Tempus is the European Union’s Programme which supports the modernisation of higher education in the Partner Countries of Eastern Europe, Central Asia, the Western Balkans and the Mediterranean region, mainly through university cooperation projects. The overall objective of Tempus is to contribute to the creation of an area of cooperation in the field of higher education between the European Union and Partner Countries in the countries neighbouring the EU. Tempus finances three types of Actions: Joint Projects, Structural Measures and Accompanying Measures.
„Production and Profitability improvement in Serbia Enterprises by adopting Lean Thinking Philosophy and strengthening Enterprise – Academia connections“ (LeanEA) is a three-year Tempus project which is coordinated by University of Novi Sad.
The main objective of this project is to enhance the quality and relevance of higher education and to build up the capacity of higher education institutions in Serbia, in particular for international cooperation, for a permanent modernisation process, for orientation towards offering practical knowledge and skills, and for connecting with the society in general.
Considering low productivity of the enterprises in Serbia (Global Competitiveness Network report), and weak links between universities and enterprises, the goal is to establish better partnership, by developing capacities for resolving Lean implementation practical problems, as well as educating students and enterprise employees in Lean thinking (Toyota Production System), which is a method of managing an organization to improve the productivity, efficiency and quality of its products. This partnership would also contribute to practical knowledge integration in the existing curricula, by enabling the students to enter the enterprises for practical placements during the studies. The specific objectives of this project are: capacity building for enterprises resolving Lean implementation practical problems and education, educating and training university staff, students and enterprise employees in Lean thinking, and improving existing curricula with Lean thinking elements in order to fulfil Bologna process requirements for more practical knowledge.