Dubai: Dr Igor Mirovic, president of Vojvodina, the socialist autonomous province in Serbia, believes that exchanges and cooperation in the fields of education with the UAE will help in the development of relations between the two countries.
Mirovic, who is currently on an official state visit to the UAE, highlighted the importance of leadership, regional development and international cooperation.
“Good cooperation between the two countries in the field of education is a logical step forward in order to advance to the next level,” Mirovic told students and faculty members during his visit to the American University in the Emirates (AUE).
“We strongly support the view that to use the youth and their knowledge of vision will help in a greater understanding of the wider world that we live in.”
Mirovic revealed that talks with Prof Muthanna G. Abdul Razza, president and CEO of the AUE, on the strategic cooperation between Vojvodina’s leading universities with the AUE, were very encouraging.
“The UAE is a unified country with a strong vision and a very good economy, which everybody in the world knows,” he said. “It’s my first visit here and I am genuinely impressed with the infrastructure, vision, educational opportunities and multicultural concept.
“I think the UAE is one of the rare countries in the world where people live in harmony; it is such a unique way.
“My talks with Prof Muthanna have been very position and I am hoping that we will establish cooperation between this outstanding institution with the University of Novi Sad which has a very good faculty of technical science, biotechnology, law, economics, medicine and arts,” he added,
“We hope that when we start the cooperation, we do have something solid to offer in the area of educational development.”
Mirovic is accompanying Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic and Serbian businessmen on the high-profile visit to the UAE were they attended last week’s Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix and will be guests of honour at the 45th UAE National Day celebrations on December 2.
Mirovic also attended the Heritage Week celebrations at Dubai’s City Walk and held with senior officials on the potentials of Serbian and UAE multi-development bilateral projects.
“It is really a good time to be in the UAE and I feel proud to be a Serbian, because the level of cooperation just shows the good commitment of both countries to have mutual growth and to progress further,” he said.
“Particularly after the significant partnership of Air Serbia and Eithad, and the substantial investment into architecture and agriculture that the UAE has given the Serbian state, it is a very good sign that things are moving forward and that it will progress further in a positive direction.”