Created on 05 October 2021

Within the PATRISH project (Development of Part-Time and Short Cycle Studies in Higher Education in Bosnia and Herzegovina), project partners from Bosnia and Herzegovina were in a study visit to Slovenia from 21 to 24 September 2021. The host of the study visit was also a project partner from Slovenia, the Academia College Maribor. The Project was approved under Erasmus+, KA2 – Cooperation for Innovation and the Exchange of Good Practices – Capacity Building in the Field of Higher Education, the selection year 2019.

PARTISH Slovenia 1Representatvies of the University of East Sarajevo, University of Mostar, the University of Sarajevo, University of Tuzla, University of Zenica, Centre for Information and Recognition of Qualifications in Higher Education, Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport of Tuzla Canton, chamber of commerces from the Federation of BiH and Republic of Srpska as well as international partners, Univeristy of Talin and University of Novi Sad, which is a coordinator of the Project, attended the study visit.

The study visit was an excellent opportunity for BiH project partners to get knowledge about the development of short cycle programs in Slovenia which are an integrated part of the qualifications framework in Slovenia. Additionally, most of short cycle study program allow their graduates further education for obtaining bachelor degrees. Short cycles are organized within higher schools with curricula more oriented to the labor market in Slovenia.

PARTISH Slovenia 2During the study visit, beside the Academia College Maribor, four higher schools were visited, the Hospitality College Maribor, Wood Technology College Maribor, Hospitality College Bled, and BIC – KULT365 Centre Ljubljana. All study programs are very well structured, labor market-oriented, developed on the basis of occupational standards which have been created by employers in specific fields.

Representatives from the Univeristy of Talin and University of Novi Sad presented a current stay of play related to the introduction of short cycles in Estonia and Republic of Serbia.

The study visit was also an opportunity for the Steering Committee Meeting, which was held in Bled, where project partners discussed about already achieved results/outcomes, travel issues and staff costs, and an analysis of equipment purchase. Project partners agreed also about the project activities in 2022.