, weekly or monthly basis UKTI?s Tradeshow Access Programme (TAP) provides grant support for eligible Small & Medium Sized Enterprises (SME's) to attend trade shows overseas. Find out more about UKTI support for attendance at overseas events. UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Education and Training opportunities in Bosnia and Herzegovina Next steps - How UKTI can help ? Arranging appointments British companies wishing to develop their ? Organise seminars or other events for business in the Bosnian market are advised to you to meet contacts and promote your undertake as much market research and company in the Bosnian market planning as possible in the UK. UKTI?s team in Bosnia, with its wide local knowledge and This work is available via our Overseas Market experience, can provide a range of services to Introduction Service (OMIS), a chargeable British-based companies wishing to grow their service which assists British-based companies business in the Bosnia market. wishing to enter or expand their business in overseas markets. This can include: ? Provision of market information To find out more about commissioning this ? Validated lists of agents/distributors work, or accessing other UKTI services and ? Key market players or potential specialist advice, please visit the UKTI website customers in the Bosnia market to find contact details for your local UKTI ? Establishment of interest of such office. contacts in working with you Whereas every effort has been made to ensure that the information given in this document is accurate, neither UK Trade & Investment nor its parent Departments (the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office), accept liability for any errors, omissions or misleading statements, and no warranty is given or responsibility accepted as to the standing of any individual, firm, company or other organisation mentioned. Published 2010 by UK Trade & Investment. Crown Copyright © UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Education and Training opportunities in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Posted: 20 September 2010