We are happy to announce that the 1st General Assembly of the Western Balkans Alumni Association will take place in Tirana, Albania, on 15-16 March 2019.
Western Balkans Alumni Association held a regional board meeting on 26-28.10.2018 in Podgorica, Montenegro.
Together with the European Commission and our new Service Provider many new projects were discussed, amongst those the very first General Assembly, many workshops and skill training as well as future regional projects that will be realized during 2019.
Our Community Manager, Michael Goulao, from the Service Provider presented the services that will boost the development of our organization in the next year.
Among all the hard work, WBAA Regional Board fitted in some more team building and we also went out together, which significantly strengthened our positive mindset.
Overall, we had a constructive meeting, and we eagerly look forward to the next one.
WBAA members: Stay tuned for the upcoming news!
Thank you to all the members for their presence and their work!
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On 24-25 October ACA (Academic Cooperation Association) hosted a networking seminar in Podgorica, Montenegro together with the National Erasmus+ Office in the country and with kind support of the University of Montenegro.
This ACA Networking event in the Western Balkans, which was hosted at the University’s Rectorate and gathered around 50 participants – representatives of all six Western Balkan national offices and agencies for Erasmus+, university representatives and a number of ACA members and partners, as well as the representatives of WBAA – the Western Balkans Alumni Association.
The programme started with a panel focusing on the developments and aspirations in the region, followed by a number of sessions where ACA members presented their work in the region and lessons learned. The programme ended by a round of discussions and exchange of ideas for further cooperation.
We thank the ACA Secretariat for inviting us and recognizing us as one of the key stakeholders in the region.
We participated in several fruitful discussions and we are happy to be part of this strong regional network!
Great start of cooperation!
The Western Balkans Alumni Association goes live!
Last week, Ohrid hosted the official kick-off meeting of the Western Balkans Alumni Association to make sure that the young people’s voices in the region are heard loud and clear.
The Western Balkans Alumni Association (WBAA for short) is a regional association of alumni who have spent part of their studies and training abroad, funded by EU programmes such as Erasmus+, the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions or the EU Young Civil Servant Scheme.
Officially launched in March 2018, WBAA was born from DG EAC’s Western Balkans Platform on Education and Training in 2015, where the Ministers of Education of the 6 Western Balkan countries agreed on the need to establish a regional network of alumni.
The official kick-off event was opened by Ms Renata Deskoska, Minister of Education and Science of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, together with Ms Antoaneta Angelova-Krasteva, Director for Innovation, International Cooperation and Sport at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport.
The event brought together around 300 higher education stakeholders, including students and alumni, representatives from Ministries, university rectors and student unions, as well as EU officials and business representatives. It included inspirational testimonies, lively panel discussions, various workshops and cultural activities, helping WBAA recruit new members and shape its future work programme and activities.
Dear WBAA volunteers,
Please apply for role as young peacebuilders in the EU-28, the EFTA-4 and the six Western-Balkans partner countries. On September 25-27 in Brussels, the EEAS (European External Acton Service) will (co-)organize a consultation forum for young European peacebuilders on youth, peace and security in cooperation with the UN Secretariat and various CSO partners, including the Anna Lindh Foundation and the European Youth Forum. The consultation will be the last station of data collection for a global progress study on youth peacebuilding.
Deadline to apply: 2 August 2017 by 6 pm (Brussels time); please apply online (and learn more about this opportunity) here
NB! Applicants must be between 15 and 29 years old and the citizens of and must currently reside in one of the following countries:
- the Member States of the EU: Austria│ Belgium│ Bulgaria│ Croatia│ Cyprus│ Czech Republic│ Denmark│ Estonia│ Finland│ France│ Germany│ Greece│ Hungary│ Ireland│ Italy│ Latvia│ Lithuania│ Luxembourg│ Malta│ Netherlands│ Poland│ Portugal│ Romania│ Slovakia│ Slovenia│ Spain│ Sweden│ United Kingdom
- the Member States of the EFTA: Iceland│ Liechtenstein│ Norway│ Switzerland
- the countries of the Western Balkans: the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia│ Montenegro│ Serbia│ Albania│ Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo*
“The selection of young people will be made based on motivation and experience, with the majority coming from youth-led organizations. The organizers will ensure balance in terms of age, gender, geography and diversity among selected participants.”
Western Balkans Alumni Association