Organisation of Serbian Students Abroad

The Organization of Serbian Students Abroad (OSSA;[2] Serbian: Организација српских студената у иностранству; ОССИ) is an international, non-profit, non-governmental and apolitical organization founded by Serbian students in 1997.[3] Since its founding, OSSA has helped Serbian students study abroad and assisted them in their return to Serbia via various national and international projects, with the goal of supporting and strengthening the community of Serbian students in the diaspora.

Organisation of Serbian Students Abroad (OSSA)
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Founded1997
TypeStudent society
PurposeConnecting Serbian students abroad[1]
Location
FieldStudents' union
Members
about 10,000 worldwide
Key people
Aleksandar Ljubomirović (President) Anđela Janković, Sofija Matić (Vice Presidents)
Websitewww.ossi.rs

Headquartered in Belgrade, OSSA has 22 country-level branches in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia with thousands of members. In addition to Belgrade, the Organization of Serbian Students Abroad has offices in three other cities: Novi Sad, Niš and Banja Luka in Bosnia and Herzegovina. As an international organization, OSSA's projects and events are done at both national and international levels. Currently, the organization has a total of 10,000 members.

HistoryEdit

OSSA was formed by a group of Serbian students from Europe and North America in mid-July 1997. The organization was created with the intention of expanding it to become global, in the form of a network that connects all existing groups of students abroad, along with establishing new ones where they did not already exist. In the months following OSSA's founding, the Organization managed to connect 10 clubs of Serbian students in the United States, Great Britain, France and Germany, creating the ‘official’ foundation of the organization. OSSA has since continued to grow, expanding its work to Asia and Australia, along with founding and solidifying branches across Europe and North America.

FoundersEdit

The organization was founded by a group of 15 Serbian students in the United States and Western Europe. They strived for progress in the areas of diplomacy, academic work, entrepreneurship, international relations and politics.

  • Jovan Ratković (OSSA president 1997–1998), Norwich, UK
  • Aleksandar Jovović (OSSA president 1998–1999), Washington, USA
  • Dejan Andjelković, Seattle, USA
  • Ivana Vujić, New Jersey, USA
  • Milan Zelčević, Toronto, Canada
  • Helena Zdravković, Hartford, Connecticut, USA
  • Vuk Jeremić, London, UK
  • Aleksandar Kojić, Boston, USA
  • Milan Milenković, Stuttgart, Germany
  • Miloš Misajlović, London, UK
  • Ana Mitrović, Boston, USA
  • Milan Pavlović, New York, USA
  • Mihailo Petrović, Paris, France
  • Andrej Fajgelj, Paris, France
  • Marko Škorić, London, UK

MissionEdit

Although OSSA undertakes a number of activities, the main objectives of OSSA are:

  • assisting Serbian students who wish to study abroad
  • assisting Serbian students returning to Serbia after their graduation
  • promoting Serbia abroad
  • organizing internships for international students to gain work experience in Serbia
  • promoting cooperation with other student organizations around the world
  • Networking Serbian students studying abroad

According to OSSI's mission statement, its members conduct all activity while respecting the uniqueness of cultures, communities and universities in which they live, constantly incorporating knowledge gained into the development of OSSI and its local branches. OSSI aims to be the most extensive, competent and information wealthy network of Serbian students abroad.

Organisational structureEdit

Board Members (2019-2021)[4]Edit

  • President: Aleksandar Ljubomirović
  • Vice President - Anđela Janković
  • Vice President - Sofija Matić
  • Director of the Sector for Marketing and Public Relations - Dijana Avdić
  • Director of the Sector for Local Branches - Nikola Smatlik
  • Director of the Finance Sector - Ana Stambolić
  • Director of the Legal Affairs Sector - Aleksandra Dubovac
  • Director of the Department of Internal Affairs - Milena Nedeljković
  • Chairman of the Supervisory Board - Aljoša Palija

International branches[5]Edit

OSSA's international branches represent organizational units of students abroad. Though individual branches undertake various projects as well, their main task is to help network Serbian students in their respective countries, as well as provide assistance to any Serbian student wishing to study abroad.

OSSA currently has a total of 22 country-level branches, expanding across Europe, North America, Asia, and Australia.

Directors of OSSA's international branches:

  • United States - Lena Babunski
  • Canada - Stefan Petrović
  • Great Britain - Đorđe Živanović
  • Ireland - Mia Brzaković
  • Spain - Njegoš Janković
  • France - Jovan Nedeljković
  • The Netherlands - Maša Samardzić
  • Belgium - Aleksandar Todorović
  • Germany - Dijana Avdić
  • Switzerland - Jovana Mićić
  • Italy - Katarina Djorovic
  • Austria(Vienna) - Sofija Bečanović
  • Slovenia - Milena Nedeljković
  • Denmark - Dino Nikolić
  • Norway - Jelena Rončević
  • Sweden - Nevena Šljivić & Jelena Mišić
  • Czech Republic - Aco Lukić
  • Greece - Sonia Porej
  • Russia - Maša Bubalo
  • China - Ognjen Draganić
  • Australia - Nikola Ilievski
  • Hungary - Teodor Tričković
  • Hong Kong - Veljko Kovač

ProjectsEdit

OSSIlation (Summer and Winter)Edit

OSSIlation (Summer and Winter) (Serbian: OSSIlacija) or the annual assembly of OSSA is the most important project of the Organization, which is held twice a year. Through this event, OSSA members from across the globe help determine the future of the organization, make proposals, and conduct elections for various positions within the organization. The second part of the event consists of a formal gala attended by the numerous partners of the organization, including representatives from public institutions, universities, the diplomatic corps, and various private businesses, which opens the opportunity for students to network both privately and professionally.

pOSSIbilityEdit

POSSIbility was created with the aim of helping Serbian students studying abroad find internships and working opportunities in Serbia, both in the public and private sector. Additionally, "Possibility" aims to help Serbs return to Serbia from the diaspora, as well as help them utilize their international skills and knowledge to improve the situation in their home country. This project also encourages youth participation, as it assists in giving talented and successful Serbian students the opportunity to influence the development of their country.

Summer Networking Event (SNE)Edit

Summer networking event (SNE) is one of the main annual events of OSSA. Serving as a more informal version of OSSIlation, this event serves as an opportunity for OSSA members to meet each other as well as Serbian students studying in Serbia, whether they are interested in going abroad or simply want to network with their peers who are studying in another country. The event is attended by OSSA partners from both the public and private sectors (such as representatives from various ministries, universities, domestic and foreign private companies...), allowing Serbian students to expand their professional networks as well.

Youth on the MoveEdit

The project "Youth on the Move" (Serbian: Mladi u pokretu) seeks to raise awareness amongst and inform young people in the final years of high school and university education, but also young people from vulnerable social groups, about academic mobility programs and the benefits of using these programs. Through activities done at both a local and national level, the project contributes to raising awareness and the capacity of young people to participate in academic mobility programs by connecting them with relevant institutions.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ I. Mićević. "Srbija ostala u srcima | Planeta | Novosti". Novosti.rs. Retrieved 26 September 2010.
  2. ^ "ОССИ - О организацији". ossi.rs. Retrieved 7 December 2020.
  3. ^ "Studentske i omladinske organizacije - Organizacija srpskih studenata u inostranstvu - OSSI". Znanje.infostud.com. Archived from the original on 9 July 2010. Retrieved 26 September 2010.
  4. ^ "ОССИ - Одбор". ossi.rs. Retrieved 7 December 2020.
  5. ^ "ОССИ - Мапа". ossi.rs. Retrieved 7 December 2020.

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  1. ^ "ОССИ - Почетна". ossi.rs. Retrieved 7 December 2020.