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The Western Balkans Alumni Association goes live!

The Western Balkans Alumni Association goes live!

Last week, Ohrid hosted the official kick-off meeting of the Western Balkans Alumni Association to make sure that the young people’s voices in the region are heard loud and clear.

The Western Balkans Alumni Association (WBAA for short) is a regional association of alumni who have spent part of their studies and training abroad, funded by EU programmes such as Erasmus+, the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions or the EU Young Civil Servant Scheme.

Officially launched in March 2018, WBAA was born from DG EAC’s Western Balkans Platform on Education and Training in 2015, where the Ministers of Education of the 6 Western Balkan countries agreed on the need to establish a regional network of alumni.

The official kick-off event was opened by Ms Renata Deskoska, Minister of Education and Science of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, together with Ms Antoaneta Angelova-Krasteva, Director for Innovation, International Cooperation and Sport at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport.

The event brought together around 300 higher education stakeholders, including students and alumni, representatives from Ministries, university rectors and student unions, as well as EU officials and business representatives. It included inspirational testimonies, lively panel discussions, various workshops and cultural activities, helping WBAA recruit new members and shape its future work programme and activities.

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