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EU strategy for the Danube

Universities in Southeast Europe are increasingly co-operation

Universities in Southeast Europe are increasingly co-operating with each other in an effort to strengthen the academic community, as a result of the EU strategy for the Danube region that was adopted by the European Commission in December 2010.

The EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR) is a united response to challenges affecting an area which stretches from the Black Forest to the Black Sea, including over 100 million inhabitants. Many of the region’s problems know no borders: flooding, transport and energy links, environmental protection and challenges to security all demand a united approach. The 14 countries in the region, with the support of the European Commission, are cooperating to develop projects and actions that meet these challenges and build prosperity in the Danube region.

The strategy was developed to address common educational challenges and co-ordinate between existing policies and initiatives.

The Southeast European member universities are from Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), Serbia, Croatia, Bulgaria, Romania, Slovenia and Kosovo. They are focused on co-operation in science, student mobility and joint research projects. The latest BiH academic co-operation was established between the University of Tuzla and Croatia´s University of Zagreb, with a goal to boost advancements in science in the region.

These co-operations are based on students, professors, researchers and programme exchanges, as well as on joint participation in EU projects. University co-operation has a reciprocal influence and contributes to co-operation among countries, but a co-operation among countries contributes to co-operation of their universities also, as almost all were state-financed.

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