Belgrade, Serbia

Belgrade is one of the oldest cities in Europe and the only capital built at the confluence of two big rivers – the Dabube and the Sava. Belgrade is a modern european city with population of about 1.7 million people and as the capital of Serbia, it is its administrative, political and cultural center.

Belgrade has been inhabited since Antiquity. One of the cities quarters, Vinča, is the home of prehistoric culture of the same name. In it this part of the city, visitors interested in Ancient history can see its well-preserved archaeological site .

After Antiquity, a number of tribes have lived in the area – the Celts have called their settlement Singidun but the Slavs named it “The White City”. Hence, Belgrade has been known by many names – Alba Bulgariae, Alabanandor, Nandoralba, Nandorfejervar, Griechisch Weissenburg, Alba Graeca, Castelbiancho. However, the name of the fortress is the one that gave today’s name of the city: when looked upon from the Pannonian side and the rivers-side, the fortress appears to be white, thus its name remained - WHITEcity (BEOgrad – Belgrade).

Begrade’s historical eras have left their marks on the city, and the magnificent Victor monument, the remains of the Belgrade fortress, the Stambol gate, the Old Palace and many other sites of Belgrade are inviting tourists to discover them.

The city never stoped growing, and when it started to develop over the river Sava, it was named as New Belgrade (Novi Beograd), which is now Serbia’s business center. Numerous international companies are located here, as well as major shopping malls and the Belgrade Arena – the largest hall in the Balkans – which has already hosted several world famous events such as the Eurosong contest, Summer Universiade, and Davis Cup finals.

And if you visit some of the many historical museums in Belgrade, you will be able to emerge in the rich history of Serbia. Nevertheless, Belgrade is also famous for its vibrant nightlife and the vast variety of options it offers for having fun, especially for young people.  Begrade offers something for everybody: from modern restaurants, “splavs” (floating river clubs), alternative music clubs and theatres to the famous “kafanas” (traditional Serbian taverns) of Skadarlija.

The University of Belgrade

The origin of the University of Belgrade can be tracked down to the beginning of the 19th century, when Dositej Obradović founded the College in 1808. Today, the University of Belgrade is a state university. Its main activities in the fields of higher education and scientific research are activities of public interest, and they are carried out in accordance with the legal regulations.

During its two centuries of existence, the University of Belgrade, with its students, faculty, and alumni, have contributed to the development of cultural, scientific, educational, political, and economic life of Serbia.

The University of Belgrade is prepared to maintain and enhance its position as the leading institution of higher education in the region by adapting to the challenges of modern times, but also by preserving its tradition. This is what allows it to be recognized as a national brand.

The Faculty of Medicine

Faculty of Medicine today

The Faculty of Medicine is one of the oldest faculties of the University of Belgrade. It was founded on December 9, 1920. Nine decades later, with 37.225 MDs, 3.529 masters and 2.626 PhDs, the Faculty of Medicine is the leading institution for medical education in Serbia and a significant player in regional terms. Numerical data show that about 40% of the Serbian medical students are taught at the Faculty, that two-thirds of clinical specialists and subspecialists diplomas are from the Faculty, and that over 60% of biomedical research projects funded by Ministry of Science are carried out at the Faculty.

The latest PhD program in medical sciences was accredited in 2011 and covers a broad range of basic, preventive and clinical thematic fields. 121 PhD students were enrolled in one of the 15 modules in 2013. As a member of ORPHEUS (Organization of PhD Education in Biomedicine and Health Sciences in the European System), the Faculty of Medicine Belgrade is making efforts to harmonize its PhD programme according to the standards of this organization. It should be stressed that over 60 theses per year are defended, which represent a good indicator of the level of research.

The importance of research at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Belgrade can hardly be overemphasized. Numerous investigations in the fields of basic, clinical, applied and epidemiological medicine are constantly carried out. The emphasis is on collaboration between basic and clinical researchers, especially regarding multidisciplinary approach to the investigations of various diseases. This integrative approach is a leading principle in the development of both molecular and translational medicine which should enable transfer of knowledge obtained in basic disciplines to clinical practice, including new diagnostics and therapeutic procedures. Many laboratories at the Faculty of Medicine are specialized in experimental research in various scientific disciplines. It is important to note that in the last decade, the Faculty provided funds, with the essential support of the Ministry of education, science and technological development of the Republic of Serbia, for purchasing new equipment and adapting the existing labs that significantly improved the research infrastructure. The majority of research projects at the Faculty of Medicine are funded by the Ministry of education, science and technological development of the Republic of Serbia. Fifty five professors of our Faculty coordinate national projects that represent more than 50% of all projects in the field of medical sciences. Besides national, Faculty of Medicine participates in many international research and educational projects (EU Framework programs, Tempus, Erasmus, NIH etc). The basic requirement for academic career development is a sound publication record, as well as teaching excellence which stems from the translation of scientific knowledge into lecturing. Indeed, a survey of the Web of Science indicates over 675 papers published by researchers from the Faculty in the academic 2012/2013, with cumulative impact factor more than 1600.

It is the policy of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Belgrade to support its staff in establishing collaboration with colleagues abroad. Participation in professional and scientific meetings is of great importance in order to keep in track with the latest achievements in biomedicine. The Center for international collaboration of the Faculty of Medicine, founded in 2003, developed a strong international network in the fields of education and research, especially regarding project implementation (EU Framework programs, Tempus, Erasmus Mundus, NIH etc.). The Center for international collaboration promotes academic networking, enabling students and academics exchange visits to academic institutions abroad. The Faculty and its Center for Int. Collaboration successfully organized numerous international educational and scientific meetings and hosted distinguished researchers from abroad.