• Past 03/08/2017 04/08/2017
  • Brussels, Belgium

  • higher_education

On 3 August 2017, twelve representatives from the Western Balkans Alumni Association (WBAA) met in Brussels for the 2nd dialogue about their association, taking important steps forward in relation to its statute, organisation and mission.

WBAA presented a list of activities carried out since its last meeting in March, describing in particular the progress made on the draft statute and the work of the communication department. Discussions then focused on ongoing and future projects, such as the tracer study of graduates from the Western Balkans having benefited from mobility programmes, the mapping of English taught programmes in the region and assistance to universities with outdated teaching methods.

Participants also discussed upcoming events such as WBAA's official introduction to ministries of education from the region during the next WB PET Ministerial meeting in Belgrade (28-29 September), and their official kick-off event scheduled in March 2018 in Ohrid, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

On 4 August, WBAA representatives met with their counterparts from the Erasmus+ Student & Alumni Association (ESAA), Erasmus Mundus Association (EMA), OCEANS Network and Erasmus Student Network (ESN) for the second time following their first working meeting in March. During this period, contact points from the different organisations have been appointed to maintain constant communication with each other.

The status of WBAA in relation to ESAA was better defined, declaring it not as another member of the wider organisation, but an independent association under the same framework contract. Collaboration was further enhanced by inviting three WBAA representatives to the ESAA training on Erasmus+ to be held on 16-20 August in Budapest.

All organisations present also agreed to exchange information on past, current and future activities in the region, to avoid overlap and complement each other's work where possible. In addition, ESAA and its member organisations agreed to further assist WBAA by increasing its visibility though existing networks, as well as through capacity building activities and trainings.