MEF and F+S signed cooperation agreement
Belgrade – According to the latest census of the population of the Republic Statistical Office in Serbia, 10.59% of the total number of citizens in Serbia is educated, 14% of adults do not have an elementary school completed, although it is mandatory, while secondary education does not have every fifth adult . In school 2017/18 214.681 students were enrolled in state and private universities in the Republic of Serbia, of which 86.8% of students enrolled in state and 13.2% of students at private faculties.
Faculty of Applied Management, Economics and Finance (MEF) and advertising agency Foster + Svensson from Belgrade have established cooperation in educating students of this higher education institution, in order to enable high-quality studies in Serbia through contemporary and professional approach to study programs.
Students at MEF Faculty will have the opportunity to acquire knowledge and practical experiences through lectures and workshops that will help them complete their studies and further develop professional careers. Also, the agency will share to students practical knowledge about cooperation and relationships between clients and agencies, the way of work, through the presentation of everyday communication, as well as business requirements which client can send to the agency, and vice versa, what is necessary for the client to submit to the agency in order to design creative campaigns. Through the organization of workshops, a real business environment and work situations will be simulated, which will bring advance experience to students in their future everyday situations at work.
Vladimir Suvodolac, Managing Director at Foster + Svensson, says that cooperation with the MEF Faculty came from the desire to cooperate with the best, which together will contribute to the improvement of education in Serbia, while students will have a rounded study process during their education.
– Foster + Svensson, in addition to Erste Bank, NLB Bank, Credit Agricole Bank, Valamar, OEI Austrian Institute, Serbian Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development, has become a partner of the MEF Faculty, which came from the mutual desire to achieve the highest quality study programs in Serbia. Students, in addition to theoretical instruction, would also have practical knowledge in the field of study and in the field of study programs for which they are studying. As employers, it is important that we can rely on the knowledge and acquired experiences of students from Serbia, and when you choose colleagues and associates, you must always take care of their theoretical and practical knowledge. With the MEF Faculty, education is raised to a higher level in terms of quality and we believe that this is only one step in creating the highest quality education system, said Suvodolac.
The classical education that we are accustomed to involves the duration of the lecture is 45-60 minutes, with insufficient attention being paid to whether the student fully understands the lesson before the end of the time, which unnecessarily leaves room for the student to use his own free time to determine the material through notes from the lectures.
Educational institutions try to prepare youths for work, but through divided activities: students to learn, and teachers to teach. On the other hand, companies are complaining about hiring people without basic skills in practice, such as ability to solve problems, creativity, teamwork and time management. That is why more and more corporations are turning to educational institutions and education ministries with the demand that students in educational institutions prepare for future jobs.
– When we choose the partners with whom we will cooperate, we always have in mind the desire to offer students the best best partners and conditions in order to make their education complete. Technological advancements should always be used as a factor that does not complicate but speeds up the functioning. Also, digital technology allows lecturers to constantly monitor students’ progress, without wasting time on records – because it works electronically. Each student is allowed, according to a personalized plan, to participate in lectures, projects, seminars, small discussion groups, task making, joint problem solving and one-on-one session with lecturers and colleagues, but also to look again at lectures and all other digital materials. Our mission, as a modern and innovative educational institution, is a quest for knowledge, not just knowledge transfer. Training students to create ideas, not just reproduction of facts, are modern requirements of higher education, said Pavle Brzaković, General Manager of the MEF Faculty.
According to the Statistical Office of the Republic of Serbia, there were 11% of those who completed both higher and higher education in the 2002 census, while according to the data from 2011, this number increased to 16.24%. The most sought-after occupations, until 15-20 years ago, did not exist because the development of technology tirelessly affects all spheres of society. This accelerated development requires the education of young people for jobs that do not yet exist and the use of technologies that have not yet been invented. In other words, it requires education that will just create new jobs and new technologies, but also with which students will be able to keep pace and master them.