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Agreement on Cluster for Science and Research in Transport in South-East Europe

On 8 July 2010 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina four academic institutions from South East Europe signed Agreement on Cluster for Science and Research in Transport. Its founders are the Todor Kableshkov University of Transport (Sofia, Bulgaria); Faculty of Traffic and Communications with the University of Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina); Faculty of Civil Engineering with the University of Maribor (Slovenia) and the Faculty of Transport and Traffic Sciences with the University of Zagreb (Croatia). The main objective of the cluster is to contribute to cooperation in developing research projects for improving the transport system in the region. It is envisaged that the cluster will include other members: universities and research institutes, SMEs, public administrations and NGOs from SEE and other European countries.

The ceremony on the cluster establishment was hosted by the Faculty of Traffic and Communications in Sarajevo and attended by Mr Rudo Vidovic, Minister of Communications and Transport in Bosnia and Herzegovina; H.E. Mr Andrej Transki, Ambassador of Bulgaria; H.E. Tonci Stanicic, Ambassador of Croatia; Prof. DSc Nencho Nenov, Vice-Rector of the Higher School of Transport in Sofia, Prof. Dr Samir Causevic, Dean of the FTC in Sarajevo; Prof. Dr Ivan Dadic, Dean of the FTTS Zagreb; Prof. Dr Drago Sever, head of Transport Department in the FCE in Maribor.

The idea for the cluster came and was implemented with the contribution of Mr Nedjelko Spilek, a PhD student at the University of Transport in Sofia, and Prof. Dr Tomislav Josip Mlinaric from the FTTS in Zagreb. The contacts between the VTU and the faculty in Zagreb have been existing since 2007 and based on the bilateral agreement, a number of meetings, participation in scientific conferences, session for defending MSc thesis, etc. have been organized. Before the ceremony another two agreements on scientific cooperation were signed: between the University of Transport and the faculties in Sarajevo and Maribor.