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Introduction

The Civic Education Project (CEP) is pleased to announce the launch of its Higher Education Support for Social Sciences (HESSS) project. Funded by the United States Department of State, this project contributes towards reform efforts in the area of curriculum development and the implementation of the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) in Macedonia in line with the Macedonian higher education law of 2000, and in the context of the Bologna process.


Funded by the United States Department of State, this project aims to contribute towards curriculum development and the implementation of ECTS in Macedonia.

The specific goal of HESSS is to prepare a cadre of social science academics for the full implementation of ECTS at their institutions. The participants in the project are from all levels of academic staff from University Sts. Cyril and Methodius, Skopje, University St. Kliment Ohridski, Bitola, and the South East European University, Tetovo. Clustered in five discipline-based working groups, the participants will focus on the key elements of full ECTS implementation:

  • introduction to the Bologna process
  • teaching methodologies as a foundation for redesigning course/curriculum models
  • course planning to match a restructured educational context
  • curriculum development
  • ECTS compliance

In addition, to ensure sustainability, absorption and dissemination of the material covered in the process, the project prepares the participants to spread the ideas developed in the workshops to the larger academic community.


In five discipline-based working groups, the participants will focus on teaching methodologies, course planning, curriculum development and ECTS compliance.

Upon completion of the project the participants will be in a position to revise their courses, develop their teaching methodologies, and make strong and positive contributions to the ongoing curriculum reform process in their own institutions.

This bilingual webspace will host support materials, including background documents, discipline-specific resources for the working groups, as well as practical outcomes and responses from participants to the workshops, such as discussion areas, reports on implementation initiatives, and specific products. The website will be a tool for the extension of the working groups, as projects are developed, shared, and moderated within this virtual environment.