Representatives of the Government and University on high-education budget

Serbian Prime Minister Vojislav Kostunica, Minister of Finance Mladjan Dinkic, Minister of Education and Sports Ljiljana Colic and Deputy Minister of Science Mile Savic talked today with the Serbian University heads on the high-education budget for 2004.

Kostunica stressed the importance of the University and expressed Government’s readiness to
co-operate with the Universities on all essential problems in society. It has been estimated in the conversation that due to the short period at the disposal of the Government for the preparation of this year budget, the amount and structure of the budget is not adequate for the needs of the Universities.

At today meeting, an agreement was reached on increasing the budget allocations for utility bills and material necessary for the execution of teaching process. At the same time, it was agreed that the Faculties shall deliver the data on permanent material costs, number of teaching and non-teaching staff, as well as the data on the faculties’ revenues.

The participants in the meeting agreed to hold another meeting after the analysis of the mentioned data in order to discuss the problem of University funding in accordance with the budget resources.