Students from Novi Pazar visited security sector institutions in Belgrade
Statements / December 21, 2011
On 21 December 2011, the OSCE Mission to Serbia and the Belgrade Centre for Security Policy organised study visit to security sector institutions in Belgrade. Students visited the OSCE Mission to Serbia, Ministry of Defence, Ministry of Interior and Security-Information Agency (BIA).
Prior to the study visit, students of State University of Novi Pazar and International University of Novi Pazar participated in the two workshops on security sector reform aimed at raising interest in the topic and enhancing the capacity of university students from the region of South-West Serbia to take part in security sector reform.
Deputy Head of OSCE Mission to Serbia Thomas Moore awarded certificates of attendance of the programme to participants. During visit to OSCE Mission to Serbia students had opportunity to learn about history of OSCE and its role in Europe and in security sector reform in Serbia.
At the Security-Information Agency, students visited the exhibition on BIA history and learned more about the Agency's history, organization and legal framework and visited cabinets of the Training and Research Centre of the Agency. During the visit to the Ministry of Defence students learned about major achievements in defence reform and security challenges in South-West Serbia. At the Ministry of Interior, students met with representatives of Directorate of Traffic Police, Directorate of Border Police and Department for organization, prevention and community policing.
For majority of students this was the first opportunity to meet decision makers in the security sector. Students were interested for representativeness of national minorities in security sector institutions and procedures for job application in these institutions.
The study visit was organized within the project "Capacity development of academic community in the region of South-West Serbia for their increased participation in the security sector reform" supported by OSCE Mission to Serbia.