The Foundation Tempus was founded in 2002 to enable the Republic of Serbia’s participation of in the Tempus Programme, aimed at supporting the improvement of higher education. Since then, the Tempus Foundation has gradually become responsible for other EU programmes, such as Erasmus Mundus and the Lifelong Learning Programme. Since 2014, the Foundation has been responsible for the implementation of the education component of the extensive Erasmus+ Programme for education, youth and sport.
Following the beginning of preparatory measures for Serbia’s full participation in this programme in July 2016, the Foundation Tempus also became responsible for the implementation of the programme’s youth component. In addition to activities under the Erasmus+ Programme, since 2015 the Foundation Tempus has been responsible for the implementation of the CEEPUS programme, the Central European Exchange Programme for University Studies for students and academic staff.
In 2019, Republic of Serbia became fully-fledged Erasmus+ Programme Country, and Foundation Tempus is the National Erasmus+ agency.
The Foundation Tempus primarily cooperates with educational and youth institutions and provides support to all organisations in applying for project funding. In addition, the Foundation provides support to individuals through a number of activities.
A support programme, which includes info-days and presentations at higher education institutions, an open-doors programme, information provided in electronic communication through live chat platforms, e-mails and webinars or information provided by phone, has been offered to individuals who are interested in various types of funded mobility within the Erasmus+ and CEEPUS programmes. There is also a network available to alumni, a tool for establishing contact between potential employers, students and graduates.
The Euroguidance centre provides support to experts in the field of career guidance and counselling through the publication of information on innovative methods and examples of good practice and educational systems in Europe, along with a number of accredited and non-accredited seminars and webinars. To individuals interested in continuing their education or foreigners who want to study in Serbia, the Foundation Tempus provides support through portals obrazovanje.rs and studyinserbia.rs.