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11. May 09

Representatives of the partner State University of New York (SUNY), Dr. William Trumble, Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Ryan Deuel, SUNY Head of Administration and International Cooperation Department, paid a visit to American University in Bosnia and Herzegovina (AUBiH). Receptions were also organized for the SUNY representatives at the Embassy of the United States of America to BiH - a meeting with Ambassador Charles English, a meeting with Haris Silajdžić, Presidency Member, at the BiH Presidency, and a meeting with Mirzeta Hadžić Suljkić, the Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sports of Tuzla Canton. Accompanied with Denis Prcić, AUBiH President, the guests from New York visited AUBiH premises in Tuzla, Sarajevo and Banjaluka, addressed all AUBiH students and had meetings with the University management team. During their stay in Banjaluka, SUNY representatives had a meeting with the Vice-President of the Government of the Republika Srpska and Anton Kasipović, the RS Minister of Education. After that SUNY representatives and AUBiH President Denis Prcić paid a visit to Belgrade.

During the Banjaluka visit, SUNY Head of Administration and International Cooperation Department Ryan Deuel pointed out that he was looking forward to the third AUBiH Campus being opened, in addition to the campuses in Tuzla and Sarajevo. "We are also happy that we can further expand to include Belgrade, i.e. Serbia and most cities in BiH."

Investing in education as the most profitable investment

Denis Prcić, AUBiH President, accompanying Dr. William Trumble and Dr. Šefik Mulabegović, the President of AUBiH in Tuzla, visited Mirzeta Hadžić Suljkić, the Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sports. Extending her support to the work and the mission of AUBiH, Minister Hadžić Suljkić stressed that investment in education is the most profitable investment. "I am very grateful for you to have selected Tuzla as the seat of your University and recognized Tuzla as an environment good for making investments. I believe that the contemporary teaching methods that you are using are very important, as they indirectly expand to other education institutions. In view of that type of education, students from other universities are beginning to set new requirements in their respective areas."

Highlighting the upcoming implementation of new study programs to be selected primarily on the basis of the needs of the local and world market, Denis Prcić, AUBiH President, added that the development of research work is one of the following steps in the development of AUBiH.