We capped the day off with dinner and discussion with Marija Nikolic, Deputy Program Director, Global UGRAD, and an American Councils Representative. Yes, that’s an American-style diner!!
On Tuesday afternoon, Aaron and Kamron went to the Faculty of Political Science, while Al and Dr. Meares visited the Faculty of Philology. In Serbia, a “faculty” is what we would call a College, part of the greater University. However, in Serbia (and many countries) they may not be located in the same place.
These photos are from our visit with the Philology Faculty. We had a productive and positive meeting with the Dean, Professor Aleksandra Vranes, Vice Dean, Ljiljana Markovic, and a group of outstanding student representatives. We discussed plans for bringing our students to Belgrade, participating in a joint conference, and even the possibilities for a joint graduate degree program based on our respective subject areas. Afterward, the students took us on a tour of the area and to a wonderful lunch. Thanks to students Ana Tesic, Katarina Nokolic, Petar Andric, Milica Mojsilovic, and Nikola Ristic (who walked us back to the hotel afterward)!
We started the day with a trip to World Learning to meet with representatives from the U.S. Embassy. Ryan Rowlands (Public Affairs Counselor), Tijana Hrkalovic (Cultural Affairs Assistant), and Vukica Stankovic (Cultural Affairs Assistant) were very supportive of our efforts. We really appreciate having the opportunity to share with them our program, and get their advice and assistance for next year — we look forward to continued cooperation!
It was another great day in Novi Sad today with a visit to the University of Novi Sad. We observed two classes and spoke with students, faculty members, and administrators. We learned a lot and developed some great relationships. A special thanks to Vice-Rector Pavle Sekerus, Professors Natassa Kampmark and Terence McEneny, and especially our ambassador for the day, Ivana Đokvučić and her colleagues on the International Relations Office team. We returned to Belgrade tonight, but look forward to the next trip to Novi Sad!!
We had a great visit with the Youth Office in Temerin. We had a wonderful, wide-ranging conversation about culture and cultural differences, education, political systems, history, and stereotypes in our two countries! Thanks to Vojislav Prkosovacki, Regional Youth Office Coordinator for the Serbian Ministry of Youth and Sport, who accompanied us from Novi Sad and share his expertise with us; Ivana Jerkov, Coordinator of the Temerin Youth Office; and all the wonderful young people who welcomed us so warmly, including Nemanja Buba Obradovic, Monika Zsunyi, Denes Varga, Boris Miletic, Deni Krevesic, and Sanja Milicev. Hvala!!
When we went walking after dinner tonight, down to see the Danube River, we spotted lots of locks padlocked on the bridge. This webpage explains the trend in Eastern Europe for lovers to literally throw away the key… http://eastokeurope.com/eastern-lovelock/