By adopting these principles, the University of Kragujevac committed itself to the continuous improvement of the position of its research staff, and thus became entitled to apply for the prestigious HR Excellence in Research Award, given by the European Commission. This recognition also entitles the awarded institutions to use the HR label which is the internationally accepted mark of the quality standards in this field.
The efforts of the University of Kragujevac in this field resulted in success. After the thorough analysis and evaluation of the strategic documents submitted, the European Commission granted the University of Kragujevac the HR Excellence in Research award, which was a significant step for the University in terms of better positioning and ranking in the international context, improving the quality of work in the research sector and linking with the leading research organizations in Europe.
As part of the adopted HR strategy, the University also defined and updated the procedures for the recruitment of researchers included in the Open, transparent and merit-based recruitment (OTM-R) policy as a set of practical and useful tools and internal acts covering various aspects of recruitment of researchers.
In its efforts to maintain the quality of working conditions and opportunities for researchers, the University has committed itself to continuous improvements of the OTM-R policy. The HRS4R Strategy was revised in September of 2020 and the accompanying Action Plan was updated accordingly.