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Prof. Miroslav Knežević appointed state secretary for tourism
The Government of the Republic of Serbia, at its session of August 4, 2017, appointed Miroslav Knežević, PhD, Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Tourism and Hospitality Management, Singidunum University, to the position of State Secretary in the Ministry of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications of the Republic of Serbia.  Assistant Professor Miroslav Knežević was born in 1988 in Užice. He finished elementary school in Zlatibor, the Secondary Catering and Tourism School in Čajetina, as the best pupil of the generation and the holder of the Vuk's diploma (straight-A pupil). In 2007, he won the second place at the Republic competition in the field of economy and tourism. He completed his bachelor studies at the Faculty of Tourism and Hotel Management of Singidunum University. Since 2008, he is actively involved in the student organization, first as the President of the Student Parliament of the FTHM (2008-2009), then as the President of the Student Parliament of Singidunum University (2009-2011). During 2010, he participated in the founding of the Students Conference of Serbian Universities (SKONUS) and was appointed a member of the Presidential Council. In the same year, he became a scholar of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation. He received his BSc degree in Economics as the best student of his generation, with an average grade of 10 (ten). He completed his MA in 2012 at Singidunum University at the study programme Business Systems in Tourism and Hospitality. He was awarded the Young Leader of the Year Award for 2012, at the 9 th Forum of Hotel Managers, organized by the editorial staff of the travel magazine Turistički Svet and the Association for Tourism and Catering of the Serbian Chamber of Commerce. He completed his doctoral studies in 2016 with the highest average grade of 10 (ten) at Tourism Management study programme of Singidunum University.  During the academic year 2011-2012, he was a Teaching Associate and in 2012, he was selected to be a Teaching Assistant of the Faculty of Tourism and Hospitality Management. From 2013 to 2015, he was the President of the Club of Assistants at Singidunum University. At the beginning of 2016, he was appointed Assistant Professor. He teaches several subjects at bachelor and postgraduate studies. Prof. Knežević participates in a number of professional, international and national projects (UN Joint Program Sustainable Tourism for Rural Development, Strengthening Student Role in Governance and Management at the Universities of Serbia in line with the Bologna Process, Strategy for Sustainable Development of Čajetina Municipality 2010-2020, etc). He is the author of more than 30 scientific and professional papers published in national and international journals and conferences. He was moderator, key speaker and panelist at several professional and scientific gatherings in the country and abroad. He speaks English.
The International Geography Olympiad (iGeo) at Singidunum University
Around 200 best young geographers from more than 40 countries around the world participated at the 14th International Geography Olympiad, which was opened on August 2, 2017, at the National Theatre in Belgrade. Singidunum University was one of the hosts of this competition. The written and electronic tests of the Geography Olympiad were held at our university building in Kumodraška Street.  The International Geography Olympiad is the most important event of its kind, intended for the best 16 to 19 year old geography students from all over the world. Talented geographers checked their knowledge in three disciplines - written and multimedia tests, and field work.  The organizer of the event was the Regional Center for Talented Youth Belgrade 2 with the support of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia, the City of Belgrade, the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts, the Faculty of Geography of the University of Belgrade, and Singidunum University. 12th International Geography Olympiad was held in Moscow, 13th in Beijing, and after Belgrade, it will be hosted by Montreal and Hong Kong.
Prof. Vladimir Džamić appointed State Secretary
The Government of the Republic of Serbia, at its session of July 20, 2017, appointed Vladimir Džamić, PhD, professor of Singidunum University, to the position of State Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia. Professor Džamić was born in 1984 in Kraljevo. He finished primary and secondary school in Vrnjačka Banja as the holder of the Vuk's diploma (straight-A pupil). For the results achieved during secondary education, he was appointed a student of the generation in the field of social-humanistic sciences. In 2006, he became a scholar of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation. He graduated from the Faculty of Political Sciences of the University of Belgrade with an average grade of 9.46 (nine and 46/100), successfully defending his thesis Comparative Analysis of the Republic of Serbia Constitutions of 1990 and 2006. After completing the Master in Business Economics, he acquired his Doctoral Degree at Singidunum University with the highest average grade of 10 (ten), in 2013. During the academic year 2004 – 2005, he was a Junior Associate in the History of Political Theory course at the Faculty of Political Sciences, University of Belgrade. In 2008 – 2009, he worked as an Assistant in the office of the European Parliament Rapporteur for Serbia, where he completed his one-year professional training. During the academic year 2009 – 2010, he was working as a Teaching Associate at the Singidunum University for the field of Social Sciences and Humanities. In 2010, he was appointed Teaching Assistant and in 2013, Assistant Professor for that scientific field. Since 2015, he has served as the Vice Dean of the Faculty of Tourism and Hospitality Management and the coordinator of the Center for Business Skills at Singidunum University. He is the author of more than 60 scientific papers published in domestic and international journals and conferences. He speaks English and French. In 2007, he was the winner of the 54th round of the National Quiz TV Slagalica by Radio Television of Serbia, as one of the youngest winners in the history of this quiz show.
Cooperation with the Hyatt Hotel
Singidunum University and the Hyatt Regency Belgrade concluded the Business Cooperation Agreement on July 12, 2017.  The document was signed by Prof. Slobodan Čerović, PhD, Dean of the Faculty of Tourism and Hospitality Management, and Homayoon Amirparviz, General Manager of the Hyatt Regency Belgrade. This agreement between Singidunum University and the Hyatt will primarily focus on cooperation with the Faculty of Tourism and Hospitality Management in the field of student practice. FTHM students, mostly at the study option of Food Economics , will have the opportunity to complete their professional practice at this hotel during the studies, and the best trainees will be offered employment. The Food Economics option within the Tourism and Hospitality Management study programme is designed to enable the professional practice in a five-star hotel, in line with the theoretical part of the curriculum. In this manner, students will be able to put to practice everything they learn during their courses. The Food Economics option at the Faculty of Tourism and Hospitality Management provides an ideal combination of theory and practice in educating future managers of restaurants and food and beverage sectors of the hospitality industry. The cooperation will include: Professional practice for students, monitoring their work and creating employment programs in line with the hotel's facilities and business activities; Mentoring programs for students; Realization of joint workshops and collaboration with students and their representatives; Possibility of obtaining recommendations from the CV database of graduates, advanced students and students of the final year. The signing of the agreement was attended by Prof. Mladen Veinović, PhD, Rector of Singidunum University; Prof. Svetlana Stanišić, PhD, Full Professor at Singidunum University; Prof. Vladimir Džamić, PhD, Vice Dean of FTHM; and representatives of the Hyatt Regency Belgrade.
2017-2018 Undergraduate Admissions
Thank you for your interest in Singidunum University! First-year applicants’ selection and admission is in progress for all faculties of Singidunum University. Please contact the Student Service for all relevant information: Tel: (011) 3094 094 E-mail: studije|mmnkk|singidunum.ac.rs For on-line application and information visit upis.singidunum.ac.rs Information for students interested in our Study Programmes taught in English: Tel: (011) 3094 079 E-mail:  study|mmnkk|singidunum.ac.rs
Summer Working Hours
Singidunum University will have the following working hours during the summer months, in the period from July 17 to August 28: Belgrade, 32 Danijelova Street Student Service - from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on working days, closed on Saturdays. Library - from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on working days, closed on Saturdays. Student Service for master and doctoral studies - from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on working days, closed on Saturdays. Computer Centre - from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on working days, closed on Saturdays. Accounting and Legal Services - from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on working days, closed on Saturdays. Rector’s Office - from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on working days, closed on Saturdays. Belgrade, 261a Kumodraška Street Administrative services will not work in this period. All requests will be received in Danijelova Street. Novi Sad, 4a Mihajla Pupina Boulevard Student Service - from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on working days, closed on Saturdays. Niš, 28 Nikole Pašića Street Student Service - from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on working days, closed on Saturdays. The admission to all faculties of the integrated university in this period will be conducted during the  above working hours. Consultations with professors and other academic activities will not be held in the summer period.
Diaspora Day Held at Singidunum University
Singidunum University hosted the Diaspora Day 2017 . The event was held on Thursday, July 6, organized by Tesla Science Foundation from the United States and Serbia, Singidunum University and partner organizations from the diaspora and the motherland.  The Diaspora Day was attended by representatives of the motherland and the diaspora, ambassadors, the highest representatives of the Academy, Universities and the Government of the Republic of Serbia, students from Serbia and abroad, as well as pupils and teachers of secondary schools. Diaspora Day 2017 covered various topic of interest for Serbian expatriates and Serbs in the region: relations between the motherland and the diaspora; links and cooperation; Serbian identity in the 21st century and Serbian language; young diaspora, its return and engagement; Serbian language and the diaspora; eliminating disinformation about Serbia - how to restore the good name of Serbia. The following were the speakers at the Plenary Session: Prof. Milovan Stanišić, PhD, President of Singidunum University Slavka Drašković, PhD, Vice President and Director of Studenica Foundation USA, Professor of Singidunum University Miroslav Michael Đorđević, President of Studenica Foundation, San Francisco, USA Academician Zoran Radović, Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts Nikola Lončar, President of Tesla Science Foundation, Philadelphia, USA Miodrag Mića Jakšić, President of Serbian Heritage Foundation (Matica iseljenika) Olga Danilović, Vienna, Austria Dragan Hanović, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Serbia The first prize from the Tesla Science Foundation, the Lifetime Achievement Award, was presented on this occasion to Mr. Miroslav Michael Đorđević, President of the Studenica Foundation for his immense contribution to keeping and improving reputation of Serbian people and for long time engagement in building relations between the diaspora and the motherland. The Tesla Spirit Award , presented to those who share values nurtured by our most respected scientist, was granted to President of Singidunum University, Prof. Milovan Stanišić, PhD, for his dedication to Serbian diaspora and his continuous innovative professional work. Tesla Science Foundation awarded the medal for special contributions to the fund Dr. Marko Jarić. The event was also attended by scholarship holders and alumni members of Studenica Foundation from San Francisco, young people and secondary school pupils from Budapest, young people and organizations from the Republic of Srpska, Romania, and many, many others from Croatia, Australia, Canada, Sweden, Austria, Romania, Germany, Slovakia, Slovenia, etc. The official program was followed by an exhibition of books on the diaspora and Serbs in the region. Diaspora Day 2017 was successfully organized by Singidunum University and Tesla Science Foundation from the United States and Serbia, with the support of Studenica Foundation USA, Serbian National Federation of the United States, Serbian Cultural and Educational Society Prosvjeta Austria, Organization of Serbian Students Abroad, Serbian Heritage Foundation and others.
Our students at the lecture Brands on the Net from your, their and Google's angle
UEPS continued the series of lectures, which make it widely known for decades, with the lecture Brands on the Net from Your, Their, and Google’s Angle held on June 27, 2017 at the Museum of Applied Arts. Singidunum University attended the event with two winning marketing teams from the Marketing Day of December 2016. Professor Jelena Stanković, PhD, accompanied the students.   Association for Market Communications of Serbia – UEPS posted the following text about the event on its web site: The lecture was divided into three parts. In the first part, Predrag Milićević , the head of the Business Development and Marketing of RNIDS Foundation, talked about several topics that make the net identity, with excellent examples of what can happen to those who are not informed or open and close their Domains without much thinking. All users or creators of content on the net definitely need to hear this man! Predrag Milićević gave examples from the global and domestic practice about everything that most users do not think about when using social networks, open e-mail addresses, or create a corporate or personal site, and which often creates problems or even has dramatic consequences. In addition, he provided a series of useful instructions and tips about selecting domains, breaking stereotypes about national and international domains. Ana Pavlović , Digital Account Director of VEB Media Agency, has told a nice story on making love flourish between the brand and consumers, turning every click into shopping, and gave examples from her practice. Ana has charmingly, simply and concisely presented some of the brands (Maxi, DM, Maybelline) for which she created the net presence, with the aim to increase sales and create firm connection of consumers with the brand. The campaign created by VEB Media Agency for Maxi proved that potatoes can become as digitally attractive and creative as a lipstick, and confirmed that digital promotions help achieve greater visibility in the market, but also better sales - the ultimate goal. Ana's presentation showed that a good idea or a creative approach is often more effective than large budgets. Finally, wonderful young people, students of Singidunum University presented their work on the topic We Think Digital in which they branded their University in a digital environment - the charming energy of youth combined with a wide spectrum of mature professional thinking. The future certainly belongs to them, and UEPS has supported their first promising steps. The lecture was moderated by Mugdim Šehalić, who organized hundreds of UEPS lectures, patiently and persistently for years.
Graduation ceremony and staff conference
June 28 - Day of Singidunum University, as well as 18 TH anniversary of the founding of its first Faulty were celebrated by the Graduation ceremony and the Staff conference.  Professors, assistants, students and guests of Singidunum University, that attended the Staff conference, were addressed by: Prof.dr Mladen Veinović, Rector of Singidunum University Prof. dr Zora Konjovic, Coordinator of the Center Novi Sad Prof. dr Bratislav Milovanović, coordinator of the Center Niš Prof. dr Zoran Jokić from the Faculty of Health, Legal and Business Studies in Valjevo Prof. dr Radmila Živković, Department of Postgraduate Studies Đorđe Trmčić, President of the Student Parliament Prof. dr Dragan Cvetković, as the best rated teacher in the student's survey and evaluation Uroš Bunčić, Head of Security and Maintenance Service - on behalf of non-teaching staff Prof. dr Slobodan Unković, emeritus Prof. dr Milovan Stanišić, President of Singidunum University The program host was Dušan Borovčanin, teaching assistant. First year students from the Faculty of Dramatic and Film Arts of University Sinergija, the class of prof. Ljiljana Blagojević, participated in the program of the Staff conference. The celebration of the University Day was completed with the Graduation ceremony. The graduates of the Faculty of Business, Faculty of Tourism and Hotel Management, Faculty of Informatics and Computing, Technical Faculty, Faculty of Physical Culture and Management in Sport, Faculty of Applied Ecology FUTURA, as well as Master and PhD graduates were addressed by prof. dr Mladen Veinović, Rector of Singidunum University. During his speech, prof. Veinović thanked graduated students and their parents for choosing Singidunum University as a place to acquire knowledge and skills. He invited the graduates to join Singidunum University Alumni Association and wished them to find employment as soon as possible, to continue to improve themselves and study and to be kind and exemplary academic citizens. The diplomas were awarded by prof. dr Mladen Veinović, Rector of Singidunum University, Faculty Deans and Postgraduate Studies Managers and the PhDs were promoted by prof. dr Mladen Veinović, Rector in the presence of candidates, mentors and commission members. Photos from the Graduation ceremony can be seen in the photo gallery at the Website or on the official Singidunum University Facebook page .
Guest lecturer dr Taleb Rifai, UNWTO Secretary-General
Dr Taleb Rifai, Secretary General of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), gave a lecture at the Singidunum University on Wednesday, June 28, 2017. The theme of the lecture was "Global Trends in Tourism Development and Key Challenges". "Respecting the mission of the Singidunum University, as a higher education institution, we think that this one-hour lecture aimed at students of all universities and institutions that offer tourism studies- as well as esteemed professors, deans, directors – will contribute to the improvement of knowledge in the field of tourism and the goals of sustainable development, enabling them to acquire additional educational experience, especially tailored to fit the needs of the tourism industry.” - stated the invitation sent by Mr. Rasim Ljajić, Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia and the Minister of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications, sent  to students of all higher education institutions that offer degree courses  in the field of economy, tourism and hotel industry. A distinguished guest was welcomed by prof. Emeritus, dr Slobodan Unković, after which a short meeting was held,  attended by dr Renata Pindžo, Assistant Minister of Tourism, Ms. Marija Labović, Director of the Tourist Organization of Serbia, dr Georgi Genov, President of HORES and other representatives of the tourism industry, in addition to the representatives of the University Singidunum. Prof. Dr. Vladimir Džamić, Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Tourism and Hotel Management, welcomed the distinguished guest and all attendants on behalf of prof. dr Milovan Stanišić, the President, Prof. dr Mladen Veinović, Rector of the University Singidunum and prof. dr Slobodan Čerović, Dean of FTHM. Students and professors from the Faculty of Economics and Geography of the University of Belgrade, the College of Hotel Management, the Faculty of Tourism and Hotel Management of Singidunum University and representatives of the tourism industry attended a very useful and interesting lecture on global trends and challenges in tourism. Prof. Slobodan Unković awarded dr Taleb Rifai with the plaquette of the Singidunum University in the honor of previous cooperation. On this occasion, prof. Unković also gave a thank-you-note to Mrs. Maria Labović, Director of TOS for successful cooperation. The Faculty of Tourism and Hotel Management of the Singidunum University has been an associate member of the World Tourism Organization and UNWTO Reference Library since 2005, and the Faculty has been accredited by the World Tourism Organization TedQual award.
Singidunum university hosts international geography olympiad
Singidunum University will host the 14th International Geographic Olympiad (iGeo) which will be held in Belgrade from 2 to 8 August 2017. It is a competition for the best young geographers - high school students (aged 16 to 19) from around the world. The 12th International Geographic Olympiad was held in Moscow, the 13th in Beijing and after Belgrade Montreal and Hong Kong will be the next hosts. About 500 competitors from more than 50 countries are expected to participate. The contestants will do written and electronic tests in the new building of Singidunum University in Kumodraška Street.
Students received IBM Academic Certificates
Foreign students of the Faculty of Informatics and Computing that successfully passed the exam of the Information Systems course received the IBM Essentials of Rational Software Architect Academic certificate. The labs used in the Information Systems course are designed according to IBM methodology, where students learn how to analyze and design information systems, and generate the source code using Rational Software Architect (RSA) tool. With this tool, the students acquired knowledge of visual programming, and besides object-oriented concept, they also became skilled in service-oriented system development. Apart from evaluation of their knowledge through the usage of RSA, they also made the real case study project. The students were mentored by professor Angelina Njegus, PhD.  More about the study programme Information Technology at the Faculty of Informatics and Computing, Singidunum University >> singidunum.ac.rs/admission/study_programme/information-technology
Erasmus visit to Cyprus University of Technology
On May 15-19, as a part of Erasmus+ teaching mobility program, the delegation from Singidunum University, consisting of Rector, prof. Mladen Veinović, PhD, Dean of the Faculty of Technical Sciences, prof. Milan Milosavljević, PhD and Vice Dean of the Faculty of Informatics and Computing, prof. Aleksandar Jevremović, PhD, visited Cyprus University of Technology (CUT). During the visit, our professors got acquainted with this institution and its professors, and together with their colleagues from the Cyprus Interaction Lab, they have identified significant possibilities for joint scientific research. The representatives of Singidunum University had a meeting with CUT's Rector, professor Andreas Anayiotos, PhD, during which they discussed several possibilities for the future cooperation of our institutions.
Our Students at Spring Students’ Ball at the White Palace
On Wednesday, May 17th 2017, the Student Conference of Serbian Universities (SKONUS) organized a Student Spring Ball at the White Palace. Forth year in a row Student Spring Ball brings together the best students from public and private universities in Serbia. In addition to the high academic achievements, they have one more thing in common – humanitarianism. The funds raised at the ball will be donated for the construction of the first stationary hospice in Serbia. The Ball was held under patronage of the Foundation for Education of HRH Crown Prince Alexander. Among the best students from Serbia, there were twenty students from Singidunum University. Singidunum University was represented by the members of the Student Parliament and Singidunum University’s scholars, but also by foreign students who study in English.
Singidunum University hosts professors from four European universities
From April 18 to 26 2017, Singidunum University was a host to professors and non teaching staff from four European universities, our partners in Erasmus+ Mobility programmes. Our University was visited by: Prof. Gholamreza Anbarjafari, from University of Tartu, Estonia Prof. Ina Bikuivene from Kauno Kolegija, Lithuania Prof. Inese Lusena-Ezera and Aija Kairena, Head of the Library and Director of Business and Management study program. Professors gave lectures to our students and took part in Sinteza conference where prof. Bikuivene and prof. Anbarjafari presented their papers. Our colleagues from WSPA International Office presented their University, city of Lublin and Poland to our students as well as the opportunities offered by Erasmus program.
Interview - Ali Elsadai - Libya
Ali: I’m Ali Elsadai and I’m from Libya. I’m a student of informatics and computing at Singidunum University. I came to Serbia in 2014. with my father who is a phd student. So my whole family came here. My native country, Libya is in the North of Africa, on the Mediterranean sea coast and in the South of Libya there is Sahara, one of the biggest deserts in the world. We have a lot of interesting places and 2.000 km of the Mediterranean sea coast which is really good for tourism. How did you decide to enroll to Singidunum University? Ali: When I came here I was looking for an University that has an English study program. The other University’s had only a masters degree and a phd in English. Through my father I heard that Singidunum University has an English program so I decided to enroll here. Could you compare the school system in your native country and the school system here in Serbia? Ali: The school systems are quite similar but there are some difference. Another difference is regarding the examination period. There we only have two examination periods. You have to pass in the first examination period or in the second otherwise you will have to take the course for the next year. That’s the only thing that is different. Are you pleased with the teaching methods here? Has Singidunum University met you expectations? Ali: Yes, I am very pleased. Actually, it was quite useful for me in all aspects. From the language, the teaching material. They provide a lot of practicum classes which I think is very important for us. In this field I think that we don’t need much theoretical learning. Do you have any plans after you get your college degree? Ali: I plan to get my masters degree. I hope that I will get my bachelor degree next year, if I pass all my exams. After that I’m thinking of going back to Libya and to work as a teacher at some University, or set up my own business. If you had to describe your college experience here at Singidunum University, which words would you choose? Ali: Great!   Singidunum Univeristy students' Media Club.
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