Kristina Velichkovska, staff member of the Social Affairs Office represented the International Balkan University at the Kick-off event of the Western Balkan Alumni Association (WBAA, 15-17th March in Ohrid) together with 300 other higher education stakeholders, including Ministers of Education, European Commission representatives and EU Delegations, Erasmus+ alumni, student parliaments and unions, business representatives etc.
As special guests at the meeting were Prof. Dr. Renata Deskoska, Macedonia’s Education Minister and Mrs. Antoaneta Angelova-Krasteva, Director for Innovation, International cooperation and Sport at the European Commission Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture which gave opening speeches concerning the future cooperation of this organization for creating better future for the young people in the Western Balkan region. Both of them especially pointed out that “A possibility to study abroad is an excellent opportunity for professional development, accompanied by new friendships and prospects. Exchange of knowledge, experiences between nations is beneficial for all of us’.
The Western Balkan Alumni Association (WBAA), is a regional association for Western Balkans Erasmus+ alumni and students, which was created on the request of the Western Balkan Ministers of Education back in 2015. It is run by an active group of young volunteers who already started working on national and regional projects, such as Erasmus+ promotion events and a big mapping study of over 1,500 Western Balkan Erasmus+ alumni. WBAA’s ultimate goal is to help promote mobility opportunities, support and mentor students, track individuals once they graduate from university, share best practice and internship/job opportunities, dialogue with education ministries to improve higher education systems, and liaise with other alumni associations in the EU and beyond.