The Law on the Dual Model of Studies in Higher Education was adopted
On 18 September 2019, the National Assembly of the Republic of the Serbia adopted the Law on the Dual Model of Studies in Higher Education (the “Law”), published in the Official Gazette No. 66/2019 dated 18 September, 2019, effective eight days after publishing in the Official Gazette on 26 September 2019.
The Law regulates the dual model of studies in higher education, which is implementation of curriculum in higher education study programs through active teaching at higher education institutions and practical training at the employer’s place of work, which represents learning through work, thereby acquiring knowledge, skills and abilities, in harmony with the study program and the standard of qualification. The legislator allowed higher education institutions to accredit dual-model studies as a stand-alone study program or as a module within the study program. Higher education institutions establish a network of employers and, in cooperation with them, implement a model of dual education. The legislator also stipulated conditions that an employer must meet in order to participate in the dual education program. The mutual obligations of higher education institutions and employers are governed by the dual model contract, while the employer-student relationship is governed by a work-based learning contract. The law also stipulates the form and content of these contracts. The legislator entrusted the Serbian Chamber of Commerce (the “Chamber“) to maintain a Register of Dual Model Contracts, which will be kept as an electronic database, while all data will be publicly available on the Chamber’s website. The employer has the obligation to submit the contract to the Chamber. What is very important is that the Law also stipulates financial security of students, it stipulates the students’ right to compensation. The law provides criteria for determining the minimum amount of compensation
The law was adopted to educate personnel in accordance with needs of the labor market. By adopting this law, the legislator considered few goals of the reform of the educational system, which are being achieved, such as increasing the relevance of higher education, employing graduates, as well as modernizing the teaching process through cooperation with the economy and contact with modern technological achievements.