University of Niš will be the first R&D organization in Serbia that embraced the principles from Charter & Code.

The University of Niš is a state-governed educational and research institution. At present, the University comprises 13 faculties: Faculty of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Faculty of Economy, Faculty of Electronic Engineering, Faculty of Medicine, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Sciences and Mathematics, Faculty of Technology, Faculty of Teacher-training, Faculty of Occupational Safety, Faculty of Fine Arts, Faculty of Sport and Physical Education and Faculty of Philosophy.

From the foundation (since 1965) until the academic 2012/2013 year, 58557 students have graduated, 1347 of them are foreign students.  Of all postgraduates, 2528 acquired their master’s degree and 1492 candidates defended their doctoral dissertations.

A centralized approach to internal analysis and definition of action plan has been used. Namely, full responsibility for implementing the internal analyis and definition of the action plan is assigned to a dedicated workgroup. A workgroup has been established, with the following participation and roles:

  • Management representative (vice-rector for international cooperation, prof. Dr Vesna Lopičić) with roles to supervise the process of internal analysis, to ensure the approval of the university management, to decide on the feasibility of the proposed actions.
  • Legal expert (Kristina Anđelić) with roles to provide the access to relevant regulations, to provide their clear legal interpretation, to propose possible and feasible improvements of the existing regulations.
  • Member of the C&C cohort (Prof. dr Dragana Cvetković-Ilić), with roles to ensure that the HRS4R process is aligned with the current state-of-the-play, to provide information, relevant to her experience in working with researchers.
  • IT Expert (Željko Džunić), with roles to provide relevant data and information from the central information centre of the University (JUNIS) and to provide opinion on the feasibility of the proposed actions.
  • EURAXESS BH (Prof. dr Miroslav Trajanović), with roles to ensure that the HRS4R process is aligned with the current state-of-the-play, to provide information, relevant to his experience in working with researchers.
  • C&C Expert (dr Milan Zdravković), with roles to coordinate the work of the working group, to prepare the initial drafts and proposals, to implement the survey.

The methodology for implementing HRS4R process is based on the regular meetings of the workgroup where different drafts and proposal on internal analysis and action plan are discussed, implementation of the special survey among the researchers, Impact-Difficulty analysis and final publishing of the Strategy.

Currently, the Strategy is waiting for the final approvals and submission to the European Commission.