AmCham Macedonia organized an event on Advancing Business – University Cooperation with University “St. Kliment Ohridski” – Bitola (UKLO) on Thursday, March 24th, 2016 in Bitola. Over 80 people from the Bitola-area academic and business communities attended.
From UKLO, attendees heard from the Vice Rectors for Science, Student Issues and the Faculty of Information and Communication Technologies. The group also learned about the impressive level of cooperation that already exists between the Ohrid regional tourism industry and UKLO from the Manager of Hotel Sileks, Tosho Chochoroski.
In her opening remarks, Michelle Osmanli, Executive Director of AmCham Macedonia noted that, “Not all companies are alike. Significant effort is needed to meet with companies and identify the specific ways in which they are willing and able to cooperate with educational institutions. We often hear from companies that they sign MOUs with a faculty and never hear from them again. This is a sign that insufficient human resources are being applied to cooperation with companies. The goal shouldn’t be how many MOUs a faculty has, but whether their cooperation with even a few companies is having a positive impact on as many students as possible.”
The event concluded with inspiring presentations from a number of students as well as Pivara Skopje, ArcelorMittal Skopje, EVN Macedonia, Microsoft Macedonia and Alliance One Macedonia – who shared their successes, challenges and suggestions for future cooperation with UKLO. Special thanks are owed to company speakers Lambro Patce, Vlora Ademi, Robert Cvejoski, Aneta Rusomaroski and Maja Popovska.
We encourage more companies to learn more about UKLO. To start, check out this brochure summarizing their operations of relevance to businesses.