The farewell event of the ninth generation of PEXIM Foundation scholars that will start their postgraduate studies at the University of Cambridge took place on 24 September at the Botanical Garden Jevremovac in Belgrade.
Distinguished guests who contribute to the strengthening of business, academic and cultural connections between Serbia and the United Kingdom gathered to support their colleagues who will continue their master studies at the prestigious British University.
The guests were addressed by HE Denis Keefe, HMA to Serbia, Ana Langović-Milićević, State Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development, Mihail Petreski, Founder of PEXIM Foundation and Tijana Gajić, Director of the Alumni Board of the PEXIM Foundation.
Ambassador Denis Keefe emphasised the importance of the links between the United Kingdom and the Republic of Serbia and that the alumni of British universities become partners in the economic development of their homeland. His Excellency Keefe recalled that in 2014 his first official appearance in the capacity of Ambassador to Serbia was precisely during the PEXIM Cambridge Networking Dinner at Trinity College, where he was once also a student.
State Secretary Ana Langović-Milićević welcomed guests on behalf of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development, and on behalf of the Minister Mladen Šarčević. “The Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development supports the mobility of young people through numerous projects where about two thousand of our students and teaching staff have the opportunity to receive scholarships for their education abroad, and more and more foreign students come to Serbia.”
As a contribution to mobility within the ERIC/NARIC system, Langović-Milićević emphasised that procedures for the recognition of foreign diplomas are simplified now. ’’This practice enables experts to apply the knowledge that they gained abroad and thereby to further contribute to the development of our country.’’
PEXIM Foundation Founder Mihail Petreski reflected on the path that the Foundation had taken over the last nine years. He further noted that ’’alumni take on more and more initiatives in managing the Foundation, but also that they contribute to the development of local communities alongside being successful in their careers.’’
The Director of the Alumni Board of the PEXIM Foundation Tijana Gajić shared with the guests the Foundation’s vision that ’’Serbia and Macedonia become the environments in which young people can apply their skills and develop their potential to the fullest.’’