Higher education reform & Equal access to Higher education

The aims of this WBAA team are: 

  • to align higher education systems in the WB6  
  • explore the status quo and opportunities for different reform initiatives, e.g. adapting the curriculum to labour market requirements 
  • lobby for the alignment of higher education systems in the WB6 with EU standards and the strategic frameworks of the EU, the UN and the Council of Europe and finally to advocate for closer cooperation between higher education institutions in the Western Balkans.  

Furthermore, the focus is on: 

  • Student rights in WB6: benefits, duties, tasks and responsibilities of students in the region; mapping needs and addressing specific issues through advocacy and publicity campaigns; engaging WBAA members, e.g., making awareness raising videos; advocating for the rights of students who seek a balance between education and work.
  • Social inclusion in higher education: focusing on educational equity, equal opportunities for and inclusion of marginalised groups and rights of underprivileged groups in terms of their access to quality education; promotion of the successful social inclusion component of the Erasmus+ Programme. 

 

If you would like to become a member of this team, please log into the WBAA Online Community and submit a join request to the following group: https://community.western-balkans-alumni.eu/page/view-group-profile?id=69 

Team

Hatidza Jahic

Head of Team

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Hatidza Jahic, PhD works as assistant professor at the Department of Economic Theory and Policy, School of Economics and Business, University of Saraj... more_vert

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Hatidza Jahic, PhD works as assistant professor at the Department of Economic Theory and Policy, School of Economics and Business, University of Sarajevo (SEBS). She currently teaches following courses: International Economics and Business, Development Economics and Regional Development and European Union.

During her studies, Hatidza has been awarded with scholarship grants such as Erasmus, British Scholarship Trust and Fulbright for the academic year 2016/2017 at the University of Arkansas (Department of Economics and Department of Educational Reform). She has attended numerous seminars and trainings in the field of development economics, education and European integrations. She has completed her PhD studies at Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Zagreb in the field of Economics of Education.

Additionally she is certified in evaluation practice by the Evaluators' Institute from Claremont Graduate University with extensive experience in various domestic and international project that are focused on education, education reform, educational strategy and education and labor market mismatch in Bosnia and Herzegovina. She is currently Head of International Office at School of Economics and Business, University of Sarajevo (SEBS). She has held this position within the WBAA Teams since January 2022.



Marijan Tustonja

Vice Head for Advocacy

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I completed my graduate studies in social work at the University of Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Right now, I am employed in social work studies as... more_vert

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I completed my graduate studies in social work at the University of Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Right now, I am employed in social work studies as a Teaching assistant. I am also currently attending the second year of my postgraduate doctoral study in communication science, the field of interpersonal communication.
In addition, I am the Head of the Office for Students with Disabilities at the University of Mostar, through which my team and I strive to provide students with various forms of disabilities with equal access and education for all. Through my activities, I want to enable vulnerable groups in our society to ensure visibility, security, advocacy and independence.

Throughout the student days I was engaged in various areas of student life. I led an association of social work students whose biggest challenge was the promotion of volunteerism. I coordinated student courses at my university and coordinated the Office of International Cooperation. In my last year of study, I was the president of the Student Union, the highest representative body of students at the University of Mostar, which was established in 2000. He has held this position within the WBAA Teams since January 2022.

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