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New collaboration between WMG and Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Macedonia

On 22nd September 2016, His Excellency Jovan Donev, the Ambassador of the Republic of Macedonia and Professor Lord Kumar Bhattacharyya, Chairman of WMG at the University of Warwick signed a Memorandum of Understanding.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Macedonia and WMG at the University of Warwick, provides an initial framework through which research, education and impact activities will be designed to promote collaboration in the fields of education and research between WMG and organisations in Macedonia. Discussions were instigated by Michael English of the British Business Group Macedonia.

Initial activity areas include joint programmes, collaboration within educational and research programmes, and the provision of tailored study programmes in Macedoniafor individuals in industry and other organisations, focused around engineering and technology management and supply chains and logistics. The latter will build on the strength of WMG in designing and delivering collaborative education programmes to meet the skills needs of companies internationally and the expertise, administrative and technical capabilities in the faculties of the University Ss. Cyril and Methodius in Skopje.

On signing the Memorandum, His Excellency, the Ambassador commented “This is a true step towards intensifying the bilateral cooperation between our two countries. I deeply believe that this example will be followed by other British and Macedonian institutions”

Professor Lord Kumar Bhattacharya commented “We are looking forward to exploring both the research and education opportunities with the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Macedonia, which will benefit both parties.”

22 November 2016

Notes for editors:

The Republic of Macedonia

The Republic of Macedonia gained its independence peacefully after the dissolution of the former Yugoslav Federation in 1991. Currently, Macedonia is a NATO and EU candidate country since 1999, respectively 2005 and membership in these Euro-Atlantic structures are the key foreign-policy strategic priorities.

The country has unique position in the Western Balkans and represents a crossroad between the Mediterranean region and Europe, Asia and Europe, West and East. Twenty five years after its independence, the Republic of Macedonia is proud of its achievements and at the same time aware of its challenges. The country has rich bilateral and multilateral cooperation, including the cooperation between the Macedonian Universities and the Universities abroad. Macedonia is especially proud for signing the Memorandum of Understanding with the Warwick University.

The Ministry of Education and Science has a mission to develop education and educational system in the country, to develop science, scientific achievements and innovations by applying the principles of quality, economy, civil liability and connection to the labour market. Promotion of the values ​​and foundations of quality education and science is the key action towards improving the quality of life in the Macedonian society.


The University of Warwick

The University of Warwick is ranked as one of the world’s top 100 universities and is one of the top 10 in the UK. A full details of our our rankings can be found here:

We performed strongly in the UK Government’s last Research Excellence Framework and were ranked 7th overall in the UK (based on multi-faculty institutions).

Successful and innovative partnership activity plays a central role in increasing our global reach and reputation and positioning our activities internationally. Warwick continues to develop links with international partners who complement our activities and ideals, and provide innovation, sustainability and strategic value.


WMG was established by Professor Lord Kumar Bhattacharyya in 1980 in order to reinvigorate UK manufacturing through the application of cutting edge research and effective knowledge transfer. WMG is a world leading research and education group and an academic department of the University of Warwick.

WMG has pioneered an international model for working with industry, commerce and public sectors and holds a unique position between academia and industry. The Group’s strength is to provide companies with the opportunity to gain a competitive edge by understanding a company’s strategy and working in partnership with them to create, through multidisciplinary research, ground-breaking products, processes and services.

Every year WMG provides education training to over 1,500 postgraduates, in the UK and through centres in China, India, Thailand, South Africa and Malaysia. Students benefit from its first hand understanding of the issues facing modern industry. All tutors are highly qualified with a background in business or industry.

Michael J. English

Director of Crozier International Ltd. and a prominent member of the British Business Group Macedonia. He has held senior management positions in Chrysler Corporation and Cummins Engine Company. In 1995, he set up Crozier as a business development consultancy working with many automotive companies in their new international ventures, including the Middle East and Russia. In 2005, he instigated a human resource development programme in the Republic of Macedonia which led to ten years of business development in the country resulting in a major Tier OEM investment. During this period, he identified a gulf between business and education, which provides the market pull for the planned programmes delivered by WMG.


Lisa Barwick, Head of Marketing and Communications, WMG:

M: 07824540845

E: L dot Barwick at warwick dot ac dot uk

Peter Dunn, Director of Press and Policy, University of Warwick:

M: 07767655860

E: p dot j dot dunn at warwick dot ac dot uk

Davor Politov, Head of Unit for Public Relations , Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Macedonia:

T:+389 (0) 70 409 771

E: davor dot politov at mon dot gov dot mk