Memorandum of intentions between Universities from Madrid and Mostar

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First published April 7, 2003

The University of Madrid 'Complutensa' and the two Mostar ones recently signed a memorandum of intentions.
The Ambassador of Spain in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), Rafael Valle Garagorri, presided over the ceremony, co-ordinated by the Spanish CIMIC unit. Rafael Puyol Antolín, Rector of the University 'Complutensa', Elbisa Ustajmic, Rector of the Bosniac University 'Dzemal Bijedic', and Franjo Ljubic, Rector of the Bosnian-Croat one 'Sveuciliste', signed the agreement.
Spanish Lt. Gen. Domingo Marcos Miralles, Director of the Defence High Studies Centre (Centro Superior de Estudios de la Defensa Nacional, CESEDEN) and Col. José Monasterio Rentería, chief of SFOR's Spanish contingent, alongside with the Mayor of Mostar and his Deputy, also attended the ceremony.
Among areas of common interest, the following possible forms of co-operation are planned:
- Exchange of information, including bibliographical material and scientific publications;
- Interchange of professors for research, teaching or seminaries;
- Joint research activities;
- Joint academic programs, conferences and seminaries;
- Interchange of students and professors for studies and research;
- Concession of study scholarships;
For the first joint activity, the University from Madrid will grant two scholarships to two students from each University from Mostar. Those students will attend the summer international course of 'International Politics, Security and Defence' that will take place in Madrid next July. According to the military and academic Spanish representatives, this visit to Mostar "attests their admiration and recognition towards the Spanish troops deployed in BiH. Their daily work of stabilisation of the peace made possible that other organisations - like in this case, Universities - establish joint relations to unify a country by means of the culture."

Related link:
Nations of SFOR: Spain