Working meeting between the members of the SCOPES project and the management of the University of Tuzla

International Relations Office
Tuzla, July 5th 2017




A delegation of the Swiss University visited the University of Tuzla during period from July 3 to July 7 with the aim of implementing the activities within the SCOPES project called ‘Set up of the Centre for Interdisciplinary and Transdisciplinary Research at the University of Tuzla’. The central activities include: working meeting of the SCOPES project members with the management of the University and a meeting in the Swiss Embassy in Sarajevo with an aim of continuing successful cooperation with the Swiss Development and Cooperation Agency (SDC) and completion of the study.





The meeting at the University of Tuzla was attended by the members of the University of Tuzla management and members of the Bosnia and Herzegovina and Swiss project team. The participants of the meeting discussed the issue of institutionalization of the improvement and development of trans-disciplinary cooperation and research through establishment of the Centre. The purpose of the Centre is to become an incubator for sustainable innovation in research and social problem solving, to improve services and policies in the social field and thus contribute to inclusive society with improved quality of life.
The activities of the future Centre include: applied research and development, education for Bachelor, Master and PhD students, teaching and lifelong learning, provision of services to third parties, networking and information exchange. The main principle is based on the approach that connects theory with practices, strengthening the holistic policies and offering opportunities for applied research.

The benefit of the University of Tuzla in establishing the Centre with its two main activities is that it will meet the need for establishment of the Centre for Education, as regulated by the Rulebook on Procedures for the implementation of the international cooperation programs at the University of Tuzla. Furthermore, the Centre for Interdisciplinary and Transdisciplinary Research meets objectives of the Bologna Declaration and of the strategic development plan of the Canton and the University. It will allow the University of Tuzla to get involved in the European research community and thus become the centre of networking with other universities. The Centre will contribute to the development of research through implementing new innovative methods and approaches, and it will connect theories with practice, generate resources for new projects and become a pioneer for innovation in research methods, teaching and practice. The Centre will collect knowledge necessary for solving social challenges and become an attractive partner for cooperation. The University will have the opportunity to change relevant policies through research and show its social responsibility relating to social issues, and its reputation will increase through innovative products!

The Centre of competency will assist in establishing networks not only with the local, but also with the regional, state and international research community. All activities will be integrated in the University structure.

Why interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approach? Transdisciplinary approach connects disciplines, it includes participation of various participants, academic and non-academic, and it takes into account ethical values ​​in terms of cooperation and integration; fragmentation (which is present at the moment) undermines the University’s ability in terms of successful respond to the needs and demands of the society; the University loses coherence of its educational, academic and service activities; Hyper-specialization prevents access to wider and more interrelated knowledge – which is why mono-disciplinary education is becoming inadequate.

A multidisciplinary approach is seen as a form of collaboration that maintains the boundaries between individual disciplines (experts work together while maintaining their disciplinary approaches and views). Multidisciplinarity keeps the idea of ​​disciplinary autonomy.

An interdisciplinary approach is devoted to research in which researchers from two or more disciplines work together in overlapping areas or in cross-cutting areas, so interdisciplinarity can be understood as a manner of creating a common model for disciplines involved.

Transdisciplinarity has the greatest potential to respond to new demands and imperatives. Transdisciplinarity is a temporary name for a new vision of mankind, human knowledge, and human relationships. It is an evolution of mono-, multi-, and interdisciplinary research. While each of the three approaches generates new knowledge in order to function, transdisciplinarity leads beyond individual academic disciplines by creating new interaction between the academic community and civil society. Transdisciplinarity is not a discipline but an approach. Transdisciplinarity is a state in which there are no clear boundaries between disciplines.

The opening of the Centre is in line with the vision, mission and operational goals of the institutional development plan of the University.

The activities of the first project to be implemented within the Centre have been specified and presented.

The name of the project is Juvenile Delinquency, and the activities are focused on four different fields: prevention, education, networking and the opening of a family counselling centre. The project will be implemented in the Lukavac Municipality.

One of the operational goals of the University's institutional development plan is partnership with the economy, authorities, educational and research institutions, non-governmental organizations, civil and cultural institutions.

The project is supported by the Swiss National Foundation (SNSF) within the framework of the International Program for Eastern European Countries (SCOPES) as part of the technical cooperation and Swiss Confederation's financial support by the Swiss Development and Cooperation Agency (SDC) and the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs.