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Western Balkans Alumni Association celebrates its first General Assembly! March 14-16th 2019

The Western Balkans Alumni Association (WBAA) just celebrated its first General Assembly in the beautiful city of Tirana, Albania’s capital.

Reaching a first General Assembly of an association of young intellectuals scattered across six Western Balkans countries is a true milestone, especially in the hearts of the pioneers who have been there since its inception. Around 170 of WBAA´s most active members have gathered in Tirana to discuss, network, collaborate and unify under the common denominators of quality, hard work, meritocracy and tolerance, facilitated by the European Commission as Western Balkans Alumni Association.

The first GA had intense agenda of making a Regional Board official, establishing statute, governance and membership principles, announcing ongoing projects such as the online community and introducing the community manager as intermediary link between the members, their bodies and EC. In the envisioned structure of WBAA mandate has been given to the WBAA teams (working groups) in the areas of projects, research, academic and career development, internal affairs and communications & IT. They resulted with substantial work on the specific aspects to work on, and heads and deputy-heads of teams have been appointed. On the margins of the GA, members gathered per national chapters, while still, having in mind the emphasis on the collective strengths on WBAA, synergy and emergent effects.

The entire GA can be recognised by enabling number of project ideas to be conceptualised – and members being encouraged to give feedback but also explicitly join the offered and come up with new projects. It was also the perfect opportunity for announcing the upcoming WBAA Call for Projects, which will be launched in April for a total value of 80,000 EUR. Members of the association are encouraged to channel their brightest ideas and to apply for small, medium or large-scale projects, ranging from contact seminars to outreach activities, trainings and much more, so that WBAA increases its presence, membership and before all, positive impact in the region and Europe.

The first GA has been official and celebratory event that reflected past efforts and motivated with remarkable energy future actions and engagement. In the year(s) to come, we could only recommend dense push with positive examples and follow up of activities, so that the proactivity among the members prevails and adds up on unimaginable potentials of WBAA as network and through its members, each of which as special as can be.

After the event, participants were encouraged to learn more about Albania by visiting a former communist leader’s anti-nuclear bunker turned museum or by exploring the lush green scenery of Mount Dajti (pronounced “Daïti”), a mere thirty minute ride from downtown Tirana.

Here you can see the first visual impressions of the WBAA General Assembly.

EMA GA 2019

Western Balkans Alumni Association joins the 12th General Assembly of Erasmus Mundus Association and 6th Annual Conference of Marie Curie Alumni Association which was held in conjunction with EMA GA during 23-25 February in Vienna, Austria.

WBAA participation in the event was twofold, to present the work of its association, and to strengthen the cooperation between WBAA and EMA. Arber Hajrizaj member of WBAA board gave a brief presentation of WBAA alongside AIESEC, MCAA, ESN, OCEANS and garagErasmus during the Alliance and Collaborators plenary session.

The EMA GA assembly gathered more than 100 participants, students, alumni and other stakeholder, whereas MCAA gathered 500+ researchers and scientists from all over the world.

Kick off meeting for the WBAA Tracer Study

On Friday 22.02.2019 Arber Hajrizaj on behalf of the Western Balkans Alumni Association met with Martin Unger and Berta Terzieva from the Institut Für Höhere Studien /Institute for Advanced Studies. IHS has a strong focus on Higher Education Research (HER) mainly carrying out research on students and graduates.

During the kick-off meeting, a research project that will be carried out by WBAA was discussed. During the upcoming WBAA General Assembly 14-16 March 2018 in Tirana the research topics, timeline and tasks will be refined in the workshop of the Research Department.

1st General Assembly

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.

First Regional Board Meeting in Podgorica, Montenegro (October 2018)

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!
#WBAA #WesternBalkansAlumniAssociation #Erasmus #MosaicConsulting

ACA Event in Podgorica, Montenegro (Oct 2018)

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!

WBAA - Balkan Confluence kickoff

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.

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Calling young people promoting peace and security in Europe!

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.”

Kind regards,
Western Balkans Alumni Association

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