EUTA is a vibrant network of experts in the field of EU funds dedicated to provide immediate and effective support to organizations and project leaders at the forefront of reforms in the Western Balkan countries and all over Europe in order to advance their performance in project development and proposal writing and to improve the quality of their results during project implementation. Our experts from the quality assurance team can provide support to higher education institutions and QA agencies in improving their capacity for QA in compliance with national and European standards (ESG).
Our mission is to help our clients realize their ideas by giving them information about EU funding opportunities and teaching them how to prepare, write and manage EU projects successfully as well as how to achieve European standards in quality assurance.
Our main objective is to increase the number of funded projects and skilled individuals in project proposal writing primarily in the Balkan region and to ensure that project initiatives of our clients achieve outstanding impact and sustainability. In countries which are in the process of EU accession and integration our goal is to maximize the use of available financial sources from EU funds. Our QA team aims to contribute to increasing the number of HEIs and agencies with developed internal QA mechanisms and, thus, achieved European quality labels, both in Serbia and in the region.
EUTA is a team of individuals with experience in EU project proposal writing and managing as well as the implementation of EU quality standards in higher education and we sincerely wish to share with you our expertise and experience.
We motivate and inspire by our own examples of success stories, to show that with hard working dedication it is possible to succeed in realizing your own ideas, to make distinctive changes, to build and develop rewarding careers for yourselves and rise families in Serbia and the Balkan region.
330+ implemented training courses
58 training courses in 2015
46 implemented projects
RATKO BOJOVIC is the Executive manager of the European Training Academy (EUTA) and the Balkan Security Network (BSN). In front of the BSN team participated in management and implementation of projects financed from EU programmes FP7- COMPETE and Tempus – CASA and is involved in Horizon 2020 – Strength2Food implementation. Ratko worked as Head of the analysis and monitoring team for more than 3 years, providing to the clients information on the possibilities for financing projects, especially from EU funds, as well as on the open and forecast EU Calls. Since 2010, he was engaged in the realization of more than 150 trainings for the EU project development and management in Serbia and the region. Ratko graduated from the Faculty of Economics in Belgrade.
STEVE QUARRIE is the Head of education in the European Training Academy; professor at the Faculty of Biology, Belgrade University, also a visiting Professor at the Business School, Newcastle University, UK. He has provided regular training courses for over 15 years to scientists in Europe on general skills needed to develop a successful career doing science and research, including how to write project proposals. He has extensive experience of international project coordination and management (FP4 STREP EGRAM, FP6 WATERWEB, FP7 CAREBREED) and has written more than 10 successful EU-funded projects, with a success rate in writing research (FP and H2020) projects around 60%. Steve has been a proposal evaluator for the EC.
GORAN STOJANOVIC is a guest lecturer with twenty years of experience in the sector of education and ten years of experience in writing and the successful implementation of EU-funded projects, worth over 8 MEUR. He is/was the coordinator of the following projects: H2020-MEDLEM, FP7-SENSEIVER, FP7-APOSTILLE, EUREKA-IPCTECH, CEI-GRAPHSENS …; as well as the partner in the following projects: ERASMUS-IF4TM, TEMPUS-WBCInno, TEMPUS WBCVMnet … Some of these projects were declared as examples of good practice. As a result, Dr. Goran Stojanović has been invited to present projects APOSTILLE or SENSEIVER at the events organized by the EC. Goran is professor at the Faculty of Engineering, University of Novi Sad.
VESNA MANDIC is our guest lecturer and full professor at the Faculty of Engineering Sciences at the University of Kragujevac and manager of the Cooperative Training Center and Office for Business Support within the University. She has over 30 years of experience in the education sector and 15 years of experience in writing and implementing EU funded projects worth more than 4 MEUR Prof. Mandic is coordinator of 16 international projects from various international programmes (ERASMUS PLUS, TEMPUS, FP7, FP6, IPA, WUS, EAR, SEE, GIZ) and partner on 2 EU projects.
GORDANA VLAHOVIC is a guest lecturer at EUTA. Gordana works as the Head of International Relations Office at the University of Novi Sad Faculty of Sciences, Novi Sad, Serbia and is responsible for coordinating activities on EU programmes Horizon 2020, FP7, Erasmus Plus, IPA. Main activities and expertise related to her work refer to consultancy on EU funding for research and education, advising on administrative procedures and contractual issues, guidance on choosing thematic priorities and instruments, training and assistance in proposal writing, assistance in partner search and policy making.
MARIJA SOLA SPASIC is a lecturer at EUTA. Marija worked within the National Contact Point (NCP) network of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development in Serbia as a contact person for financial and legal issues in the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) from 2009 to 2012. Marija helped researchers to prepare project budget during project proposal writing and to manage projects during implementation phase. She has participated in a number of information days and trainings organized by The Ministry. From 2010 to 2013 she worked at the University of Belgrade and now works as a project manager at the School of Electrical Engineering where he is responsible for the financial implementation and monitoring of all international projects and institutions. As a project manager she participated in a number of international projects funded through various EU programs (IPA, FP7, CIP, Tempus, Eureka…).
ZORAN KRTINIC has over 12 years of experience as a trainer, capacity builder and EU projects specialist. As an experienced and certified EU projects trainer and facilitator, he has designed and delivered numerous training programmes in Western Balkans and Northern Africa for the EU, UNDP, OSCE and other international institutions. Zoran has over 10 years of experience in programming, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of programmes and projects, supporting in designing, implementing and evaluating cross-border cooperation programmes and assessment of project proposals. On EUTA training courses Mr. Krtinić is focused on preparation of tender documentation for implementation of public procurements according to EU rules, more precisely according to PRAG procedures.
RICHARD SIMMONS is the Senior Expert at EUTA and Senior Lecturer in Social and Public Policy in the Faculty of Social Sciences, Stirling University and director of advanced PhD training in applied social research. His research concerns the nature of human co-operation and the development of productive social and economic outcomes through human organization. This includes research in Serbia on agricultural supply-chain development through producer associations and co-operatives, conducted with the Faculty of Agriculture at the University of Belgrade. He has extensive experience of project management and co-ordination through a number of projects funded in the UK and Serbia by the Economic and Social Research Council, National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts, Carnegie Foundation, Single Regeneration Budget, Scottish Government, Care Inspectorate, and NHS. He has published in a wide range of leading journals, such as Social Policy and Administration, Policy and Politics, Public Policy and Administration, Annals of Public and Co-operative Economics and the Review of Social Economy.
TOMI KOVACEVIC is a consultant at EUTA. Tomi is employed in Institute for Pulmonary diseases of Vojvodina at Clinical Trials Unit since 2013 with clinical research experience as Sub-investigator and study Coordinator in international, multicenter, randomized trials and Coordinator in over 20 projects granted by Department of Health. He was actively involved in tailoring of several Clinical Trials Protocols and in developing proposals for HORIZON2020 Projects. He is partner Coordinator of the SmokeFreeBrain project funded by EU. Past experience was related to early marketing and support for team building by bringing together experts from different organizations and disciplines. He has participated and organized a series of workshops and business events.
ZORICA MITROVIC is the Head of administration and finance at EUTA with more than ten years of professional level experience in finance. During the last sixth years she gained experience with Serbian, Balkan and Global capital markets, working as Portfolio manager in InterCapital, Belgrade, brokerage house and financial analyst in Citadel Financial Advisory Belgrade. Prior to working as Portfolio manager, Zorica had spent four years in Unicredit bank, Belgrade. She was responsible for High Net worth individuals in Private banking division and currently working in the Deposit Insurance Agency. Zorica graduated from Belgrade University, Faculty of Organizational Sciences in 2007 and holds a portfolio manager license, granted by the Securities Commission of the Republic of Serbia, since 2011. She is in EUTA team for more than five years managing our project administration and finance, including writing and preparing of business plans, cost-benefit analysis…
SOFIJA PEKIC QUARRIE member of the Commission for accreditation and quality assurance (CAQA) during the period 2012-2018. Contact person for CAQA in ENQA in the same period. As a member of CAQA working group she participated in drafting changes of national standards for accreditation and quality assurance as well as the guidelines for their implementation. Expertise in the implementation of national standards in the fields of natural and techical sciences as well as implementation of European QA standards (ESG). ENQA expert for the evaluation of QA agencies. Member of ENQA board 2017-2018 when she participated in scrutinizing ENQA panel reports in the process of evaluating QA agencies. She has managed the whole process of CAQA evaluation by ENQA during both evaluation occasions in 2012 and 2017: from the preparation of self-evaluation reports to organising panel site visits and communications with the panel and ENQA secretariat. Retired professor of the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Belgrade and dean of the Faculty 2000-2003.
DUBRAVKA JOVIČIĆ member of the Commission for accreditation and quality assurance (CAQA) in the period 2016-2018. As a member of CAQA working group she participated in drafting the changes of national standards for accreditation and quality assurance as well as the guidelines for their implementation. Expertise in the implementation of national standards in the fields of arts and social sciences and humanities as well as implementation of European QA standards particularly in the area of music. Actively cooperates with European agency for quality enhancement in higher education in the area of music (MusiQuE). Full professor at the Department of piano, Faculty of Music, University of Arts in Belgrade.