The Centre for European Studies


  • Goals and purposes of the Centre for European Studies

Involvement into the integration process is conditio sine qua non for all small economies. Taking into account the current position of Bosnia and Herzegovina as CEFTA 2006 member country and its perspective in the European Union, it is necessary to multidimensionally explore all effects of the integration process. Although Bosnia and Herzegovina is not a member of the EU, legal practices (acquis communautaire) of the EU have a certain impact on economic and other social activities by means of transmission mechanism.

The Centre of European Studies at the University “Vitez” is founded so to provide students who have completed undergraduate studies with interdisciplinary knowledge in the area of European integration.

In particular, this refers to students who have obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Economics or Law, and all other interested students whose daily business activities include various encounters with the EU.

The Centre of European Studies will carry out its activities at different levels:

  • by organising the International scientific conference "The Economic System of the European Union and Accession of Bosnia and Herzegovina",
  • by introducing Master’s study programme “Trade with the EU”,
  • by introducing tailor made lifelong learning programmes for professional experts,
  • by organising thematic workshops,
  • by drafting projects to be funded from pre-accession funds of the EU.
  • Mission

The mission of the Centre is to create experts in the field of European integration through multidisciplinary and innovative approach to education and learning.

  • Vision

Internationally recognised and most excellent centre for studying the process of European integrationin Bosnia and Herzegovina;

International scientific conference "The Economic System of the European Union and Accession of Bosnia and Herzegovina"

The goal of the International scientific conference "The Economic System of the European Union and Accession of Bosnia and Herzegovina" is to provide practical and analytical research on the accession of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the EU with the emphasis placed upon structural adjustments of national economy to the internal market of the EU. Currently, the integration process of Bosnia and Herzegovina and its adjustment to Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro and Macedonia are being accelerated. The kind of regional surrounding that has a clear European perspective requires immediate anticipation of integration impulses. Scholars and experts who analyse and deal with the rules of the EU at various levels may provide the best answers on the importance and immediateness of adjustments to bearers of macroeconomic policies.

  • Master’s study programme “Trade with the EU”

The goals of the Master’s study programme “Trade with the EU” are to provide successful professional careers in the most enterprising companies and public sector entities for its students who have a Bachelor’s degree in Economics. Students will acquire knowledge in the field of international economic integration and business, and be able to directly apply it in their business practices.

The Master’s study programme at the Faculty of Business Economics encompasses various aspects of EU economic integration. Likewise, The Master’s study programme at the Faculty of Law encompasses various aspects of EU legal integration.

Additional information on these study programmes can be found here: MASTER’S STUDIES- NEW STUDY PROGRAMMES

The purpose of the study programme is to develop traditional and current knowledge in the field of activities of the economic system of Europe and regarding the role of the national economies in co-shaping conditions for successful integration of economic entities in the economy of the EU, as well as for a stronger involvement of the public sector at national, regional and local level according to the policies of the EU. Namely, traditional and modern knowledge in the field of economic integration are the basis for successful state participation in regional trade agreements. Bosnia and Herzegovina cannot take a step forward by being isolated from its economic environment, but must rapidly adopt to the EU rules. Such extreme changes in the environment of Bosnia and Herzegovina, associated with the European Union integration process, fundamentally change the knowledge needed for daily activities of employees in both private and public sectors. However, it is already evident that there is a lack of skilled stuff to work on the harmonization of legislation with EU, and insufficient competence of local authorities for the implementation of the EU acquis. B&H stagnation in global competitiveness rankings is partly caused by the ignorance of the benefits of enterprise integration; therefore, this study programme is designed in response to market demands for lifelong learning in a dynamic environment. Likewise, one should bear in mind the dominant orientation of B&H foreign trade towards the countries integrated in the EU, i.e. CEFTA 2006, where this type of study programme represents a scientific basis for the application of practical knowledge and experience in order to attain business activities.

  • Tailor made lifelong learning programmes for professional experts

The dynamics of environments demands lifelong learning. All successful companies, as well as the public sectors, invest in education of their employees. Traditional knowledge acquired through full time study programmes becomes obsolete rapidly what, furthermore, leads to the necessity for additional, ‘narrowly tailored’ education.

Tailor made lifelong learning programmes for professional experts may be designed according to current needs of candidates, or complete programmes addressing issues and topics that will be of great interest in the near future may be offered to candidates. These types of programmes include 10 to 30 lectures, given by various top experts in specific fields.

  • Thematic workshops

Thematic workshops are organised periodically, usually twice a year. Workshops are intended to provide attendees from various sectors (public administration, business world, NGOs, unions, media and universities) to discuss previously set current topic and to come up with new notions or solutions of a particular problem by means of immediate dialogue.

  • Drafting projects for pre-accession funds of the EU

The EU has developed specific methodological guidelines on drafting applications for funds from the EU budget. All potential users must adapt to the EU requirements in this segment, whether in formal sense, or in logical and financial sense. The Centre for European Studies will provide consultant services in the process of drafting projects, and carry out educational activities so to disseminate knowledge on EU funding possibilities.


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