The existence and work of the Foundation Tempus is associated with the participation of the Republic of Serbia in EU programmes for cooperation in the field of education from the year 2000 onwards. Foundation Tempus was founded in October 2002 as an organisation that provides a framework for the activities of the National Tempus Office, a national focal point for this EU programme of modernisation of higher education.
Several years later, in 2007, the Foundation started to promote the Erasmus Mundus programme, i.e. its joint study programmes and scholarships for students, teachers and other staff in higher education institutions. In 2011 the Lifelong Learning Programme was added to its portfolio, which provided cooperation opportunities for pre-university levels of education.
The number of institutions the Foundation cooperated with was increasing – from universities and colleges of applied studies, to primary and secondary schools and organisations, State institutions, enterprises and organisations of civil society active in the field of education.
When at the end of 2013 all three programmes gave way to a new programme of the European Union, entitled Erasmus+, the Foundation Tempus was appointed as the office in charge of promoting and monitoring the implementation of this programme for projects in the field of education.
Having started the preparatory measures for full participation of Serbia in this program in July 2016, the Foundation Tempus has become responsible for the implementation of the youth component of this program as well.
In addition to all these activities related to the program Erasmus+, from 2015 Foundation Tempus is in charge of the implementation of the programme CEEPUS – Central European program for the exchange of students and faculty.
Foundation Tempus primarily collaborates with educational and youth institutions and provides support to all organizations about projects applications. In addition, the Foundation provides support to individuals through a number of activities.
For individuals who are interested in various types of mobility within Erasmus + and CEEPUS programmes, is provided a support program which includes info-days and presentations at higher education institutions, open-doors programme, possibility of electronic information through live chat platform, e-mail and webinars or phone information. There is available network for alumni that mediates in establishing contacts between potential employers, students and graduates.
Euroguidance center provides support to experts in the field of career guidance and counseling through the publication of information on innovative methods and examples on good practices,
as well as educational systems in Europe, along with a number of accredited and non-accredited seminars and webinars.
To individuals who are interested in deciding about the continuation of education or foreigners who want to study in Serbia, Foundation Tempus provides support through portals obrazovanje.rs and studyinserbia.rs.