Who are the members of WBAA?
Members of WBAA are 948 (as of July 2022) students and alumni of the Balkans region, concretely the following countries (alphabetically): Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, North Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia.
What are membership criteria?
- Citizenship of one of the 6 Western Balkan countries (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, North Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia.)
- International mobility experience in one of the ERASMUS+ program countries
How to become a member of WBAA?
An individual can become a member of WBAA by filling in the online application form. Acceptance of members should be automated immediately after checking the eligibility criteria when all requirenments were being met.
What are the rights and duties of WBAA members?
All WBAA members have the rights regarded to electing and being elected as a member of WBAA bodies, propose changes in regulating documents of WBAA; seek Extraordinary General Assembly (GA) meeting, propose project ideas that correspond to WBAA values and be regularly informed about all WBAA activities and updates of any kind.
When it comes to duties, all WBAA members are expected to participate regularly in GA meetings and National Chapter meetings, respect WBAA principles and values; conform to the Organization’s Code of Ethics; contribute to the implementation of WBAA objectives; observe the WBAA Statute and other regulating documents and participate in WBAA programmes/projects, activities and/or other events.
What kind of programmes/ projects are in the focus of WBAA?
WBAA focuses on programmes/projects that improve the quality of higher education and research capacities within the Western Balkans region and can help national modernization efforts in the area of higher education in the mentioned region. The focus is as well on cooperation and support between Western Balkans and EU universities, promoting and facilitating two-way mobility flows between the Western Balkans and the European Union and involving young people into workshops, panel discussions and other activities focused on raising awareness of the Western Balkans students’ needs.
Who is WBAA supported by?
WBAA is fully supported by European Commission as well as official authorities (Ministries of Education) in each of six countries of Western Balkans Region. Establishment of the regional network of alumni in the region has been agreed upon at the fourth ministerial meeting of the Western Balkans Platform on Education and Training (WBPET) in 2015 in Vlora, Albania.
*This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244/1999 and the ICJ opinion on the Kosovo declaration of independence.