The Minister of Education, Science and Technological Development, Mladen Sarcevic, said that the draft law on the dual system of academic education allows students to acquire knowledge through learning and working in companies, which brings many benefits to colleges, employers and students.
This increases the relevance of higher education, will boost the employment of graduates and modernise the teaching process through cooperation with businesses. The Minister also underlined that students who opt for this type of study can count on the great support of companies through a “good contract” and a guaranteed job.
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“This is the direction of reform in those areas of economic development that will surely keep young people in the country and a good signal for companies that have development-related ideas and research laboratories in Serbia,” Sarcevic added.
Sarcevic also recalled that the law on the dual system in high schools was adopted two years ago and that, despite all the criticism received, it proved to be successful.
According to the information he presented, the number of students in the first year has risen from 400 to 7,400 this year, indicating that interest is growing year-on-year.
The Minister stressed that the Mihajlo Pupin Institute and the faculties of the Belgrade University, such as the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, have been involved in the drafting of the law on the dual system of studies in academic education and will contribute to the development of research and innovation.
“The whole process is a joint project between Serbian scientific community, universities, the Chamber of Commerce and education experts,” concluded Sarcevic.
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