Welcome to the presentation of the University Business Academy in Novi Sad

"“The University Business Academy was established in the year 2000, thanks to the visionary ideas of Professor Slavko Carić, Ph.D. Without any doubt, Dr. Carić was one of the leading experts in commercial law in those days, not only on the territory of former Yugoslavia but also abroad. Having established this University, Dr. Carić paved the path for his colleagues and followers and set high benchmarks for the coming generations. The strategic orientation of the University is to become fully capable of responding to the challenges of the new era and to build a position as one of the leading educational and scientific institutions in the region, while developing cooperation with universities and other institutions, both in the home country, and abroad. A large number of young and promising teachers and staff is an obvious sign of the constant development of our University and a bright future that is ahead of us."

Prof.Mirko Kulić, Ph.D. , University Rector

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The Certificate Awarding Ceremony for Attendees of the Jean Monnet Module: “Serbia’s Accession to the EU” At The University Business Academy in Novi Sad


On 14 June 2017, at the University Business Academy in Novi Sad, we had the honor of hosting the certificate awarding ceremony for participants of the second cycle of lectures held within the framework of the Jean Monnet Module – Accession of Serbia to the European Union.

The second cycle of lectures, which was held by the project leader Prof. Vladimir Medović Ph.D., primarily focused on the better understanding of the process of Serbia’s accession to the European Union and the impact of this process on various areas of social and economic life. As a result of the lectures, participants were trained to competently discuss the process that is directly or indirectly connected with the Serbia’s accession to the European Union.

Prof. Mirko Kulić Ph.D., Rector of the University Business Academy in Novi Sad, congratulated all the participants on the successfully completed course and presented them with certificates. “I expect that these certificates will help you to find yourselves among the first ones who will be able to contribute both theoretically and practically to the successful implementation of all the good things from the European Union in our country” – said the Rector of the University.

Prof. Vladimir Medović welcomed all the attendees and emphasized the significance of this whole project with the following words: “Jean Monnet’s Module on the Accession to the European Union is dedicated to promoting high standards in teaching and research in the European Union. Bearing in mind that this is the only project in the Republic of Serbia which was approved in this call, this fact once again confirms the reputation and expertise of staff working at the University Business Academy, and especially the Faculty of Economics and Engineering Management for research in the field of European integrations.”

Jean Monnet is an Erasmus + campaign which started in 2014, designed to promote excellence in teaching and research in the field of European Union studies around the world. The European module is a project within the Jean Monnet subprogram and is an integral part of the Lifelong Learning Program. The Jean Monnet module is a short curriculum (or course) in the field of European Union studies at a higher education institution for a period of 3 years. The main goal of the Jean Monnet subprogram is to support teaching and research in the field of European integration studies at the level of higher education institutions within and outside the European Union. University Business Academy and the Faculty of Economics and Engineering Management applied to the announced call for applications of the Erasmus + Program / Jean Monnet Activities Selection 2015 – Call for Proposals ref. EAC / A04 / 2014 with the project “The Accession of Serbia to the European Union”, which was approved by the European Commission with excellent reviews. The project has been co-financed by the European Commission. The approved lecturers on the module are Prof. Vladimir Medović Ph.D. (Project Manager) and Prof. Jelena Vapa-Tankosić Ph.D.

The main purpose of the project is to promote the idea of ​​European integrations and regional cooperation, as well as to contribute to the dissemination of knowledge on institutional relations between Serbia and the European Union, legal and economic instruments of the stabilization and association process and the procedure and conditions for joining the EU. In this way, the project will contribute to increasing the quality of the existing academic courses on European integration. The project started with the first lecture on 8 December, 2015. The target group of the project includes undergraduate, master and doctoral students who will receive the necessary theoretical and practical knowledge as well as skills needed for their further professional development. Special attention will be given to the social groups whose activities are important for disseminating information about the European Union (journalists, members of professional associations, members of non-governmental organizations etc.).

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Celebration of the International Nurses Day at the Faculty of Pharmacy, Novi Sad


The International Nurses Day was celebrated at the Faculty of Pharmacy in Novi Sad on May 12. This day is celebrated in memory of Florence Nightingale, a woman who devoted her whole life to fighting for the improvement of her profession and women’s rights, and who opened the first school for nurses. Students of the “Health Care” study program marked this day with a beautiful action which took place in the courtyard of the Faculty. They were checking and measuring blood pressure and blood sugar levels to their colleagues, professors and passers-by the whole day and they also educated women on how to perform breast self-examination.

Faculty of Pharmacy, Novi Sad – at the Serbian Young Leaders Forum


Students of the Faculty of Pharmacy, Novi Sad participated in the Young Leaders Forum of Serbia, which was held from 26-28 May 2017 on the mountain of Zlatibor. The Forum brought together 100 young leaders from all over Serbia, including company representatives and students from different faculties, to acquire new knowledge and learn new skills they need to succeed. The Forum was organized by “Business Info Group” and weekly magazine “Vreme”.

During the four panel discussions, students had the opportunity to learn what they need to achieve success in business, what they should do to get the job of their dreams, how to manage teams and build the trust and how to use the knowledge and skills they possess to build the self-confidence which is critical for the achievement of objectives.

Team of Surgeons from the Faculty of Dentistry in Pančevo Successfully Removed the Soft Palate Tumor


The team of surgeons from the Faculty of Dentistry in Pančevo, led by Prof. Živorad Nikolić Ph.D., maxillofacial surgeon, in collaboration with Dr. Veljko Božić, otolaryngologist i.e. ENT specialist, has recently successfully carried out a complicated surgery to remove cancer of the soft palate with the 88-year-old patient. The surgery took place in the General Hospital in Pančevo at the ENT (Otolaryngology) department.

The tumor was accidentally diagnosed during the routine examination at the Faculty of Dentistry in Pančevo less than a year ago, when the above mentioned patient complained about painful mouth sores caused by dentures. Biopsy was done that indicated that it was actually a benign tumor of small salivary glands of the soft palate mucous membrane. The age and the accompanying health problems of the patient required that the definite surgical procedure to remove the tumor be postponed until really necessary. The patient’s condition was monitored at regular intervals and it was noticed that the tumor started growing rapidly and changing its characteristics. Given that the patient was in a life threatening condition, after lengthy preparation, the patient was admitted to the ENT department of the General Hospital in Pančevo. The patient was presented all the possible risks of undergoing such surgical treatment. The surgical procedure during which the tumor sized 5 x 6 cm was removed lasted 1 hour and 20 minutes.

Thanks to the professional conduct of anesthesiologists and careful surgical work, the patient underwent surgical intervention without problems and after postoperative recovery she was discharged home. This unusual surgery is the result of academic cooperation between the Faculty of Dentistry in Pančevo and the General Hospital in Pančevo and shows that even such complicated procedures can be successfully performed in regional hospitals.

Until the present day, a large number of less complex surgical maxillofacial interventions has already been performed, led by Prof. Dr. Živorad Nikolić, in the operating room of the Faculty of Dentistry in Pančevo.

A few days before the mentioned operation, Prof. Dr. Živorad Nikolić also successfully removed tumor in another patient, which required a more complex surgery. The operation was performed in a private hospital called “Una” that the Faculty of Dentistry in Pančevo cooperates with. What follows is the text taken from the web-site “Novosti.rs”, given in its entirety:

“A complex and extremely extensive surgery of the advanced tumor of the floor of the mouth, tongue, tonsils, upper jaw and soft palate, has been performed for the first time in a private hospital in Serbia. A team of experts, led by Prof. Dr. Živorad Nikolić, maxillofacial surgeon, removed the tumor which was the size of a human fist on a 59-year-old patient. The postoperative course was without problems and on the tenth day the patient was discharged from hospital.

According to Professor Nikolić, two years ago the patient had to undergo radiation therapy, after which the tumor regressed. However, it appeared again, and for the patient to be able to continue with the radiation therapy, it was necessary to surgically remove tumor first. Due to high risk, neither one of the medical institutions the patient turned to for help wanted to take responsibility for the outcome of the surgery. The patient sought help in Germany too, but even their doctors refused to assume responsibility and risk.

- In my 30-year-long medical practice and after having had hundreds of oncological operations performed, I have never seen or done such a complex and challenging maxillofacial surgery, says Prof. Nikolić.

- The operation, which carried a high risk of possible infections and other complications, lasted nine hours. We did a resection of the tumor sized 10 x 12 centimeters, almost a complete amputation of the tongue, removed the lymph nodes in the neck on both sides, and then restored the huge defect with a complex pectoral muscle flap. This procedure required exceptional expertise, experience and maximum precision in order to preserve the blood vessels and vital structures of the head and neck. “

Big congratulations to Prof. Dr. Živorad Nikolić on the excellent work and we wish him many more successful operations!

Our Special Lecture Series: “The Road To Success”


On 29 May 2017, Milica Mandić and Tijana Bogdanović, Serbian taekwondo players, with their coach and founder of Taekwondo Club “Galeb”, Dragan Jović, took part in our special lecture series and gave a lecture entitled “The Road to Success” to the students of FIMEK and the Faculty of Law for Commerce and Judiciary in Novi Sad.

The Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Engineering Management, Prof. Dragan Soleša Ph.D., welcomed the guests and expressed his great pleasure and honor as the top athletes took the time to share their knowledge and experience on their road to success with our students.

Just as it was with the establishment of University Business Academy, I believe, such was the beginning or the founding of the Taekwondo Club Galeb… it was by no means easy”, said the coach Dragan Jović. “In an interview with your dean, Prof. Dragan Soleša, I learned how many students and study programs you have, which fascinated me, and I’m sure that behind all that there is a great amount of hard work, just as is the case with our club”, continued Mr. Dragan Jović.

Milica Mandić and Tijana Bogdanović, who won gold and silver medals at the 2012 Olympics in London and the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, spoke of their development in sport and experiences along the way. Milica Mandić started her career in 2008 when she did not even expect to become a professional taekwondo player, but because of her talent and hard work- she started achieving excellent results. The audience sees only those six minutes of the fight, and behind that there is a lot of hard work and dedication- just as you need in order to successfully complete your studies, says Milica Mandić. Milica points out that she never wanted to be an average athlete, so she had to continuously work hard to achieve the above-average results. Teamwork and mutual support in the Taekwondo Club “Galeb” were evident even when competitors did not have great results, but that is essential for an athlete to overcome the bad periods which are inevitable during one’s career, continues Milica Mandić. Tijana Bogdanović talked about their preparations for the Olympic Games and noted that her qualifications in our country were equally challenging for her as were the fights themselves later on, for they all led to major fights and silver medal at the Olympics. The two athletes spoke about the importance of focus during the competition when nothing should distract you during those 6 minutes, if you wish to succeed.

At the end of the lecture, students had the chance to ask questions, as well as to hear the anthem of the Taekwondo Club “Galeb”. In his closing argument, coach Dragan Jović said to the students, in the sporting spirit, that anything can be achieved with dedication and hard work.

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International Scientific Conference “Inovaeducation 2017” Held At FIMEK


The Faculty of Economics and Engineering Management organized an international scientific conference “INOVAEDUCATION 2017”, dedicated to innovation, ICT and education for the new generation. The conference was held from 26-27 May 2017 at the Faculty of Economics and Engineering Management.

The conference was given the name “INOVAEDUCATION 2017” because of its interdisciplinary nature and main aim which was to enable the transfer of knowledge among researchers from around the world, with a particular focus on the European countries. The idea was to exchange the latest research results and innovations in business, as well as the current trends, achievements, and future perspectives.

The conference was opened by Prof. Dragan Soleša Ph.D., Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Engineering Management, who said that the high turnout for the conference “INOVAEDUCATION 2017” is a pleasant surprise, with the participation of seven countries and over 70 participants with 40 submitted and carefully selected papers. Prof. Dragan Soleša stressed that the Faculty of Economics and Engineering Management maintains a high level of scientific and research work, which is yet another confirmation of the received accreditation for science in two areas: social-humanistic and technical-technological.

After the Dean’s speech, the audience was addressed by Prof. Marko Carić Ph.D., President of the Council of the Faculty of Economics and Engineering Management, who said that the internationalization, international cooperation and networking of scientists in this way are the essential components of development and improvement, not only for the Faculty, but science in general.

The Provincial Secretary for higher education and scientific research, Prof. Zoran Milošević Ph.D. said that it is very important for the Secretariat to recognize the significance of invitations like this one, coming from an accredited higher education institution, which sets a great example through the internationalization of this conference and thus shows the importance of cooperation at all levels.

Mr. Aleksandar Petrović, Assistant to the Mayor of Novi Sad, said that the city authorities will always support events of this kind, open to all people but especially to those who innovate and bring new ideas.

The opening ceremony was followed by plenary sessions and the conference continued with the following thematic sections: Innovations in Business – Achievements and Perspectives, The Implementation of ICT in Economic Development and The European Education System – Is It Possible to Keep Pace With the Constant Changes?

 The Program Committee consisted of 13 foreign teachers from 6 countries, while the conference was attended by 17 foreign authors and co-authors from Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Hungary, Spain and India, which all contributed to the international nature of the event.

The conference “INOVAEDUCATION 2017” was organized under the auspices of the Provincial Secretariat for Higher Education and Scientific Research and organized by the Faculty of Economics and Engineering Management in Novi Sad, while the co-organizers were: University North from Koprivnica, Croatia; The Faculty of Philosophy, Banja Luka, Republic of Srpska – Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Center for the Development and Application of Science, Technology and Informatics, Novi Sad, Serbia.

Students From Our Off-Campus Educational Unit In Belgrade Win In The Court Of The Law Faculty, University Of Belgrade


Every year in May, ELSA Belgrade (European Association of Law Students and Young Lawyers) organizes the project “Lawyers at work”, under the slogan “Choose your career”. The project includes a job fair and internship, followed by the educational part and the moot court competition at the national level.

The fair was attended by 40 exhibitors, prestigious law firms, and the educational part included more quality discussions, workshops, lectures, and the moot court competition. The moot court competition was attended by students from state law schools in Novi Sad, Belgrade and Niš and students from our Faculty of Law for Commerce and Judiciary, the educational unit in Belgrade. The area of law which was tested in the moot court competition was criminal law. Semi-final pairings were chosen by lot. The Law Faculty from Belgrade competed against the Law Faculty from Niš, and the other semi-final pair consisted of students from the state Law Faculty from Novi Sad and students of the Faculty of Law for Commerce and Judiciary in Novi Sad. Our faculty team consisted of Ana Pavlović, student of the 4th year, Milica Jovičić, also a student of fourth year, Stevan Šapić, a third year student and Simona Arsenijević, a student of the first year. The competition principle is such that the students get a case 2 days prior to simulations, during which time they are supposed to prepare the indictment or defense, depending on the side they get. During the preparation stage, teaching assistants are allowed to help students, but at the competition students are on their own and they get the chance to demonstrate the knowledge they have gained at university. In the semifinals, after a very tough competition, the winners were students of our Faculty and students of the state Law Faculty from Belgrade. The finals were held in the packed courtroom of the Law Faculty, University of Belgrade. Our students had the role of the defense. The Judicial Council consisted of renowned lawyers: Božo Prelević, Goran Petronijević and Veljko Delibašić. The competition was interesting and the students did their best trying to question witnesses, defend clients etc. … The end result was 95:90 for our students, which was a great victory! We are very proud of Ana, Milica, Simona and Stevan because once again they proved that they know how to apply the theory of law in practice, and that they can compete with students from state law schools. What is more, our students managed to beat competition despite the home-field advantage.

Obviously, our students have once again justified the Faculty slogan: Rightfully, the best!

Once Again High School Graduates Were Dancing To The Same Rhythm


On 19 May 2017, graduates from all over Serbia were again dancing the famous prom dance – quadrille, with the number of peers across Europe.

Exactly at noon, at the Novi Sad town square “Trg Slobode“ (meaning in eng. Freedom Square), around 1,000 young people dressed in red and blue shirts gathered and, after the “mandatory part of the program”, started dancing the traditional Serbian dance “kolo”.

The international event PROM DANCE is organized for the 11th year in a row and the person in charge of the whole thing is project coordinator, Ms. Drinka Kecman. The event has been supported by the Department for Culture of the City of Novi Sad, The Faculty of Law for Commerce and Judiciary and The Faculty of Economics and Engineering Management – FIMEK, in Novi Sad.

During the official opening of the event, high school graduates were addressed by friends and sponsors of the event. Prof. Dragan Soleša Ph.D., Vice-Chancellor of the University Business Academy, welcomed the graduates and once again reminded them of one of the most important decisions they are facing now. “You are a generation of young capable people who need to learn, go forward and thus enable a better life not just for themselves, but also the society as a whole”, said prof. Dragan Soleša to the graduates and wished them good luck and success in their future education and career development.

The event PROM DANCE is a charitable action intended to raise awareness about diabetes among young people and is organized in collaboration with the “Association for Diabetes of Novi Sad”. On behalf of the oldest association for fighting diabetes, high school graduates were addressed by Mr. Radivoj Mračević, President of the Association. In honor of the 55th anniversary of the Association, Mr. Mračević awarded the three most charming dancing couples.

Graduates were also welcomed by a surprise guest, actor Nikola Škorić, who plays the character of Dragan Torbica in one of the most popular TV series in Serbia called “Državni posao” (eng. “Work in the public sector”)

Exactly at noon, high school graduates started dancing the quadrille and tried to set the Guinness World record. After that, they enjoyed an unforgettable party with excellent music of the “AS” radio (eng. Ace radio) and refreshments provided by Coca-Cola.

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Honorary Award Ceremony For Doctors Of Science At University Business Academy


The honorary award ceremony for Doctors of Science who received their doctoral degrees from the University Business Academy was held on May 11, 2017 at University Business Academy in Novi Sad.

In the big study hall of the Faculty of Law for Commerce and Judiciary, all doctoral students who had defended their doctoral dissertations at the University during the past academic year were awarded Doctoral degrees at this honorary award ceremony.

On that occasion, the University rector, Professor Mirko Kulić Ph.D., welcomed all guests and attendees of the ceremony. Mentors introduced all doctoral candidates and their dissertations to the audience, emphasizing their individual contribution to science and research. After that, the University rector- Professor Mirko Kulić, Ph.D. awarded doctoral diplomas to all PhD candidates in the new study hall of the University Business Academy in Novi Sad.

A Very Successful Career In Sports Of A Renowned Academic, Researcher And University Professor: The Story About Prof. Marijana Carić, Ph.D.


Prof. Marijana Carić, Ph.D. earned her doctoral degree in the field of technical sciences from the Faculty of Technology, University of Novi Sad. She has received several national and international awards for her contribution to the development of science and application of research results in the field of biotechnology.

Before she started her career of an academic, professor and researcher, Prof. Marijana Carić had another career which she was developing simultaneously during her high school and college days. That was the career of an athlete, namely a tennis player.

Prof. Carić began playing tennis at the tennis club “Vojvodina” in Novi Sad. Marijana, also known as Maja Matejić, which was her maiden name, was immediately noticed as a talented young player who quickly started winning trophies at many tournaments. Her first appearance at a junior championship was when she was only fifteen years old.

The following year, a sixteen-year-old girl, who was an excellent student of the Gymnasium “Jovan Jovanović Zmaj” in Novi Sad, returns to the state championship, where she wins the title of the champion of former Yugoslavia, amid fierce competition in Subotica. That same title she successfully defended in Zagreb the following year.

In those days, the newspapers wrote much about a talented young athlete who achieved remarkable results with exceptional speed, while still being an excellent student, unchanged in character as a modest and reserved girl. This was actually one of the headlines in the sports newspapers of those times.

Numerous international tournaments followed: Roland-Garros, Monte Carlo, Poertschach etc. as well as tournaments in former Yugoslavia, but a truly remarkable success of our female players from that time was Marijana’s success at the Wimbledon Junior World Championship, when she reached the quarter-finals of the tournament.

Alongside with her demanding sports engagement, Maja Matejić gets enrolled in the Faculty of Technology in Novi Sad. Already in the first year she stands out as a student with the highest grade point average in her generation. Studies did not stop her from winning the title as a senior at the Serbian tennis championship for the third time in a row. The newspapers wrote about the incredible success and balance that she managed to establish, between her career of an athlete and her studies. She was also awarded a scholarship by the University of Novi Sad for outstanding results achieved in the first year of studies.

However, from that point onwards, she could not continue to achieve excellent results on both sides- sports and science. As Maja Matejić once said it in an interview, it was questionable how long she would be able to pursue both careers at the same time with equal success. The answer came at the end of her second year of studies and Maja made her choice.

She graduated after four years, so she managed to finish within the designated time, and over the course of her studies she was continuously awarded by the University of Novi Sad for outstanding results.

The journalists predicted it well that Maja Matejić would eventually become Prof. Marijana Carić, Doctor of Science and Professor Emeritus, who helped us find out some interesting and little known facts about her life’s journey, during which, at one point, two equally successful, incredible careers were intertwined, the career of a tennis player and that of a scientist and university professor.

Hey, students! I’m sure this is something you didn’t know!

Champions are among you, some champions are even students of the University Business Academy in Novi Sad!

Alongside with the President of the University Council of the University Business Academy, Prof. Marijana Carić, we are proud to have as our students the medal winners of the 31st Olympic Games in Rio. One of them is Miloš Ćuk, a water polo player and winner of the gold medal, who is a student of the Faculty of Economics and Engineering Management. Our students are also silver medalists of the Serbian kayak team, Marko Tomićević and Milenko Zorić, who are currently studying at the Faculty of Law for Commerce and Judiciary and the Faculty of Economics and Engineering Management.

We hope these young successful people will serve as role models and inspiration to all of you, especially at times when you have to make difficult life choices, when faced with serious challenges or in periods of self-doubt and self-examination, which even the most successful among us experience from time to time.

University Business Academy Organizes Workshop On The Harmonization Of Serbian Legislation With The EU Acquis


On Friday, 21 April 2017, the University Business Academy hosted a workshop on “The Harmonization of Serbian Legislation With the European Union Acquis”, as part of the Jean Monnet module entitled: “Serbia’s Accession to the EU”, approved for funding by the European Commission, or more precisely: The Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA).

The main objective of the workshop was to familiarize government officials and public employees in provincial and local institutions with the obligations undertaken by Serbia under the Stabilization and Association Agreement as of 29 April 2008 regarding the harmonization of legislation with the EU acquis. With regard to that, the participants were introduced to the subject matter and objectives of the Stabilization and Association Agreement, namely the specific areas where harmonization of legislation is envisaged, deadlines for harmonization, as well as the relevant EU regulations and their interpretation and application in the EU.

Prof. Marijana Carić Ph.D., President of the Council of University Business Academy in Novi Sad, welcomed the participants of the workshop. After the welcoming words, Prof. Marijana Carić emphasized the need for organizing such workshops, particularly within the context of lifelong learning requirements. “I think that these workshops are necessary especially in the field of law. I do not wish to imply anything by comparing it to other fields, but we all know how critically important law is in any organized society. With these workshops, we try to supplement the education which all these people, our workshop participants, have completed during the course of their undergraduate, master’s, perhaps even doctoral studies; because I’m sure they all need to improve their knowledge in the field of EU law, especially if we talk about Serbia’s accession to the EU. We have already had several lectures related to the Jean Monnet module within the Erasmus plus program. I must say that our University or precisely the Faculty of Economics and Engineering Management is the only one in Serbia to have received funds for that purpose”- said Dr. Carić, adding that this is just one of the many activities of the University Business Academy taking place outside the realm of this project. Dr. Carić particularly emphasized the accredited master study program on the economic and legal studies of the EU, which was conceptualized as a master’s program open for up to 30 students each year.

Prof. Vladimir Medović Ph.D., Associate Professor at the Faculty of Economics and Engineering Management and Project Manager of the Jean Monnet module called “Serbia’s Accession to the EU”, conducted by the University Business Academy, commented on the workshop:

“The workshop on the harmonization of Serbian legislation with the EU acquis is intended for employees in the provincial administration and local governments. One of the objectives of the Jean Monnet module is to encourage dialogue between the academic community and the state, which includes policy makers, government officials and employees in the public administration, in order to strengthen the administrative capacity of Serbia for the implementation of harmonized legislation with the EU acquis. We are currently somewhere at the beginning with regard to this matter. Some laws have been harmonized with the EU regulations, but what is missing is their proper and timely implementation. It is not enough to just formally enact legislation and harmonize legislation with the EU acquis. As a matter of fact, the EU actually requires that at the time of accession to the EU, Serbia is capable of proper and timely implementation of these regulations. For example, Serbia has committed itself to formally align its legislation with the EU regulations on competition. Thus, now we have the Law on Protection of Competition which prohibits restrictive agreements, the abuse of a dominant position and forbids state aid. Precisely that is the area where we see that we have the most problems with the state aid being given to companies that are in financial difficulties or are “losers”, as a practice which is prohibited by the regulations adopted by Serbia in line with the Stabilization and Association Agreement. In this area we do have regulations, but what we are missing is their correct application”.

By the way, this was the second of the three workshops envisaged within the scope of the Jean Monnet module. The first one was held in the winter of 2015 for employees in the media and was devoted to the role of the media in the process of Serbia’s accession to the EU. This was the second workshop, devoted to the harmonization of Serbian legislation with the EU regulations, and intended for the representatives of state administration, while the third workshop is yet to come and will be held next year. Its target group will be members of the NGOs and the main topic will be the protection of fundamental human rights, again within the context of Serbia’s accession to the EU.

A New Textbook By A Group Of Authors From The Faculty Of Dental Medicine In Pančevo


The Faculty of Dental Medicine in Pančevo is proud to present its new textbook titled: “The Fundamentals of Orthodontics”.

“The Fundamentals of Orthodontics”, as the first textbook issued by the Faculty in 2017, is primarily intended for students following the program of integrated studies of dentistry, and therefore its scope and content have been tailored in line with the curriculum and number of classes in orthodontics at the Faculty of Dental Medicine in Pančevo.

Authors who participated in the writing of this textbook were: Dr. Jasmina Milić, Professor of Dental Medicine in Pančevo, Dr Tatjana Perović, Associate Professor at the Faculty of Medicine – Department of Dentistry in Niš, dr Julija Radojičić, Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Medicine – Department of Dentistry in Niš, Dr. Zdenka Stojanović, Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Dentistry in Travnik, Ema Aleksić, Doctor of dental medicine and Teaching Assistant at the Faculty of Dental Medicine in Pančevo, Dr. Predrag Vučinić, Associate Professor at the Faculty of Medicine – Department of Dentistry in Novi Sad and Dr. Slobodan Čupić, Professor at the Faculty of Dental Medicine in Pančevo. The authors wished to provide a book which is concise and easy to read and understand, containing the latest findings on the causes and consequences of improper development of the orofacial region as a whole, especially occlusions, in all stages of growth and development of a young organism. In addition, they tried to present to the reader the main biological principles of tooth movement and orthodontic treatment planning, in accordance with the objectives and limitations of treatment. The authors shared the fundamental knowledge about the different types of orthodontic appliances, indications and mode of operation as well as methods and apparatus for the retention of achieved results after orthodontic treatment.

The authors present this book to the present, future, as well as former students of dentistry.  It was their wish to write a book which can help students acquire the basic knowledge and principles of orthodontics, which is considered as essential for every dentist who wishes to be prepared for a multidisciplinary approach to treatment planning, polyvalent clinical work of contemporary dentists and above all- prevention – interceptive action in compliance with the idea that prevention is better than a cure.

Lecture by Mr. Mihalj Njilaš, the Provincial Secretary for Education, Regulations, Administration and National Minorities – National Communities


 In the Study Hall of the Faculty of Law for Judiciary and Commerce in Novi Sad, on March 7, 2017 we had the pleasure to host Mr. Mihalj Njilaš, the Provincial Secretary for Education, Regulations, Administration and National Minorities – National Communities, as  our guest speaker who delivered a lecture on a very interesting topic: “Judicial protection of industrial property”.

Prof. Zoran Pavlović Ph.D., Department Head of the Criminal Law studies at the Faculty of Law for Commerce and Judiciary in Novi Sad, had the pleasure of opening this special lecture and noted that the presence of Mr. Mihalj Njilaš presents a great honor for the Faculty. Mr. Mihalj Njilaš expressed his great satisfaction for being a guest lecturer at the Faculty of Law for Commerce and Judiciary for the second time, this time having the opportunity to present on the topic of judicial protection. The introductory part of the lecture focused on defining the concept and forms of industrial property, as well as subjective law which protects certain forms of artistic and intellectual work, primarily related to industrial operations. Mr. Njilaš said that the patent law protects the inventor, whereas trademark law protects a business’ commercial identity or brand of goods or services. Mr. Njilaš also emphasized the importance of strict administrative action by a competent national authority which is supposed to provide protection in a particular procedure.

At the end of the lecture, students of the Faculty of Law for Commerce and Judiciary in Novi Sad had the opportunity to pose questions to Mr. Mihalj Njilaš, the Provincial Secretary for Education, Regulations, Administration and National Minorities – National Communities. We have to say that our students showed exceptional knowledge and understanding of the subject area which was the topic of this special lecture.

A Retired Police Colonel Mr. Mile Novaković Gives A Lecture At The University Business Academy


A retired police colonel, Mr. Mile Novaković, gave a lecture at the University Business Academy on the topic: The Zemun Clan, the Assassination of Prime Minister Zoran Đinđić and Operation Sabre- the Untold Story. The lecture was held on 7 March, 2017 in the full auditorium “Prof. Dr. Slavko Carić”.

The lecture was organized by Prof. Dragan Ilić Ph.D., Prof. Aleksandra Tešić Ph.D. and Prof. Miloš Marković Ph.D. with the participation of other colleagues from the Faculty of Law for Commerce and Judiciary and Faculty of Economics and Engineering Management, and with the support of the University marketing team.

University Business Academy – Winner Of The Grand Trophy Of Novi Sad Fair For The Provision Of High Quality Education


At the International Education Fair called “PUTOKAZI” (eng. “Signposts”), which was held for the twelfth time at the Novi Sad Fair in the period March 6-8 2017, special awards were presented for the first time to the best educational institutions. Among them, University Business Academy in Novi Sad was awarded the Grand Champions Trophy of Novi Sad Fair for the provision of high quality education.

The Grand Champions Trophy of Novi Sad Fair, awarded to the University Business Academy in Novi Sad, is yet another in a series of awards that confirms the commitment end continuous efforts of our university leadership together with all its constituent faculties aimed at quality improvement. Quality assessment of educational institutions was conducted by an international assessment committee, and based on the overall results of quality evaluation the University Business Academy in Novi Sad won the Great Champions Trophy of Novi Sad Fair for the provision of high quality education.

University Business Academy in Novi Sad has also won four great gold medals for quality education. The medals were awarded to: the Faculty of Law for Commerce and Judiciary in Novi Sad, the Faculty of Economics and Engineering Management in Novi Sad, the Faculty of Dental Medicine in Pančevo and the Faculty of Pharmacy, Novi Sad. The Grand Champions Trophy for quality education was presented to the Vice-Chancellor of the University Business Academy – Prof. Marko Carić, Ph.D. by Mr. Mladen Šarčević, Minister of Education of the Republic of Serbia and Mr. Slobodan Cvetković, Director General of the Novi Sad Fair.

Prof. Marko Carić, as Vice-Chancellor of the University Business Academy in Novi Sad and Dean of the Faculty of Law for Commerce and Judiciary in Novi Sad, upon receiving this great recognition, expressed his satisfaction that the University Business Academy received this award in the first place, but also pointed out that in the 90-year-long history of presenting awards for quality at the Novi Sad Fair, this is the first time that the field of education, namely primary, secondary and higher, education were added to this category for awards. “We are glad to have won the Champions League, so to say, in the field of education and this award will certainly be a stimulus for further work”, said prof. Marko Carić. When asked what makes the University Business Academy different from other higher education institutions, prof. Marko Carić said: “We do not compare ourselves to others; we simply constantly work on our own self-improvement. We try as hard as possible to develop and to engage in domestic and international educational trends, to be able to offer more to our students and be a quality partner and a model institution when it comes to higher education. The University Business Academy in Novi Sad is one of the few educational institutions in the country that has not experienced a decline in terms of student enrolment figures. This can be explained by permanent efforts and devotion of all employees so that the University can grow and develop, both in the domestic and international context. We use every opportunity for progress and do not allow ourselves to repeat mistakes. We can probably best emphasize our newest goals and give a new dimension to our work with the motto: Fulfilled wishes are not our motive! University Business Academy strives to constantly move forward.”

A Debate Club Started At The Faculty Of Law For Commerce And Judiciary, University Business Academy In Novi Sad


A Debate Club has just started working at the Faculty of Law for Commerce and Judiciary of the University Business Academy in Novi Sad. Teaching Assistant Ms. Snežana Plavšić has been appointed President of the Debate Club. The starting of the Debate Club at the Faculty of Law for Commerce and Judiciary in Novi Sad is an important step in the fulfillment of the mission of the Faculty, i.e. work towards the improvement of academic programs and professional training and preparation of students through extra-curricular activities. Although the laws and regulations, books about law and other sources of knowledge are available to everyone, we can still distinguish between good, better and the best among jurists, of which the most prominent are judges and lawyers. Therefore, public speaking skills, argumentation, persuasion and the ability to cope with different situations and problems are crucial. Precisely these skills are practiced and perfected through debate. That is why the Faculty of Law for Commerce and Judiciary in Novi Sad has made it possible for its students to learn from the best. During the spring semester, an important part of the debate club will be weekly workshops focusing on various topics and held by world champions in the debate – Teodora Rešetar and Miloš Marjanović. Participants in these workshops will receive a certificate and will get a chance to demonstrate their knowledge in a competition which will be organized in May this year.

On Friday, 24 February 2017, the two world champions in university debate, Teodora Rešetar, a student of the Faculty of Philology in Belgrade and Miloš Marjanović, a student of the Faculty of Law in Belgrade, introduced the debate rules and manner of speech in debate to our students of the Faculty of Law for Commerce and Judiciary. They shared their experience from the finals of the debate competition held in the Netherlands, where they competed against students from Germany, China and Indonesia. To show our students what a real debate sounds like, they staged a debate on the topic “This institution intends to cut on all research that aims to discover self-aware artificial intelligence”, in which their competitors were Marta Vasić and Aleksandra Mihajlović from the team of the Faculty of Political Sciences in Belgrade. The present students chose the winners of the debate.

Nurturing debate as an educational method undoubtedly enables students to acquire valuable competencies, but also provides an opportunity for them to develop critical thinking and communication skills (including public performance skills) and generally contributes to the development of freedom of speech and a creation of a more open and tolerant society.

Rector of the University Business Academy in Novi Sad, Prof. Mirko Kulić Ph.D. and Dean of the Faculty of Law for Commerce and Judiciary in Novi Sad, Prof. Marko Carić Ph.D., attended the Statehood Day reception hosted by the President of the Republic of Serbia


On 15th February 2017, Rector of the University Business Academy in Novi Sad, Prof. Mirko Kulić Ph.D. and Dean of the Faculty of Law for Commerce and Judiciary in Novi Sad, Prof. Marko Carić Ph.D., attended the Statehood Day reception hosted by the President of the Republic of Serbia, HE Mr. Tomislav Nikolic, at the Presidential Palace (Novi Dvor/New Palace) in Belgrade.

The reception was attended by numerous guests from the cultural, political and public life of our country, representatives of the diplomatic corps and religious communities, as well as guests from abroad. Among the distinguished guests there were: H.E. Alexander Chepurin, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the Republic of Serbia, Kyle Scott, a U.S. diplomat in the Senior Foreign Service and the current U.S. Ambassador to Serbia, HRH Crown Prince Alexander and HRH Crown Princess Katherine Karadjordjević, HRH Princess Elizabeth Karadjordjević and Michael Davenport, Head of the EU Delegation in Serbia.

On the occasion of Statehood Day, President Nikolić awarded medals to 84 distinguished individuals and institutions for outstanding achievements in the fields of economics, science, culture and sports.

Signed Cooperation Agreement Between The University Business Academy and Travel Agency “Karavan Travel LLC Novi Sad”


On 13th February 2017, in the Celebration Hall of the University Rectorate Building, The University Business Academy in Novi Sad signed a cooperation agreement with the travel agency “Karavan Travel” from Novi Sad. The agreement was signed by the Rector of the University Business Academy, Prof. Mirko Kulić, Ph.D. and the Branch Manager of the travel agency “Karavan Travel LLC Novi Sad”, Ms. Radmila Grujin.

Radmila Grujin, the Branch Manager of “Karavan Travel LLC Novi Sad” and Mr. Dalibor Krstinić, Coordinator of cooperation programs of the University Business Academy, expressed great pleasure and satisfaction over the signing of the agreement and stressed the importance of establishing comprehensive cooperation as laid out in the agreement. The envisaged cooperation is supposed to include a series of educational workshops and trainings for students, providing useful information about the programs which are offered both in our country and countries within the framework of other programs organized by the mentioned travel agency, such as: Work and Travel program, the so-called “France program”, Au Pair program, international language schools and courses abroad, as well as other programs in the area of educational tourism.

The presentation of the travel agency “Karavan Travel” was held on the 24th of January 2017 at the Faculty of Law for Commerce and Judiciary in Novi Sad. According to the envisaged plan of cooperation, during the first half of the spring semester 2017, all students of the University Business Academy will have the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the programs included in the signed cooperation agreement thanks to the presentations that will be held at all faculties of the University Business Academy.

University Rector, Prof. Mirko Kulić, said that he expects mutual benefits of the signed cooperation agreement between the University Business Academy and the “Karavan Travel” travel agency.

 

Signed Cooperation Agreement Between Our University And The Provincial Ombudsman


On Wednesday, 1st February 2017, The Faculty of Law for Commerce and Judiciary, University Business Academy in Novi Sad, signed a cooperation agreement with the Provincial Ombudsman. The said agreement is supposed to define and regulate cooperation in all areas of scientific, research and educational activities that are perceived as beneficial and complementary from the standpoint of both institutions.

The cooperation will primarily develop within the framework of transferring knowledge and expertise i.e. professional and academic experience through joint scientific and research projects in the following areas: human rights, organization of scientific and academic gatherings, educational and promotional activities, publishing activities and organized internships for students of the Faculty of Law for Commerce and Judiciary. All educational and promotional activities will be targeted at experts as well as the wider public.

According to the signatories of the Agreement, the Provincial Ombudsman – Prof. Zoran Pavlović Ph.D. and Prof. Marko Carić Ph.D, Dean of the Faculty of Law for Commerce and Judiciary, the cooperation between these two institutions should contribute to the improvement of students’ knowledge primarily in the field of human rights. In addition to that, it is expected that this cooperation will also present to the general public the purpose of existence, manner of operation and experience in the work of the Provincial Ombudsman (just as all other protectors of citizens) in the wider context of institutional mechanisms for the realization, protection and promotion of human rights.

The signing of this Agreement with the Provincial Ombudsman represents yet another step aimed at expanding cooperation between the Faculty of Law for Commerce and Judiciary and the public sector in order to improve the educational process.

Rector Of The University Business Academy In Novi Sad, Professor Mirko Kulić Ph.D., Attends The Celebration Of Saint Sava’s Day


On January 27, 2017 in the National Theatre in Belgrade, the Serbian Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development organized a celebration in honor of Saint Sava, the patron saint of schools in Serbia. The celebration was attended by numerous officials, among whom were the Serbian Patriarch Irinej, the Serbian President- Tomislav Nikolić, and many other significant guests, including the Serbian Minister of Education, Science and Technological Development- Mr. Mladen Šarčević and many others. Professor Mirko Kulić, Ph.D., Rector of the University Business Academy in Novi Sad, was among them. On this occasion, special awards in name of Saint Sava were awarded for the year 2016 to most successful students, teachers and institutions for their extraordinary contributions to the quality of education.

Expert Speakers At The Round Table On The Topic: “The Western Balkans And The European Union Amid Global Tectonic Changes”


On 15 December 2016, University Business Academy in Novi Sad organized a round table on the topic: “The Western Balkans and the European Union amid global tectonic changes”. On this occasion, several renowned experts from Serbia and abroad were invited to take part in the roundtable discussion.

The University Business Academy had the honor to welcome Professor Dejan Mihailović, Ph.D., from the prestigious University of Monterrey in Mexico. Dr. Mihailović is already known to our audience as a political philosopher who presented at our University in the past and is again this year going to direct some of his activities to his hometown, Novi Sad. The new visiting speakers who were introduced to the audience for the first time are: Dr. Aleksandar Gajić, a senior research fellow at the Institute for European Studies in Belgrade, whose research ranges from social, legal and political theory, to international relations and cultural studies, as well as Prof. Ljubiša Despotović Ph.D., a senior research fellow at the Institute for Political Studies in Belgrade, whose fields of expertise include political systems, political sociology, geopolitics, social ecology, theories and models of democracy.

The gathered students, staff and guests were first welcomed by Prof. Marijana Carić, Ph.D., as President of the University Council and Professor Emeritus at the Faculty of Economics and Engineering Management in Novi Sad and the Faculty of Technology in Novi Sad. After that, Dr. Aleksandar Gajić gave a comprehensive introduction to the discussion topic, elaborating on the three most important events that marked the political scene in 2016 and presenting them from different perspectives. In more precise terms, Dr. Gajić addressed the following events: the decision of British citizens that their country should withdraw from the EU, the failed coup against Erdogan regime in Turkey and finally the victory of Donald Trump in the US presidential election campaign, which was followed with understandable interest by the whole world. Professor Ljubiša Despotović especially raised attention to those aspects of the said events that are usually hidden from the public eye, pointing out the importance of critical thinking and skills of deconstructing media messages. This has opened up a controversial topic of the so-called conspiracy theories which often contest true observations, whose popularization is against the interests of the world’s economic and political leaders. Professor Mihailović presented the current events within the context of the crisis of capitalism, and emphasized the necessity of epistemological decolonization, i.e. release from the imposed cognitive patterns.

The closing words were given by Prof. Dragan Ilić, Ph.D., the Coordinator for International Cooperation of the University Business Academy. Dr. Ilić said that the intention of this University is to treat intellectual exchanges with foreign countries and most prestigious national higher education institutions as the highest priority.

Important Announcement


We cordially invite all interested student to apply for the new series of lectures within the Jean Monnet Module, entitled:
Effects of the Stabilization and Association Agreement between Serbia and the EU: Economic Implications”

Applications should be submitted in person from 9:00 to 14:00, in room C4 of the Faculty of Economics and Engineering Management in Novi Sad

International Scientific And Professional Conference At The Faculty of Applied Management, Economics And Finance in Belgrade


On 8 December 2016, the Faculty of Applied Management, Economics and Finance in Belgrade held a conference on the topic: “Innovation as a Pathway to the Future”.

The conference, which was attended by over 84 authors, with more than 45 works presented, was divided into two sections: Education, Technology and Healthcare and Industry, Business and Economics. Besides representatives of the Faculty, this conference was attended by many prominent experts from research and educational state institutions and companies from Serbia and the region, as well as from Russia, Cyprus and Belgium.

The third conference organized at the Faculty of Applied Management, Economics and Finance in Belgrade, which was opened by Prof. Miodrag Brzaković, Ph.D. as President of the Faculty Council, has grown into a tradition of the Faculty. This year’s conference had a very current issue of innovations and was dedicated to the 160th anniversary of the birth of our greatest inventor – Nikola Tesla.

The aim of the conference was to achieve the affirmation of science, higher education and innovative and creative work as a significant factor in the development and economic prosperity of our country.

Rector of the University Business Academy in Novi Sad, Prof. Mirko Kulić, Ph.D., who also attended the conference, emphasized the need for continuing investment in new and innovative
programs, as a way of investing in our future. Prof. Mirko Kulić underlined the importance of creative work, staff training and investment in all kinds of innovative activities, particularly at higher education institutions.

The Regional Center of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development in Vojvodina officially started working


The first official meeting of partners of the Regional Center of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development in Vojvodina (RCE Vojvodina) was held on 21 November 2016 at the University Business Academy in Novi Sad.

The aim of this event was to establish mechanisms of active communication among partners of the RCE Vojvodina network, and present to the broader public the organizational structure of the newly established institution, as well as it planned course of action and upcoming activities.

This first founding meeting of RCE Vojvodina was attended by 16 partners i.e. representatives of the government, academia, business and civil sector who have recognized the importance of this network and have given support to its establishing.

On behalf of the host, Prof. Mirko Kulić Ph.D., Rector of the University Business Academy in Novi Sad, welcomed the participants and then gave word to Prof. Milan Počuča Ph.D., CEO of RCE Vojvodina and Marko Savic, Project Manager in RCE Vojvodina. Prof. Počuča and Mr. Savić noted that the next important step in the RCE Vojvodina’s course of action is the organization of the Electoral Assembly in mid-February 2017, so that all members can get actively involved in work towards the fulfillment of objectives and programs which contribute to sustainable development in this part of our country and thus help the work, operation and management of this network.

It was suggested at the meeting that working groups get established for the following purposes: innovation, technology and energy, environmental education and green schools, corporate social responsibility and philanthropy, promotion and the media and prevention of dental diseases.

As a reminder, RCE Vojvodina received the accreditation of the United Nations University on 2 September 2016, as the first such center in this part of Europe, while the University Business Academy in Novi Sad, as the initiator of RCE Vojvodina and one of the leading higher education institutions on the territory of AP Vojvodina, has been appointed the role of Executive Secretary of the said network.

Rector Of The University Business Academy In Novi Sad Attends A Round Table Organized By “Konus”


The Conference of Serbian Universities – KONUS, being the coordinator of the TEMPUS project called “RODOS”, organized a round table on November 17, 2016 in the Rectorate building of the University of Belgrade. The topic of the round table was: Standards for establishing doctoral schools in Serbia and it was organized within the framework of the TEMPUS project entitled “Restructuring of Doctoral Studies in Serbia – RODOS”.
Prof. Mirko Kulić, Rector of the University Business Academy in Novi Sad, attended the session of the round table, together with other members of the Conference of University Rectors of Serbia, as well as representatives of key national institutions of higher education and science: The Serbian Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Council for Higher Education, the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development, the Commission for Accreditation and Quality Assurance, the Accreditation Committee for Research and Science, the Association of Institutes of Serbia, the Expert Team for the reform of higher education and partner institutions on the project called “RODOS”.

The TEMPUS project entitled “Restructuring of Doctoral Studies in Serbia – RODOS” is a three-year project funded by the European Union through the TEMPUS program, where partners are key national institutions of science and higher education (The Serbian Academy of Arts and Sciences, The National Council for Higher Education, Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development), The Serbian Chamber of Commerce, The Electrical Power Industry of Serbia, Association of PhD students and young researchers, as well as representatives of eight Serbian universities and four leading EU universities.

The project deals with one of the acute problems of Serbian higher education: the harmonization of doctoral programs with the needs of academia and science, industry and economy, as well as the public sector, in the context of the current strategic orientation of the Serbian society. The wider objective of this structural project is the restructuring of doctoral studies in Serbia in accordance with the Bologna process and the Salzburg principles, emphasizing the quality of research and integrative processes involving universities, research institutes, industry and the public sector.

Signed Agreement Between The Rectors’ Council Of “Konus” And The Rectors’ Conference Of The Republic Of Srpska


In accordance with the decision of the Rectors’ Council of “KONUS” to establish cooperation with the Rectors’ Conference of the Republic of Srpska, a joint session of the two conferences was held on October 31, 2016. On that occasion, an agreement was signed between the University Conference of Serbia and the Rectors’ Conference of the Republic of Srpska, which is expected to lead to a more intensive cooperation between the accredited public and private universities of both countries.

The Rector of the University Business Academy attended the signing of the said agreement together with representatives of all accredited public and private universities which are members of the Rectors’ Conferences. Our Rector also attended a meeting that preceded the signing, at which some specific aspects and forms of cooperation between the two conferences and their members had been discussed.

The established cooperation will take place primarily through the organization of joint activities aimed at promoting and implementing the objectives and principles set out in this agreement. Furthermore, the conference is determined to work on improving the mobility of teachers and students in the framework of international projects.

The signing of agreement between the two Rectors’ Conferences in Bijeljina was attended by Radmila Pejić, the Assistant Minister of Education and Culture of the Republic of Srpska and Prof. Ranko Božičković, Ph.D., President of the Council for Higher Education at the Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Srpska.

Promotion Of A New Monograph At Our University: “Milk Powder And Other Related Products“


On October 20th 2016, in the Study Hall of the Faculty of Law for Commerce and Judiciary, the University Business Academy in Novi Sad hosted a presentation and promotion of the monograph entitled “MILK POWDER AND OTHER RELATED PRODUCTS“, written by Prof. Marijana Carić Ph.D. and Prof. Spasenija Milanović Ph.D.

All the attendees were first greeted by Prof. Branka Pilić Ph.D., the Vice-Dean for Science at the Faculty of Technology, University of Novi Sad. Dr. Pilić emphasized the fact that it was her honor to address the audience on behalf of the publisher of this monograph, namely, the Faculty of Technology in Novi Sad. Dr. Pilić continued by explaining that the authors are two eminent professors with serious and long-standing academic careers, which logically resulted in the publication of a monograph, written in such way that it can be easily understood by students and used as a valuable textbook and learning resource during studies.

Prof. Dragan Soleša Ph.D., as the Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Engineering Management, also addressed the audience. Prof. Soleša stressed the importance of this monograph for the master and doctoral level students, particularly in the study programs of Engineering Management in Agribusiness and Ecology. He pointed out that this work can serve as a great example of how to write high-quality scientific publications, both in terms of content and methodology. Furthermore, prof. Soleša emphasized that this book is based on the results of a number of research projects and scientific papers published in international journals. He concluded by congratulating the authors once again and saying that the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia co-financed the publication of this monograph, which is yet another proof of the value and importance of this major scientific contribution.

One of the reviewers of the monograph, Prof. Ljerka Gregurek Ph.D., started her speech with the statement that all top experts dedicate their professional and private lives entirely to their achievements, thereby leaving a profound mark on their colleagues and students, just as the authors of this monograph have done. Prof. Gregurek also pointed out that she believes this monograph will be very useful to students at all study levels and will contribute to a better understanding of innovations in dairy technology.

Prof. Zlatan Sarić Ph.D., a professor at the Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences in Sarajevo, who was also one of the reviewers, emphasized that the monograph “Milk Powder and Other Related Products“ is a valuable piece of work by two renowned experts in the field, and that their work represents a major contribution to science. ’It is an original work and the result of extensive scientific research, intended for students at all levels of study, as well as professionals’- continued professor Sarić and expressed his deepest admiration for the said monograph, as well as the entire professional work of the two authors.

Lastly, one of the authors, Prof. Marijana Carić Ph.D., expressed special gratitude to the reviewers of the monograph, namely- Prof. Ljerka Gregurek, Prof. Zlatan Saric and Prof. Zdenko Puhan, a professor at the Institute of Food Sciences at ETH Zurich, who was unable to attend the ceremony. Prof. Marijana Carić also expressed special gratitude to the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia for the financial support in publishing the monograph. The other author, Prof. Spasenija Milanović Ph.D., spoke beautifully about the wonderful cooperation and long-time friendship with her dear colleague, prof. Marijana Carić, which resulted in such a great achievement.

After the presentation and promotion of the monograph, all guests were invited to a cocktail party in honor of this special event for our University.

University Business Academy hosted a special lecture about the HALYARD MISSION


On Wednesday, 21 September 2016, University Business Academy in Novi Sad hosted a special lecture entitled: “OSS HALYARD MISSION- A HEROIC OPERATION OF RESCUING OVER 500 AMERICAN AND ALLIED AIRMEN BEHIND ENEMY LINES IN SERBIA DURING WORLD WAR II”.

The lecture was delivered by Dr. Xenia Vujnovich Wilkinson, a retired U.S. diplomat.

Prof. Marijana Carić wished all the attendees a very warm welcome and opened this extremely interesting lecture, emphasizing the significance of this little known military operation which has remained one of the greatest rescue missions in the entire wartime history.

During her extraordinary presentation, Dr. Xenia Vujnovich spoke about the Halyard Mission which was carried out on the territory of the today’s Serbia during World War II and thus shed light on some historical events which were little known by most people, including our numerous guests and students of the Faculty of Law for Commerce and Judiciary and Faculty of Economics and Engineering Management. Dr. Wilkinson first shared with us some important facts about her roots and family history, talking about her grandparents who immigrated to America from Lika in early 20th century, where they worked in steel factories and struggled to make a living. Her father, George Vujnovich was born there and many years later won a scholarship by the Serbian National Federation to study at the University of Belgrade. That is how George Vujnovich ended up studying in Belgrade in 1934.

All attendees of this special lecture had a unique opportunity to hear some very interesting details from the life of Dr. Xenia Vujnovich Wilkinson’s parents: George Vujnovich, her father, who was awarded the Army’s Bronze Star Medal for his role in the Halyard Mission, and his wife, Mirjana Lazich, Dr. Wilkinson’s mother, who was an English professor at the Gymnasium in Belgrade before the war intervened.

After the lecture, students of our University and our dear guests enjoyed an authorized documentary made about the Halyard Mission, in which authentic interviews with Mr. Vujnovich and many other witnesses and participants in the Halyard Mission were used. All of them shared their first-hand experiences and impressions of this extremely courageous rescue operation that took place in Serbia during World War II. Authors of the documentary, Daniel Šunter and Bojan Dragićević were also present during the lecture and were happy to receive questions and comments after the documentary.

Lecture: OSS Operation Halyard – Dr. Xenia Vujnovich Wilkinson


Dear colleagues and friends of the University Business Academy,

We cordially invite you to attend a special lecture which will be delivered by our guest speaker from the United States, Dr. Xenia Vujnovich Wilkinson.

On this occasion, Dr. Wilkinson will be presenting on an extremely interesting topic, little known by most of us:

OSS HALYARD MISSION: A HEROIC OPERATION OF RESCUING OVER 500 AMERICAN AND ALLIED AIRMEN BEHIND ENEMY LINES IN SERBIA DURING WORLD WAR II

The lecture will be held on Wednesday, 21 September, 2016, at 12:00 (noon), in the Study Hall of the Faculty of Law for Commerce and Judiciary, at 4 Cvećarska St.

Following the lecture, the audience will have the opportunity to see the documentary about the Halyard Mission, after which Dr. Xenia V. Wilkinson will be happy to take your questions and comments during the discussion part.

We look forward to welcoming you at our University on Wednesday!

Founded Regional Centre Of Expertise On Education For Sustainable Development In Vojvodina


The Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development in Vojvodina (RCE Vojvodina), as an innovative global network which currently brings together 28 partner institutions from all sectors of society, commenced activities and got accredited by the United Nations University in early September this year. With regard to that, the University Business Academy in Novi Sad, being the initiator of the founding of RCE Vojvodina, has been recognized an appointed as the Executive Secretary of the network. As a leading higher education institution on the territory of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina, with fully established capacities for the development of research, educational and development programs of the highest quality, the University Business Academy will provide institutional sustainability to the newly formed regional center.

RCE Vojvodina represents a unique organizational network based on a four-fold model of cooperation between the public, civic, business and academic sectors. The aim of this model is to help business leaders, public organizations and academic institutions, as well as civil society organizations and citizens in building a more sustainable society by increasing its capacities for successful implementation of the most modern development solutions, concepts, technology and services.

The mission of RCE Vojvodina is focused on improving research, science, educational, economic, and social development models and strategies, in environment-friendly ways, which protect or even improve the environment. The main goal at this point is to create the necessary tools for efficient and effective cooperation among representatives of the academic, business, public and civil sector, and activate the synergy potential for the improvement of the position of Vojvodina in the Republic of Serbia and in the region.

University Business Academy in Novi Sad signs the Declaration on the Improvement of the Quality of Higher Education in Serbia


Wishing to improve the quality of studying in Serbia, on Thursday, 07 July 2016, at the Media Center in Belgrade, representatives from five private universities in Serbia, namely: University Business Academy in Novi Sad, Metropolitan University, Educons University, Alfa BK University and the University of Novi Pazar presented, signed and publicized their joint Declaration on the improvement of the quality of higher education in Serbia.

In the signed Declaration, representatives from the previously mentioned universities invited all higher education institutions in Serbia to join them and direct their activities towards raising the quality of higher education and fighting the negative trends. What is more, the signatories of the Declaration agreed that only free competition among higher education institutions can bring a better, more efficient and higher quality higher education. In order to implement the commitments outlined in the Declaration, conference members announced the establishment of the Ethics Committee and the adoption of the Code of Ethics in the near future.

Doctoral Awards Ceremony at University Business Academy


The 2016 Doctoral Awards Ceremony was held at the University Business Academy in Novi Sad on 12 May, 2016 for doctoral students from our four constituent faculties.

All Ph.D. students who have defended their doctoral dissertations during the past year were invited to the ceremony and have been conferred this prestigious academic title of a Doctor of Science. The commencement ceremony took place in the main study hall called “Prof. Dr. Slavko Caric” at the University Business Academy in Novi Sad.

The keynote speech was delivered by the University Rector, Prof. Dr. Jovo Kolar, who welcomed all the attendees of this special event. All Ph.D. students and their dissertations were presented by their mentors, who placed particular emphasis on the importance of contributions that these dissertations have made to the world of science. After these presentations of doctoral students and their dissertations by mentors, Prof. Dr. Jovo Kolar, Rector of the University Business Academy, officially handed in the diplomas to doctoral students and conferred them the degree of a Doctor of Science.

University Business Academy and Rio de Janeiro State University sign a strategic partnership agreement


University Business Academy in Novi Sad and Rio de Janeiro State University have signed an agreement on strategic partnership.

Rio de Janeiro State University was founded in 1950 and since then has established itself as one of the most significant higher education institutions in South America. Its importance in the national and international academic context is continuously being confirmed by the quality of education it offers, scientific research and hundreds of projects related to the promotion of culture that this university participates in.

At this point, Rio de Janeiro State University (UERJ) has over 26,000 students, 2,300 teachers, 97 courses it offers, a large network of 21 electronically connected libraries, 350 laboratories, as well as 1,300 internship and partnership agreements concluded with private companies and government agencies.

In the next five years, the University Business Academy and Rio de Janeiro State University (UERJ) will establish cooperation in the following fields:

- Exchange of undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as professors and administrative staff,

- Development of educational and research activities,

- Organization of trainings, seminars and international conferences,

- Promotion of technical, scientific and cultural activities,

- Development and organization of trainings for teachers and researchers in the form of highly specialized courses,

- Promotion of joint publications and research papers.

For the opportunity to establish this collaboration we owe gratitude to Prof. Dr. Alexis Dantas (Professor at Rio de Janeiro State University) and Prof. Dr. Dejan Mihailovic (Professor at the Universidad Tecnologico de Monterrey from Mexico).

A meeting with representatives from the Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences (University of Sarajevo) held at the University Business Academy and Faculty of Economics and Engineering Management


On Saturday, 26 March 2016, an important meeting was held in the ceremonial hall of the University Business Academy between the representatives of our University and Faculty of Economics and Engineering Management on the one hand, and Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences from Sarajevo. Namely, the meeting was attended by Prof. Dr. Marijana Carić, President of the Council of the University Business Academy, Prof. Dr. Dragan Soleša, Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Engineering Management and Prof. Dr. Zlatan Sarić, Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences, University of Sarajevo. The meeting was also attended by Prof. Dr. Spasenija Milanović from the Faculty of Technology, University of Novi Sad.

At the beginning of the meeting the guests were welcomed by Prof. Dr. Marijana Carić and Prof. Dr. Dragan Soleša, and then the guests were informed of all the activities carried out at the University and the Faculty of Economics and Engineering Management. Prof. Carić and Prof. Soleša talked extensively about the programs of study we offer, quality of the teaching process, scientific research, our domestic and international projects and partners, cooperation with other higher education institutions in the country and abroad, as well as accreditation and cooperation with the Commission for Accreditation and Quality Assurance and the National Council.

After their speeches, Prof. Dr Zlatan Sarić presented the work of the Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences, University of Sarajevo. Prof. Sarić also spoke about the changes in higher education in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina, particularly relating to the growing tendency of young people to opt for engineering professions these days and the numerous opportunities that arise in interdisciplinary sciences. Furthermore, Prof. Sarić emphasized the fact that there is an evident saturation of the academic labor market with graduates in the field of humanities and the need for their faculty to become more market-oriented and thus satisfy not only the needs of the emerging markets, but also to provide a long-term developmental perspective with respect to public and private HE institutions alike.

The main item on the agenda was related primarily to the possibility of cooperation between our two universities and faculties, primarily regarding participation in joint projects and various other forms of cooperation, such as: scientific/research, bilateral, development projects, but also cooperation related to the exchange of students and teaching staff, and cooperation on joint programs and activities related to raising the quality of teaching and work at the university in general.

After the meeting, the guests were given a little tour of our Faculty, when our representatives showed them our study halls, classrooms, a computer lab, laboratories, as well as teacher/administration offices. Thanks to this meeting which was held at our Faculty, we are happy to say that all the necessary conditions have been met for the signing of cooperation agreements.

Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran visited the University Business Academy


University Business Academy continued its tradition of lecture series by eminent guest speakers, and on 26 February 2016 our guest was the Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran in Serbia, His Excellency- Majid Fahimpur. On this special occasion, our students of the Faculty of Law for Commerce and Judiciary and students of the Faculty of Economics and Engineering Management could learn many interesting things as part of the lecture entitled: “Iran and cultural cooperation with Serbia”.

 In addition to the Iranian Ambassador to Serbia, HE Majid Fahimpura, our University Business Academy also hosted Mr. Mohammad Javad Izadi, the Attaché for Economy, Mr. Reza Mottaghi, the official translator of the Embassy, ​​Dr. Maja Timotijević, President of the Serbian-Iranian Chamber of Commerce and Dr. Said Hosseini, Deputy President of the Serbian-Iranian Chamber of Commerce.

 In the study hall of the Faculty of Law for Commerce and Judiciary, the present professors, teaching assistants and students were addressed by His Excellency Mr. Majid Fahimpur, who spoke on the topic of cultural cooperation between the Republic of Serbia and the Islamic Republic of Iran. Also, one of the topics was the exchange of students between the two countries, as well as the upcoming fair which will be held in Tehran. The opening of the Iranian trade center in Belgrade was also mentioned. At the end of the presentation, students were given a unique opportunity to pose questions to the distinguished Ambassador, who then provided them with detailed replies.

Dr Maja Timotijević had the final word and briefly presented the Serbian-Iranian Chamber of Commerce. Ms. Timotijević also talked about connecting Serbian and Iranian markets, the cooperation between the two countries and the importance of the Serbian-Iranian Chamber of Commerce. In the end, she promised that they would gladly return to the University, in order to provide our students with a better and more detailed insight into this interesting topic.

End of the first activities within the Jean Monnet Module “The Accession of Serbia to the European Union”


On 25 February 2016, the University Business Academy in Novi Sad organized a celebratory event of placing and uncovering a plaque honoring the Jean Monnet Module with an accompanying award of certificates to all attendees of the lectures held so far within the framework of the Jean Monnet Module “The Accession of Serbia to the European Union”.

The European module is a project within the framework of the Jean Monnet sub-program and is an integral part of the Program for Lifelong Learning. The main objective of the Jean Monnet sub-program is to support teaching and research in the field of European integration studies at the level of higher education institutions within and outside the European Union. Our University Business Academy in Novi Sad received excellent reviews for this project entitled “The Accession of Serbia to the European Union”, which has been approved and co-financed by the European Commission. Bearing in mind that this is the only project approved in the call Erasmus + Program/ Jean Monnet Activities Selection 2015 in the Republic of Serbia, this only reinforces the reputation and expertise of staff at the University Business Academy, in particular- Faculty of Economics and Engineering Management in the field of European integration studies. For all the previously mentioned facts, the University received a special an honorary plaque from the European Commission, which says that in the period from 2015 to 2018 the University Business Academy in Novi Sad will carry out activities within the Jean Monnet module that promote excellence in teaching and research in the field of European Union studies. This plaque was uncovered by Prof. Dr. Marijana Carić, President of the University Council. On this occasion, Prof. Dr. Marijana Carić expressed her great satisfaction in the fact that the University has once again shown that it is among the best higher education institutions. After that, Dr. Carić congratulated all participants on the awarded certificates.

What followed the uncovering of the honorary plaque was a ceremony of awarding certificates to attendees of educational activities carried out at the University. All participants were welcomed by the Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Engineering Management, prof. Dr. Dragan Soleša, who had only words of praise for the attendees who showed great interest in current issues. Project manager and person in charge of all Jean Monnet activities, Prof. Dr. Vladimir Medović, officially handed in the certificates to undergraduate students who attended the course on “Serbia’s EU Accession” and media representatives who actively participated in the workshop entitled “The role of media in the process of Serbia’s EU accession”

University Business Academy in Novi Sad hosted the academic and business delegation from Italy


In accordance with the evident need for keeping pace with global trends in higher education, the University Business Academy in Novi Sad hosted the academic and business delegation from Italy.

Our guests at University Business Academy were representatives of the University “Pegaso” and the representatives of the company “COSMO Service” from Naples. The main topics of the meeting were: possibilities for the development of joint study programs at the level of undergraduate and graduate studies, exchanges of teaching staff and students, as well as joint participation in international projects.

The director of one of the largest Italian companies in the energy sector, Mr. Vincenzo Schettino, had many words of praise for the efforts of our higher education institution, especially as regards the development of a network of international partners and the field of cooperation between our university and industry. Mr. Schettino was particularly interested in inviting our students to Italy in the near future and making arrangements for their internship in “COSMO”.

In the end, Prof. Mario Migliuolo used the opportunity to say that after this meeting he expects even more cooperation with colleagues from Serbia, particularly with professors from the University Business Academy in Novi Sad.

University Business Academy in Novi Sad became a member of the prestigious global business education network, called “Businet”


The “Businet” organization was established in 1987 when the 16 founding members decided to set up a network of higher education institutions to promote and develop the business curriculum and to stimulate and support mobility arrangements. Today it represents a strong network of higher education institutions worldwide. It has representatives in 29 countries and includes over a hundred higher education institutions. The initial goal of the organization was to establish European educational programs in the business world in order to promote opportunities for higher education institutions, i.e. their teachers and students. As the needs of members of the organization have changed, reflecting the growth and diversity of education globally, so have the activities of the “Businet” organization changed, too.

The organization continues to take into account the needs of higher education institutions and their students, teaching staff, but also the economy. The network is very practical. The “Businet” network strives to fulfill the important task of providing opportunities for higher education institutions and their students across the world.

Members of the organization work together on the following activities:

- Organization of annual conferences;
– Student conferences;
– Exchanges of students;
– Exchanges of teaching staff;
– Organization of international internships;
– Harmonizing study programs and curricula.

 After University Business Academy in Novi Sad had been admitted as a new member of the “Businet” network, its General Manager David Taylor said: “It is our great honor and pleasure that our community has received such a valuable and dependable partner, and at the same time- our first ever partner from the Republic of Serbia. I expect a lot of positive experiences with our new colleagues from Serbia”.

This Week’s Lecture Series at the University Business Academy dedicated to: ECONOMIC CRIME


On 29 January 2016, Faculty of Law for Commerce and Judiciary, University Business Academy, hosted yet another in a series of interesting lectures. This week, the topic was economic crime and the guest speakers were from the Law Faculty of the University of Timisoara, Faculty of Law of the University of Pecs and the Academy of Criminalistic and Police Studies of the University of Belgrade.

Before the beginning of the lecture, Dr. Marijana Carić, Council President of the University Business Academy, received the representatives from the Law Faculty of the University of Timisoara, Faculty of Law of the University of Pecs and the Academy of Criminalistic and Police Studies of the University of Belgrade and discussed with them the possibilities of academic cooperation in the form of joint projects, exchanges of teaching staff etc.

During the lecture, we could learn many interesting things regarding the importance of economic crime, as well as mechanisms for recognizing and preventing it from some of the renowned experts in this field and our distinguished guests at the Faculty of Law for Commerce and Judiciary, namely: Prof. Dr. Viorel Pasca, Prof. Dr. Flaviu Ciopek, Ass. Prof. Dr. Laura Stanila and Ass.Prof. Dr. Magdalena Roibua from the Law Faculty of the Western University of Timisoara, Prof. Dr. Istvan Gal from the Law Faculty of the University of Pecs, and Prof. Dr. Aleksandar Bošković from the Academy of Criminalistic and Police Studies of the University of Belgrade. The person responsible for the organization of the whole event and lecture moderator was Prof. Dr. Zoran Pavlović, Head of the Department for Criminal Law at the Faculty of Law for Commerce and Judiciary in Novi Sad

During the lecture, our guest speakers emphasized the fact that economic crime is clearly differentiated from other criminal deeds and that it is, unquestionably, one of the most pressing issues today which is increasingly being investigated, discussed and written about. In this context, the speakers also presented a new journal, known as the “Journal of Eastern-European Criminal Law”, whose editorial board has clearly recognized the importance of economic crime and showed interest and devotion to this subject, which is particularly expressed in the latest issue of the journal.

“Accession of Serbia to the EU” officially started with the first lecture for undergraduate students


On December 8, 2015 at the University Business Academy in Novi Sad, the project “Accession of Serbia to the EU” officially started with the first lecture for undergraduate students.

It is important to mention that the Jean Monnet Module at the University Business Academy commenced on 01 September this year and will last until 31 August 2018. More precisely, we’re talking about the project within the framework of Jean Monnet Modules, Erasmus + program, which is being co-financed by the European Commission. During the period of three years this multidisciplinary project will include four series of lectures, three workshops and one research project focusing on two main areas: economics and law. The first series of lectures has already begun under the name “Serbia’s accession to EU – 1″, covering the legal issues of accession process. Lectures should contribute to a better understanding of the process of Serbia’s accession to the European Union and the impact of accession on different areas of social and economic life for the citizens of Serbia.

The attendees of the first in a series of lectures are 20 students who are currently in the final year of undergraduate studies at the Faculty of Economics and Engineering Management in Novi Sad. They will be attending lectures every Tuesday, starting from 12 p.m., in classroom O5 at our Faculty.

Prof. Vladimir Medović on the Jean Monnet project


On December 3, 2015, at the University Business Academy in Novi Sad, a press conference was held on the project entitled “Accession of Serbia to the EU”, which has recently been approved by the European Commission. The project is within the framework of Jean Monnet Modules, Erasmus + program, and is co-funded by the European Union and the Education, Audiovisual and Cultural Agency. The project was initiated in 1989 and was named after Jean Monnet, one of the “architects” of the European Union. One of its main priorities has been the introduction of European integration studies at universities by providing support for initiatives coming from HE institutions.

The “Jean Monnet” project at the University Business Academy started on September 1 and will last until 31 August 2018. During the period of three years, it will include four series of lectures, three workshops and one research project. It is important to mention that this is the only project from the Republic of Serbia approved in this Call for Proposals, so obviously this is yet another confirmation of reputation and expertise of staff at the University Business Academy, Faculty of Economics and Engineering Management, in the field of European integrations. Approved trainers on the module, who will be working with the students, are Prof. Vladimir Medović, Ph.D. (project manager) and Prof. Jelena Vapa-Tankosić, Ph.D.

At the press conference, Dr. Vladimir Medović, Associate Professor at the Faculty of Economics and Engineering Management in Novi Sad (part of the University Business Academy in Novi Sad), used the opportunity to present the project in greater detail, together with its main objectives and activities.

Dr. Medović explained that the project was envisaged as a multidisciplinary one and that it entails two main components: economic and legal. The first two series of lectures will cover legal issues of the accession of Serbia to the European Union. The other two series of lectures will be related to the effects of implementation of the agreement on stabilization, gains and losses stemming from this agreement, as well as the effects of the introduction of euro as the official currency in our neighboring countries. All these parameters will be analyzed bearing in mind the interest of the Republic of Serbia and the whole Western Balkans region.

The project aims to encourage interest among various target groups, which primarily refers to students, young professionals, journalists, employees in public companies, members of non-governmental organizations, and other organizations/associations and individuals who are in need of relevant knowledge related to the accession process of Serbia to the EU. This project will utilize interactive teaching methods rather than formal and old-fashioned academic teaching, while providing students with the necessary theoretical knowledge and practical skills in the domain of Serbia’s accession to the European Union. During the course, students are expected to gain relevant and solid knowledge in this area, which can be further improved and built on in their careers, but even more importantly- they will get a sound basis in terms of relevant education and training, as opposed to the hearsay information often appearing in some media.

Dr. Medović also stressed that what sets this university apart from many others is the timely integration of all modern trends in teaching and educational work coming from world renowned higher education institutions. The examples Dr. Medović used to support his point were numerous visits of highly reputable speakers, ambassadors of foreign countries in Serbia, which all provide students, teaching assistants, university associates and professors with essential information about the process of integration of the Republic of Serbia to the European Union.

It is worth mentioning that so far the University Business Academy has also hosted many foreign students, with taken courses, exams and conducted scientific/research being recognized in their home countries.

To the question whether our community is aware of these facts, and if so- to what extent, Dr. Medović gives the following answer:

- I think that our society, as a whole, is not sufficiently aware. It is a happy circumstance that such a possibility has been well designed here (at our University) and that we have started with such activities before the others… so looking from that perspective- it is really a great pleasure to be working at the University which is the leader of such a process.

Press Conference on the Project “Accession of Serbia to the EU“, as part of the Jean Monnet Module, Erasmus + Program


On December 3, 2015 University Business Academy in Novi Sad held a press conference on the project entitled ”Accession of Serbia to the EU”, within the framework of Jean Monnet Modules, Erasmus + program.

The project is co-funded by the European Union and the Education, Audiovisual and Cultural Agency.

The “Jean Monnet action” within the Erasmus + program started in 2014 and was designed with the aim to promote excellence in teaching and research in the field of European Union studies around the world. The European module is a project within the framework of Jean Monnet scheme and is an integral part of the Lifelong Learning Program. A Jean Monnet Module is a short teaching program (or course) in the field of European Union studies at a higher education institution with duration of three years.

The main objective of the Jean Monnet Module is to support teaching and research in the field of European integration studies at the level of higher education institutions within and outside the European Union. University Business Academy, or more specifically- Faculty of Economics and Engineering Management submitted its project proposal to the Erasmus Program + / Jean Monnet Activities Selection 2015 (Call for Proposals ref. EAC / A04 / 2014). The project is entitled “Accession of Serbia to the European Union”, which received very good reviews and has been approved by the European Commission. The project will be co-financed by the European Commission. Bearing in mind that this is the only project from the Republic of Serbia approved in this Call for Proposals, this can be considered as yet another confirmation of reputation and expertise of staff at the University Business Academy, Faculty of Economics and Management, in the field of European integrations. Approved trainers on the module are Prof. Vladimir Medović, Ph.D. (project manager) and Prof. Jelena Vapa-Tankosić, Ph.D.

The main purpose of the project is to promote the idea of European integrations and regional cooperation, as well as to contribute to the dissemination of knowledge about institutional ties between Serbia and the European Union, resting upon legal and economic instruments as part of the stabilization and accession process as well as procedures and conditions for EU membership. Hence, the project will contribute to increasing the quality of existing academic courses on European integrations. The realization of the project will started with the first lecture which is scheduled for 08 December 2015. Target groups include undergraduate, master and doctoral students, who will receive the necessary theoretical and practical knowledge and skills that will help them in further career development. Special attention will be given to social groups whose activities are important for spreading information about the EU (journalists, members of professional associations, members of NGOs etc.).

 The media were first addressed and welcomed by Rector of the University, Prof. Jovo Kolar Ph.D., who presented the goals of the University Business Academy and its constituent faculties. “University Business Academy is one of 18 universities in Serbia and, as such, gives a significant contribution to the academic community, which is only being restated with this project” – said Prof. Jovo Kolar, Rector of the University Business Academy.

 After the University Rector, Prof. Marijana Carić Ph.D., as President of the Council of the University Business Academy, also addressed the attendees. On this occasion Dr. Carić wished to emphasize the importance of international cooperation, pointing out that in 15 years of operation the University has signed between 40-50 international cooperation agreements. Dr. Carić also stressed that this is not the first educational program (project), but that during the last few years the University Business Academy successfully implemented the IPA HU-SRB CBC – EU master study program which resulted in an accredited degree program of Master studies: “Economic and Legal Studies of the European Union”.

At the end of the conference, Prof. Vladimir Medović Ph.D. addressed the audience and presented the project in further detail, listing its objectives and activities. Dr. Medović also explained that the project consists of 4 teaching/curricular activities, namely- 3 workshops and one research activity. The courses will cover the legal and economic aspects of Serbia’s accession to the EU.

Faculty of Pharmacy joins the University Business Academy in Novi Sad as a new addition to this higher education institution


On 24 September 2015, by virtue of the Decision brought by the University Council, Faculty of Pharmacy in Novi Sad has been accepted as a new member of the University Business Academy in Novi Sad.

Prof. Rajka Božanić visited the Faculty of Economics and Engineering Management


Dr. Rajka Božanić Ph.D., a full professor at the Faculty of Food Technology and Biotechnology, University of Zagreb, visited Novi Sad in the period between November 2 and November 5, 2015 within the framework of the MOBILITY program.

During that time Prof. Rajka Božanić and Prof. Spasenija Milanović from the Faculty of Technology in Novi Sad visited our University Business Academy in Novi Sad and the Faculty of Economics and Engineering Management, where the two of them met with Prof. Marijana Carić, President of the University Council and Prof. Dragan Soleša, Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Engineering Management.

Within the framework of the previously mentioned MOBILITY Program, Prof. Božanić spent time as a visiting professor at the Faculty of Technology in Novi Sad, University of Novi Sad, where she delivered a lecture entitled: “Different types of cheese and their importance in human nutrition”.

During her stay in Serbia, Prof. Božanić also visited the dairy company “Somboled, LLC” in Sombor.

The Day Of Argentina at The University Business Academy in Novi Sad


“The Day of Argentina” was a special event hosted at the University Business Academy in Novi Sad on 21 September, 2015, during which we could learn a lot about the culture, traditions, foreign relations of Argentina and, more specifically, diplomatic relations between Argentina and Serbia throughout history.

On this special occasion, known as “The Day of Argentina” at the University Business Academy in Novi Sad, His Excellency- Ambassador of Argentina, Mr. Ricardo Fernando Fernández opened the exhibition which presented 86 years of diplomatic relations between Argentina and Serbia, or more precisely- between Buenos Aires and Belgrade. The setting comprised 7 exhibits and a catalogue in which they were all presented .

For all interested attendees of this event, lectures were delivered in the study hall of the Faculty of Law for Commerce and Judiciary in Novi Sad. The program was opened by prof. Dr. Marijana Caric, President of the Council of the University Business Academy in Novi Sad. Dr. Caric wished a warm welcome to the Amabassador and expressed deep gratitude for the fact that His Excellency, Mr. Fernández has chosen the University Business Academy in Novi Sad to organize and host such a beautiful and important event. After that, the Ambassador of Argentina- HE Mr. Fernado Ricardo Fernández welcomed everyone and thanked the organizers for their hospitality. In his speech, the Ambassador talked about the importance and development of diplomatic relations between Argentina and Serbia which already have an 86 year-long history, and invited all guests to see the exhibition. Following that, prof. Dr. Slobodan Pajović, gave a presentation of the book ”The International Community and the Malvinas Question”, so that our students, professors and other guests could learn more about the problems connected with the Malvinas Islands through history as well as current developments in the dispute between Argentina and Great Britain on this issue. After the presentation of prof. Dr. Slobodan Pajović, the attendees of this special event were addressed by Silvia Monros, a prominent writer and author of translations of the most significant works of Latin American literature, who spoke on the topic entitled: ”The place of the Malvinas in Argentine literature”. Following the presentation, all participants had the opportunity to ask questions and participate in the discussion.

After the official part of the program, there was a cocktail party when all guests had the opportunity to enjoy refreshments while watching a unique exhibition.

The Ambassador of Mexico opens the International Summer School at University Business Academy


The Ambassador of Mexico opened the International Summer School at University Business Academy in Novi Sad.

On June 10, 2015, following a series of lectures delivered this academic year by renowned guest speakers, namely the Ambassador of the USA to the Republic of Serbia, the Ambassador of Croatia to the Republic of Serbia and the Ambassador of France to the Republic of Serbia, University Business Academy in Novi Sad hosted yet another remarkable guest lecturer- the Ambassador of Mexico to the Republic of Serbia, His Excellency, José Evaristo Ramón Xilotl Ramírez.

The reason for this exceptional honor of having the Ambassador of Mexico as our guest lecturer was opening of the International Summer School, jointly organized by the University Business Academy and Faculty of Economics and Engineering Management in Novi Sad. This year’s International Summer School is currently attended by students of The Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education or: Tecnologico de Monterrey from Mexico. Before the lecture, all attendees were welcomed and greeted by the University Council President, Prof. Marijana Carić, Ph.D., Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Engineering Management, Prof. Dragan Soleša, Ph.D. and Prof. Dejan Mihailović, Ph.D., a professor of FIMEK and the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education from Mexico.

On this occasion, Prof. Marijana Carić, Ph.D. said the following: “For many years we have continuously been working on the quality of our education, which also implies its sustainability in terms of new developments in areas of economy, law and management. International cooperation is one of our priorities at this faculty. Today we present to you the project of international cooperation and student exchange in the form of this International Summer School, which made it possible for students from Mexico to visit our university.

Prof. Dragan Soleša, Ph.D. as the Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Engineering Management wished a very warm welcome to His Excellency, the Ambassador of Mexico and Mexican students: “This is how we would like to continue to develop international cooperation and student exchanges and thus start a whole new era in the history of higher education development in the City of Novi Sad and at the same time- in the history of our Faculty”.

The International Summer School at our university was established thanks to the exceptional devotion and work of Dr. Dejan Mihailović, a professor of FIMEK and also the University of Monterrey from Mexico as well as Dr. Dragan Ilić, Assistant Professor and Vice-Dean for International Cooperation at the Faculty of Economics and Engineering Management in Novi Sad. Prof. Dejan Mihailović has explained it in his speech that, despite the physical distance, Serbia and Mexico are two extremely similar countries, in terms of historical events both countries have been through, as well as the mentality of people, temperament, hospitality, kindness, food habits, music etc. Furthermore, Dr. Mihailović said: “We do not insist on quantity, but rather wish to make the first step in cooperation and try to expand the scope of this international summer school to joint research projects, guest lectures by professors on both sides, to invite other Mexican professor to deliver lectures here and also to establish cooperation in terms of writing and publishing joint academic papers and various other forms of scientific and academic work.

After these opening speeches, His Excellency, the Ambassador of Mexico, José Evaristo Ramón Xilotl Ramírez greeted all the attendees and expressed his gratefulness for the warm welcome and hospitality of all representatives of FIMEK and University Business Academy. “I am pleasantly surprised by the visit of our students to Serbia, Novi Sad and FIMEK and deeply convinced that alongside with wonderful memories they will also take tremendous knowledge with them once they go back to Mexico. It is always great to be in Novi Sad, thanks to your culture and significance that this town has in Serbia. The best proof of this is the fact that Toluka, a town in my country, wishes to become a twin town with Novi Sad”. Having said that, the Ambassador started a lecture on the historical relationship between Serbia and Mexico, which dates back to the early 20th century. Good diplomatic relations were built through decades and varied depending on the international political climate. The similarities between our two countries could be primarily seen in terms of their neutral positions towards other countries during the bipolar division of power in the world. The establishment of a Mexican Embassy together with the highest level of diplomatic relations represented a token of friendship between our two countries. Fostering cultural bonds through different forms of artistic exhibits contributed to the creation of a solid basis for further cooperation on economic as well as political level.

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