On 09-10 June 2021, the Project HERAS Plus supported the University of Applied Sciences in Ferizaj (UASF) HERAS Plus supports University of Applied Sciences in Ferizaj in reviewing the internal Regulations READ MORE blank The beta version of the Smart Specialization Strategy (S3) e-platform was tested on 2nd April, 2021. Testing the beta version of the Smart Specialization Strategy (S3) e-platform Read More blank After launching of the CRIS/KRIS Roadmap on 25th May, the respective Working Group members... First Meeting of the CRIS/KRIS Working Group READ MORE Open-Access-to-Research-Infrastructure-Regulation-5 Working group members consisting of University of Prishtina (UP) officials and Faculty Representatives held their ... First Workshop on Open Access to Research Infrastructure Regulation Read More HERAS-Plus-Accreditation-2 A very successful event commenced on 02 June 2021, gathering the Kosovo Accreditation Agency (KAA), Ministry ... First Workshop on the Revision of Accreditation Standards READ MORE

blank On 09-10 June 2021, the Project HERAS Plus supported the University of Applied Sciences in Ferizaj (UASF) HERAS Plus supports University of Applied Sciences in Ferizaj in reviewing the internal Regulations READ MORE blank The beta version of the Smart Specialization Strategy (S3) e-platform was tested on 2nd April, 2021. Testing the beta version of the Smart Specialization Strategy (S3) e-platform Read More blank After launching of the CRIS/KRIS Roadmap on 25th May, the respective Working Group members... First Meeting of the CRIS/KRIS Working Group READ MORE HERAS-Plus-Grants The Selection Board Meeting consisting of representatives from The Centre for Social Innovation (ZSI), Ministry ... HERAS Plus grants funding to nine Projects of the Research Grant scheme Read More Open-Access-to-Research-Infrastructure-Regulation-5 Working group members consisting of University of Prishtina (UP) officials and Faculty Representatives held their ... First Workshop on Open Access to Research Infrastructure Regulation READ MORE

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The three-year project “HERAS – Higher Education, Research and Applied Science” was implemented from 2017 – 2019. The project was funded by the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) with funds of Austrian Development Cooperation, and co-financed by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology of Republic of Kosovo (MEST).

The Project was implemented by a highly experienced Austrian consortium represented by WUS Austria (lead partner), ZSI and OEAD.

About our project

HERAS PLUS

The project Higher Education Research and Applied Science Plus – HERAS+ aims at a more competitive and diversified public higher education and research sector in Kosovo in line with the European Higher Education Area (EHEA), European Research Area (ERA) and Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 4 and 9 related to quality assurance, economy and labour market relevance, international cooperation and the Social Dimension of higher education. It contributes to a higher education and research system in Kosovo that is better governed, more international, coherent, effective and efficient, fostering students’ employability and the third mission of universities.

The three-year project “HERAS+ – Higher Education Research and Applied Science Plus” is being implemented from 2020 to 2023. It is expected that the project will contribute to a higher education and research system in Kosovo that is better governed, more international, coherent, effective and efficient, fostering students’ employability and the third mission of universities.

The project is funded by the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) with funds of Austrian Development Cooperation, and co-financed by the Ministry of Education and Science (MES). HERAS+ is implemented by a highly experienced Austrian consortium represented by World University Service Austria (WUS Austria) as the lead partner, and including the Center for Social Innovation (ZSI) and the Austrian Agency for International Mobility Cooperation in Education, Science and Research (OeAD).

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About our project

HERAS PLUS

The project Higher Education Research and Applied Science Plus – HERAS+ aims at a more competitive and diversified public higher education and research sector in Kosovo in line with the European Higher Education Area (EHEA), European Research Area (ERA) and Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 4 and 9 related to quality assurance, economy and labour market relevance, international cooperation and the Social Dimension of higher education. It contributes to a higher education and research system in Kosovo that is better governed, more international, coherent, effective and efficient, fostering students’ employability and the third mission of universities.

The three-year project “HERAS+ – Higher Education Research and Applied Science Plus” is being implemented from 2020 to 2023. It is expected that the project will contribute to a higher education and research system in Kosovo that is better governed, more international, coherent, effective and efficient, fostering students’ employability and the third mission of universities.

The project is funded by the Austrian Development Agency (ADA) with funds of Austrian Development Cooperation, and co-financed by the Ministry of Education and Science (MES). HERAS+ is implemented by a highly experienced Austrian consortium represented by World University Service Austria (WUS Austria) as the lead partner, and including the Center for Social Innovation (ZSI) and the Austrian Agency for International Mobility Cooperation in Education, Science and Research (OeAD).

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POLICY LEVEL

MES is enabled to effectively develop and implement policies along European standards in HE and research adapted to the national context. KAA has satisfactorily addressed and implemented key recommendations from the European Network of Quality Assurance Agencies (ENQA).

UNIVERSITY LEVEL

Strategic plans of public universities are reviewed, developed, and decision-making processes are based on these strategies and better contribute to a competitive HE sectoras well as to economic, social and cultural development of Kosovo (in line with the 3rd mission of universities).

RESEARCH LEVEL

Kosovo has further advanced the quality of its research capacities and the internationalization / Europeanisation of its higher education and research system. The systematic focus of this level will be contributing to a research system in Kosovo that is more coherent, effective and efficient and internationalized.

Deputy Minister, Dukagjin Pupovci during the Launching of CRIS/KRIS Roadmap, 25 May, 2021 Deputy Minister, Dukagjin Pupovci during the Launching of CRIS/KRIS Roadmap, 25 May, 2021 Testimonials On behalf of MESTI, as a deputy minister I thank you for today’s event. Improvement of conditions for scientific research is a priority of MESTI and CRIS is extremely important because it will offer us data and information that could be used for various purposes. CRIS is being supported by two international projects like HERAS+ and Research Cult that closely deal with the research... heras plus quotations Vice-Rector for Teaching, Student Affairs and Research at University of Prizren, Prof. Asoc. Dr. Shemsi Morina during the Baseline Assessment launching event, May 20, 2021 Vice-Rector for Teaching, Student Affairs and Research at University of Prizren, Prof. Asoc. Dr. Shemsi Morina during the Baseline Assessment launching event, May 20, 2021 Testimonials “We thank the team of HERAS+ for the cooperation with University of Prizren “Ukshin Hoti” in developing the strategy of the University as well as the support you have offered and are offering for the University. We’ve cooperated with HERAS .... heras plus quotations Rector of UP, Prof. Dr. Naser Sahiti during the signing ceremony of MoU, March 5, 2021 Rector of UP, Prof. Dr. Naser Sahiti during the signing ceremony of MoU, March 5, 2021 Testimonials “It is a great pleasure to continue the cooperation with HERAS+ and formalize it institutionally through signing the MoU. We hope that through this cooperation we can complete and achieve the goals and objectives presented in the Strategic Plan by 2022.” heras plus quotations HERAS Plus Expert, Majlinda Mazreku during the Manual launching event with KAA February 24, 2021 HERAS Plus Expert, Majlinda Mazreku during the Manual launching event with KAA February 24, 2021 Testimonials “I am grateful for the all the work done. The manual for external evaluation of HEIs will help the work of KAA for improving their work and the process for quality assurance. It is important for the future to contextualize the required ENQA standards for Kosova.” heras plus quotations Vice-Rector for International Relations and Quality Assurance of University of Peja, Prof. Dr. Ibish Mazreku during the Manual launching event with KAA February 24, 2021 Vice-Rector for International Relations and Quality Assurance of University of Peja, Prof. Dr. Ibish Mazreku during the Manual launching event with KAA February 24, 2021 Testimonials “Heras Plus is a strong pillar for HEIs in Kosova. The manual for external evaluation of HEIs is a positive matter for all institutions. Having the manual in written form has changed our approach and the way of managing our work and it will help us for the future. I congratulate all stakeholders for the work done.” heras plus quotations H.E. Christoph Weidinger, Ambassador of the Republic of Austria to the Republic of Kosovo during the Kick Off Event November 25, 2020 H.E. Christoph Weidinger, Ambassador of the Republic of Austria to the Republic of Kosovo during the Kick Off Event November 25, 2020 Testimonials “I am especially pleased that Austria is providing funds to such a significant project that aims at contributing to the well-functioning of higher education and academic research in Kosovo.” heras plus quotations Minister Ramë Likaj during the Kick Off Event November 25, 2020 Minister Ramë Likaj during the Kick Off Event November 25, 2020 Testimonials “We value that the common Heras Plus Project is an ideal platform with which we can vitalize development interventions for higher education, academic research and applied sciences by benefitting from the best Austrian practices in the field.” heras plus quotations Rector of UGJFA, Artan Nimani during MoU signing with University of Gjakova December 24, 2020 Rector of UGJFA, Artan Nimani during MoU signing with University of Gjakova December 24, 2020 Testimonials “The agreement we finalized today is extraordinary for us because of the support of Austrian government for the University of Gjakova. Their funds support strategic planning in creating and strengthening institutions within the University of Gjakova.” heras plus quotations Naim Gashi, Director General of KAA during the MoU signing event November 4, 2020 Naim Gashi, Director General of KAA during the MoU signing event November 4, 2020 Testimonials “This project is vital for KAA because not only it helps with our institutional capacity building and internal regulation, but it simultaneously helps us with fulfilling the criteria for returning Kosovo to ENQA. The project is very detailed, practical and concrete, it addresses explicitly all the needs of KAA in higher education.” heras plus quotations

INTERVENTION LOGIC OF THE PROJECT

HERAS+ follows a multilevel intervention strategy (policy level, university level and research level) by addressing local, national, regional and European potentials to efficiently reach the below-outlined results. In doing so, the project will take a combined bottom-up/top-down approach.

INTERVENTION LOGIC OF THE PROJECT

The objective of this project is to effectively and sustainably improve the higher
education and research system in Kosovo, enhance the quality of higher education and the employability of graduates, and improve human capacities and increase internationalisation of research.

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For improved quality,
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For a more student centered,
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Deputy Minister, Dukagjin Pupovci during the Launching of CRIS/KRIS Roadmap, 25 May, 2021 Deputy Minister, Dukagjin Pupovci during the Launching of CRIS/KRIS Roadmap, 25 May, 2021 Testimonials On behalf of MESTI, as a deputy minister I thank you for today’s event. Improvement of conditions for scientific research is a priority of MESTI and CRIS is extremely important because it will offer us data and information that could be used for various purposes. CRIS is being supported by two international projects like HERAS+ and Research Cult that closely deal with the research... heras plus quotations Vice-Rector for Teaching, Student Affairs and Research at University of Prizren, Prof. Asoc. Dr. Shemsi Morina during the Baseline Assessment launching event, May 20, 2021 Vice-Rector for Teaching, Student Affairs and Research at University of Prizren, Prof. Asoc. Dr. Shemsi Morina during the Baseline Assessment launching event, May 20, 2021 Testimonials “We thank the team of HERAS+ for the cooperation with University of Prizren “Ukshin Hoti” in developing the strategy of the University as well as the support you have offered and are offering for the University. We’ve cooperated with HERAS .... heras plus quotations Rector of UP, Prof. Dr. Naser Sahiti during the signing ceremony of MoU, March 5, 2021 Rector of UP, Prof. Dr. Naser Sahiti during the signing ceremony of MoU, March 5, 2021 Testimonials “It is a great pleasure to continue the cooperation with HERAS+ and formalize it institutionally through signing the MoU. We hope that through this cooperation we can complete and achieve the goals and objectives presented in the Strategic Plan by 2022.” heras plus quotations HERAS Plus Expert, Majlinda Mazreku during the Manual launching event with KAA February 24, 2021 HERAS Plus Expert, Majlinda Mazreku during the Manual launching event with KAA February 24, 2021 Testimonials “I am grateful for the all the work done. The manual for external evaluation of HEIs will help the work of KAA for improving their work and the process for quality assurance. It is important for the future to contextualize the required ENQA standards for Kosova.” heras plus quotations Vice-Rector for International Relations and Quality Assurance of University of Peja, Prof. Dr. Ibish Mazreku during the Manual launching event with KAA February 24, 2021 Vice-Rector for International Relations and Quality Assurance of University of Peja, Prof. Dr. Ibish Mazreku during the Manual launching event with KAA February 24, 2021 Testimonials “Heras Plus is a strong pillar for HEIs in Kosova. The manual for external evaluation of HEIs is a positive matter for all institutions. Having the manual in written form has changed our approach and the way of managing our work and it will help us for the future. I congratulate all stakeholders for the work done.” heras plus quotations H.E. Christoph Weidinger, Ambassador of the Republic of Austria to the Republic of Kosovo during the Kick Off Event November 25, 2020 H.E. Christoph Weidinger, Ambassador of the Republic of Austria to the Republic of Kosovo during the Kick Off Event November 25, 2020 Testimonials “I am especially pleased that Austria is providing funds to such a significant project that aims at contributing to the well-functioning of higher education and academic research in Kosovo.” heras plus quotations Minister Ramë Likaj during the Kick Off Event November 25, 2020 Minister Ramë Likaj during the Kick Off Event November 25, 2020 Testimonials “We value that the common Heras Plus Project is an ideal platform with which we can vitalize development interventions for higher education, academic research and applied sciences by benefitting from the best Austrian practices in the field.” heras plus quotations Rector of UGJFA, Artan Nimani during MoU signing with University of Gjakova December 24, 2020 Rector of UGJFA, Artan Nimani during MoU signing with University of Gjakova December 24, 2020 Testimonials “The agreement we finalized today is extraordinary for us because of the support of Austrian government for the University of Gjakova. Their funds support strategic planning in creating and strengthening institutions within the University of Gjakova.” heras plus quotations Naim Gashi, Director General of KAA during the MoU signing event November 4, 2020 Naim Gashi, Director General of KAA during the MoU signing event November 4, 2020 Testimonials “This project is vital for KAA because not only it helps with our institutional capacity building and internal regulation, but it simultaneously helps us with fulfilling the criteria for returning Kosovo to ENQA. The project is very detailed, practical and concrete, it addresses explicitly all the needs of KAA in higher education.” heras plus quotations

PARTNERS NEWS

ADA

Austrian Development Agency

Str. Gjergj Balsha 8, Dragodan 1,
10000 Pristina, Kosovo

MES

Ministria e Arsimit dhe Shkencës

MEST, Str. Agim Ramadani,
Pristina 10000, Kosovo

WUS Austria

World University Service

Schmiedgasse 40/3, 8010 Graz,
Austria

ZSI

Centre for Social Innovation

LinkeWienzeile 246,
A-1150 Wien

OeAD

ÖsterreichischeAustauschdienst

Ebendorferstraße 7
1010  Wien

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