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About the project
Higher education and science will play a crucial role for Western Balkan countries
in their accession to and association with the European Union (EU). The transition
of these countries – many of them new states on their way towards market oriented
democracies with strong civil societies – will require a highly qualified workforce
and a changed mindset of the population, which needs to develop a new sense of belonging
and a spirit of ownership and responsibility.
Education will be key in developing the resources available to contribute to the
integration of local higher education systems into the European Higher Education
Area. Increasing both the interest of students from the Western Balkans in studying
abroad and the EU to support these students to do so is an integral part of the
A study initiated by the King Baudouin Foundation, 'Student mobility in Western
Balkan countries' highlighted the key problems that exist with Western Balkan student
mobility into EU member state and EFTA countries. Of the students interviewed that
would not consider study abroad, 51% cited insufficient money as a very important
reason. Similarly, even when students were considering studying abroad, 62.4% answered
that not finding enough money was a big problem.
Students were asked to indicate what aspects could be improved. Of those considering
study abroad. 81.4% suggested more scholarships. For students not considering study
abroad 58.6% responded that 'good and sufficient scholarships' was one of the main
conditions to consider studying abroad. In the study the majority of students interviewed
would consider applying for a scholarship to study abroad. However, only one in
three respondees knew that scholarship opportunities exist. If then asked in detail
about European scholarships, less than 10% were aware of any specific European scholarship
and mobility scheme.
Based on these findings, the King Baudouin Foundation commissioned SPARK to undertake
research into scholarship opportunities that exist for Western Balkan students in
EU Member States and EFTA countries. The results of this research are shaped into
this scholarship database. The scholarship database contains information on a range
of scholarships for Western Balkan students and researchers in European Union Member
States and EFTA countries.
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