Norwegian and Serbian universities’ cooperation reaches new heights


As part of the 8-year long cooperation of NTNU and Nis University, a doctoral thesis defences in Norway can be followed live in Nis.

Nemanja Zdravkovic, who graduated engineering from the University of Nis defended his PhD before an eager audience at NTNU in Trondheim and through video link in Nis on June 26.


He first held a lecture entitled “Internet of things (IOT) in industry: Communication technologies in IOT, key IOT applications in industry” and then defended his thesis entitled “Performance analysis for industrial wireless networks.” Audience from both sides, Serbian and Norwegian, did not only follow the lecture but also participated actively in asking questions.  


After the successful defence, Nemanja now holds PhD from both universities. His thesis was produced within the project “Norwegian, Bosnian and Serbian cooperation platform for university and industry in ICT R&D” financed by Norway.  


Since 2009, Serbian students from the University of Nis have received scholarships for studying one or two semesters at NTNU in Trondheim Norway. Financed by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the scholarship aims to bring not only the two universities closer together but also increasing the number of bilateral ties between Norway and Serbia.


The programme started on the initiative of the Norwegian Ambassador to Serbia at the time, Mr Haakon Blankenborg, who was an active advocate for establishing academic ties between the two countries. Project Manager in the Office of International Relations at NTNU, Julia Zazghina earlier said that the Serbian students are more and more prepared when they come to Trondheim, “they work more efficiently, are more visible in the classroom and often take an active role in group work and in projects”.


With new technologies, this cooperation is further developing making ties between the students and professors in Norway and Serbia even stronger.


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