The National University of Public Service (NUPS) and the University of Defence in Belgrade (UDB) signed an agreement on cooperation regarding the training of cadets, students and PhD candidates and raising the level of competence of the academic personnel. The document was signed by Prof. Dr. András Patyi, Rector of NUPS, Prof. Dr. MG Mladen Vuruna, Rector of UDB and Dr. Gábor Boldizsár, Dean of the Faculty of Military Sciences and Officer Training at NUPS on 24 February 2016.
In accordance with the agreement, the two higher educational institutions cooperate in the development of curricula and training, the exchange of teachers, cadets and students, the joint production of textbooks, teaching and methodical material and publishing activities in the next five years.
The two universities’ cooperation also contains the area of mentorship, and is extended to scientific and applied researches of common interest and to the joint development of research projects for participating in open competitions in accordance with (inter)national programmes. As a result of the joint researches, the coming years are expected to have scientific symposia, conferences and seminars with the involvement of similar educational institutions. The cooperation also includes the preparation of accreditation procedures for elaborating the scoring-system and the system of education quality control.
Professor Dr. András Patyi, Rector of NUPS received Major General Prof. dr. Mladen Vuruna, Rector of the University of Defence (Belgrade), Colonel Zlatan Jeremić, Defence Attaché at the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Budapest and Colonel Mišo Planojević, Leader of the Serbian Joint Staff Course at the Ludovika Campus on 13th April 2015.
During his stay at NUPS, Major General Mladen Vuruna underlined that he regards the development of Serbian national defence education as one with strategic priority, adding that he views the concept of joint public service training at NUPS to be of high value as it could offer practical experiences for the university in Belgrade. The delegation from Serbia also visited the Faculty of Military Sciences and Officer Training and received a thorough picture of the faculty’s experiences in terms of integration and training.
In addition to the sharing of experiences in university development, the two Rectors agreed to establish the pre-conditions for scientific cooperation and lecturer and student mobility by 2016 that in the long-term could possibly result in a joint training programme. The two institutions continue to strive for the advancement of student mobility, the basis of which could be the ERASMUS+ credit mobility and the FOURLOG international logistics exercise. Accordingly, the inclusion of the universities’ joint activities in a memorandum of understanding is preferable, with the document possibly being signed already this year.