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Macedonian students to study in Slovenia under the same conditions


Macedonian Minister of Education and Science Abdilaqim Ademi and Slovenian Minister of Education, Science and Sport Maja Makovec Brencic signed Tuesday protocol on cooperation in the sphere of education.

Ademi, who is in Slovenia, said that signing of protocol will provide further development and boosting the existing bilateral cooperation between the two countries through close cooperation and contacts between educational institutions in all areas of education.


Under this protocol, students, citizens of the Republic of Macedonia regarding the payment of tuition for undergraduate studies are enabled to study under the same conditions and criteria which will also apply for Slovenian students in accordance with the conditions and criteria of university autonomy of Slovenian universities. Moreover, great importance for Macedonia is the agreed support on introduction of joint postgraduate studies among the interested higher education institutions of the two countries in the spheres of common interest aimed at improving the quality of education in this segment. The protocol’s provisions provide scholarships to study development of higher education institutions in both countries for young researchers up to 26 years old, as well as scholarships for students who are studying Macedonian or Slovenian language at higher education institutions in both countries, Ademi said.

Ministers also discussed about the policies in education and science in the two countries with an emphasis on positive experience of the Republic of Slovenia as EU member state in this sphere, Ministry of Education and Science said in a press release.

Macedonian Ministry of Education and Science highly appreciates the support of the Slovenian Ministry of Education, Science and Sport in regard to project cooperation in international and regional frameworks particularly in regard to European programmes which contributes to building the capacities of the Macedonian high education institutions for more successful integration into the European research network, Ademi said.

He informed about the beginnings of bilateral cooperation between Macedonia and Slovenia. The bilateral activities with Slovenia were implemented based on Agreement on Scientific and technological Cooperation between Macedonian and Slovenian governments which was signed on Dec. 24, 1993 in Skopje.

Ademi also added that the protocol which enables studying for Macedonian citizens at Slovenian universities under the same conditions as Slovenian citizens was signed on Feb. 15, 2011 in Ljubljana. In the frames of the protocol, Ministry of Education and Science in cooperation with the Centre of the Republic of Slovenia for Mobility and European Educational and Training Programmes (CMEPIUS) announces a call for scholarships for the study of Slovenian or Macedonian language as well as scholarships for study of young researchers up to 30 years old on Slovenian or Macedonian higher education and scientific institutions.