Higher Education and Research for Innovation and Competitiveness
Ministry of Science and Ministry of Education
Financed by World Bank Loan
Project duration: April 20, 2012 – March 30, 2017
HERIC Project is placed within the overarching framework of the Government of Montenegro’s strategies for European integration in the areas of science and research and its Strategy for Higher Education. It will support to Government of Montenegro’s initiatives to ensure that:
graduates are able to compete successfully on a regional and international level;
professors at domestic universities are connected to domestic and international research efforts;
innovation is central to developing a dynamic and relevant higher education environment; and
universities and private enterprises engage in and benefit from R&D efforts and technology transfer opportunities.
To achieve this, reforms need to be implemented and investments made in the areas of quality and financing of higher education and research. Legislation and regulations have been recently developed and adopted in these areas, and the Project will aim to make some identified reforms a reality. In addition, the Montenegro HERIC Project will help the Montenegrin authorities to deepen ongoing reforms and align them with the broader EU integration agenda.
The HERIC Project development objective is to strengthen the quality and relevance of higher education and research in Montenegro through reforming the higher education finance and quality assurance systems and by strengthening research and development capabilities.
The HERIC Project’s main beneficiaries will be students, graduates and academic staff, who will benefit from implementing supports for quality assurance and finance reform in higher education, as well as internationalization efforts for human capital capacity building. Universities and research institutions will also benefit from financing higher education reforms and establishing a competitive research environment. Faculties, scientific research institutions, and non-university research institutions will benefit from grants financed by the Project to incentivize participation in higher education reforms and to support larger, more impactful R&D subprojects as well. Enterprises would be indirect beneficiaries of project activities implementation, as well as the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Science as a result of capacity building activities financed by the Project.
The HERIC Project is comprised of four components:
Higher Education Finance Reforms and Implementation of Quality Assurance Norms;
Human Capital Development through Internationalization Initiatives;
Establishing a Competitive Research Environment;
Project Management and Monitoring and Evaluation.
These components are in consonance with two Government of Montenegro’s initiatives: the Strategy for the Development and Financing of Higher Education and the Law on Scientific Research Activity.
The Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Science are the main HERIC Project implementing bodies.
The Project activities are planned to be carried out over a period of five years, from 2012 to 2017, and are financed by a World Bank loan in an amount of €12 millions.
Sustainability of the HERIC Project activities beyond its implementation period is expected to be high, as the Project is embedded in the broader framework of Montenegro’s pre-accession agenda with the EU. As Montenegro moves closer to EU accession, the Project can help the Government of Montenegro meet the EU’s Acquis standards in the area of science and research, as well as to align its economic directions with the priorities expressed in the Europe 2020 Strategy. The higher education finance reforms supported under the proposed Project can increase the probability that the mechanisms for higher education financing follow international good practices, and that resources are used toward results and outputs. The adopted Strategy on the Development and Financing of Higher Education proposes different approaches to funding and quality assurance and ensures a level playing field for public and private providers. Moreover, the internationalization initiatives for human capital development financed by the proposed Project would contribute to bringing knowledge and global best practices in research back to Montenegro. Lastly, the establishment of a competitive research environment supported by the Project would provide funds for setting up a pilot Center of Excellence with focus on national priorities identified in government strategies, under a financing model that would gradually shift from institutional to matching funds through commercialization of intellectual property and provision of technical services.
Construction of monitoring station for lighting research on the mountain Lovcen
This presentation describes a new real time remote lightning monitoring system in the region of Western Balkan. All hardware components embedded into system will be explained as well as importance of such systems and obtained data. Also the authors will demonstrate software platform and integral information system. The measurements data will be presented and discussed.
The research work was developed through the project “LAMS - Construction of monitoring station for lightning research on the mountain Lovćen, Montenegro” (Project: MNE-HERIC-81180-LAMS) implemented through “HIGHER EDUCATION AND RESEARCH FOR INNOVATION AND COMPETITIVENESS PROJECT – HERIC” and financed through the loan from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD).
Reforming doctoral studies at the University of Montenegro
The REDOS addresses one of the most acute problems in Montenegrin higher education: harmonization of Doctoral Studies (DS) with the needs of academia, industry and society at large, as well as with advanced EU and oversees practices.
The overall objective of the project is to reform Doctoral Studies at the University of Montenegro (UoM) in line with the Bologna Process and Salzburg Principles, by fostering quality of doctoral research and synergy between academia, industry and innovation.
The specific objectives are: the development of the comprehensive Strategy for reforming and improving Doctoral Studies at the University of Montenegro; the enhancement of the functionality and visibility of the recently established Centre for Doctoral Studies (CDS) at the University of Montenegro by developing its Information System and Network (IS&N);
The indirect objectives are: improved supervising process through the continuous training and knowledge transfer; improved research capacity and capability of the University of Montenegro and Montenegro in general; improved international profile of Montenegrin doctoral education; Improved mobility of doctoral students and supervisors.
REDOS is funded by Ministry of Education of Montenegro throught the grant scheme INVO-HERIC. The University of Montenegro also co-finances the project