University of Belgrade and University of Defense - stronger together

01. 11. 2011

University of Belgrade and University of Defense – stronger together

Rector of the University of Defense, Major General Prof. Dr Miodrag Jevtić, together with the Vice-Rectors and the Secretary General of the University, visited the University of Belgrade on October 31, 2011. The main objective of the meeting was consultation and signing of the Agreement on cooperation between the two universities.

Our delegation was received by the Rector of the University of Belgrade, Prof. Dr. Branko Kovačević, and his associates. He pointed out that “in our decades-long cooperation, the institutions of the Serbian Armed Forces have always been our biggest partners. We worked together on large projects, especially in the field of defense industry, which was the most vital part of the former Yugoslavia. I believe that this is a new beginning and that our cooperation will be as successful as before “.




General Jevtić addressed his hosts with respect, noting that the University of Defense as a new public university can certainly learn a lot from the University of Belgrade.“It is our honor and privilege to establish cooperation with one of the most prestigious universities in the region, where the largest number of distinguished experts in the defense system of our country acquired their knowledge. We are fully aware of the task and responsibility that we have accepted, and the fact that it is necessary to use large academic and research resources at our disposal in the Serbian Armed Forces. The University of Defense will give its maximum contribution to the further harmonization of the academic community in the Republic of Serbia without any intentions to be unfair competition to anyone”.

Within a short presentation of the organization and work of the University of Defense, General Jevtić expressed his satisfaction with the fact that, in a short time and with great support of KONUS, the University of Defense managed to stand on its feet, as evidenced by the recent adoption of the Statute in the Serbian Parliament.

During the working visit to the Rectorate of the Belgrade University, the Rectors signed an Agreement on cooperation between the two institutions.

In addition to the signing of the Agreement on cooperation, the hosts also presented the functioning of the information system of the Belgrade University. Prof. Kovačević pointed out the readiness of the University of Belgrade to help their colleagues from the University of Defense in other areas as well.

In his closing address, Prof. Kovačević concluded: “I believe that today we have made basic prerequisites for good institutional cooperation between our two universities and higher education institutions, that we will exchange experience in the field of education and scientific research, and that, in accordance with the Bologna process, we will create the conditions for mobility of professors and students. In the future, we will strive to achieve the best possible cooperation with relevant ministries of the Government of the Republic of Serbia, but also good communication with foreign partners. It is our task to create a good educational system, because Serbia has no chance without new educated people”.    

With carefully chosen words, General Jevtić thanked for the warm welcome and support, and expressed his wish that in the near future one of the KONUS sessions is organized at the University of Defense. 

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