SWARM Project

One of the major environmental and sustainability challenges of the 21st century is preserving and ensuring the most precious resource – water. Water as the basic resource incorporated into functioning of different sectors requires innovative, interdisciplinary, structural, and trans-boundary approach - strong coordination and cooperation across countries and across sectors. Carefully manage of this limited resource is urgent due to plenty of statistical facts.

WB countries should above all develop new or improve the existing education in this field, to raise technical capacity and accomplish creation of more efficient systems in the field of water resources management.


University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna

Norwegian University of Life Sciences

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy

University of Rijeka, Faculty of Civil Engineering

Universidade de Lisboa

University of Niš

University of Novi Sad

University of Sarajevo

Dzemal Bijedic University of Mostar

University of Pristina in Kosovska Mitrovica

Technical College of Applied Sciences Urosevac with temporary seat in Leposavic

University of Montenegro

Public Water Management Company ‘’Vode Vojvodine’

Associated partners

  • Association for Water Technology and Sanitary Engineering
  • Association Resource Aarhus center in B&H
  • Regionalni vodovod Crnogorsko primorje

Overall Broader Objective

Education of experts for water resources management in the Western Balkans (WB) in line with the national and EU policies.

Specific Objectives

  • Improve the level of competencies and skills in HEI’s by developing new and innovative master programmes in the field of water resources management (WRM) in line with the Bologna requirements and national accreditation standards by October 2021
  • Design and implement seven new and up-to-date laboratories in WB partner HEIs in coperation with EU project partners by November 2019
  • Develop and implement LLL courses for the water sector in line with EU Water Framework Directive by January 2021


  • Seven new and improved master programmes in WRM at the WB partner HEIs that will be improved or developed, accredited and implemented.
  • Four new training programmes in WRM (one per each WB partner country) with training materials for water resources sector developed and conducted.
  • Retrained teaching staff with up-to-date knowledge in WRM to teach on the new/improved master programmes.
  • Advanced teaching and learning process introduced.
  • Introduced new laboratory equipment, library units and software necessary for the continuation of the master programmes.

Work Packages

  1. Preparation WP1: Analysis of water resources management in the Western Balkan region Leader: University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna
  2. Development WP2: Development of competence-based curricula aligned with EU trends Leader: Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
  3. Development WP3: Development of trainings for professionals in water sector Leader: University of Pristina in Kosovska Mitrovica
  4. Development WP4: Implementation of developed master curricula and trainings Leader: Norwegian University of Life Sciences
  5. Quality Plan WP5: Quality assurance and monitoring Leader: Universidade de Lisboa
  6. Dissemination & Exploitation WP6: Dissemination and Exploitation Leader: University of Niš
  7. Management WP7: Project management Leader: University of Niš

Basic Information

  • Contract number: 597888-EPP-1-2018-1-RS-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP
  • Project acronym: SWARM
  • Project name: Strengthening of master curricula in water resources management for the Western Balkans HEIs and stakeholders
  • Project duration: 15th November 2018 - 14th November 2021
  • Programme: ERASMUS+ – Call for Proposals EAC/A05/2017
  • Total cost: 931,289.00 €
  • Coordinator: University of Niš - Univerzitetski trg 2, 18000 Niš, Serbia
  • Project website: www.swarm.ni.ac.rs
  • Project e-mail: @gmail.com