Randy Gardner, Chancellor of the Ohio Department of Higher Education, Paolo DeMaria, Ohio’s Superintendent of Public Instruction, and Mr. Marko Đurić, H.E. Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Serbia to the United States of America, signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Educational Cooperation on Friday, May 14. The document pledges that the parties will continue and strengthen the cooperation at the level of primary, secondary, and higher education.
“Academic, cultural, and economic exchange is an integral part of higher education and vital to Ohio’s thriving in the global economy,” said Chancellor Gardner. “I am eager to participate in this agreement with the Republic of Serbia and am confident it will be a great partnership.”
In higher education, the parties will work to create opportunities for cooperation between the universities and faculties in priority fields such as information technology, advanced production industry, energy, and agriculture, and promote each other as a destination for higher education, encouraging students to participate in the exchange programs.
“Working together with the United States and the State of Ohio on strengthening our bilateral cooperation in education and science is of crucial importance for Serbia’s future,” said Ambassador Đurić. “It will bring our countries and nations even closer and bolster the strong foundations of our partnership in the long run. Together, we are creating a precious new piece of Serbia-US relations mosaic, the central piece of which is the State of Ohio.”
At the level of primary and secondary education, the parties will encourage the creation of “sister schools” that will ensure joint language learning and understanding of history, culture, and tradition, as well as possible exchange programs for pupils and teachers from secondary schools.
“We believe in the tremendous value of partnerships to strengthen education for all students. The agreement made today will provide incredible opportunities for learning and growth for students and educators in both countries,” said Superintendent DeMaria. “Through working together and sharing ideas and experiences with one another, we are sure to learn and accomplish so much more than we would on our own.”
This agreement builds upon a strong foundation of cooperation between Ohio and Serbia. For 15 years, the Ohio National Guard and the Serbian Armed Forces have participated in security cooperation activities under the State Partnership Program. Those activities have included visits and exchanges, military exercises, information sharing, disaster preparedness collaboration, and professional development.
About the Ohio Department of Higher Education
The Ohio Department of Higher Education is a Cabinet-level agency for the Governor of the State of Ohio that oversees higher education for the state. The agency’s main responsibilities include authorizing and approving new degree programs, managing state-funded financial aid programs and developing and advocating policies to maximize higher education’s contributions to the state and its citizens.
About the Ohio Department of Education
The Ohio Department of Education is a diverse team of passionate, education-focused professionals dedicated to fulfilling the vision established in Each Child, Our Future, Ohio’s strategic plan for education. The vision is, “In Ohio, each child is challenged to discover and learn, prepared to pursue a fulfilling post-high school path and empowered to become a resilient, lifelong learner who contributes to society.” Ensuring this vision for each of Ohio’s 1.7 million students, in partnership with more than 240,000 educators across the state, is no small feat. Under the leadership of the superintendent of public instruction and governed by the State Board of Education, Department team members, in collaboration with a wide range of partners, are sharply focused on helping schools and districts continually improve to be the best they can be for each child. Equity and impact are core to every program, service and action. The Department’s work is well regarded both in Ohio and nationally for its innovative, leading-edge and forward-looking approach. When the Department succeeds, students succeed, communities succeed and Ohio succeeds.