PROJECT ACTIVITIES AND METHODOLOGY
Consortium has planned to undertake following activities:
WP 1 PREPARATION-STATUS QUO ANALYSIS
This work package comprises of the preliminary activities necessary for the future project development. It will analyse newly accredited program of law studies in Montenegro, with the analysis of the labour market needs in Montenegro. The FoL will prepare a report on the regulatory framework on legal profession in Montenegro that will be the basis for the future work. All of the professors of the FoL will assess their individual syllabi and propose changes and will make a report on the assessment.
In this stage, the FoL with the JTC of Montenegro and JC of Montenegro will conduct a survey amongst judges and other prominent members of the legal profession in Montenegro on their conversance of the EU law. The project coordinator will organise a Kickoff meeting in order to communicate a shared view of the project, to ensure understanding of the approved project, and to clarify next steps in producing the deliverables. This meeting will be used to form all the management and quality control bodies and procedures.These tasks have to be achieved in the first months of project.
WP 2 DEVELOPMENT-TEACHER TRAINING
The objective is to facilitate the modernization and improvement of teaching methods.
Study visits by the Montenegrin partners to other consortium members Montenegro in order to exchange experiences and knowledge will be realized.
Training for teachers of the FoL and representatives of non-academic partners at the FoL UoM in order to improve their general teaching skills and level of comprehension and understanding of various aspects of EU law.
In this phase a Guidebook for academic and professional community on best practices in teaching and researching various aspects of EU law in Montenegro will be created.
Teacher training for new hardware use is envisioned as well.
WP 3 DEVELOPMENT – EQUIPMENT ACQUISITION
Implementation of the new curriculum will require the acquisition of the new equipment to be used by the academic staff involved in execution of the project. Teaching facilities will be upgraded. Training of the academic staff will require the acquisition of the law books in the field of EU law and other fields of law, and providing access to the prestigious law science literature database focusing on EU law. The purchase of planned equipment and new books will enable modernization and upgrading of the library and students computer hall.
WP 4 DEVELOPMENT – POTENTIAL CURRICULUM REFRESHMENT
The preparation of the new curriculum will be done by the FoL UoM and UoM with foreign experts and will be sent to the Council for higher education of Montenegro for the procedure of accreditation by the September 2016, and will be accredited during 2017. The curriculum has to be composed of two main academic packages. First package should cover the core legal disciplines necessary for the understanding of the law. The second package should consist of the modern legal disciplines and a number of subjects regarding the EU law.
The experts from the consortium will asses the newly accredited curriculum and individual syllabi in cooperation with Montenegrin teachers. This will lead to updating of the individual courses and teaching methodologies and if found necesary to a posible change to up to 30 ECTS during the last year of the project, that will not recquire a new acreditation, by Montenegrin legislation on study program acreditation.
WP leader will collect all the individual evaluations and in agreement with the partners produced a joint report of the partner’s opinions and recommendations.
These opinions and recommendation will be assessed by the Montenegrin teachers and where possible implemented during the implementation of the new curriculum.
WP 5 QUALITY PLAN
Different aspects of quality assurance in this project will be monitored and controlled thru this WP.
Quality of the project and its evaluation will be ensured by the activities of the Quality control board that will be formed on the first meeting of the partners. QCB will adopt a Quality Control plan for Quality Assurance that will govern the activities of this body during and in between the meetings.
Necessary questionnaires related to the quality control will be developed by experts in coordination with QCB. Self-evaluation reports will be regularly sent to the QCB. Self-evaluation by consortium members will be done after every event organized by the consortium on the Event evaluation forms.
A quality-review and evaluation meeting of the QCB will be held once a year (in October 2017, 2018 and 2019) and will result with an Annual Report of the QCB.
Project coordinator will ensure evaluation of the programs by the students. At the end of project year 2 and 3, the students will be asked to comment on the quality of the programs in a written survey.
External quality control will be done at the end of the project by a non consortium member in order to check the quality of the activities that were conducted during the project.
All the expenditures during the project will be subject of the external audit that will be done at the end of the project.
WP 6 DISSEMINATION & EXPLOITATION
A specific project identity will be created in order to reinforce the project’s external image and to ensure a transversal coherence between all project communication channels.
The web site will be designed to present the project, promote the new study program with enrolment information, and host the electronic versions of all materials that are produced during the project.
Brochure will be designed to promote the program and present relevant enrolment information, and it will be distributed at all dissemination events, and also sent to schools, local, regional and national authorities via post and email lists.
The local and national press and TV will be used for the purposes of project promotion.
The project newsletter will be also regularly issued, distributed in printed form, and true the web site.
Once a year an article will be published in the Montenegrin Law Review presenting current progress of the project.
Project results will be promoted at events held at the local and national level.
Student info days will be organised in June 2017, 2018 and 2019.
The new generations of students will be enrolled in June 2017, 2018 and 2019.
Alumni club of the FoL will be formed in order to improve connection between FoL and employers.
WP 7 MANAGEMENT-COORDINATION AND REPORTING
The aim of this work package is the administration, coordination and implementation of the project. Also, this WP focuses on organising planning and reporting, partnership meetings, internal communication, financial coordination and liaising with the EC. Activities will include: overall management of the project, project coordination, activities of the project management team, and project management meetings. MB will create a mid-term and final report.