The PEXIM Foundation and British-Serbian Chamber of Commerce (BSCC) held the third annual dinner at Trinity College in Cambridge on 8 May to promote Serbian academic excellence.
Guests from Serbia, Macedonia and the UK attended the dinner with speakers including BSCC chairman and benefactor of the Cambridge Judge Business School Sir Paul Judge; Mihail Petreski, director of the PEXIM Foundation and Asseco; Serbian ambassador to the UK, Ognjen Pribicevic; the prospective British ambassador to Serbia, Denis Keefe; Helen Pennant, president of the Cambridge Commonwealth, European and International Trust; and Mark Crandall, chief executive of Continental Wind Partners (CWP).
CWP announced a partnership with the PEXIM Foundation to invest EUR 14,000 annually in additional scholarships for Serbian and Macedonian students to study at the University of Cambridge. Mark Crandall said: “The CWP PEXIM Scholarship will fund students in the fields of energy, engineering, environmental protection, finance and law to support Serbia’s European integration and economic development. We see this initiative as one of the best ways to support both Serbia and Macedonia as there is no greater and wiser investment than in education”.
Following the dinner, on 9 May, a lecture on the history of British-Serbian friendship was hosted by the PEXIM Foundation and its Cambridge alumni, alongside the Organisation of Serbian Students Abroad. Titled “The UK and Its Allies, 100 Years after The Great War – Leadership through Peace”, lectures were delivered by Dominic Lieven, Cambridge professor, Department of History; Virginia Crompton, BBC and British Council expert;Aleksandar Protic, councillor, UNESCO Clubs and Networks; and Simon Stockley, teaching fellow in entrepreneurship, Cambridge Judge Business School.
About the PEXIM Foundation:
The PEXIM Foundation was established in 2010 as a private not-for-profit organisation that provides scholarships to Serbian and Macedonian students admitted to the University of Cambridge. The foundation encourages students to return to their home countries upon graduation so to place their knowledge at the disposal of the public administration, state enterprises, education and the private sector. By improving the knowledge base of their home countries, the PEXIM Foundation alumni work to improve EU integration and development of economic competitiveness in the Balkans. The foundation in cooperation with the University of Cambridge has invested more than EUR 350,000 in providing scholarships for 13 students so far.