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1 CEI University Network Knowledge through Mobility

2 The CEI was established in 1989 as an intergovernmental forum for political, economic and cultural co-operation. It is currently composed of 17 Member States: Albania Albania Austria Austria Belarus Belarus Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina Bulgaria Bulgaria Croatia Croatia Czech Republic Czech Republic Hungary Hungary Italy Italy Macedonia Macedonia Moldova Moldova Poland Poland Romania Romania Serbia and Montenegro Serbia and Montenegro Slovakia Slovakia Slovenia Slovenia Ukraine Ukraine

3 The origin of the CEI lies in the agreement signed in Budapest on 11 November 1989 by Italy, Austria, Hungary and Yugoslavia, establishing a platform for mutual political, economic, scientific and cultural co-operation called Quadragonal Co-operation, The origin of the CEI lies in the agreement signed in Budapest on 11 November 1989 by Italy, Austria, Hungary and Yugoslavia, establishing a platform for mutual political, economic, scientific and cultural co-operation called Quadragonal Co-operation, 1990 – Czechoslovakia (Pentagonal Initiative), 1990 – Czechoslovakia (Pentagonal Initiative), 1991 – Poland (Hexagonal Initiative), 1991 – Poland (Hexagonal Initiative), 1992 – Republics of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Slovenia (approval of the renaming of the grouping as Central European Initiative) 1992 – Republics of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Slovenia (approval of the renaming of the grouping as Central European Initiative) 1993 – Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, Macedonia, In 1993 the Secretariat for CEI Projects started operating at the EBRD in London, 1993 – Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, Macedonia, In 1993 the Secretariat for CEI Projects started operating at the EBRD in London, 1994 – Belarus, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Romania, Albania, 1994 – Belarus, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Romania, Albania, 1996 – Moldova, 1996 – Moldova, 2000 – Serbia and Montenegro, 2000 – Serbia and Montenegro, The CEI cooperates with other international organisations and institutions such as the OECD, the Council of Europe, the OSCE, the EBRD, the World Bank, the UNECE as well as with other regional actors, i.e. the Adriatic Ionian Initiative, BSEC, the Danube Co-operation Process, the Stability Pact, the SECI and the SEECP. The CEI cooperates with other international organisations and institutions such as the OECD, the Council of Europe, the OSCE, the EBRD, the World Bank, the UNECE as well as with other regional actors, i.e. the Adriatic Ionian Initiative, BSEC, the Danube Co-operation Process, the Stability Pact, the SECI and the SEECP.

4 Its main aim was to help transition countries in Central Europe come closer to the EU. Its main aim was to help transition countries in Central Europe come closer to the EU. In the second half of 1990s, the extension of its membership to South-eastern and Eastern Europe refocused its priorities on countries in special need: In the second half of 1990s, the extension of its membership to South-eastern and Eastern Europe refocused its priorities on countries in special need: Albania, Belarus, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Moldova, Romania, Serbia & Montenegro, Ukraine. One of CEIs objectives is to bring the countries of Central and Eastern Europe closer together and assist them in their preparation process for EU membership. One of CEIs objectives is to bring the countries of Central and Eastern Europe closer together and assist them in their preparation process for EU membership. Objectives

5 Foundation The CEI University Network is one of most recent CEI initiatives. The idea to create a CEI University as a contribution of the Central European Initiative to higher education in its member countries was launched on the occasion of the Summit Meeting of Heads of Government of the Central European Initiative held in Trieste on November 21-24, The Founding Charter of the CEI University Network was drafted about two years later and submitted to the CEI Summit of the Heads of Government held in Warsaw in November 2003.

6 Classification of universities Within the CEI UniNet, universities are classified as follows: Coordinating Universities The Coordinating University represents the State on the Executive Board (one Coordinating university per Member State – w Polsce jest to Uniwersytet Adama Mickiewicza w Poznaniu) Participating Universities Further to the approval of a Joint Programme proposal, the applicant university becomes a Participating University. Universities involved Both universities in CEI countries and non CEI countries may be involved in JPs though the latter are not eligible for funding.

7 Functioning The CEI University Network is based in Trieste (Italy) at the CEI-ES headquarters. It is headed by the Rector of the University of Trieste in his capacity of Secretary-General The CEI UniNet functions through the following bodies: Secretary-General (Rektor University of Trieste) Secretary-General (Rektor University of Trieste) Advisory Board Advisory Board Executive Board (uniwersytety koordynujące, 1 reprezentant) Executive Board (uniwersytety koordynujące, 1 reprezentant) General Assembly (Rektorzy uczestniczących uniwersytetów) General Assembly (Rektorzy uczestniczących uniwersytetów)

8 Areas of Operations Economic Development (agriculture, energy, environmental protection, SME development, tourism, transport), Economic Development (agriculture, energy, environmental protection, SME development, tourism, transport), Human Development (culture, education, human resource development and training, science and technology, youth affairs), Human Development (culture, education, human resource development and training, science and technology, youth affairs), Institutional Development (civil protection, combating organised crime, information and media, migration, minorities), Institutional Development (civil protection, combating organised crime, information and media, migration, minorities), Horizontal Issues (cross-border cooperation, local development). Horizontal Issues (cross-border cooperation, local development).

9 Sharing Knowledge through Mobility The Central European Initiative University Network is based on the principle of mobility of students and teachers. The CEI UniNet supports mobility at academic level through: Teaching grants and Scholarship awards for specific Joint Programmes

10 Teaching grants and Scholarship awards On the basis of a survey of the cost of living in various countries, the amounts available for teaching grants and scholarship awards are the following: Teaching grants: Teaching grants: 150 /day from 150 /day /month to /month Scholarship awards: Scholarship awards: 600 /month 600 /month for JPs in old EU countries (Italy, Austria) 500 /month 500 /month for JPs in new EU countries (Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia) 400 /month 400 /month for JPs in non EU countries (Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, Moldova, Romania, Serbia and Montenegro, Ukraine)

11 Joint Programmes Mobility is promoted through the implementation of Joint Programmes (JPs): PhDs programmes,PhDs programmes, Masters courses, Training courses,Masters courses, Training courses, Summer schools,Summer schools, Seminars, Conferences,Seminars, Conferences, Workshops.Workshops.

12 Joint Programmes: Mandatory requirements JPs are to involve at least 2 universities from different CEI Member States B. JPs are to fall within one of the 6 Areas of Cooperation: 1.Economics 2.Public Administration and Governance Models 3.Communication, including Information Technology 4.Infrastructure and Transport 5.Urban Planning and Regional Development 6.Environment C.The teaching language of a JP is English.

13 Joint Programmes: Priority requirements participation of countries in special need: Albania, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Moldova, Romania, Serbia & Montenegro and Ukraine,participation of countries in special need: Albania, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Bulgaria, Macedonia, Moldova, Romania, Serbia & Montenegro and Ukraine, mobility of students through what are known as Split Joint Programmes (i.e. courses held in more than one University by dividing the course into various segments and assigning one to each of them).mobility of students through what are known as Split Joint Programmes (i.e. courses held in more than one University by dividing the course into various segments and assigning one to each of them).

14 JP Application Procedures The Application Form can be downloaded from the CEI University Network website (www.ceinet.org). The Applicant University submits its Joint Programme to the CEI – UniNet Secretariat (by ) at least 4 months prior to the intended date of implementation (zgodne z Actions Plan CEI oraz przez CIE UAM w Poznaniu). The Secretariat assesses formal requirements and eventually sends the Application Form to the Executive Board for evaluation (aplikacja mogą wpływać na bieżąco, oceniane są dwa razy w roku: 1 kwietnia i 1 października).

15 Disbursement Conditoins and Evaluation The CEI contribution cannot exceed 50% of the total cost of the activity. The CEI contributoin is normally disbursed in two instalments as: - Advance Payment (up to 50% of CEI contribution), - Final Payment. The CEI Evaluation Unit supervises the pre- and post- implementation phases in cooperation with the officers in charge of Cooperation Activities. In order to guarantee an adequate information the CEI Secretariats can ask a suitable person to monitor the project implementation. This could be the National Co- ordinator, a member of the relevant Working Group, or another trustworthy person having a working relationship with the CEI.

16 After the event has taken place, you should submit your final report on the basis of the form entitled Request for Final Payment and send it to the respective CEI Secretariat by fax. Since your original signature is required, you ought to send the originals to the CEI Secretariats by mail. The following annexes should be attached: justification of the entire expenses of the co-operation activity (invoices or equivalent proof of payment made), justification of the entire expenses of the co-operation activity (invoices or equivalent proof of payment made), a complete set of material distributed duringthe event, a complete set of material distributed during the event, the list of speakers with their complete contact data, the list of speakers with their complete contact data, a list of participants indicating their nationality and full contact data, a list of participants indicating their nationality and full contact data, a summary report on the results of the event (conclusions, intended future activities) and of repercussions in the media, a summary report on the results of the event (conclusions, intended future activities) and of repercussions in the media, photographic material for possible publication. photographic material for possible publication. The final payment cannot be made before the above-mentioned final report has been received and approved.

17 Conclusions: Achievements Although recently founded, the CEI University is a fully active Network. The CEI UniNet has already implemented important activities with: More than 70 universities belonging to most CEI Member States. It has already offered around 200 Scholarship awards and Teaching Grants.

18 Sources of CEI funding: Cooperation Activities Two different sources: The CEI Cooperation Fund (established in 2001, aim – facilitate the implementation of programmes and projects organised or sponsored by the CEI, is financed by annual allocatoins from all CEI Member States, Italy has voluntarily doubled the Funds volume), The CEI Cooperation Fund (established in 2001, aim – facilitate the implementation of programmes and projects organised or sponsored by the CEI, is financed by annual allocatoins from all CEI Member States, Italy has voluntarily doubled the Funds volume), The CEI Trust Fund at the EBRD (established by Italy in 1992 at EBRD, aim – co-fund Cooperation Activities in the economic area). The CEI Trust Fund at the EBRD (established by Italy in 1992 at EBRD, aim – co-fund Cooperation Activities in the economic area).

19 Uwagi: W celu dogodnego rozliczania poniesionych kosztów wygodne jest uzyskiwanie osobnych faktur na różne kategorie wydatków. Projekty mogą trwać od dwóch miesięcy do dwóch lat. Obecnie miały być zmienione Rules for the Allocation of Resources – jedną z proponowanych zmian jest wysyłanie oryginałów faktur do rozliczenia wydatków. Niektóre kraje wymagają uzyskania wiz. W ramach projektów nie można finansować zakwaterowania i wyżywienia studentów w kraju rodzinnym – najlepiej planować wykonywanie projektu w miejscu zamieszkania. Faktury powinny być opisane w języku angielskim i zaksięgowane przez księgowość. Koszty administracyjne i koszt wynajmu sal mogą być pokrywane tylko w wybranych źródłach finansowania.

20 Contacts: For more information: CEI-Executive Secretariat: Ms. Giulietta Del Fabbro Senior Executive Officer Tel Ms. Tania Pibernik Secretary of the CEI University Network Tel Mr. Giovanni Gabassi Junior Executive Officer Tel

21 Kontakt w Polsce: Warszawa Mr. Zbigniew Krużyński MFA Poland, CEI National Coordinator al. J.Ch. Szucha 23 // Warsaw tel fax web : Poznań – Centrum Integracji Europejskiej UAM Ms. Joanna Morawska, Ms. Wioletta Węgorowska Koordynator Projektów i Szkoleń Tel Prezentacja i inne materiały związane z CEI na stronie:


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