Community Guidelines / FAQ

Community Guidelines

When you use the WBAA online community, you join a diverse community of people from many different backgrounds. The guidelines below help keep the platform fun and enjoyable for everyone.

If you see content that you think violates these guidelines, use the reporting feature to submit it for review by the SP & WBAA Regional Board.

General Policy
The online Community is part of the Western Balkans Alumni Association (WBAA) based on the principles of democracy, cohesion, solidarity and equality among the students and alumni. WBAA is a neutral, unbiased and nonpartisan in the existing political discourse. (Art. 1 of WBAA statutes)

Spam & deceptive practices
The community is one that is built on trust. Content that intends to scam, mislead, spam, or defraud other users isn’t allowed in the online community.

Sensitive content
We hope to protect everyone in the community. If you see sensitive content like, suicide, self-injury and similiar, please report them, so we can check, if they’re safe to see in our online community.

Violent or dangerous content
Hate speech, predatory behaviour, graphic violence, malicious attacks, and content that promotes harmful or dangerous behaviour isn’t allowed in the WBAA online community.

Please take these rules seriously. If a member is on- and/or off-platform behaviour harms our users, community, employees or ecosystem, we may respond based on a number of factors including, but not limited to, the egregiousness of their actions and whether a pattern of harmful behaviour exists. Our response will range from suspending a users privileges to account termination.

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Who are the members of WBAA?
Members of WBAA are 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 learning 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 met.

What are the rights and duties of WBAA members?
All WBAA members have the rights to elect 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 as well as in between Western-Balkan Countries to foster regional understanding, cooperation and integration; 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.