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NEWS

19.07.2010

CALL FOR BGP APPLICATIONS IS OPEN!

It is our great pleasure to inform all interested public universities in Serbia that WUS Austria has launched an open call for Brain Gain Program Plus applications. Serbian faculties are welcome to invite guest lecturers from all over the world (originating from Serbia and former Yugoslavia) to deliver courses for their students at graduate, master and doctoral level.  This action will be implemented within the one-year extension of the ongoing “Support to HE in Serbia 2007-2010” project financed by Austrian Development Cooperation.

PROJECT BACKGROUND AND DESCRIPTION

Within the Brain Gain Program plus (BGP+) faculties/universities from Serbia can invite professors, assistants or experts in relevant fields originating from Serbia/former Yugoslavia to teach as guest lecturers, participate in research and development, and mentor student theses. There are two different possibilities:

BGP+ Classic (the supported period of stay should be between 1 and 3 weeks with at least 15 teaching hours per week), and

BGP+ with extended period of stay (the supported period of stay is the whole semester, and the lecturer is obliged to take over theses mentoring. A guest lecturer can a) take over the full teaching workload– at least 10 teaching hours per week - and mentoring, or b) half teaching workload – at least 5 teaching hours per week – and research and mentoring.)

This type of international scientific exchange and cooperation is not only considered to be important for the development of the universities in SEE, it also has a "brain gain effect", although it is not targeted at the final return of the emigrated academics. Nevertheless, the Brain Gain Program is foreseen as a very effective mean to link these guest researchers/lecturer to already existing networks in SEE and make them a driving force of knowledge transfer and quality assurance.

Through the grant of the Austrian Development Cooperation WUS Austria is providing funding to enable universities to invite qualified academics originating from the region to give lectures, which are not covered at the SEE faculties, or to conduct or participate in a specific research project. For the enhanced cooperation between Austrian institutions and the universities in SEE, regardless of their citizenship lecturers/researchers from the Austrian universities are eligible for the BGP+.

WUS Austria will cover travel costs (up to EUR 800) and an allowance (EUR 500 per week in BGP+ Classic, or EUR 4000 per semester in BGP + with extended period of stay).

Co-financing by the faculty: accommodation of the guest lecturer

The application documentation consists of:

1. Application Form: All applicants are required to complete the application form. Please read the Instructions thoroughly, since it contains advice on completing the application form.

2. CV of the guest lecturer together with the list of publications.

You can download relevant documents at www.wus-austria.org/project/0/21.html, section "For Serbia".

Application deadline: at least a month before the foreseen course

The completed application form needs to be submitted to WUS Austria Belgrade Office BOTH in electronic form and in hardcopy:

1. hardcopy (mail) to:

    WUS Austria Belgrade Office

   Deligradska 22, IV sprat, 11 000 Beograd, Srbija

2. electronic form (e-mail) to:

   belgrade@wus-austria.org