By Peter Tase
On July 17, International University Travnik (Bosnia and Herzegovina) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the European University – Macedonia. The purpose of this initiative is to continue with the development of academic relations among both universities and strengthen partnerships of IUT in the Balkans region.
Academician Prof. Dr. Ibrahim Jusufranić, the chancellor of IUT has given a special importance to the strategic internationalization oriented towards teaching, exchange of research visits and project based learning for students.
According to Prof. Dr. Ibrahim Jusufranić, “based on the decisions of the IUT Senate, the formulation of curriculum and scientific research will further improve from this Memorandum of Understanding signed with the leadership of European University-Republic of Macedonia of Skopje.”
This cooperation agreement was signed by Chancellor Prof. Dr. Lidija Naumovska (on behalf of the European University-Republic of Macedonia) and Chancellor Prof. Dr. Ibrahim Jusufranić, as the official representative of International University Travnik, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
According to Assoc. Prof. Dr. Sabahudin Hadžialić at International University Travnik, “This bilateral agreement will shape the future of scientific cooperation among the two universities and set forth the groundwork of joint research projects in the fields of social sciences, transportation engineering, literature, humanities and the arts.”
Prof. Hadžialić emphasized that, “The Faculties and Students of both universities will cooperate in the field of publications of scientific work including the organization of annual conferences; seminars that will help bring closer the academic communities of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Republic of Macedonia. Moreover, both Institutions have prioritized a cooperation framework in the fields of International Affairs, Economic Diplomacy and Globalization of tertiary Education.”
The leadership of International University Travnik has expressed its commitment to strengthen its cooperation with European University – Macedonia, that is mainly focused in the areas of: joint degree programs in the undergraduate and graduate levels; team work in the organization of project based learning initiatives, foster participation on events organized by both universities and exchange visits among professors and students.
Both institutions will be exchanging information on the available funds provided by the European Union and other multilateral organizations, further bolster internationalization of student programs and work together in cross disciplinary projects based on the current socio-economic challenges that affect Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Republic of Macedonia.
International University Travnik, was established in 2006, its inception was marked by the inauguration of the College of Economic Sciences and Technical Logistics. Later on the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sports of Central Bosnia Canton approved the opening of the College of Transportation and Traffic Engineering. Moreover, the International University Travnik has the following Departments: Environmental Sciences; Law and Social Sciences; Media and Communications; Information Technology and Polytechnic Sciences.
The European University – Republic of Macedonia has the following Academic Departments: Economic Sciences, Informatics, Arts and Design, Law, Criminology and Police Sciences, Dentistry and Political Sciences. The European University is a cutting edge institution of advanced learning, promotes international education and provides academic support to national and international students. The Infrastructures of both universities in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Macedonia are modern and equipped with the last generation of technological equipment, encompassing the best IT equipment paired with top notch Faculty, educated in the Balkans and Europe.