University of Novi Sad

The University of Novi Sad (UNS) was founded in 1960. It is the only state university in the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina, comprising 14 faculties and 2 research & developmental institutes. There are more than 50,000 students, 5,000 teaching and non-teaching staff, as well 300 study programmes at all three academic cycles. It is a comprehensive university covering all major fields of study and research.

University of Novi Sad is rather active in the international collaboration field participating in both educational and research projects (ERASMUS +, TEMPUS, HORIZON 2020, FP7, EUREKA, COST, IPA, etc). When the number of TEMPUS projects in which the University has participated is concerned the University is the top leader both in the country and the region, where most of these projects were aiming at restructuring and reforming higher education processes, structures and programs.

UNS has become recognized as a reform-oriented university, developing intensively international cooperation with universities and other institutions in the area of higher education and having considerable experience in implementing academic mobility programs (Campus Europae, Erasmus Mundus Action 2, ERASMUS+ Key Action 1. etc).

Recently the University of Novi Sad set a new strategic goal to become more visible in the international research arena and recognized as excellent University. As a starting point in reaching this goal, University of Novi Sad submitted and was approved the first teaming project within HORIZON 2020 initiated by BIOSENSE research group Centre of Excellence for Advanced Technologies in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security (ANTARES) becoming the only University in the region implementing this prestigious project.

University of Belgrade

The University of Belgrade is the biggest state university. During the two centuries of its existence the University of Belgrade has served its people, and its former students and teachers have greatly contributed to the development of cultural, scientific, educational, political and economic life in Serbia. The University of Belgrade is prepared to maintain and enhance its position as the leading institution of higher education in the region by adapting to the challenges of modern times on one hand, and preserving what's worth in its tradition on the other.

Belgrade University Computer Centre (RCUB) began its work in 1992, and serve as a computer centre whose primary function is to provide computer and information-communication services to faculties and other institutions members of the University of Belgrade. Besides that, RCUB represents a central communication node of the Academic network of Serbia (AMRES).Beside providing the Internet connection and other infrastructural work, RCUB is also oriented toward the development and implementation of different services for institutions and individual users. RCUB is especially dedicated to cultivating the research work, which is best reflected in the fact that RCUB took part in numerous international FP and TEMPUS projects.

Rector of University of Belgrade signed Berlin Declaration on Open Access in November of 2011. Three years ago University of Belgrade adopted Open Access Mandate for all Thesis. Additionally, the University formed a group of dedicated professors who are responsible for Horizon 2020 projects. The group recognized that OA is mandatory for Horizon 2020, and must be implemented. Some actions are already in progress, since the RCUB is already working on SONAR (Srpski Otvoreni NAucni Repozitorijum).

The University of Belgrade (UB) is a leading national academic institution, ranked among world's top 500 universities, and the oldest University in the region. The University of Belgrade will be in charge of identification of models of of research data planning, sharing, and management from EU partners, and their transfer and implementation at Serbian HEIs. The University of Belgrade will also monitor the formulation of national standards and guidelines for the development of web services, institutional repositories and databases enabling the implementation of open science principles. UB will coordinate the development, standardization and integration of institutional repositories as open science platforms at the Serbian HEIs. Finally, UB will be charged with monitoring the development of web service for the knowledge transfer between universities and industry. Besides the aforementioned tasks, the University of Belgrade will take active part in all project activites.

University of Arts in Belgrade

The University of Arts was founded in 1957 as an association of four art faculties: Faculty of Music, Faculty of Fine Arts, Faculty of Applied Arts and Faculty of Drama, founded between 1937 and 1948. Today, it comprises 2.700 students, more than 470 professors and 70 study programmes in diverse arts disciplines, on undergraduate, master and doctoral level. With the aim to be recognized as a staging ground for new ideas, University of Arts has developed specific ways of focusing and directing arts education, unifying artistic and theoretical research and providing a platform for interdisciplinary research. Recently launched practice based doctoral programmes in arts make University of Arts an exceptional higher education institution in the Region.

University of Arts has profoundly influenced the development of culture and art in our country and the whole region. Being the torchbearer of artistic life, University of Arts has a decisive contribution in setting up artistic criteria and supporting foundation of other outstanding art faculties in the Region. The bridge connecting artistic practice and theory, individual and group artistic creation, professionalism and artistic freedom, as well as endeavors to connect different artistic and theoretical disciplines in a multidisciplinary way, represent the essential teaching distinctiveness of the University of Arts and ensure its high position among related institutions. UAB is developing new ways of focusing and directing arts education, unifying artistic and theoretical research and providing a platform for projects that are too broad or complex to be dealt by a single academic discipline. UAB is strongly committed to European cooperation, and now offers some of the best-supported European study programmes: UNESCO Chair Cultural Policy and Management and International Performance Research. The University of Arts in Belgrade is a leading university in Southeast Europe focusing on Cultural Management and Cultural Policy research, encompassing topics from archaeological heritage to contemporary artistic production.

Our international study programs are facing the challenge to find the balance of locally produced knowledge with “global” knowledge, and way to integrate the knowledge produced in Belgrade and in the Region into the global world of academic production and dissemination.

University of Kragujevac

The University of Kragujevac is a modern educational and research center embracing almost all major areas of teaching and science. It presently comprises 12 faculties with 1100 teaching staff members and 20 000 students. It offers a wide range of study programmes at all three study levels. So far, 27500 students have graduated from the University, 1000 earned their master’s degree and 600 successfully defended their doctoral dissertations.

International Relations: long-term bilateral cooperation with over 70 foreign universities is realized through various areas which directly reflect the mutual priorities and the interests of contracting parties. The University also participates and encourages its faculties to apply for educational and research projects (ERASMUS+, HORIZON 2020, TEMPUS, WUS, CEEPUS, FP7 etc.).

University of Niš

The University of Niš, that was founded in 1965 as a state higher-education institution, is a state-governed educational and research institution that comprises 13 faculties. Most of those faculties have composite structure, i.e. various departments, divisions or majors, offering wide and diversified study and research opportunities at both undergraduate and graduate level, including opportunities to obtain a PhD degree. The University of Niš is a medium-sized, mature and well developed academic community. The teaching process at the University is covered by 1639 teaching staff members and 740 administrative and support staff. In the academic 2015/2016 year, the University of Niš numbers about 28500 students at all study levels. From the foundation until now, 58557 students have graduated, 1347 of them are foreign students; 2528 postgraduates acquired their master’s degree and 1492 candidates defended their doctoral dissertations.

Research work is performed at all faculties, in the areas of basic, applied and scientific research. It should be noted that research supports development of science and creativity, improves higher education activities, improves the teaching process, implements improvement of young scientists introducing students to the academic work, as well as providing the resources for work and development of the university as a whole. Research work in the previous period has been carried out through participation of teachers and associates in realisation of national and international research projects, publishing papers in academic journals and attending academic seminars in the country and abroad. Activities financed by Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia represent the basic form of research work at the faculties, and considerable funding resource. Great numbers of faculty teachers and associates have been participating in projects of this kind. Most of faculties are, within their own organisational units, research labs and innovation centres, providing professional and technical support as well as other scientific research related services, which has established cooperation with the economy sector.

One of the leading principles of the University of Niš is to become part of the European higher education area and to adjust its plans and study programs against this aim, in the context of the reform of higher education system within the EU projects and other programs.

State University of Novi Pazar

SUNP is the only integrated state university in Serbia. With more than 4000 students and 250 permanent teaching staff (170 professors and lecturers and 80 assistants and research fellows) it is contributing to comprehensive development of the region. Integrated structure of SUNP has enabled it, as the youngest state university in Serbia, to develop much faster with the available funds and teaching and administration staff. SUNP operates through ten departments. It is accredited for 45 study programmes (20 bachelor, 20 master and 5 PhD study programmes). Relevant departments for the proposed project are Department for interdisciplinary studies and Departments of Technical Sciences with Civil Engineering and Architecture study programmes. SUNP has noticed results and number of realized projects ( national and international) in various areas relevant to subject of this project like curriculum development, life long learning, university/enterprises cooperation, etc.

University of Udine

The University of Udine (UNIUD) was founded in 1978 to support the social and economic reconstruction of Friuli after the dramatic earthquake of 1976. It is both a teaching and research university. One of the first universities in Europe to implement the Bologna Process since 2000, today Uniud offers 35 first cycle degree courses, 35 second cycle degree courses, and a number of PhDs. The education programmes offered by the University of Udine are characterized by courses in tune with the changes in modern society and the new emerging professions, as Biotechnology, Big Data Management, Web and Multimedia Technology, Energy Efficiency, Food Technologies, Public Relations, DAMS - Music, Cinema and Entertainment, Science and Techniques of Cultural Tourism and Philosophy and Theory of Forms. Research is performed by 14 Departments.

Situated at the crossroads of the Latin, Germanic and Slavic cultures, since its establishment Uniud has promoted teacher and student exchange programmes for didactic and research initiatives, joint actions for higher education and collaborations with foreign economies. Uniud coordinated 40% of the Italian projects financed by the EU Commission through the Tempus programme with countries of the western Balkans (Bosnia, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia). Uniud is part of an academic network of national and international collaboration, based on bilateral agreements and the European Union mobility programmes. Uniud vaunts one of the highest Italian percentages of students who employ the Erasmus programme to study abroad. Moreover, thanks to the Erasmus Placement programme, many students have the opportunity to do an internship period in European companies. Uniud is one of the participating Universities in the Erasmus Mundus funded programme Master "Euroculture – Europe in the wider world", a unique, interdisciplinary and interuniversitary Master of Arts programme. It is recognised by the European Commission as an "Erasmus Mundus Master of Excellence". The University of Udine is currently partner of the PRAXIS Project, a European Network aiming to setup the European Center for Project/Internship Excellence, together with other 40 Universities and Higher Education Institutions. Furthermore, protocols with Indian, Chinese and Cameroonian research centres are running.

CWTS, Leiden University

CWTS is a research institute within the faculty of Social Sciences of Leiden University. CWTS is a science studies center, with both a quantitative as well as qualitative orientation. Our research focuses on the development of bibliometric indicators for research assessment and management, as well as the ways these are applied in policy contexts and their effects. Part of our research concentrates on open science, and the ways open science is promoted and applied within the scholarly system.

The Centre for Science and Technology Studies (University of Leiden) is a science studies center focused on open science, and the ways open science is promoted and applied within the scholarly system. The CWTS experts will participate in the preparation of materials and organize the seminars / workshops on the development of bibliometric indicators for research assessment and management. The CWTS will offer supervision and advice on the implementation and regulation of open access practices in Serbia. CWTS participates in OpenAIRE, the large EU programme on Open Science.

National Technical University of Athens

The National Technical University (NTUA) is the oldest and most prestigious educational institution of Greece in the field of technology, and has contributed unceasingly to the country's scientific, technical and economic development since its foundation in 1836. NTUA participates actively or plays leading role in various open data initiatives for Greek Universities such us the Opencources and Openbooks National initiatives. It also participates into many EU funded or cofunded research or development projects in areas such us e-learning, e-government and e-culture.

As the oldest and most prestigious educational institution of Greece in the field of technology, the National Technical University (NTUA) will share the experience and knowledge related to the university-industry linkages and the evaluation of research impacts. The experts from the NTUA will will participate in the preparation of materials and organize the seminars / workshops on digital libraries, semantic web technologies, digital scholarly communication, copyright, open access and open licenses. The NTUA experts will provide support and advice on the implementation of open science policies in Serbia.

Goldsmiths, University Of London

Goldsmiths, University of London is a public research university that specializes in the social sciences, computing, and arts, with just above 8,000 under- and postgraduate students enrolled.

Goldsmiths has extensive experience in building capacities for open access to science; in the promotion of data sharing, research transparency and open-access publications; and in the development of open source research methods and tools. In this context, Goldsmiths follows and contributes to the policy development of the British Psychology Society, and we report to the RCUL and HEFCE on open access compliance and regulations. The vast list of Goldsmiths’ achievements in this area include a) the university’s own publication depository (Goldsmiths Research Online, short GRO, managed by Andrew Gray with details below); b) its extensive network of international collaborations that include data sharing (e.g. with Tomsk University in Russia); c) its own project series on ‘science for change’, which is exemplified by a project focusing on community-driven citizen science with young people in Kosovo that combines digital sensors, scientific methods and critical pedagogy; d) its spin-off company Goldsmiths Digital Studios that specializes in applied data science for the development of digital data gathering tools and archives.

The key people from Goldsmiths involved in the proposed project, each have in-depth expertise in citizen science, public engagement, the creative use of new technologies and open source sharing of research outputs, and in coordinating large-scale international research projects and consortia.

Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development

The Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of Serbia is responsible for the creation of national education and research policy, mainly dealing with drafting proposals and their later implementation. The Ministry coordinates all laws and by-laws in the field of education and research. The Ministry plays a coordinating role in implementing the legislation and putting into practice all policy documents. It is also in charge of the recognition of foreign pre-university qualifications for the purposes of employment, as well as for the development of the related legislation in the overall qualification recognition.

As a representative of the national government, the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development will monitor project activities, aiming at the integration of project tasks into a nationwide intiative for the promotion of open science policies. The support of the government bodies is crucial for reaching the agreement on the standards for realization of open science policies in Serbian HEI, and for setting the scene for the intended introduction of open science principles into the national legislative.