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International cooperation

Intensive cooperation with domestic and international organizations and higher education institutions is a priority of the FPS. The renewal of regional and international cooperation and the establishment of normal relations with foreign institutions, joint research projects, exchange of academic staff and students, participation in international academic and professional conferences and other modes of university cooperation are the basis for the comprehensive improvement of teaching and research at the FPS. The Faculty has made a substantial effort to catch up with contemporary developments in political science, and results are already visible in redesigned curricula and research which aim to meet highest standards in our discipline.

Various modes of university and international cooperation support improvement of teaching and research standards at the FPS.

International cooperation involves several dimensions:

  • cooperation with related academic institutions, with the emphasis on the establishment and maintenance of regular connections with institutions from other countries, through exchange of teachers, staff and students, joint research projects, organization of academic and professional conferences and development of joint graduate programmes. The FPS partners in these tasks are Grady College, University of Atlanta (Department of Journalism and Communication Studies), University of Trondheim, Norway (Department of Social Work and Social Policy), School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London (joint graduate programme in the field of Cultural Studies), Sciences Po, Paris (within the framework of a multidisciplinary research project), University of Trento (Erasmus Mundus programme). In addition to this, since 2007 the Faculty has intensively been working with the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), as well as with the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (EHESS) from Paris and University of Rome La Sapienza. Cooperation with faculties of political sciences in Sarajevo, Podgorica, Zagreb and Ljubljana has also been established.
  • cooperation with international organizations, which provides our students access to their various resources. Our cooperation with the OSCE Mission to Belgrade, UNDP, Konrad Adenauer Foundation, International Committee of the Red Cross (in the field of international humanitarian law) and Friedrich Ebert Foundation stands out.
  • cooperation with embassies and foreign cultural centres, which involves visiting lecturer series. Since 2003 the Faculty has been organizing debates “Dialogue on Europe”. The monthly debates aim at the improvement of public dialogue on European integration and the position of Serbia therein. Within the “Dialogue on Europe” series, a representative of the EU member-country embassy or of a European organization, delivers an introductory speech followed by a discussion. So far, the FPS hosted ambassadors of Italy, Germany, Finland, Poland, Austria, Great Britain, Spain, Russia, Hungary, Slovakia, Turkey, as well as heads of delegations of the European Commission, OSCE and the Council of Europe.

Mr. Olli Rehn, EU Commissioner for Enlargement, Mr. Gerhard Schroeder, former Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, and Mr. Dimitris Christofias, President of the Republic of Cyprus, have also been the guests of the Faculty of Political Sciences.

  • participation in internationally funded projects in the fields of higher education and research, such as Tempus project with the University of Graz (three-year Tempus IV Joint Project “Example of Excellence for Joint (Degree) Programme Development in South-Eastern Europe”; Professor Jovan Teokarević). The project is coordinated by the University of Graz, and, apart from the FPS, partners are universities from Munich, Bamberg, Leuven, Bologna, Groningen, Ljubljana, Barcelona, Poitiers, Clug, Shkodra, Sarajevo, Zagreb, Zadar, Skopje and Novi Sad. The aim of the project is the creation of common standards for joint MA programmes through 5 task forces and start up of 4 MA programmes (the FPS in involved in work of all task forces and in interdisciplinary master programme on South Eastern Europe).

Within the framework of the Visiting Student Programme, the FPS hosts foreign students who do their research for final undergraduate papers, master dissertations or doctoral theses, thus enabling our students to establish contact with their colleagues from abroad during their studies. The FPS maintains good relations with related schools in the region and aims to improve collaboration directed to implementation of regional higher education and research projects.