There are no easy chapters to negotiate!
– is one of the conclusions from the round table dedicated to the EU’s expectations in the Chapters 25 (Science and Research) and 26 (Education and Culture), that was organized on Saturday, April 9 in Novi Sad, in the cooperation with European Movement, chapter Novi Sad.
It has became evident that although there is a high degree of compliance between the Ministry of Education as a prime contractor and the stakeholders (academic community, researchers, representatives of civil society organizations which are active in the National Convent) regarding the steps that need to be undertaken with the aim of grater mobility, access to funds, achievement of excellence in the European framework, there is a not insignificant number of inherited and unresolved problems: we are missing the evaluation criteria for the same performance – whether, for example, fact that the University of Belgrade was on the Shanghai list made the University attractive to students from the other countries except those in the region?
The Minister of Education, Mr. Srđan Verbić, has indicated several examples (often trivial) of problems which the Ministry is obliged to resolve, by asking the participants at one point: What is social innovation today? and explaining how, almost exclusively, innovations are considered only in the context of the natural sciences.
A special panel was dedicated to the leaders in the field of science and industry – at least three participants of the round table came from the economy where they are managing extremely successful companies, but with a strong reliance on Faculties of Novi Sad, above all on the Faculty of Technical Sciences. They had a lot of practical observations of what nowadays is “necessary” to the real economy sector in terms of human resources:
Nikola Teslić, RT – RK: We require a high school degree, we advertise 20 positions to fill them with 15 highly educated. Conclusion? Faculties are providing staff who are not needed
Petar Ulić: We need people who show seniority quality, in solving problems, communications, ability to offer solutions.
Petar Ulić: Youth education must be adapted to the global village in which we have entered. People will come to Novi Sad – because of the quality of life!
Mirko Topalski: Every time I get surprised how many innovative entrepreneurs there are in Serbia. Problem (wider context) is that they are “invisible”.
Finally, in the framework of the final panel there was a discussion on the access funds (EU and others). In this panel, the moderator Ms. Vesna Crnojević Bengin has stressed that “the small member states were first who have realized the benefit” of applying, by pointing out the examples of Slovenia and Cyprus. This was followed by an interesting and informative discussion.
Next event organized with our partners from the European Movement Novi Sad will take place on Tuesday, 19 April, when we will discuss the “Danube dimension” of regional cooperation.