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'Tempus@20': Ministerial Conference to Celebrate
the 20th Anniversary of the Tempus Programme

A very successful conference was organised in Belgrade, Serbia to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Tempus programme on 29 and 30 March 2011. The aim of the conference was to celebrate the achievements of the Programme over the past 20 years, to provide an opportunity for Ministerial representatives to exchange experience on the Programme and raise awareness of its impact in the Partner Countries.

The conference was organised under the auspices of Štefan Füle, European Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighbourhood and Žarko Obradović, Serbian Minister for Education and Science. The 197 participants included representatives from the 29 Tempus Partner Countries (with the exception of Libya and the occupied Palestinian territory) and the 27 EU countries (with the exception of Slovenia).

The conference was attended by high level representatives from Serbia, including the Serbian President Boris Tadić who opened the conference. The Serbian Minister for Education and Science, Dr. Žarko Obradović  gave opening and closing speeches. Various Serbian State Secretaries, assistant Ministers and university rectors also attended.

The conference was also attended by high level representatives from the Partner Countries, which attests to the excellent reputation the Programme has there. Six Ministers or ex-Ministers of education and four Deputy Ministers made speeches or contributed to the discussions during the thematic sessions. 17 Ambassadors from EU Member States attended the opening session including the Head of the EU Delegation in Serbia who also made a closing speech.

The vast majority of National Tempus Offices and EU National Contact Points were present together with representatives from higher education institutions from the Partner Countries and the EU. Several international organisations were also represented such as the European University Association, European Association of Institutions in Higher Education, European Students Union, 'Union pour la Méditerranée' and the Regional Cooperation Council.

The various speakers (see programme below) spoke of their personal involvement in the Programme and how rewarding it had been. They highlighted the impact of the programme at institutional, national and regional levels. The closing speeches by high level representatives from European Commission Development and Co-operation Department, Education & Culture Department and the Executive Agency where the Programme is managed focused on the political rationale behind the programme and highlighted the political will for the activities implemented under Tempus to continue for the next budgetary period.

Conference Publication

PDF Tempus@20: A Retrospective of the Tempus Programme over the Past 20 Years


Conference Programme   

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Tuesday, 29 March

9:00 - 9:30 Registration

9:30 - 10:30 Introductory Session: Welcome Speeches
9:30 - 9:45 Opening speech by Boris Tadić, President of the Republic of Serbia
9:45 – 10:00 Opening speech by Štefan Füle, Commissioner for Enlargement & Neighbourhood Policy, European Commission, Brussels
10:00 – 10:15 Opening speech by Francesca Mosca, Director, EuropeAid Development and Co-operation Directorate-General, European Commission, Brussels
10:15 – 10:30 Opening speech by Žarko Obradović,  Minister for Education and Science, Ministry of Education and Science, Republic of Serbia

10:30 – 10:45 Coffee break

10:45 - 12:15

Perspectives on the Tempus Programme
Chair: Helene Skikos, Policy Officer, Directorate-General for Education & Culture, European Commission, Brussels

10:45 - 11:15

'The Tempus Programme from an EU Perspective', David O'Sullivan, Chief Operating Officer, European External Action Service, Brussels

11:15 - 11:45 'The Tempus Programme from a Partner Country Perspective', Taieb Chkili, President of Mohammed V - Souissi University, Rabat, Morocco
11:45 - 12:15 'A Brief Overview of Tempus Over the Past Twenty Years', Klaus Haupt, Head of the Tempus Unit, Education Audiovisual & Culture Executive Agency, Brussels

12:15 - 13:00 Group Photo

13:00 - 14:30 Lunch Break

14:30-15:30

Impact of Tempus on University Departments and Faculties
Chair: Volodymyr Shatokha, Vice-Rector for International Relations, National Metallurgical Academy of Ukraine, Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine

14:30 - 14:50 Tempus project 'International Master Programme for Tourism for the Siberian Region', Henrik Halkier, Head of Department, Culture and Global Studies, Aalborg University, Denmark
14:50 - 15:10 Tempus project 'IT Training for University Staff in Uzbekistan', Sulaymon Eshkabilov, Head of Unit at Dynamics & Control Laboratory, Tashkent Automotive Road Institute, Uzbekistan
15:10 - 16:00 Discussion

15:30 - 16:00 Coffee Break

16:00 - 17:00 Impact of Tempus at Institutional Level (presentations by university Rectors)
Chair: Volodymyr Shatokha, Vice-Rector for International Relations, National Metallurgical Academy of Ukraine, Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine
16:00 -16:20 'The Example of the University of Zagreb', Melita Kovacevic, Vice-Rector for Science and Technology, University of Zagreb, Croatia
16:20 -16:40 'The Example of Lund University', Boel Billgren, Senior Advisor, Lund University, Sweden
16:40 -17:00 Discussion

17:00 - 17:30 Modernisation of the Higher Education System in Serbia
Chair: Agota Kovacs, Programme Manager, Directorate-General for Enlargement, European Commission, Brussels
17:00 -17:20 'Modernisation of the Higher Education System in Serbia', Radivoje Mitrovic, State Secretary, Ministry for Education and Science, Serbia

18:00 - 19:30 Reception hosted by Žarko Obradović, Minister of Education and Science, Ministry of Education and Science, Republic of Serbia, 'Serbian salon' & 'Brown salon', Serbian Palace, Bulevar Mihajla Pupina 2, Belgrade

20:00 20th Anniversary Dinner, Restaurant "Aeroklub", Uzun Mirkova street, No. 4, Belgrade

Wednesday, 30 March

9:00 - 10:00 Modernisation of the Higher Education System in Serbia
Chair: Vasile Puscas, Professor, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
9:00 - 9:20 'Impact of the Tempus Programme on Egyptian Higher Education ', Hany Helal, Professor, Cairo University, Egypt
9:20 -9:40 'Impact of the Tempus Programme on Kirghiz Higher Education', Kanat Sadykov , Minister of Education and Science, Kyrgyzstan
9:40 -10:00 Discussion

10:00 – 11:00

Impact of Tempus on Regional Co-operation
Chair: Mladen Dragasevic, Head of Unit 'Building Human Capital and Cross-Cutting Issues', The Regional Cooperation Council, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

10:00 -10:20

Tempus Project 'Regional Project in Doctoral Studies', Philippe Cardot, Director of the Doctoral School, Pierre et Marie Curie University, Paris, France 

10:20 - 10:40 Tempus Project ' Development of the e-learning and distance learning courses and assessment in Biomedical Sciences in the Southern Caucasus', Nino Porakishvili, Senior Lecturer, University of Westminster, London, UK
10:40 - 11:00 Discussion

11:00 - 11:30 Coffee Break

11:30 - 12:30 Concluding Speeches
Chair: Hélène Bourgade, Head of Unit, EuropeAid Development & Co-operation Directorate-General, European Commission, Brussels
11:30 - 11:50 'Managing an EU Cooperation Programme: Challenges and Perspectives', Gilbert Gascard, Director, Education Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency, Brussels
11:50 - 12:10

'The Internationalisation of Higher Education: Future Challenges & the
EU's Approach', Jordi Gotor Curell, Director, Directorate-General for Education & Culture, European Commission, Brussels

12:10 - 12:30

'Tempus & EU-Partner Country Cooperation: Visions for the Future', H.E Ambassador Vincent Degert, Head of the EU Delegation to Serbia
Concluding Remarks: Žarko Obradović,  Minister for Education and Science, Ministry of Education and Science, Republic of Serbia


12:30 - 14:00 Lunch

14:00 - 16:00 Guided tour of Belgrade

 

Short Biographies of the Chairs and Speakers

PDF en

List of Participants

PDF en

Key-Note Speeches

Opening speech by Štefan Füle, Commissioner for Enlargement & Neighbourhood Policy, European Commission, Brussels PDF en

Opening speech by Žarko Obradović,  Minister for Education and Science, Ministry of Education and Science, Republic of Serbia PDF en

Opening speech by Francesca Mosca, Director, EuropeAid Development and Co-operation Directorate-General, European Commission, Brussels PDF en

'A Brief Overview of Tempus Over the Past Twenty Years', Klaus Haupt, Head of the Tempus Unit, Education Audiovisual & Culture Executive Agency, Brussels PDF en

'Modernisation of the Higher Education System in Serbia', Radivoje Mitrovic, State Secretary, Ministry for Education and Science, Serbia PDF en

'The Internationalisation of Higher Education: Future Challenges & the EU's Approach', Jordi Gotor Curell, Director, Directorate-General for Education & Culture, European Commission, Brussels PDF en

'Managing an EU Cooperation Programme: Challenges and Perspectives', Gilbert Gascard, Director, Education Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency, Brussels PDF en

Thematic Speeches

Impact of Tempus On Departments and Faculties

Tempus project 'International Master Programme for Tourism for the Siberian Region', Henrik Halkier, Head of Department, Culture and Global Studies, Aalborg University, Denmark PDF en

Tempus project 'IT Training for University Staff in Uzbekistan', Sulaymon Eshkabilov, Head of Unit at Dynamics & Control Laboratory, Tashkent Automotive Road Institute, Uzbekistan PDF en

Impact of Tempus on Higher Education Institutions

'The Example of the University of Zagreb', Melita Kovacevic, Vice-Rector for Science and Technology, University of Zagreb, Croatia PDF en

'The Example of Lund University', Boel Billgren, Senior Advisor, Lund University, Sweden PDF en

Impact of Tempus at National Level

'Impact of the Tempus Programme on Kirghiz Higher Education', Kanat Sadykov , Minister of Education and Science, Kyrgyzstan PDF en

'Impact of the Tempus Programme on Egyptian Higher Education ', Hany Helal, Professor, Cairo University, Egypt PDF en

Impact of Tempus on Regional Co-operation

Tempus Project 'Regional Project in Doctoral Studies', Philippe Cardot, Director of the Doctoral School, Pierre et Marie Curie University, Paris, France  PDF en

Tempus Project ' Development of the e-learning and distance learning courses and assessment in Biomedical Sciences in the Southern Caucasus', Nino Porakishvili, Senior Lecturer, University of Westminster, London, UK PDF en

Articles in the Press

Politika PDF en

B-92 PDF en

Naslovi PDF en

Srbija Net Beta PDF en

 

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