The Constituent Meeting of Expert Councils of the University of Defence
25. 01. 2012
On January 25, 2012, the Joint Constituent Meeting of Expert Councils of the University was held at the Rectorate of the University of Defence. At the meeting, the mandates of the proposed candidates for membership in these councils were verified. The preparation procedure involved the rector’s consultation with the deans of faculties and heads of academic units within the University, as well as the decision of the University Senate specifying that Expert Councils in the fields of social sciences and humanities, technical sciences and medical sciences should have seven members each. Higher education units, within their jurisdiction, nominated the candidates, and the Rector of the University of Defence, according to the applicable statute, accepted them and appointed Chairmen of the Expert Councils.
In his opening remarks, the Rector of the University of Defence, Major General Professor PhD Miodrag Jevtić pointed to the importance of the formation of Expert Councils, which will play a key role in the field of academic conduct in the election of the teaching staff of the University, as well as improving scientific research. In addition, Expert Councils will address issues related to the cadet problems and in these cases, one cadet selected for each Expert Council will be required to attend meetings.
The mandate of the members of the Expert Councils of the University lasts for three years, and of the cadets for one year from the date of constitution of the Expert Councils.
The Rector of the University informed all participants that extensive consultations are being carried out regarding the adoption of the Rules of Procedure of Expert Councils, which, given the anticipated activities, will be adopted by the accelerated procedure at the third Session of the University Senate on February 02, 2012. He also stressed the need to establish the Commission for the previous questions, which would consist of younger fellow teachers at the Military Academy and the MMA Medical School, whose task will be to assist in the work of the Councils in terms of respect for legality in the work, technical issues, but also the preparation of materials for their meetings.
The present members of the Expert Councils were addressed by Vice Dean for Quality and Development, University of Defence, Professor Colonel Jan Marček, who familiarized them with the competencies, the need to respect the Statute of the University, but also expressed the hope that Expert Councils will significantly contribute to the improvement in the area of quality assurance of the University of Defence.
The Rector of the University of Defence appointed Major General Professor PhD Mitar Kovač the Chairman of the Expert Council for Social Sciences and Humanities. In his short address, he expressed his gratitude for the trust placed in him and satisfaction that the idea of establishing the University of Defence finally came to life, because that is the perspective of the military profession in all three areas.
The audience was also addressed by Brigadier General Professor PhD Mladen Vuruna who was appointed Chairman of the Expert Council for Technical and Technological Sciences. In his presentation, Professor Vuruna also emphasized the importance of the formation of the Expert Councils, which will play an important role in decision-making of teaching and scientific councils of higher education units, and also the Senate of the University of Defence.
Due to official impediment, the Meeting was not attended by the appointed Chairman of the Expert Council for Medical Sciences, Professor Colonel PhD Zoran Popović, who accepted the entrusted duty, and on his behalf, the work of this council was coordinated and the audience was addressed by military servant PhD Sonja Radaković. In her speech, she expressed great satisfaction with the establishment of the University of Defence, which initially sets high standards, but also accepts the obligation to, step by step, solve the obstacles and difficulties that are present or can occur during ordinary activities.
The Joint Constituent Meeting of Expert Councils of the University of Defence was completed with the general statement that the present 25 full time and associate professors of the University of Defense can be a reliable support to further development of the defence system higher education, but also a reliable partner with other state and private universities in the Republic of Serbia, as is already recognized in receiving it in the regular membership of the Conference of Universities of Serbia (KONUS).
At the end of the session, the Rector of the University announced the following major activity of the University of Defence relating to the establishment of the University Council, as the most important management body of the University, thus effectively ending the process of constituting the University of Defence in Belgrade.
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