EQOPP is a Project in the Framework of the TEMPUS Program, to improve access, fulfill needs and rights and enhance studying experience of students with special educational needs in all public universities in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BH).
This project aims to support BH universities in improving quality and modernizing higher education and make it open to all students, and as result it is expected that they will increasingly enroll and complete university courses.The main objective of this project is to support BH universities in improving quality and modernizing HE by creating institutional capacities and developing policies and practices which will enable all students to study in BH universities. This objective corresponds to and supports the achievement of European standards, the Bologna process, the Lisbon Declaration and the Framework Law on Higher Education in BH.
The duration of the TEMPUS project entitled “Equal Opportunities for Students with Special Needs in Higher Education” is three years – from 15 October 2011 to 14 October 2014, whereas the University of Sarajevo is the project coordinator. Partners in Bosnia and Herzegovina are all state Universities, the SUS BIH Foundation for Higher Education, “PROGRES” Association of Students with Special Needs and Volunteers from Tuzla, the Federal Ministry of Education and Science and the Ministry of Education and Culture of RS. The EU partner Universities in this project are: the University of Alicante (Spain), Katholiko Hogeschool Sint – Lieven (Belgium) and the Vienna University of Economics and Business (Austria).
The main goal of this project is to provide the support to public universities in BiH for improving the quality and modernization of higher education by institutional capacity building and development policies and practices which should enable students with special needs to acquire knowledge at the Universities in BiH.
One of the key outcomes of the project is the establishing of an office for support to students with special needs at every public University in BiH. These offices are equipped with assistive technologies that will facilitate the acquisition of knowledge and their path diploma obtaining for students with special needs.
In addition, there is a significant number of handbooks and promotional materials that are printed through the project and deal with the issue of students with special needs. The six different university guides for providing the support to students with special needs are planned to be printed in the duration of the project. Also, the importance of training for faculty members and administrative personnel is inevitable for acquiring competencies for teaching and providing the support for students with special needs. This project will create guidelines and standards for the exercising of rights of students with special needs in BiH.
All of these goals will support the BH Universities in quality improvement and modernization of higher education through the establishing of capacities for better inclusion and support providing to students with special educational needs in pursuance with EU standards, Bologna Process, Lisbon Declaration and the BH Framework Law on Higher Education.
The main objective of this project is to support BH universities in improving quality and modernising HE by creating institutional capacities and developing policies and practices which will enable students with special educational needs (SEN) to study in BH universities. This objective corresponds to and supports the achievement of European standard the Bologna process, the Lisbon Declaration and the Framework Law on Higher Education in BH. Specific project objectives are:
- To provide analysis of the current situation for students with SEN in BH
- To assure equal access to higher education in BH for students with SEN
- To developed policies, institutional procedures and models of inclusion suitable for all BH universities
- To promote equal access and opportunities in secondary and higher education in BH
- To encourage and establish network mechanisms between students with and without SEN, NGO disability organization and BH universities.
The project will be implemented within 36 months. The project supports the objectives of the EU social inclusion agenda, as well as overall political orientation BH government. Based on research of students’ experiences, current policies and practices in BH, best practices from the EU several project outcomes are anticipated. The project will result in establishing the Support Office which will be the main point in addressing SEN in each university. Another outcome will be a significant body of educational and promotional materials, as well trained academic and non-academic staff able to address SEN of university students. The project will create strong basis and conditions for the national orientation, standards and guidelines in fulfilling rights and needs of students with SEN. The progress of this project will be monitored through internal and external evaluation methods.