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Developing and setting up measures for initiating, enhancing and sustaining Higher-Education-Society-Cooperation

Target area: Linking Higher Education & Society
Sub-target area: Structural Instruments for Research and Development
Target countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Serbia
Target groups: Higher Education Institutions
Duration: October 2010 - October 2013

University of Graz (Austria)

WU (Vienna University of Economics and Business) (Austria)

New Bulgarian University (Bulgaria)

University of Liverpool (United Kingdom)

University of Novi Sad (Serbia)

University of Nis (Serbia)

University of Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

University of Mostar (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Polytechnic University of Tirana (Albania)

University of Tirana (Albania)

University "St. Kliment Ohridski" Bitola (Macedonia)

First Private University (Macedonia)

Serbian Unity Congress Serbia (SUCS)

Institute for Strategic Research and Education (Macedonia)

AbsolventInnenverein der Studiengänge Management Internationale Geschäftsprozesse (Austria)

Student Parliament of University of Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Student Union of University of Mostar (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

European University Continuing Education Network (Belgium)


Budget line: TEMPUS IV Grant
Amount (€): 1.032.890,26


Project Description

INTERFACE aims at achieving the following 5 specific objectives:

(1) Enhancing the employability of university graduates;

(2) Ensuring LLL and on the job training for academics;

(3) Fostering transfer and multiplication of academic knowledge to society;

(4) Combating brain drain; and

(5) Setting up a continuous learning and quality improvement system for universities.


These specific objectives will be achieved through the following three major steps:

1) The necessary structures and capacities at the PCUs in order to achieve these objectives will be identified and developed through knowledge transfer.

2) Interface Centers (IC) dealing with career counseling, LLL and alumni activities will be established at each PCU.

3) Pilot projects dealing with either career counseling, LLL or alumni activities will be conducted at each IC.


The project will contribute to ensuring that the targeted Universities (PCU) are able to facilitate the graduates’ entrance into the labor market through enhanced partnerships with enterprises; to set up an institutionalized Life Long Learning (LLL) system, and to establish a quality improvement system through coordinated contact with alumni.

Important Documents & Links

Interface Project Folder

project website


Contact persons

Rottensteiner Maria - Graz Office