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News & Events
94 networks awarded for the academic year 2024/25
Based on the assessment by our national experts, the "International Commission" awarded 94 networks for the academic year 2024/2025. We congratulate all participating institutes.
Scholarships for Ukrainian academics
CEEPUS Mobility from Ukraine to Austria: The Federal Ministry of the Republic of Austria for Education, Science and Research grants 50 scholarship months to Ukrainian citizens with an active affiliation to a higher education institution in Ukraine. An exchange to Austria for up to 4 months can be supported within the CEEPUS scholarship programme for the summer semester 2024.
Hungary: Teachers to the "Homecountry"
Hungary has implemented the new possibility of scholarships for teacher exchange to the homecountry (HU) Deadline for applications: April 30, 2024. Teachers can apply either in networks or as a freemover through www.ceepus.info Obligations: min. distance of 100 km between home and host institution. Of course applicants cannot be employed by the host university in HU, and that they are not using any other scholarship for their stay at the host university (to exclude double financing). In all other matters, general CEEPUS rules apply.
HU: scholarships for teachers and students from Ukraine
Hungary is also offering scholarships to teachers and students from Ukraine. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until April 30,2024.

Featured Cooperations
Conducting research within CEEPUS: Effective drug delivery systems for obesity treatment

Amina Tucak-Smajic, University of Graz/Austria© Eldar Nurkovic

Amina Tucak-Smajic, a pharmacist form Bosnia and Herzegovina, pursued part of the research for her PhD thesis at the University of Graz in Austria. Her exchange stay was partial support by a CEEPUS mobility scholarship. Her report stands as an outstanding example of collaboration within a sucessful CEEPUS network

"2019 to 2023, I had the extraordinary opportunity to spend approximately 10 months in Austria, where I conducted the entire experimental part of my thesis at the Department of Pharmaceutical Technology & Biopharmacy.
My research focuses on the formulation and characterization of cationic nanostructured lipid carriers as drug delivery systems for microRNA, particularly miRNA-27a. This work is positioned at the intersection of nanotechnology and therapeutic strategies for treating and preventing obesity. What excites me most about this research is its potential impact on addressing a global health issue—obesity. By leveraging nanotechnology and microRNA, we aim to develop innovative approaches for more effective drug delivery systems. The prospect of contributing to advancements in obesity treatment is both intellectually stimulating and socially significant. This period in Austria marked my first encounter with cell culture laboratories, providing me with invaluable hands-on experience. I had the privilege of conducting my research on two distinct cell lines, broadening my understanding of cellular processes and experimental methodologies. Moreover, I gained access to state-of-the-art equipment dedicated to the formulation and characterization of lipid nanoparticles. This access not only facilitated the practical aspects of my research but also exposed me to cutting-edge technologies in the field."

The CEEPUS scholarship was awarded for the years 2022 and 2023, at the Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Graz within the framwork of the CEEPUS network "Central European Knowledge Alliance for Teaching, Learning & Research in Pharmaceutical Technology (CEKA PharmTech)"

Social impact of distance learning

Winterschool Feb. 24, in Linz (AT)

Over the last years distance learning got an important role in higher education. We spend many hours with learning and teaching in front of the computer, using various online tools.

But distance learning is focused mainly on reaching goals concerning knowledge and skills. Social aspects and social interaction among students are rather rare. Hence shaping their proper attitudes is hard to achieve. Because of this, more and more students complain about the missing social contact with peers and also between students and teachers. This CEEPUS network has the aim to discover the wide range of social aspects of distance learning and to create concepts and solutions on how to enrich social activities in distance learning in higher education, to improve the learning process.

Find out more, have a look at the interview about the winterschool>

What our scholars have to say
Georgi Mladenov
Working on his master thesis in Sorpon (HU)
“My CEEPUS exchange exceeded my expectations. I managed to progress a lot with my thesis and to acquire new skills in the field of mathematics. I made great contacts both with lectures and students. I hope to welcome my colleagues from the University of Sopron in Ruse (BG) next semester.”
Prof. Jelka Gersak
Professor and network coordinator, Ljubljana
It is important to point out that the activities that have taken place in the framework of student mobility, especially of PhD students, do not end with the end of the mobility, but remain as an important link, in the framework of joint scientific articles and publications in co-authorship.
Milica Stankovic, PhD
Professor from Nis, Serbia
During my stay in Ljubljana, I had the opportunity to give lectures in the area of Circular Economy and global challenges. The multidisciplinarity of the topic contributed to a great result and an excellent discussion with students from study fields of biology, biotechnology, environmental protection and food technology on the topic of the circular economy. I am sure that this CEEPUS teaching mobility is the first step towards a future successful cooperation.

CEEPUS in numbers