07 August 2019 - Agency for the Control and Assurance of Quality of Higher Education received a total of 27 requests for the accreditation of new studying programs last year and in the first quarter of this year.
The Report on the work of this authority states that the accreditation procedure is carried out for the assessment of a study program quality and its harmonization with professional needs and adopted standards, its comparability with the same or similar programs abroad, as well as its representation and credit rating.
“Accreditation of studying program is issued for a period not longer than five years. For the programs which take longer than five years, the accreditation is issued for a period equal to the duration of a studying program,” reads the document adopted by the Government, as CdM reports.
However, the Agency has not given its opinion on the accreditation of new studying programs submitted by the Faculty of Business Management in Bar. Also, the Agency has not responded to the requests submitted by the Faculty of Design and Multimedia of the University of Donja Gorica or to the Initiative launched by the Faculty of Finance, Banking and Economic Diplomacy. The proposal made by the Faculty of Business Economy in Bar is currently on hold.
On the other side, the request for opening master academic studies submitted by the Faculty of Mediterranean Business Studies in Tivat was granted, along with the request for opening doctoral and master academic study program for nautical tourism submitted by University Adriatic and request for opening basic academic study program in tourism submitted by the same university.
The following Faculties have been given green light: Faculty of information system and Technologies at the UDG for doctoral academic program, Faculty of Culture and Tourism at the UDG for post-graduate academic study program for culture and tourism, Faculty of Business Economy Bar at the University Adriatik for undergraduate and master academic studying programs, HEC Faculty which requested opening of applied master studies of international management in hospitality and gastronomy, Faculty of Arts at UDG for doctoral academic studying program for communication and media, Faculty of International Economy, Finance and Business at UDG for master academic study program for information management in healthcare system, Faculty of Tourism, “Montenegro Tourism School” at the Mediteran University for undergraduate academic study program for management in tourism and hospitality, as well as request for master academic study program for international management in tourism and hospitality and doctoral academic study program for management in tourism.
The Agency also approved the request for the master academic study program for European law submitted by the Faculty of Law at the Mediteran University, as well as the request for master academic study program for public management. It approved the request for undergraduate and master academic study program for English language and literature submitted by the Faculty of Foreign Languages at the University of Mediteran and the request for master academic studying program for management in tourism and hospitality submitted by the Faculty of Business and Tourism in Budva.
In 2018, the Agency received nine reaccreditation requests submitted by the high education institutions. Reaccreditation procedure is carried out every five years. It is based on the report on external evaluation of the institution and its studying programs, in compliance with the prescribed standards. Only the reaccreditation request submitted by the Mediteran University has been approved. Other requests are still pending.
Documents adopted by the Government point out that the higher education system in Montenegro consists of 8 institutions – four universities and four independent faculties with a total of 285 study programs. High-education institutions have a total of 44 organization units.
The Report says that preparation activities on defining ranking methodology will begin this year.
The Report says that a base of experts for accreditation/reaccreditation of study programs has been established and formed based on public call for the experts from Montenegro and abroad. The list was compiled for the centralization of data about the experts who are going to be engaged in the accreditation and reaccreditation process. There are 105 experts on the list.
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The quality of seawater on Montenegrin beaches showed the best class results in 85 per cent of the analyzed spots. The results for 100 public beaches, which was conducted by the Institute of Marine Biology from 31 July to 4 August, showed that on the 85% of the beaches, the seawater quality was K1 class, while 15% of the baths were K2 classes. These results confirm that the seawater at the Montenegrin beaches is of good quality, i.e., that it is sanitary and safe for bathing and recreation, as stated from the Public Enterprise Sea Property.
Out of the total of 16 beaches in the Ulcinj Municipality, 15 of them had excellent seawater, while one of them had K2 class.
The K1 seawater quality was recorded at 11 bathing areas in Bar, while two bathing facilities showed the K2 class.
The seawater in Budva, out of a total of 26 beaches, was defined as K1 class in 23 locations, while in the remaining 3 in the analysis showed class K2.
When it comes to water quality in Tivat, analysis has shown K1 class at a total of 7 baths, while at 2 beaches the water was of K2 class.
In the municipality of Kotor out of a number of 15 bathing areas, seawater of K1 class was recorded at 12 bathing sites, while at 3 bathing areas the water had K2.
Talking about the analysis of seawater on the coast of Herceg Novi, the quality of K1 was at a total of 17 bathing areas, while at 4 bathing areas, the water was K2.
The results of testing the sanitary quality of seawater, as well as the data on sea temperature, air temperature and salinity for each individual bathing area, can be viewed on a separate application available on the website www.morskodobro.com.
06 August 2019 - The Ministry of Economy of Montenegro is launching a new phase of the Energy Efficient Home program tomorrow, August 7, which aims to reduce heating costs and increase household comfort, achieve a significant reduction in CO2 emissions, and develop the market for heating systems for modern forms of biomass in Montenegro.
The Program entails an attractive and sustainable financial mechanism for the implementation of energy efficiency measures in households, reports PR Office of the Ministry. For the purpose of this Program, the Ministry of Economy has provided 100.000 EUR for subsidizing interest and fees for processing loans to households in Montenegro for:
- the purchase and installation of heating systems for modern forms of biomass (pellets, briquettes), including boilers/furnaces, pipework and/or radiators;
- installation of thermal insulation on the facade of the residential building and
- installation of energy-efficient facade joinery.
Under the Program, citizens will be able to apply for interest-free loans up to a maximum amount of 10.000 EUR, with a repayment period of up to six (6) years, for the implementation of the aforementioned energy efficiency measures in their households, while the Ministry of Economy will subsidize interest costs and loan processing for the entire loan repayment period.
The Ministry of Economy is implementing this program in cooperation with partner companies (contractors): Mikromont (Bijelo Polje), Home Systems (Podgorica), Plam Engineering (Podgorica), Veneta Plamen (Podgorica), Energos (Podgorica) and the consortium "LD gradnja-Cerovo "(Nikšić) as well as partner banks: Hipotekarna Bank and Lovćen Bank.
The program provides for a citizen to contact a qualified contractor to obtain more detailed information on the offer under the Energy Efficient Home Program. Upon receiving the bid for the works, the citizen applies to the Ministry of Economy, with a request for confirmation that he or she is eligible to participate in the Energy Efficient Home Program, with supporting documentation proving that the object on which the works will be performed is legal, or that is in the process of legalization.
If the request is approved, the Ministry of Economy issues a certificate that the citizen is eligible to participate in the Program, after which the citizen applies to the bank and applies for a loan.
Procedures for implementation of the Energy Efficient Home Program, contacts of partner companies and banks, unit prices of materials, equipment and services offered under the Program, application form for obtaining a certificate for participation in the Program can all be downloaded at the website www.energetska-efikasnost.me.
The Energy Efficient Home program is a continuation of the Energy Wood program, which has been implemented by the Ministry of Economy through three phases since 2013, and has installed around 1,010 pellet and briquette heating systems throughout Montenegro.
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06 August 2019 - Are the rivers in Montenegro polluted? Recently conducted research by the Institute for Hydrometeorology and Seismology of Montenegro shows that rivers Morača and Bojana mostly have a 'moderate status', which means that the chemical status in these rivers is not good.
Tara also has a moderate status in terms of water quality, while the water in Ćehotina is of low quality, the research shows. The cleanest river in the country is Cijevna, but the fact that the latest research did not include Piva, which had the highest quality water so far, should be taken into consideration when concluding.
A new water testing methodology, which was implemented by the Institute for Hydrometeorology and Seismology this year, classifies rivers’ status as “very good, good, moderate, bad or very bad”. "This new water testing methodology includes the determination of the chemical and ecological status of the waters of each river. The interpretation determines the category of the river, according to the status, which can be very good, good, moderate, bad or very bad," said Water Quality Department Chief of the Institute for Hydrometeorology and Seismology, NevenkaTomić in an interview for RTCG.
Research showed that, as in previous years, Ćehotina has a low-quality status (bad water quality), but also that river Tara is no longer clean as it used to be.
"River Tara has certain turbidity that causes the tested parameters to step out of their “ideal” range. This turbidity is probably influenced not only by the construction of the highway, but also by the flow of the Kolašin River, which during the spring and now when tunnel construction is underway causes washing of soil and materials, especially in the rainy season.“ Tomić said.
There are several causes of such a state of the rivers in Montenegro. "The main reason, as always, is wastewater. All of our cities do not have treatment plants, as in the case of Podgorica, which means we have various other discharges, landfills, rinses, in some situations oil or fuel spills, and also there are road constructions that affect the state of the rivers," Tomić warns.
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05 August 2019 - Once considered a hidden treasure of south-eastern Europe, Montenegro has become a tourist magnet over the past few years. Its excellent location and exceptional beauty have put the small country firmly on the map as the go-to holiday destination, particularly for those seeking a more luxurious experience.
“After all, when you have such a gorgeous country and God gave you this incredible location, it would be a sin not to do something about it, don’t you think?” says Nikola Milić, co-founder of Hotel Casa del Mare Mediterraneo in an interview for Cecilia Calatrava, Communications advisor for EBRD.
This one-of-a-kind family-owned 4-star boutique hotel on the waterfront of the Bay of Kotor is one of the country’s hottest destinations, and one of the more than 600 small businesses in Montenegro the EBRD has supported since 2002.
“People who come to our hotel are looking for uniqueness and a personal touch. That’s why every room has a completely different interior that brims with the charm and tradition of Kotor Bay,” explains Milana Milić, co-founder and Nikola’s wife. “Our idea was to capture the local Mediterranean vibe.”
Indeed, the hotel is a symphony for the senses: the stunning seaside, the fresh herbal-fruity scent of the lavender fields, mimosa trees, summer pomegranate, tangerine, olive trees. Each of its seven rooms triggers a slightly different experience which transports guests directly to their happy place.
This jewel, now completely renovated, dates back to 2010, when Nikola and Milana (then 24 and 23 years old) decided to get married, have a baby, and also open their first hotel.
“It all happened very suddenly. At the time, people thought we were crazy. Kamenari – the town the hotel is located in - was not known as a tourist destination, but rather as ‘the fishermen town where the ferry boat stops’, and that’s pretty much it”, explains Nikola.
“This was not in our favour when we tried to get some financial support, which we needed at the time. But when nobody believed in us, the EBRD did, which still means a lot to our family,” he adds.
The EBRD, with funding from the Netherlands, paired the hotel with a consultant to help install new software that allowed them to manage the reception and accounting much more efficiently.
Several ‘Wild Beauty Awards’ for the best small hotel on the Montenegrin coast, and seven brand new boutique hotels later, the Casa del Mare hotel group has become one of the best examples of a successful business in Montenegrin tourism.
But the couple didn’t stop there. In 2014, Nikola and Milana decided to give a final polish to the hotel by giving their waterfront restaurant, Bocasa, a first-class reputation.
With the help of an EBRD-funded consultant, they designed a new menu that gives a modern twist to local flavours and ingredients.
“The biggest move forward is the switch from the à la carte model to a tasting menu where we want to present our guests with the strongest postcard of Montenegro,” explains Vanja Puskar, Head Chef at Casa del Mare Mediterraneo and founder of New Balkan Cuisine.
The EBRD’s support also included a training programme for the next generation of chefs taking Balkan cuisine to the next level.
When asked about their secret ingredient to success, the couple’s answer is always unanimous: “love and dedication” – a concept that resonates across both the restaurant and the hotel.
The Treasures of Dobrota Palaces exhibition will be opened on Thursday, 8th August at 8 pm at Kotor’s Gallery of Solidarity (Galerija Solidarnosti). The Municipal Public Institution “Museums” will open up part of the precious legacy of the Radimir Family of Dobrota to the public. The exhibition is curated by ethnologists Dragana Lalošević and Danijela Đukić and will be opened by Milica Martić, Head of the Business Development Directorate for Cultural Heritage in the Ministry of Culture.
Estate of the Radimir family
“Within the two houses and the Church of Saint Michael (Crkva Sv. Mihovila), of which the Radimir Palace and Church of Saint Michael are the cultural property of Montenegro, the Radimir family houses its collection of antiques that, with its 525 items, also holds the status of cultural property of Montenegro.
It includes items that are classified in ethnographic and cultural-historical collections, those of civic dress, Dobrota costumes and a collection of dobrota lace with Dobrota, Bijela, and mixed embroidery. It also includes parasols, sticks, music scores, musical instruments, measuring instruments, household items, tools, philately, writing implements, books, photographs, and archives. This traditional, maritime and civic collection is a family legacy created in Dobrota over three centuries.
By way of the cultural heritage hidden within the stone walls of the Dobrota Palace and the Estate of the Radimir family, we have tried to pull together, in one place, part of the collection from this famous Dobrota family. The main idea was to document its development and with it not only the development of Dobrota and Kotor, but also of the whole of Boka.
The primary goal of the exhibition is to show our cultural heritage, and through this, we can get a clear picture of the life of one civilian family, their importance and their place in society, through particular events and personalities. We can, therefore, see how the whole of society was developing at that time, with a particular emphasis on seafaring, which was the basis for all other aspects of life on the Boka coast,” reads the announcement of the exhibition, signed by ethnologist and exhibition curator Dragana Lalosevic.
The Maritime Museum of Montenegro Kotor, as part of its regular activity, continues the tradition of preserving and presenting national history, primarily maritime. The Museum is preparing an exhibition and film programme entitled "Catalog of Balšići / Fim Exhibition" by screenwriter and director Gojko Celebic in two segments, as has been announced.
The first segment is the exhibition of 14 charters of Zeta rulers Balšić, from their State Office sent to Dubrovnik in the period 1368-1397. This exhibition is thus a kind of celebration of the 650th anniversary of
business and legal charters of Balšić, which represent important documents from the Montenegrin state history.
The charters are now kept at the National Archives in Dubrovnik and an enlarged visual form, an Old Slavik printed form and transmission to the modern language will be exhibited at the Gallery of the Maritime Museum of Montenegro in Kotor.
The second segment is the feature film "Catalog Balšići" as a working projection within the exhibition, lasting 60 minutes - the Balšić era seen through the prism of the charters given, through available data and movie genre.
The film was shot in this version recently, in the Czech Cheb, on the border with Germany - it is just a working version, which will be shown as a screening for friends. The cast includes Montenegrin, Czech, Serbian and German actors.
The genre is feature and documentary at the same time, and is profiled as melodrama and related to the period of Balsa II's reign (1378-85), that is, to his personality and family.
Young Balšić, a ruler with variable luck, prone to intellectual interests in this version as well fascinated by the great inventions of his time (mirror, glasses, etc.) is played by Vuk Celebic, and his
first wife, Princess Komnina of Valona plays Czech actress Karolína Jägerová. The court doctor, whom the people of Dubrovnik send him "as a brother and a friend," interprets Michal Schwartz,
the Counselor is played by Andrija Kovač (Consigliere), cousin Vojislava by Klara Marxova, etc.
The film was shot in the authentic setting of the castle in Cheb, which was the residence of the German emperor Friedrich Barbarossa. The sequel of the Balsic’s death in the battle of the Saur field on 18 September 1835 is also planned to be filmed there.
So for now, it's important to note that this is not the official projection of the film, but the working one, as it is pointed out from Maritime Museum. Exhibition “Catalog Balšići / Film Exhibition” will be opened on August 8, at 9 pm at Grgurina Palace and will last until September 1st.
Zeljko Aprcovic, Mayor of Kotor will open the exhibition.
04 August 2019 - The rich cultural heritage of Samograd settlement located in Bijelo Polje, where Bronze Age treasures, Roman remains and early Christian basilicas were discovered, is expected to develop archaeological-religious tourism in the Bijelo Polje region.
Research conducted by archaeologists from the Polimski Museum has revealed a hitherto unknown image of Samograd, an extremely valuable site in Prijelozi near Bijelo Polje, reports RTCG. The remains of the walls of the two early Christian basilicas are a great cultural and spiritual legacy of Samograd, to which numerous legends are related. It preserves the traditions and traces of old landmarks.
This extremely rich archaeological site has been under investigation for four years. Valuable exhibits found at the site, including a gold cross with a ruby, have been preserved in the Polimski Museum. Detailed analysis of Samograd leads to new findings.
The intention of the archaeologists is to preserve and protect the heritage of Samograd and to make the archaeological site a tourist resource. The idea is financially supported by the Ministry of Culture of Montenegro and the Municipality of Bijelo Polje, which relies on rich cultural and natural heritage. In parallel with Bjelasica and Đalovića cave, the archaeologists are elaborating the plans for affirmation of archaeological-religious tourism.
Researchers are already developing the concept of a tourist offer of Samograd, which is located among six rocks.
Efforts to turn the archaeological site into a unique tourist spot by authentic upgrading are aimed at creating a new brand, which the local community can profit from. That is why the archaeologists have put their focus on connecting Samograd to the access roads in their plans for archaeological tourism affirmation.
Archaeologists are ready for further studies and discoveries in Samograd, which should be affirmed by tourists as a rich cultural and spiritual heritage. Traces of the Bronze Age, the remains of a Roman fortified city, stone monuments and early Christian basilicas were mapped as a platform for upgrading the most attractive tourist offer in both Bijelo Polje and the north of the country.
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04 August 2019 - A public call for the construction of a wind farm in Brajići with an installed capacity of more than 70 megawatts should be announced soon.
The Government of Montenegro has adopted the Information on the announcement of a public call for a long-term lease of state-owned land for the construction of a wind farm on the site Brajići - Budva and Bar municipalities. The Ministry of Economy of Montenegro is in charge of issuing the public call for the lease. It is proposed to lease 13,8 million square meters of state-owned land at the following sites: Brajići, Kuljače, Utrg, Ovtočići, Tomići and Brčeli located in the municipalities of Budva and Bar, reports Investitor Portal.
Six years ago the company Vjetroelektrana Budva, owned by the German company WDP Europe and headed by Golub Senić, showed interest in the construction of the wind farm in Brajići.
Subsequently, the Ministry of Economy of Montenegro issued licenses for measuring and exploring wind potential at the sites in the cadastral municipalities of Kuljača and Reževići II from May 2013 to November 2017. Based on these measurements, the energy potential sufficient for wind power of more than 70 megawatts was estimated.
As Pobjeda daily previously reported, the Government of Montenegro has formed a board composed of representatives of the ministries of finance, tourism and economy, who drafted a tender text, with a land lease agreement, to which the ministries gave positive opinions. The documentation of the Real Estate Administration, which includes extracts from the real estate listings, the area and the way of using the parcels and the information about the owner or holder, was also provided.
The tender provides for the possibility of concluding a contract on guaranteed purchase of electricity on market terms.
"This avoids the possibility of government taking over risks in part of the impact on the rise in electricity prices for consumers in Montenegro," the information explained.
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04 August 2019 - Minister of Culture of Montenegro Aleksandar Bogdanović recently met with the Minister of Human Capacities of Hungary Miklos Kasler in Budapest.
The two officials discussed cooperation between the two countries in the area of culture, particularly referring to the continuation and dynamic of joint activities, agreed during the previous meeting, which took place this February.
They highlighted that the conditions have been created to start implementation of the projects defined by the Programme on Cultural Cooperation, primarily in terms of the exchange of artists on a residential basis, and cinematography, but also when it comes to the exchange of experience in certain areas of culture which require human resources strengthening.
Both sides pointed out the representatives of the ministries need to exchange information continuously, in order for all the planned activities in the field of art and culture to be undertaken as efficiently as possible, as Ministry of Culture of Montenegro reported in the public announcement.
Minister of Human Capacities of Hungary Miklos Kasler has already accepted the invitation of Minister of Culture of Montenegro Aleksandar Bogdanović to pay an official visit to Montenegro and at today’s meeting he confirmed that he will do it by the end of September. That will be an opportunity to further discuss the initiated projects, which will substantially boost culture cooperation between the two countries, he stressed.
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The Gondola of Peace event, in memory of the victims of Hiroshima in 1945, will be launched on Tuesday, 6th August, starting at 6.30 pm in Risan, at the Smokvica Beach Bar.
The programme will include the documentary exhibition Peace Park, the launch of the Gondola of Peace and Love, and music performed by the duo Kapetani.
The event is organised by Mihailo Ognjenović from Risan and is sponsored by the Kotor Tourism Organisation.
Gondola of Peace and Love 2019. Photo: KTO
Captain Mihailo Ognjenović was among the first Yugoslavs to visit the devastated city, along with the crew of the ship Trebinje, in 1965. He says that the images of the horrors of Hiroshima (bombed on 6th August, 1945), still play on his mind today.
“We set off from Rijeka, via Trieste, Venice and Port Said, Port Sudan...When we reached Japan, Hiroshima was the fourth port, and as the crew of a ship, we thought like any other port with a rich history, we should visit. There were 42 crew members and 12 passengers on board. On arrival into Hiroshima, we got into groups to visit Peace Park. We ran into problems when in Hiroshima we couldn’t pay for our taxis in US Dollars, only Japanese Yen. Later, when we got to Peace Park we weren’t exactly made welcome as they thought we were Americans, but when, with the help of an assistant, we managed to explain that we had come from Yugoslavia, we were welcomed with open arms…” recalls Ognjenović.
As he says, the scenes remained etched on his memory, and he immortalised his encounters with Hiroshima in one part of his book A Sea Diary, in which he gathered his impressions from his journeys at sea across the world.
Several years ago, on the anniversary of the bombing, Ognjenović paid tribute to the victims of the nuclear war by lighting candles at Our Lady of the Rocks, in Perast. This was by chance picked up by cruise ship passengers travelling through Boka, who then informed officials in Japan. Embassy representatives in Belgrade later contacted Ognjenović to express their gratitude.