Minister Jolevski is visiting the Military Academy and the Public Affairs Regional Centre

The Military Academy “Mihajlo Apostolski” – Skopje and the Public Affairs Regional Centre are the two educational institutions that the Minister of Defence of the Republic of Macedonia, Zoran Jolevski has visited today.

At the Military Academy, Minister Jolevski was briefed on the preparations for the academic year 2014-2015 and the plans for development of this higher education institution, which is very important for producing qualified personnel for the ARM, as the Minister underlined.

- 128 candidates applied in the first enrolment cycle and we are already in a selection process. We will select 25 candidates from Macedonia, and there are also candidates from Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina and for the first time this year, we have candidates from Slovenia, Minister Jolevski stated.

The Minister took this opportunity to underline that the goal of the Academy, where the educational process is carried out in Macedonian, as well as in English, is to grow into the most elite institution in the region and in Europe. In addition to the classic military studies, the Military Academy will develop in the areas of cyber defence and logistics, the Minister underlined.

- We expect a Macedonian cadet to go to the Military Academy Norwich in the US next spring semester and to have US exchange students for one semester as of next year, Minister Jolevski stated.

In addition, the Minister of Defence also visited the Public Affairs Regional Centre, which the 26th NATO partner training and education centre, the only of its kind in the Republic of Macedonia and in the NATO network of training centres. In the process of training and education in the PARC, which is being developed together with Kingdom of Norway, over 850 national and foreign participants have taken part to date. For the needs of the Centre, 25 domestic and regional media trainers have been trained by the Norwegian consultancy agency Medialøven. The media trainers come from Macedonia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo. The upcoming second course since the Centre became a NATO training centre will take place within the period 15-19 September this year and there are interested candidates from Moldova, Armenia, Ukraine, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro and several institutions from the Republic of Macedonia.

With regard to the journalist question related to the upcoming NATO summit, Minister Jolevski underlined that we are working on a maximum presentation of what the Republic of Macedonia has achieved and why this country should receive an invitation for a fully fledged membership to the Alliance.