ADDRESS by the Minister of Defence, Ms. Radmila Shekerinska-Jankovska on the opening of the “SUMMER CAMPUS – 2017″ on 27.06.2017

Dear Dean of the Military Academy,

Thank you for inviting me and giving me the honour today, to open the 8th International Higher-Education Defence and Security Project Summer Campus 2017, organized by the Military Academy of the Republic of Macedonia “General Mihailo Apostolski”, at the Pepelishte Training Centre.
It is my great honour to welcome you on my personal behalf and on behalf of the Ministry of Defence and the Army of the Republic of Macedonia.

Dear cadets, students, professors and guests,

Starting from 2010 to date, the International Summer Campus has grown into a recognizable regional, multinational and traditional higher-education defence and security project, with continuously rising number of participating countries, year by year. Today, there are 116 participants from 12 countries, including the Republic of Macedonia.
The Summer Campus 2017 is an example of our common regional and multilateral cooperation and partnership that defines our common future. It is a positive moment and a benefit for all of us, for all the countries that have sent their cadets and students to participate in this Summer Campus. From here, I would like to acknowledge the countries that took part in the Summer Campuses organized in the past, which were not able to join us today, and invite them to take part in this traditional higher-education defence and security project in the Republic of Macedonia in the future.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

The Republic of Macedonia continuously invests resources in promoting the interoperability of the armed forces, including the development of regional cooperation, training centres and education. Moving forward is not possible without the people, without the professionals, and without the knowledge, this refers to our defence sector and our army as well. Therefore, we are proud of today’s investment in our own strengths, capabilities and capacities, in our future generations, as well as the cooperation with our traditional partners.
The cooperation between the Ministry of Defence and the Military Academy “General Mihailo Apostolski” from Skopje with the higher education institutions contributed to enabling the participants to this Summer Campus to gain knowledge and learn from the experience of professors and experts from the USA, the UK, Germany, the Czech Republic, as well as professors and experts from Universities in the Republic of Macedonia.
At the same time, I would like to underline that we have worked to the maximum extent on the continuous improvement of the capacities and conditions for training. Today, the Krivolak Military Training Area meets all the requirements for training on the highest professional level. This training area is open to the armies of our partners and friends, which is why we are proud to announce that this summer we are planning to use the training area in the preparation of the ARM and its cooperation with our strategic partners. The conditions this training area offers through its training centers will positively influence the aspiration of today’s and the future cadets to acquire new skills individually, and at the same time it will influence the new knowledge and experience for the Army of the Republic of Macedonia in general. Let the ambition and the desire to prove yourself, be your guide to the successful learning of the curriculum provided by this Campus.
The Summer Campus 2017 should be an example of our joint regional and multilateral cooperation, and an example of partnerships and friendships that will lead us forward. It is a positive moment and a benefit for all of us, for all the countries that have sent their cadets and students to participate in this Summer Campus. We must continually improve and foster the shared values of our countries, because only in this way we can achieve our common goals and successfully deal with the modern security challenges.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

At the end, allow me to proclaim this international higher-education defence and security project Summer Campus 2017 as open. Enjoy your time spent in the Macedonia, enjoy the sun and cherish the partnership with your colleagues and experts, enjoy your stay and cherish all newly acquired knowledge.

Thank you.