University of Biháć (UB) - Bosnia and Herzegovina

University of Biha sealUniversity of Bihać offers academic degrees in all three cycles at seven departments, and studies in at least five different subject groups in at least three scientific areas, including: natural sciences, technical sciences, biotechnical sciences, social sciences, and humanities. The University is committed to curricula renewal and modernization aligned with sustainability.

The University of Bihac has six schools (faculties) and one college (college/visoka skola--is defined as a higher education institution offering diplomas and degrees of the first cycle in at least one subject group in one scientific area). These are:

The University is financed from the cantonal budget mainly and partly from tuition fees. Under the existing system, higher education institutions receive funds based on the number of students enrolled. The University organizes undergraduate and graduate studies in accordance with the relevant laws. Curricula for postgraduate studies are developed by universities or their units, and include general and joint courses that are offered in the first and second year of studies. The University is required by the Cantonal ministry of education to develop and update the register of all study programmes offered in the academic year, as well as to provide the names of teachers responsible for teaching selected courses. The University has established institutions and teaching service units in charge of monitoring the implementation of the teaching process.

The School of Law, University of Bihac (hereinafter: the School), was established in July 1998 by a Decision adopted by the Assembly of Una Sana Canton. The first generation of students, studying according to the Bologna process, was introduced in the academic year 2006/2007. According to the above described Bologna process, undergraduate studies last eight (8) semesters, i.e. four (4) years. Curricula of this School are comparable to curricula being used by relevant European universities, such as law schools in Ljubljana, Zagreb and Salzburg. Given the School's principal approach to openness for cooperation, teaching is done by professors employed by this faculty, as well as teachers and assistants visiting from other schools, such as the Law School Sarajevo, the Law School Mostar, the Law School Banja Luka, the Law School Osijek, the School of Political Science Sarajevo etc., aiming at intensifying cooperation and experience exchange with other HEIs. Since its establishment, the School has had a successful cooperation with several universities, faculties, institutes and institutions, such as: the Law School, University of Zagreb, the Law School, University of Ljubljana, the Law School, University of Salzburg, the Attorney Chamber of Una Sana Canton, the Cantonal Court of Law in Bihac, and the Municipal Court of Law in Bihac. This school is engaged is various sectors of civic activities (drafting legislation projects, various training programmes). It thus offers opportunities for lifelong learning, such as various programs for law practitioners (bar exams) and is engaged in legal counseling programmes to vulnerable strata of society. Currently, this School is attended by 604 students. So far 605 students have graduated from the School since its establishment in 1998. The University may organize their curricula according to their needs inasmuch as the consent issued by the Cantonal Ministry that is a prerequisite for those curricula to enter into force. The level of investment in research and development (R&D) activities is not sufficient to cover the needs of research, and it is low according to most international standards. In order to increase its outreach and effectiveness to developing knowledge based society, there is a great need to increase and acquire new funding recourses for sustainability research programmes aimed at conducting internationally recognized, academically excellent and problem-oriented interdisciplinary research and teaching on environmental, social and economic aspects of sustainability. These programmes should draw on various social and natural science disciplines, including education for sustainability, ecological economics, environmental economics, legal science, policy studies, development studies, business and management, geography, sociology, science and technology studies, ecology, environmental science and soil science in our work.

Role of UB in the project:

  • Coordinate the mapping exercise in Bosnia Herzegovina and complete the template for data collection.
  • Assist in the development of an online platform of resources as well as get familiarised and review the online tool.
  • Translate project materials into the national language.
  • Contribute to the bi-annual newsletters.
  • Provide feedback to the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) framework.
  • Contribute to the dissemination and exploitation of the project outputs, outcomes and future network activities.
  • Participate and actively contribute to the discussions generated in regional and annual meetings, seminars and conference.

Operational and financial management:

  • The project team will coordinate the above administrative and academic project activities.
  • Financial administration will be handled by project team who will liaise internally with the institution’s finance department.

 

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