International cooperation in the field of research is best illustrated with the
participation of the Faculty researchers in international projects and visits of
its teachers and associates to renown research centres throughout the world.
Since 1960, the year when University of Nis Faculty of Medicine was founded, as
a regional educational centre for southeastern Serbia, the Faculty has
effectuated cooperation with similar institutions in the country and abroad.
Up to the present, 89 teachers and associates of the Faculty have visited
foreign institutions for training (from 2 weeks to 1 month); 144 spent
from 1 to 6 months, and 30 spent more than 6 months abroad for
professional training, effectuating scientific cooperation at the same
time (in the forms of joint projects, exchange of lecturers, education).
Our teachers and associates have also cooperated with national
institutions: 56 have visited various faculties and institutes for the
period of up to a month and 105 have had training lasting from 6 months to
Since 2003, the University of Nis Faculty of Medicine has had successful
cooperation with the WUS foundation from Austria. Six of our teachers have
headed the projects funded by this foundation.
Prof. dr Stevo Najman, "Computerized video system as the microscopy
equipment in the lab for cellular biology and cytogenetics";
Prof. dr Gordana Kocic, "Contemporary Curriculum of Biochemistry - an "in
depth" Syllabus of Basic and Clinical Biochemistry";
Prof. dr Biljana Miljkovic-Selimovic, "Interactive lectures of immunology for
pharmacy students", within the CDP+ project "Support to Higher Education in SCG
in 2004/2005" (Project number 8030-2004);
Doc. dr Nikolic Maja, "Nutrition and Dietetics", within the CDP+ project
"Support to Higher Education in SCG in 2005/2007" (Project number 8093-01-2005);
Prof. dr Milkica Nesic, "Behavioral and Neuroscience", within the CDP+
project in 2002/2003" (Project number 7949-00/02);
European School of Oncology (ESO), Milan, Italy, and the University of Nis
Faculty of Medicine jointly organized advanced ESO courses in 2002 ("Prostate
and Breast Cancer - State of the Art") and 2005 ("Breast Cancer Screening -
Quality Issues in Detection and Diagnosis"). Both courses were organized,
coordinated and co-chaired by prof. dr Sladjana Filipovic.
In the field of oncology, in 2003 the Faculty and the Regional Centre for
Oncologic Prevention, Florence, Italy, headed by prof. dr Marco Rosselli Del
Turco, jointly devised the project "Breast Cancer Screening in Western Balkan
Worth mentioning is also the cooperation with the University of Michigan, USA,
and the project "Training and Research in Environmental Health in the Balkans"
(TREHB) (Project #: 2D43 TW 000641) approved by the Fogarty International Center
of the National Health Institutes for the period 01.05.2007. to 31.04.2012. and
coordinated by assist. prof. Dusanka Kitic, as well as the cooperation with the
Shiga School of Medicine, Japan, coordinated by prof. dr Vuka Katic.
The partnership of the Faculty with the Medical University in Sofia, Bulgaria,
agreed upon in November 2005, was aimed at joint application for EU funding;
effectuation of appropriate regional and bilateral programs; short or long study
visits and exchange of students, researchers and doctors.
Special significance for the development of research carries the agreement with
the Faculty of Medicine, University of Belgorod, Russia, planning long-term
exchange of teachers, researchers and postgraduate students.
University of Nis Faculty of Medicine has also effectuated successful
partnership in three TEMPUS projects:
JEP 18107-2003 "Restructuring Teaching in Serbian Medical Faculties",
coordinated by the Faculty of Medicine in Belgrade, locally coordinated by prof.
dr Gordana Kocic;
"Restructuring Postgraduate Studies and Training in Medicine in Serbia",
coordinated by prof. dr Stevan Ilic;
JEP 41131-2006 "Building Bioethics Master Programme in Serbia", coordinated by
prof. dr Miroslava Zivkovic.
Involvement in TEMPUS projects can largely contribute to the development of
research and postgraduate studies, providing the insight into organization of
teaching and research to our students, young associates and researchers.
Hard work and efforts of the Faculty teachers and associates have brought about
a hopefully successful partnership with the University of Goteborg and prof. dr
Ian Holmgren, Dept. of Microbiology and Immunology.
The Faculty is also planning cooperation with the SSA INCOMAT Consortium
(Creating International Cooperation Team) in the field of medical biomaterials
in order to be involved in a project in the field of regenerative medicine,
tissue engineering and nanotechnology, headed by prof. dr Ljiljana Kesic.