My career path in light of the changes in higher education in Eastern Europe as affected by the changing educational and employment policies in the developed world

On December 9, 2017 (Sat.), Prof. Zoran Petrović gave us his presentation entitled “My career path in light of the Changes in higher education in Eastern Europe as affected by the changing educational and employment policies in the developed world” at the Hiyoshi West Annex, the water hole of our program’s activities.

Prof. Petrović has been a director of Department of Experimental Physics, Institute of Physics, University of Belgrade, Serbia. He talked about his biography and career path from his birth to the present day with the historical background of the communist country. When he was in elementary school, his room was full of his father’s 4000 books. He could choose whatever he want to read and he read everything, including books and newspapers. In the Mathematical Grammar School, which is a special high school for gifted students of mathematics, physics and informatics located in Belgrade, Serbia, he specialized in mathematics and natural sciences, and he practically finished first two years in mathematics and physics. After graduating from the high school, he advanced to the Australian National University and obtained his doctoral degree in Physics.

Prof. Petrović talked about “Brain Drain” enthusiastically. He said “Brain Drain” doesn’t happen when a young person goes to a foreign country seeking education or an opportunity to work in the area of his/her education. It happens when the home country has a job opening and a need for a very skilled person but doesn’t have a candidate for the position with sufficient quality.” He also claimed disadvantage of the “bologna process” program. Although the main purpose of “bologna process” is to improve higher education, Prof. Petrović mentioned that “bologna process” has a possibility to reduce academic quality.

In his presentation, he emphasized the importance of building friendships and connections with people even in small communities. He also mentioned that the connections are more important than the actual knowledge. In order to achieve this objective, he has been trying to strategize the collaboration of others. As one of his collaborations, he and Prof. Emeritus Toshiaki Makabe in Keio University have been working together long term on Capacitively Coupled Plasma.

I’m sure that all of our leading program members were motivated by his lecture to learn the importance of not only the actual knowledge but also the connections.

(By Akiyoshi Kurobe, Enrolled in 2017 Spring, M1, Graduate School of Science and Technology)

Prof. Zoran Petrović, Head of department, institute of physics University of Belgrade.
Institute of Physics Belgrade HP