In addition to the role of the university as a cradle of new ideas and an institution that promotes scientific research, international cooperation is at the heart of university activities dedicated to the development of cooperation in higher education. Such programs emphasize the role of knowledge in the domain of socio-economic development, taking it as a necessary precondition for preserving peace, human rights, justice and promoting economic development.
The activities undertaken in that sense at the University Business Academy in Novi Sad and the Agricultural University of Tirana, Albania, meet the requirements of development in the era of globalization, which imply constant improvement and the usage of new information technologies. The process of building these capacities simultaneously and inevitably leads to an increase in the knowledge base necessary to improve education, science and technology, social sciences and humanities, culture and communication. The foundations of a long-term cooperation and Serbian-Albanian friendship were laid by the rectors of the two universities (Prof. Marko Carić Ph.D, Rector of the University Business Academy in Novi Sad, and Prof. Fatbardh Sallaku Ph.D, Rector of the Agricultural University of Tirana), as well as the Vice Dean for International Relations at the Faculty of Economics and Engineering Management in Novi Sad, prof. Nikola Puvača Ph.D. and the Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, prof. Erinda Lika Ph.D. International cooperation in higher education compensates for potential deficiencies in the amount or level of knowledge and significantly reduces brain drain by constant efforts on the establishment of centers for innovation and excellence in both countries.
In this way, university cooperation promotes academic cooperation through "twinning" and networking of higher education institutions and academics around the world, in order to facilitate the entry, transfer and adjustment of knowledge within and across borders of individual countries. Particularly important are joint projects related to education in the context of the global pandemic caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19), as well as the Erasmus program and European "COST" projects.
The Impact of International Cooperation on Development
Achieving high-quality results is crucial for international university cooperation. Through academic cooperation, emphasis is placed on capacity building and knowledge exchange, as well as their impact on national and regional politics.
Both of the mentioned universities encourage networking through excellence and active innovative contribution to the development of relevant fields at the national, regional and international levels.
This excellence will be reflected in the unique combination of the geographical position of the two universities, their higher education institutions, training centers, foundations, as well as public or private research centers, which all work together on joint innovative projects.
Promoting Education for All
Both universities, with their rectors, university representatives and established cooperation networks, are actively working on teacher education, training for education researchers and administrators, as well as on the implementation of research results in important segments of society. Within the Central European initiative, learning, training and education are of particular significance, aimed at preventing the spread of coronavirus in humans and animals alike.
Prof. Nikola Puvača Ph.D.
Vice Dean for International Relations at the Faculty of Economics and Engineering Management in Novi Sad