The sixth international scientific conference titled “Employment, Education and Entrepreneurship” under the auspices of the Faculty of Business Economics and Entrepreneurship (BEE) from Belgrade, will be held from 19th to 21st October 2017 in Belgrade.
At the opening of the fifth conference, the agreement on cooperation between the Faculty of BEE and the Russian New University from Moscow, the Ministry of Education of the Gabonese Republic and the University Business Academy from Novi Sad was signed. The agreement signatories were: the director of the Faculty of BEE prof. Dr. Jovan Zivadinovic, Vice’rector of RNU Igor Darda, Branka Vijoglavin on behalf of the Ministry of Education in Gabon and Rector of Business Academy Mirko Kulić.
The President of the Scientific Committee of the conference prof. Dr. Mirjana Radovic Markovic emphasized at the beginning of the conference that 2016 was the year of entrepreneurship and that entrepreneurship in today’s time was becoming more dynamic.
- We are having representatives from 21 countries from all over the world at this conference and that is the largest number of the participating countries until now. Since it was established, a total of 39 countries has participated in this conference with 450 scientific papers signed by 945 authors and scientists and we have issued 19 thematic monographs – said Dr. Radovic Markovic.
She added that entrepreneurship was the generator of new businesses and that education was the basis for people to gain knowledge and skills so as to be able to start their own businesses.
- The objective of this conference is networking and using our experiences to solve problems from this field. Without networking and exchange of ideas and opinions there is no progress – said the professor.
The founder of the Faculty of BEE Dr. Dusan Cogoljevic said that science and education were the main initiators, supporters and foundation of development and “they represent the overall value of society by encouraging fresh thoughts and findings of scientific significance for the development of entrepreneurial initiatives, innovations, and economic freedoms.”
- Consequently they have an impact on employment that represents a powerful means in our fight to solve basic social issues – poverty in all its forms of manifestation and complexities. I would like to emphasize that the number of BEE’s students participating at the conference with their acknowledged papers increases every year. Furthermore, our school has established a significant international cooperation with the universities from the country and abroad. We’ve received many awards for our work, and the most important is the one for Business Excellence (The Oscar for Quality) from the field of social responsibility, strategies and leadership – Dr. Cogoljevic pointed out. He emphasized that the Faculty of BEE is giving scholarships to the best and most successful students who are studying at the Faculty for free.
The Faculty of BEE has achieved two major results this year. Our students became the champions of Europe and vice champions of the world in debating, and we’ve achieved that during the short existence of our school of 8 years – Dr. Cogoljevic emphasized.
Renata Pindzo, the Assistant Minister of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications, addressed the audience on behalf of the Serbian Government by saying that it was necessary to fight for each work place and that in that sense changes in the education system were very important.
- These topics – employment, education and entrepreneurship are very much related and intertwined – said Renata and concluded that one of the branches making progress in Serbia was – tourism.
- Tourism is an industry and it is being included in the sector of creative industry. We have more than 3,500 companies and 10,000 entrepreneurs involved in tourism. That is the sector in which we should invest – said Pindzo.
Co-organizers of this conference are: the International Research Institute for Social Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (IRISEED) from Birmingham (UK), the International College for Interdisciplinary Studies (USA), the Faculty of Entrepreneurship – University in Teheran (Iran), the Belgrade Banking Academy (Serbia), the University of Business Engineering and Management Banja Luka, the Faculty of Philosophy – University from Sofia “St. Kliment Ohridski” (Bulgaria) and the European Council for Small Business and Entrepreneurship – ECSB University in Turk (Finland).
On Saturday 29th October, there was also a round table with an interesting topic: “Costs and economic effects of the process of Serbia joining and accessing the EU and economic effects after the full membership.” Participants of this round table, aside from prof. Milan Beslac from the Faculty of BEE, were: prof. Dr. Dusan Janjic, MP prof. Dr. Miladin Sevarlic, president of the Serbian Association of Economists prof. Dr. Gojko Rikalovic, Nebojsa Atanackovic, president of the Serbian Business Union and academician prof. Dr. Radmila Grozdanic from the Faculty of Business Economics and Entrepreneurship.
On the same day, 29th October, “Time Management – Stress Management” Forum was also held. The Forum was led by prof. Dr. Zarko Pavic, and the panelists were: Dr. Slavko Karavidic, Dr. Mihaela Stroe (Romania), Jasmina Tal (Bulgaria) and Ioana Andrievici (Romania).