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The FELU Alumni Macedonia established

06.04.2018Comments are closed.

The Faculty of Economics in Ljubljana has expanded its international presence and strengthened its connection with the business sector by taking an important step: establishing the FELU Alumni Macedonia. Namely, this year the FELU is running a graduate programme in Macedonia for the 11th consecutive year; moreover, Macedonian students’ interest in regular study programmes in Slovenia is very strong. In the last 5 years, 567 students from 67 countries worldwide and all continents (except Australia) have graduated from the Faculty of Economics. Most foreign students (136) come from Macedonia, followed by Bosnia and Herzegovina (75), Croatia (42) and Italy (30). Through the newly-founded Alumni Club in Macedonia, FELU graduates will have the chance to establish connections more intensively while exchanging their knowledge and experience. It was noted at the founding ceremony that the knowledge of FELU graduates has an important influence on the development of the economy, not just in Macedonia but in the broader region as well.

However, the founding event was part of a Slovenian business delegation’s programme on the occasion of a visit by Miro Cerar, the Prime Minister, and Zdravko Počivalšek, the Minister of the Economy, to Macedonia, which was co-organised by the SPIRIT Public Agency, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia and the Economic Chamber of Macedonia. The purpose of the visit was to deepen mutual cooperation and business links and so the event’s inclusion in the delegation’s programme further points to the importance of education. Besides graduates, the founding event was attended by many prominent representatives of the Slovenian and Macedonian business sectors. The introductory speech was given by the host Prof. Dr. Metka Tekavčič, the Dean of the FELU, and was followed by speeches by Prof. Milan Jazbec, the Slovenian ambassador to Macedonia, Janez Škrabec, the President of the FELU Alumni, and Branko Azeski, the President of the Managing Board of the Economic Chamber of Macedonia, while the concluding speech was delivered by Jovan Pljakov, MSc, the first President of the Macedonian Alumni Club. The importance of ensuring quality in education was highlighted several times and the FELU was commended for having established quality standards at all levels, which has additionally encouraged the development of activities in both Macedonia and elsewhere.

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