According to Article 11 of the Act on Non-Governmental Organizations (OJ of Montenegro no 39/2011), The Assembly of the Organization of Montenegrin Students Abroad has, on an extraordinary session in Podgorica, in July, 16 2013, adopted


The Statute of the Organization of Montenegrins Studying Abroad




The Organization of Montenegrin Studying Abroad (hereinafter OMSA or the Organization) is a non-political, non-profitable non-governmental organization, founded in Podgorica, Montenegro, in December 2011.


THE GOAL of the Organization is to establish a platform for the efficient and effective networking among the population of Montenegrin students abroad, to the end of stimulating professional, scientific and other types of cooperation.


THE VISION of OMSA is to unite Montenegrin students abroad to the end of exchanging knowledge and experience.


THE MISSION of OMSA is to act effectively on global, regional, and local level as a compact and information-wise rich network of students and young professionals.


Taking into consideration that the main goal of OMSA is not only to encourage and facilitate direct contact among Montenegrin students in different countries, but also to improve private and professional cooperation among thereof, and


Believing that for making the aforementioned tasks come true, there is an utter need for existence of international organization of Montenegrin students, and


Hoping to succeed to actuate initiative understanding and safe cooperation among representatives of the Montenegrin student population abroad,


OMSA adopts the following Statute by its members, to the end of executing and regulating abovementioned principles and goals.



I - General Provisions


Article  1- The Name


The name of the Organization in the official language spoken in Montenegro is Organizacija crnogorskih studenata u inostranstvu (abb. OCSI).


The name of the organization in English is Organization of Montenegrins Studying Abroad (hereinafter OMSA).


Article 2 – Registered Office


The address of the registered office of the Organization is:


Ul. Petra Šoća I-7/1

81000 Podgorica, Montenegro



Article 3 – The Stamp


3.1 OMSA uses three stamps: the stamp of authorized person (CEO), the stamp of the Financial Director, and the Archives stamp.

3.2 The stamp of the CEO is round with abbreviated name of the Organization engraved in the centre, and the full name of the Organization in Montenegrin around the edge written in Latin alphabet, along with the name in English.

3.3 The stamp of the Financial Director is round with abbreviated name of the Organization engraved in the centre and the full name of the Organization in Montenegrin around the edge written in Latin alphabet, along with the name in English with the mark br.2.

3.4 The Archives stamp is rectangular with the Organization’s full name engraved in the Montenegrin language at the upper central part. Furthermore, it contains the number mark, date, and the name of the city- Podgorica.

3.5 The stamp may contain more text (name of the branch) or symbol, upon which decides the Board of Directors.


Article 4 – Goals and Actions


4.1 OMSA is a non-political, non-profitable, and non-governmental organization whose goal is networking of Montenegrin students abroad (hereinafter MSA), to the end of stimulating professional, scientific, and other types of cooperation.

OMSA’s actions are:

  • forming and maintaining communities of Montenegrin students abroad,
  • establishing cooperation among the communities on a broader national and regional level,
  • cooperating with young professionals from Montenegro, educated abroad,
  • promoting Montenegro and its culture within the communities abroad,
  • cooperating with organizations and communities in Montenegrin diaspora,
  • cooperating with student organizations, non-governmental sector, and national institutions in Montenegro, and
  • supporting Montenegrin high school students while choosing their future student engagement.

4.2 In regards to realization of the abovementioned goals, OMSA’s work is based on the following vision:

Montenegrin students abroad, united to the end of promoting knowledge and experience

and mission:

OMSA, being the most complete and information-wise richest network of Montenegrin students abroad, with capacity for effective global, regional, and local action.





Article 5 – Organization


In order to accomplish the foreseen goals and activities, OMSA differentiates two streams of organization:

  1. geographical (general)
  2. functional


Geographical stream is organized in four levels: local, regional, and global.





Article 6 – Local level


OMSA coordination (on the local level) consists of Point of Contact network (hereinafter PoCs) where thereof are defined as initiative representatives of OMSA at a certain university, city, country, and region.


6.1 Members of OMSA become PoCs by being suggested by the regional or global coordinator, or under their own initiative after which they would need to be accepted by the aforementioned regional or global coordinator.


6.2 The main role of PoCs is to inform the rest of the Organization about events and activities in their surroundings, and to be contact persons for new MSA who plan to reside in their environment.


6.3 PoCs are chosen yearly with the possibility of prolongation of their mandate.


6.4 PoC is on this position until there are right conditions for establishing an OMSA community or OMSA node, in a city or a country.


6.5 OMSA can have many PoCs in the same country, but not in the same city.


6.6 PoC can suggest a candidate for his/her function if he/she recognizes the right person for the position among student population in a given country. PoC assigns his/her function over to another OMSA member only if the Board of Countries of the Organization agrees upon the decision, and if the latter was made in accordance with the Statute.


Article 7 – Regional level


On the regional level, OMSA is organized into communities.


Communities have regional character, and they gather OMSA members who are located in geographically close cities. Communities are formed according to the need i.e. if there is a big number of OMSA representatives within cities/regions.


7.1 The minimal number of members for establishing an OMSA community is seven. Each community has the right to suggest one representative on the national level (the level of the country in which they currently reside).


7.2 The representative of OMSA community is chosen yearly with the possibility to prolong the mandate, only if he/she is in the same region/country he/she represents.


Article 8 – National level


On the national level, OMSA is organized into nodes.


8.1 Nodes encompass all OMSA communities within the boarders of a country, or within a group of countries if the OMSA population in that region is not numerous.


8.2 The minimum number of members needed to establish a node is twelve.


8.3 Each node has the right to suggest a representative on a global level (hereinafter Node Coordinator).


8.4 Each node must additionally have the Vice Node Coordinator.


8.5 The Node Coordinator and the Vice Node Coordinator are elected yearly, with the possibility to prolong their mandates. The maximum number of mandates is three. The prolongation of the mandate is not possible if the coordinator is not in the country whose node he/she wants to represent.


Article 9 – The Board of Countries


The Board of Countries consists of all the coordinators of OMSA nodes.


9.1 The Board of Countries is responsible for:

  • adopting and practicing development strategy of OMSA network in already established and new activities
  • informing the Board of Directors about circumstances in all local OMSA activities
  • placing petitions of individual OMSA co-ordinations upon defining a global OMSA agenda


9.2 The Vice Chief Executive Officer is in charge of the Board of Countries.


9.3 The aforementioned is to submit a report on activities of the Board directly to the CEO of OMSA.


9.4 The members of the Board of Countries realize the right to run for a position in the Board of Directors of OMSA immediately after their first mandate finishes.


9.5 The membership in the Board of Countries does not necessarily mean the membership in the Board of Directors.




Article 10 – Bodies


OMSA bodies are: Assembly, Board of Directors, and CEO.


Article 11 – Assembly


Assembly is the highest decision-making body in OMSA.


11.1 The Assembly decides upon all issues within the current Statute, except those which are, according to this statute, under the auspices of another OMSA body.


11.2 Two OMSA Assemblies (Winter and Summer) are held yearly on the date which Board of Directors decides upon.


11.3 The Assembly is presided by Deputy Manager of the Board of Directors (hereinafter Chairman of the OMSA Assembly)


11.4 Beside regular sessions, OMSA may convene extraordinary Assemblies.


11.5 The competencies of the Assemblies:


  • OMSA Statute adoption
  • Amendments to the Statute
  • Suggestion of long-term plans of OMSA scheme
  • Decision to terminate OMSA’s work
  • Decision to dispose of OMSA property
  • Decision on enrolment, insofar as it is subsequently defined as a condition for enrolment conferral


11.6 Convening the Assemble


The Assembly is convened under the initiative of at least one third of OMSA members, the Chairman of the Assembly, or by the Board of Directors (on demand), in the written form addressed to all OMSA members, supervisors, public, and all the rest suggested by the Board of Directors to the end of having a specific role during the Assembly. Date and place of the Assembly, as well as the suggestion of agenda, must be announced at least 10 days in advance. Along with the invitation for the Assembly, the appropriate material shall also be included (reports, analyses, balance-sheets, proposals, decisions, etc.)


The Board of Directors, members, and alumni have the right to submit a proposal to the Assembly.


The call for the meeting is sent via an e-mail.


An Extraordinary Assembly can be convened in the period of three days from the announcement day.


The written invitation with daily agenda and the Assembly material has to be delivered to members of Assembly two days before the extraordinary Assembly.


A presence list is made at the Assembly. The list is delivered to the members before voting out the tasks in the agenda. The list is kept in the OMSA archives.


The minutes on work of the Assembly and the decisions taken, is made during the sitting.


11.7 OMSA Assembly Quorum for work and decision-making


If more than 50% of registered, full members of OMSA (regulated by Article 19) are present, the Assembly may sit and make decisions. Present alumni (regulated by Article 21) have the right to vote, however the OMSA alumni population is not considered upon quorum creation. The Chairman of Assembly, who initiates the sitting, determines the quorum for work and decision-making. Taking into consideration the nature of Organization, any member meetings, including videoconferences, are treated as Assembly sessions. If the Assembly could not have been held due to the absence of the quorum, the meeting is summoned again in a week’s time with the same agenda.

The Assembly decides upon adoption of the statute and its amendments, according to the two-thirds majority rule.

Other issues, which are under the jurisdiction of the Assembly, are decided by the majority of the votes of the present members.


11.8 Voting Fashion


The Assembly takes decisions by public voting. The public voting is done on the spot, or by the means of digital technology determined for such purpose by the Board of Directors of OMSA.

The Assembly decides upon election and suspension of the Board of Directors by secret voting. Thereof mechanism may decide upon other issues should it be required by majority of the members (50%+1).The absent member could vote via registered e-mail address. The aforementioned e-mail, with which the member votes on questions from agenda, is valid and taken into consideration provided it arrives before the sitting. Alumni could also vote in this fashion.The Chairman of Assembly is obliged to notify the present members about the outcome of the voting of the absent members.

11.9 Abolishing the right to vote


A member of the Assembly cannot vote when decided upon:

  • The exemption of certain liabilities and responsibilities of the aforementioned member
  • The affirmation of the Assembly’s requests in regards to the aforementioned member
  • Actuation and cancellation of a dispute against the aforementioned member
  • The questions in which member’s interest is opposite to the interest of the Organization

In every particular instance, the Assembly decides if the interests of the member are against the interests of OMSA. Abolishing the right of a member to vote refers exclusively to the question for which the abolishment was brought about.


11.10 The Assembly sittings are public. In special occasions, when the interests of OMSA entail, Assembly may decide upon the privacy of the sitting.


11.11 OMSA Assembly Minutes


During each Assembly sitting, the minutes of work of the Assembly session is taken.

The minutes consist of the basic data:

  • Place and date of session
  • Agenda
  • Secretary’s full name
  • Course of events, special questions discussed, names of persons involved into discussion and abstracts of their commentary
  • Results of voting for specific points from the agenda
  • Chairman’s conclusions on decisions reached
  • Members' separated opinions
  • Time of conclusion

Every decision of Assembly is recorded in the minutes.


The list of participants and evidence of Assembly convention are attached to the minutes.


The minutes are signed by the Chairman of Assembly and the secretary. If the aforementioned minutes consist of several pages, every page is signed by the secretary and the Chairman (initials).


Members of the Assembly have the right to see the minutes after it was created and signed by the Chairman and the secretary. The Assembly minutes are kept at the OMSA Archives as a permanently valid document.


     Article 12 – The Board of Directors


The Board of Directors is an executive body of OMSA.


12.1 The tasks of the Board of Directors are to represent OMSA, to be responsible for daily control and management of OMSA, to promote and supervise OMSA activities, and to ensure the efficiency of OMSA’s work and adherence to defined vision and objectives, as well as to execute and administer the decisions of the OMSA Assembly.


12.2 The Board of Directors consists of seven members: Chief Executive Officer, Deputy Manager, Chief Financial Officer, Coordinator for Projects and Events, Marketing Director, Internal Affairs Coordinator, and Creative Director.


12.3 The election for the Board of Directors


Members of the Board of Directors are elected for one-year period with the possibility of re-election maximum twice on the grounds of their candidacy.


For the selection of seven new members of the Board of Directors, two parts of electoral process is provided:

  1. Revision of application – for which is in charge the Electoral Commission
  2. Election – for which is in charge OMSA Assembly

12.4 Electoral Commission


Electoral Commission is founded a month prior to the decision on public competition announcement for the positions in the Board of Directors.


Electoral Commission tasks are:

  • To collect all applications and take a decision on which candidates fulfil clearly defined criteria defined by Article 12, p.5 of the Statute
  • To eliminate the applications which do not fulfil abovementioned criteria
  • To control the process of candidacy

Electoral Commission consists of three members: one former member of the Board of Directors, one member of the Board of Countries who does not plan to candidate, and one member of the present Board of Directors who shall not re-candidate for the same position. If all present members of the Board of Directors decide to re-candidate, the third member of the Electoral Commission shall be chosen from the Board of Countries.


Electoral Commission has to check whether all the applicants who submitted the application for certain function fulfil the necessary conditions for performing thereof.


Electoral Commission has to verify the authenticity of all the documents attached by each candidate, and to contact the references submitted by the candidates.


Electoral Commission delivers all revised applications to the OMSA Assembly for further examination. OMSA Assembly decides upon the final success of the candidacy.


12.5 The Board of Director member election criteria


Members of the Board of Directors must satisfy clearly defined criteria required by certain work domains, and bear full responsibility for their work domain at the level of the whole Organization.


In order to have the right to candidate, an OMSA member has to be active for at least one year. By ‘activity,’ it is purported the leadership of one of the communities, nodes, participation in the work of one of the action teams coordinated by the members of the Board of Directors, membership at the Board of Directors, and successful project activities guidance on behalf of OMSA, together with the confirmation from OMSA’s Coordinator for Projects and Events.


The candidate’s application to Electoral Commission is annexed with the proof of qualifications needed for performing the duty in OMSA. The qualifications are the candidate’s education, relevant work experience, confirmation of successfully finished project activities in students’ or non-governmental organizations, and recommendations from the node coordinator, the Board of Director, or external co-operators, and sponsors of the Organization.


It is possible to apply only for one position out of seven in the Board of Directors. Therefore, the application for two or more positions at the same time is not permitted.


12.6 Mandate in the Board of Directors


A member of the Board of Directors may have up to three mandates in this body.


If there is a permanent vacancy in the Board of Directors, thereof may suggest one of the OMSA members for the vacancy.


To the end of taking legal decisions, the Board of Directors must contain no more than one vacancy.


The Board of Directors starts working on the first of month, after the legitimate election of seven new members.


The members of the Board of Directors, except the CEO and his/her Deputy, keep the possibility of interchanging the positions during their mandates if it benefits the Organization, and if they have the support from the majority of other members of the Board of Directors. The members who interchanged the duties are obliged to consolidate the teams they had administrated. The Board of Directors is to notify the members and alumni about this change.


12.7 Considering the nature of the Organization, every day activities of the Board of Directors is mainly limited by means of internet communication. However, the Board of Directors gathers at least twice a year in Montenegro, right before Winter and Summer Assembly.


12.8 The Board of Directors administers the following tasks:

  • Prepares decree proposals for Assembly
  • Legislates general legal acts of OMSA, beside the Statute
  • Renders the decisions which are not in the jurisdiction of Assembly
  • Decides upon the connections and collaborations with other organizations
  • Brings to effort OMSA business politics
  • Suggests the suspension of members of the Board of Directors should there be reasons to do so
  • Performs others tasks assigned by the Assembly

12.9 OMSA Board of Directors Work and Decision Making Quorum


The Board of Directors renders a decision by the majority of votes from present members. In the case of equal votes partition, the CEO’s vote is conclusive.


The Board of Directors may validly work and take decisions if more than half of the members are present on a sitting or a videoconference.


In emergency cases, when postponing decision-taking is not in the best interest of OMSA, the Board of Directors may take thereof even without convening the sitting (either by e-mail or any other means of communication).


The Executive Chief Officer decides when will a certain decision be taken according to the Paragraph 3 from this Article. On the first sitting upon decision, the CEO submits the information about the decision by e-mail.


12.10 The Board of Directors Member Responsibility


Members of the Board of Directors are under the charge of the OMSA Assembly.


12.11 Right to Vote Abolishment and the Board of Directors Member Suspension


The Board of Directors member cannot vote when the Board is deciding upon:


  • The exemption of obligations and responsibilities of the aforementioned member
  • Acknowledgement of the member’s certain privileges on the OMSA bank account
  • The affirmation of requests OMSA has in relation to that member
  • Possible conflict of interests between that member and OMSA

Abolishing the right to vote in the Board of Directors refers only to the question because of which the abolishment took place.


A member from the Board of Directors may be suspended if:


  • He is not participating regularly or at all in the activities of the Board of Directors (at least 50% on a year level)
  • He is unprincipled in performing his duties in the activities of the Board of Directors
  • If, by his fault, inflicts a larger material damage or reputation decline of OMSA

OMSA Assembly decides upon the Board of Directors member suspension on its own initiative or by the Board of Directors request. On suspension of thereof, the Assembly decides by secret voting about.


12.12 The Statute provisions, in relation to the Sitting minutes of the OMSA Assembly, are applied to the minutes of the Board of Directors activities.


12.13 All the Acts rendered by OMSA may be signed by two members of the Board of Directors, one who performs the function of CEO or another specified person (or by a member of the Board of Directors who is granted full power by the CEO for a particular case for which the authorized person does not liable to third party)


                                                              Article 13 – The Chief Executive Officer


The Assembly elects the Executive Chief Officer for the period of one year, with the possibility of re-election (maximum twice).


The day of taking the position of the Chief Executive Officer in OMSA is determined by the thereof decision.


The Chief Executive Officer has to be a regular undergraduate, master, or Ph. D student at the university abroad or an alumnus within the period of one year since the end of the last academic program as a regular student.


Furthermore, the CEO has to be the citizen of Montenegro.


13.1 The Chief Executive Officer


  • Organizes and runs the operative tasks of OMSA
  • Represents OMSA
  • Takes after the legal actions of OMSA and bears a full responsibility for it
  • Executes the decision of the Board of Directors
  • Engages consultants for certain tasks
  • Performs other tasks determined by this Statute, and other acts of OMSA

The Chief Executive Officer bears a full responsibility for his work before the Assembly and periodically submits his work report.


13.2 The Chief Executive Officer Dismissal


The Chief Executive may be dismissed from his duty in following cases:


  • If he downgrades the work of OMSA
  • If he damages the Organization with his dishonest, unskilled work or with the transgression of his authorities
  • Due to incapability to organize and perform assigned duties, and duties from his own jurisdiction

The Board of Directors decides upon the dismissal of the Chief Executive Officer.


The decision of the Board on the dismissal of the CEO is definite.


After the dismissal of thereof, the Board of Directors is to hand a detailed report on the decision of the OMSA Assembly. Fallowing this, the extraordinary meeting is set for the election of a new Chief Executive Officer. Until the election of thereof, the Deputy Manager takes over that function, while his assistant temporarily takes over the position of the Chairman of Countries and the Chairman of the Assembly of OMSA. 


  Article 14 - The External Consultant


The OMSA Board of Directors may name one or many external consultants.

The external consultant may be appointed for a fixed or indefinite period of time in accordance with the decision of the Board of Directors.

The external consultant must not be at the same time a member of the Board of Directors, or perform any duty assigned to members of thereof.

All former members of the Board of Directors are treated automatically as external consultants, by which is provided the information exchange between the current and former settings of the Steering Committee, to the end of stimulating intergenerational cooperation.


Article 15- The Staff


The staff will be employed in accordance with the Law, Act on systematization of vacancies, which is decided by the Board of Directors. Employing is decided by the CEO. The staff shall receive the compensation for their work, in accordance with the positive regulations of Montenegro.





Article 16 – Connection


OMSA may connect and become part of councils or other relevant associations in the country or abroad.


IV- Funding


Article 17 – Property


OMSA acquires property from donations, gifts, financial subventions, and in other legal manners.


Article 18- Asset Management


The financial director of the Board of Directors manages the assets of OMSA, according to decisions of the Board of Directors and Organization needs.


In the case that the Financial Director is not able to carry out any of his duties, due to the unusual fashion of Organization, the aforementioned may make his deputy in charge, or endorse the OMSA’s CEO or Deputy Manager of OMSA.




Article 19- Full members


Full members of OMSA are Montenegrin students:

  • Attending full-time or part-time study course abroad (undergraduate, Master, PhD)
  • Attending exchange programmes which last minimum one academic year
  • Having finished their studies in the period of one year from the graduation day.

All full members are obliged to respect the goals, mission, vision, and the Statute of OMSA.


Article 20- Honour Members


Honour members of OMSA are individuals or legal entities who support the work of Organization and contribute to its goodwill.


The decision about naming is made by the Board of Directors, and it is confirmed by the OMSA Assembly.


Article 21- Alumni


OMSA alumni are:

  • OMSA members who terminated their studies and do not plan further academic engagement
  • MSA Alumni members who registered after having finished their studies


21.1 Alumni in Montenegro have one representative in the Board of countries, whereas alumni abroad are represented nod coordinators in charge of their current location.


21.2 Alumni have primarily an advisory function, but they do not make executive decisions.


21.3 Alumni have the right to vote at the OMSA Assembly, but the population of the registered MSA alumni is not taken into consideration while defining the quorum for the work and decision-making of the Assembly.


21.4 Alumni have the right to demand to address the Assembly withing the framework of regular or extraordinary session.


21.5 Alumni may become full OMSA members again, if they take up a study programme at a university abroad.


21.6 Each semester, the list of alumni is updated by the Board of Directors.


Article 22- Membership in Other Organizations


All OMSA members may be at the same time members of other organizations under the condition that the program goals of thereof are not in opposition to the goals and the statute of OMSA.


22.1 The members who are politically active outside of OMSA cannot perform their duties in the Board of Directors.


Article 23- Access to OMSA


23.1 The access is requested by filling out the online application form or by other means determined by the Board of Directors.


23.2 The Board of Directors decides upon the request. The decision may be automatized.


23.3 The rights and duties of OMSA members


The full members of OMSA have the following rights and duties:


  • To participate in the work of OMSA and proposing conclusions and paragraphs, as well as submitting initiative
  • To run at the elections and be elected for the OMSA bodies
  • To be informed on work of each OMSA body
  • To propose and organize project activities under the OMSA auspices


Article 24- Membership cancellation


24.1 The membership in OMSA ceases by the member’s will or suspension.


24.2 In the case of the membership cancellation by the member’s will, every member informs in a written form the OMSA branch (node) to which he belongs.


24.3 The members may be suspended in the case of degrading OMSA’s reputation, as well as in the case of acting, which opposes this Statute and OMSA decisions.


24.4 The decision takes the Board of Directors


24.5 The suspended member has the right to submit complaint on the following Assembly. The Assembly admits or denies the complaint according to absolute majority.


Article 25- The Record of Members


25.1 The record of OMSA and OMSA Alumni members is kept by the Coordinator for Internal Affairs, the Board of Directors, OMSA nodes, and the members in charge of record database of OMSA members.


25.2 OMSA commits to respect the decree on data privacy of OMSA members.


25.3 It is utterly forbidden releasing the member data to third parties without the members’ confirmation.


Article 26- Transparency


All the OMSA members have the right to inspect the work of each OMSA body.


The sittings of the OMSA bodies are public, unless decided otherwise.


The official announcements are issued on public questions.





Article 27.


The assembly decided upon the termination of the work of OMSA.


In the case of termination of the work of OMSA, all the property is bequeathed to one or many NGO’s, according to the decision of the OMSA Assembly.


Article 28.


The OMSA Assembly decides upon amendments to this Statute according to the two-thirds majority rule.


Article 29.


This Statute enters into force on the date of the adoption of the Statute.


In Podgorica, July 16, 2013.


The Chairman of the OMSA Assembly, duly signed Bojana Minić.