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Bosnia and Herzegovina: new law on higher education

Until last month, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) was included in the group of Bologna Process signatories that had not formally adopted laws to modernise their higher education. Finally, the Parliament has passed a new bill on higher education, opening it up to the international community.

Although the law has been accepted, it remains a subject of hot debate, particularly since it would put higher education funding in the hands of the regions - the Republika Srpska government, and the Federation of BiH's cantons - instead of the federal state. The change will not solve the administrative and legal inconsistencies in higher education across the country which are governed by the Dayton Agreement.

With this reform under way, the next challenge for the country will be to work towards the recognition of student- and staff diplomas within the European Higher Education Area and potentially worldwide.

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