Swiss Ambassador meets Minister of Education, Science and Technological Development

Local news, 12.03.2021

On 12 March 2021, the Ambassador of Switzerland, Mr. Urs Schmid, was received by the Serbian First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Science and Technological Development, H.E. Mr. Branko Ružić, for a courtesy visit. The meeting provided an excellent opportunity to review the very close bilateral cooperation between Switzerland and Serbia, especially on vocational education and training (VET) and in support of the Science and Technology Parks (STPs). 

Swiss Ambassador with the Minister of Education, Science and Technological Development
Swiss Ambassador with the Minister of Education, Science and Technological Development ©Embassy of Switzerland

In 2021, Switzerland celebrates 30 years of continuous cooperation with Serbia and Switzerland ranks among the four largest bilateral donors, having invested more than 400 million Euro in development assistance. Minister Ružić stated that in Serbia, the Swiss education system, including its strong footprint in dual education, is considered to be one of the best education systems in the world. He stressed that his government attaches great importance to improving the professional prospects of young people in Serbia and that the VET is an excellent instrument in this regard. The Minister also thanked Switzerland for its important support in building up the STP in Belgrade and in helping to establish STPs in Niš and Čačak, promoting innovation, entrepreneurship and exports, thus increasing prosperity in Serbia.

Ambassador Schmid noted with satisfaction the successful cooperation with the Ministry on these two flagship projects, the VET and the STPs. He observed that the next four years will be crucial for the successful implementation of VET in Serbia and additional efforts will be needed to include more professional profiles and participating companies into the scheme. Switzerland is ready to continue its support to the Ministry on the implementation of VET as well as on the STPs. Both projects have a great potential to increasing Serbia’s economic prospects and to help attract business from abroad, including from Switzerland.