The success of Belgrade University, which has been included in the prestigious Shanghai list (Academic Ranking World Universities) of the world’s 500 best universities, equals the winning of an Olympic medal, it was said at a press conference in the seat of Belgrade University. The success results from teamwork and will contribute to the reputation not only of Belgrade University, but of Serbia as a state, it was emphasized. More from Suzana Mitić.
Some of the criteria for the inclusion of a university in the ARWA list are the level and results of research work, publication of articles in referential scholarly and scientific periodicals, the influence of a university on the region and local community and the value of university degrees on the job market. The chancellor of Belgrade University, Branko Kovačević, said that the efforts invested in the past three years were aimed at raising the quality of teaching in Serbia. The success will contribute to the reputation of our students and scholars worldwide, he assessed.
Education, Science and Technological Development Minister Žarko Obradović stressed this success confirmed the quality of Belgrade University and education in Serbia in general. Our stratetic goal is to turn Belgrade into the centre of higher education in southeastern Europe. The fact that Belgrade University is among the world's 500 best represents a message to all students and lecturers that high-quality education can be acquired here. It is also an invitation to companies and business people to cooperate with this university and with other universities in Serbia, he said. The success of Belgrade University is also an invitation to young people, scholars and scientists to stay in Serbia and a message to the state that it should invest much more funds in the development of education and science, it was concluded at the press conference.