Report on access to information on funding of the University of Montenegro


This report is produced within the framework of the project implemented by six nongovernmental organisations: the Network for the Affirmation of the Nongovernmental Sector (MANS), the Safe Home for Women, Mogul, Stečajci u Crnoj Gori (Workers from Bankrupt Companies in Montenegro), Breznica, and the Youth Association of Montenegro.

The project section led by the Youth Association investigates into the accessibility of information held by all university units in Montenegro, regarding the transparency of their funding, students’ rights and the actual exercise of those rights in line with the Bologna principles.

The transparency monitoring of higher education institutions took place in two stages. The first set of free access to information requests was filed in April, June, October and November 2013, followed by relevant legal proceedings to obtain the information requested. The second set of requests, aimed to assess any improvements in transparency of the above institutions was filed in March and April 2014, followed by all relevant legal proceedings in cases when access to information was restricted.

With a view of building the capacities of the Youth Association for conducting the free access to information procedures, some requests for information were filed by the Association itself, while others were filed by MANS for the sake of ease and efficiency.

Special attention was devoted to the national strategy for employment of university graduates and the activities undertaken by relevant institutions to handle the increasing problem of university graduates unemployment in Montenegro. The Youth Association, with the legal assistance by MANS, used all the administrative procedure tools available to obtain the relevant information.

The first section of the present Report deals in general terms with transparency of the state-owned and private universities and their corresponding units. The second part provides summary statistics regarding the implementation of the Free Access to Information Law by 47 institutions dealing, directly or indirectly, with the issues of higher education and university students and graduates. The third section features some conclusions and recommendations for increasing the transparency of higher education institutions.

Complete report you may download HERE (PDF)

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