On Friday, 25th October representatives from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Sør-Trøndelag University College as well as The University of Belgrade, Zagreb and Tuzla were present at the opening of a new video-conference room at the University of East Sarajevo and a new IT-room on the University of Sarajevo.
The Universities are all a part of a regional cooperation project funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs – The Program in Higher Education, Research and Development (HERD). Focusing on challenges related to the energy sector, this HERD project has established and implemented master program studies in the field of “Sustainable Energy and Development” in the Western Balkan region – in cooperation with the Norwegian universities.
The contribution to development of sustainable and environmentally friendly energy systems in the Western Balkan countries will in the long term support the economic and social development of the region. And, as remarked by Ambassador Vibeke Lilloe in her opening speeches at the two universities -”By providing opportunities for students to travel across borders we don't only facilitate for the improvement of courses, materials and programs – we foster learning opportunities, human development and cross-cultural understanding.”