- Published: 25 March 2014
The most important sustainability factors have been identified at two levels: 1. project and 2. context level.
1. At the project level:
a) Quality of project design, as the first precondition for continuation. The special care was taken to match real long-term needs of students and labor market: to make project innovative enough to remain attractive but to minimize risk factors by undertaking detailed assessment of the target groups needs.
b) Carefully planned and balanced involvement of all the consortium members. Previous experience in cooperation amongst the consortium leaders (SIDA project and in ex-Yugoslavia) will add to project’s sustainability.
c) Participative management with clear decision making is planned; chosen project leaders have appropriate skills, ability and experience.
d) Active participation of direct target groups (students, employees, etc).
e) Institutional ability for continuity after the project’s duration through financial, human and material resources. After the EU funds have been terminated, financial base will be ensured from tuition fees for LLL courses and of self-financed students. That will make the program self-sufficient. Exclusivity of interdisciplinary study programs at all three cycles will attract students from the whole region. Skilled teachers and administrative stuff along with continuous use of acquired equipment will secure sustainability.
2. At the context level
From project’s context level, actions will be taken to get academic, national and socio-economic support. Publicising the project as planned by dissemination process will enhance added value for institutions. To further foster that support, deans will be invited to project meeting from the very beginning.
At national level, support is expected in the form of the accreditation. It will insure maintenance of modernized and new curricula after the end of the project. Provision for accreditation will be made as early as possible. In case of absence of national law accreditation standards, LLL courses will be recognized by relevant institutions.
The second stage of dissemination strategy will be result-oriented. The aim is to promote new/reformed curricula and LLL courses. To help it, Forum of the music HEI will be established (echoing once existing Meetings of Yugoslav music HEI, but with greater number of participants and in contemporary manner), as well as Music student union of WB. It will combine teachers conferences and concert activities. As part of it, workshops on curricula modernization will be held. Due to highly intangible nature of the project’s results, this forum, with workshop and especially concerts, should be effective dissemination tool.
Two alumni associations will represent the link between academic institutions and the outside world, and provide professional opportunities, contacts and guidance for students. Above all, alumni will have a role of advocates, steadily promoting their alma mater more effectively than costly advertising campaigns.
Main results to be maintained are related to the project specific objectives: reformed and new study programs and LLL courses.
During the Project implementation following activities have been achieved:
P1 UA – study program for jazz and popular music opened at BA level of studies, received the first report from the National Accreditation Agency. This will provide eligibility of the new department and, hopefully, greater number of students each year. The same can be told for the accreditation of the LLL courses. At other departments (musicology and ethnomusicology) changes in the curricula at MA level of study are verified by the corresponding decision making bodies at the Faculty/University and in accordance with national legislation.
P2 UNS has modernized the MA level of study at the departments for musicology and ethnomusicology (which is also accompanied by the corresponding decisions at the University level). LLL courses also accredited.
P3 UKG is still in the accreditation procedure for the new study programs:
1. Accordion study program, PhD level, the first one among the Performing Arts at the Region
2. Music and Media on PhD level
P4 UNSA modernization of curricula for the musicology and ethnomusicology as well as the music and piano pedagogy by development of a set of new courses
P5 SPU modernization of the music pedagogy curricula in progress
P6 UP still in the process of accreditation of an new strings study program and waiting for the termination of the accreditation procedure.
One strong point in relation to sustainability of the project results is in fact that after the completion of the national accreditation process, the redesigned and newly formed study programs will remain the part of the institutional programs, positively affecting the future generation of students.