On March, 14, 2017 the Director of International Partnerships at Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan), Mariée Jose Fortin, visited Provincial Secretariat for Higher Education and Scientific Research and Novi Sad Business School. The aim of meeting was introduction to applied programs in Canadian higher education, exchange of experiences and ideas, as well as creating possibility of connecting and establishing cooperation.

While speaking about the Canadian educational system, Ms. Fortin emphasized that she annually conducts research on how much employers are satisfied with the study programs in Canada. According to her, the latest research showed that 90 percent of students who graduated from some of the 8,000 applied programs got employment within six months after graduating, and 95 percent of the companies they work for are satisfied with the quality of their knowledge and skills.

"In Canada, we have a lot of applied programs and that’s precisely where we see the opportunity for cooperation and networking with the educational system of Serbia," said Ms. Fortin. She added that this cooperation can be achieved by signing an agreement between the ministries, but also between Associations of higher professional schools in these two countries. She also pointed out that there is a possibility of organizing visits for related professional studies, since student and teacher mobility is the basis of good and successful cooperation.

After the meeting at the Provincial Secretariat, Ms. Mihic, vice-secretary and Ms. Fortan visited Novi Sad Business School. Ms. Fortan had a chance to get acquainted with the work of one of the leading higher schools of professional studies in AP Vojvodina.