Ceremonial handover of equipment for mechatronics and robotics to the Secondary Vocational School from Niksic and the Gymnasium “Slobodan Škerović” from Podgorica

20.12.2022

Today, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center Tehnopolis held a press conference on the occasion of the ceremonial handover of equipment for mechatronics and robotics to the Vocational High School from Niksic and the “Slobodan Škerović” Gymnasium from Podgorica, through the iNnovaNet project, which Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center Tehnopolis implements in cooperation with Zenica Development Agency Zeda (B&H), Nova Gradiska Industrial Park (CRO) and City of Gradiska (B&H), financed through the INTERREG IPA CBC Croatia-Bosnia and Herzegovina-Montenegro program.

After a brief presentation of the project, the acting Director General of the Directorate for European Funds in the Ministry of European Affairs, Bojan Vujovic, addressed the audience and said that this project is a great indicator of how European Union funds can be used to work on very high-quality things: “This can be seen in this example of handing over valuable equipment for mechatronics and robotics to high schools. I would also point out IEC Tehnopolis as a good example of how projects financed by the European Union can significantly improve the service and what is offered to the community through such an organization. I would like to use this opportunity to invite Tehnopolis and the principals of secondary schools to, through the first invitation in the new cross-border cooperation program IPA Croatia – Bosnia and Herzegovina – Montenegro, in addition to this type of cooperation, see secondary schools as direct partners in the project”.

The directors of the Secondary Vocational School from Niksic and the Gymnasium “Slobodan Škerović” from Podgorica emphasized the importance of received equipment and the significance it will have in future work with students when applying theoretically acquired knowledge in practice. “We are honored to be part of this great project that has given birth to many opportunities for improving the teaching process in our school.” Thanks to IEC Tehnopolis and this project, we get very valuable equipment for use for an unlimited period of time. This equipment will be used in the regular implementation of teaching content, and at the end of the current week we will start the first workshops in the premises that we have specially designated for this purpose”, said the director of the “Slobodan Škerović” Gymnasium in Podgorica, Biljana Vucurovic.

The director of the Niksic Secondary Vocational School, Milisav Kosovic, emphasized that he is pleased that today, in front of the institution he represents, he is receiving very valuable equipment from IEC Tehnopolis, with which cooperation began in March this year, when a Memorandum of Cooperation was signed. “Through the iNnovaNet project, our school received valuable equipment and necessary training for professors who received additional education and improved their knowledge. The equipment includes the sectors of mechatronics, electrical engineering, programming and energy and will be extremely useful for us in the implementation of practical classes, preparing students for competitions, as well as for extracurricular sections. The equipment is of high technology, thanks to which the student will be able to build their capacities and develop innovative products, thus increasing their competitiveness on the labor market.”

The executive director of IEC Tehnopolis, Djordjije Malovic, greeted the attendees and shared his satisfaction that by signing today’s contract, the two schools will have the opportunity to receive very valuable equipment that will decorate their classrooms in the future. “What I found upon assuming the position of executive director of IEC Tehnopolis is the incredible energy of secondary school teachers in all activities during the implementation of the project.” The interesting fact is that in addition to the cabinet for robotics and mechatronics, the Gymnasium “Slobodan Škerović” is also equipped with a cabinet for physics. I would like to thank the Ministry of European Affairs of Montenegro and Mr. Bojan Vujovic for their exceptional cooperation and selfless support. The project is being successfully implemented and the seed has been sown that will give results when it comes to the development of secondary education in Montenegro, but also the development of the local community.”

The press conference was organized in order to present to the public the results of the project and the importance of investing in the capacities of schools, in this particular case, the Secondary Vocational School from Niksic and Gymnasium “Slobodan Škerović” from Podgorica, to which the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center Tehnopolis provided support in terms of equipping the cabinet for robotics and mechatronics. The aforementioned offices will be available to professors and high school students in order to familiarize themselves with an innovative, multidisciplinary approach that combines knowledge from mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, informatics and management, all with the aim of strengthening their capacities and competences, with increased opportunities for employment and creating innovative solutions in different areas.

The iNnovaNet project was implemented with the aim of improving the business environment through the creation of new favorable and innovative business support mechanisms for small and medium-sized enterprises, as well as improving the work of all business support organizations involved in the project through strengthening the capacity of staff by acquiring new knowledge and skills, and creating a network of centers.

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