International cooperation is intertwined in all segments of the Faculty’s work. The Faculty is increasingly participating in all international programmes concerning education and internationalisation of teaching and research, and intensively preparing for the new cycle of European framework programmes (2014-2020), with particular focus on Erasmus Plus programme in education and capacity building and Horizon 2020 for research and innovation. The Faculty continues successful participation in programmes of academic mobility, curricular reform and modernisation through the joint master and doctoral studies. This will result in creating competitive study programmes and students whose qualifications are recognized on the global labour market. The Faculty of Sciences is already visible on the map of European higher education as a leading scientific and educational institution in the region. The strategy is to keep improving both human and institutional resources through international collaboration, with the overall goal of better integration into European and global research area. Many of the Faculty’s research groups are already successful in building global partnerships thus contributing to the general recognition of the Faculty of Sciences.
In the past several years, the Faculty implemented (some are ongoing) around 45 international projects. Among the most important are those in FP7 programme, Hungary-Serbia IPA Cross-border Co-operation programme, South-East Europe Transnational Cooperation Programme, SEE-ERA.NET, COST, SCOPES, Erasmus Mundus, Erasmus LLP, bilateral and multilateral cooperation. The Faculty’s ability to attract external funding and to competently manage international projects is based on the experience in implementing the national projects funded by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia, with over 70 projects in fundamental research, technological development and integrated-interdisciplinary research, 27 of which are led by researchers from the Faculty of Sciences. Through the 6th and 7th European Union Framework Programmes (FP6 and FP7), and through IPA CBC programme, the Faculty succeeded to considerably build its capacities in infrastructure and human resources, which created conditions for active participation in the race for funding through the new EC Framework programme for Research and Innovation, named Horizon 2020.