ANA GRUJOVIĆ, Director of Swiss-Serbian Chamber of Commerce: SSCC Focuses on Dual Education System

In 2018, the SSCC decided to focus on dual education. The Chamber’s biggest annual event – the conference „Dual Education Serbia 2018: Results So Far and Future Challenges“ – was held on 18th October, 2018 and gathered close
to 100 participants.

We had a great honour of having such honorary guests as the Minister of Education, Science and Technological Development, Milan Šarčević, the Swiss Ambassador to Serbia and Montenegro, H.E. Mr. Philippe Guex, the President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia, Marko Čadež, assistant minister for dual and entrepreneurial education at the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development, Dr Gabrijela Grujić, as well as a special guest from Switzerland, Dr Ursula Renold, Head of the Department of Educational Research of the Swiss Economic Institute at the Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich,“ says Ana Grujović, Director of the Swiss-Serbian Chamber of Commerce.

To what extent do the worker profiles that are incorporated in the Serbian education system fit the labour needs of Swiss companies in Serbia?

— In the current school year, a total of 12 new profiles were introduced in accordance with the needs of the labour
market, namely in the fields of information technology, mechanical engineering, construction, food production and processing, hotel and tourism and other fields. In order to ensure the maximum participation of the SSCC member companies in the development and implementation of dual education system in Serbia, our Chamber organized an expert meeting on dual education with Dr. Gabrijela Grujić, Assistant Minister at the Ministry of Education, Science
and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia, as a honorary guest expert. On this occasion, our member
companies had the opportunity to exchange experiences with recruitment of workforce, especially in the areas such as IT, food production and processing, wood processing, etc.

Did the Chamber undergo organizational changes in 2018?

— Yes, in 2018, the SSCC got a new president, Mr. Majo Micović, general manager of Sky Express. As the Chamber’s
President, Mr. Micović will lead the future development of the SSCC and, together with other members of the Managing Board, support the programmes and activities of the Chamber in order to attain a high level of quality and excellence in the Chamber’s operations. Furthermore, Ms. Jelena Drakulić Petrović, CEO of Ringier Axel Springer
Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia, was appointed a new member of the Managing Board.

What were the Chamber’s most important activities in 2018 in terms of its members?

— As I mentioned before, in the course of 2018, the SSCC organized numerous events on the topic of dual education,
such as the expert-level meeting with Dr. Gabrijela Grujić, a panel discussion at the Vivaldi Autumn Forum in Mokra
Gora, and finally, the annual conference which was held as a part of the continuing Swiss-Serbian dialogue aimed at
contributing to the development of a new education system in Serbia, as well as promoting the Swiss VET the system. Also, for the first time ever, the SSCC networked with all other bilateral business associations in Serbia this year, which resulted in the organization of the International Networking Cocktail in May, in cooperation with AHK Serbia, the Nordic Business Alliance, the Slovenian Business Club, and numerous other associations. The cooperation with our Swiss institutional partner is also continuing, and we are very happy that Switzerland Global Enterprise has recognized the SSCC as a reliable local partner.

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