The 6th International Seminar on Engineering Education and Professional Realization of Young Engineers, organized by the University of Banja Luka and a few partner organizations from Bulgaria, Romania and Serbia, was held on 14 July 2014 on the premises of the Academy of Sciences and Arts of the Republic of Srpska.
Through lectures of eminent experts and discussions of the participants from seven European countries: Bulgaria, Romania, Germany, Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, one had an opportunity to gain insight into the education process, professional orientation and career development of young engineers in the aforementioned countries, as well as to exchange experiences on these topics.
In the introductory part of the seminar, all the present were adressed by academic Prof. Dragoljub Mirjanic, the Vice-Rector of the University in Banja Luka, Prof. Simo Jokanovic, and the Chair of this year's seminar, Prof. Ivan Yatchev, the Dean of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Technical University of Sofia. They pointed out the importance of organizing one such convention in Banja Luka, above all because the young engineers from this area encounter various challenges when it comes to the manner and possibilities of acquiring knowledge, especially in practice, and making career advancements.
During the seminar, through lectures and discussions, the possible solutions for many issues were offered, such as to which point the curricula and course of education in this country differ from those in other European countries; what the learning outcomes of the young engineers at the end of their studies are; what should be changed in the education process so that the young experts are as preapared as possible to answer the requirements of the labour market; and, what the possibilities of further specialization and employment are.
All the presentations and papers given at this year's seminar are going to be published, and, according to the organizers, the activities discussed during this seminar are going to be continued through the international scientific and expert conference ''Innovation and Entrepreneurship – the initiators of development and employment'', which is being held on 19 September 2014 at the Faculty of Economics, University of Banja Luka.
Beside the University of Banja Luka and the Academy of Sciences and Arts of the Republic of Srpska, partners from Bulgaria also participated in the organization of the seminar: Federation of Scientific Engineering Unions in Bulgaria, Union of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications, University of Ruse „Angel Kanchev“ and Ruse Scientific and Technical Unions, Society of Power Engineers from Romania and Faculty of Electronic Engineering, University of Nis.