International Burch University participated in the Central European Initiative Forum Dialogue (CEI), organized in Rome last week, as a unique opportunity to address today's major economic challenges.
Launched by the Istituto Affari Internazionali in cooperation with the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and the Central European Initiative, the CEI Dialogue Forum stimulated an open dialogue between 17 experts from the region, representing institutions, the industry, academia and civil society to exchange ideas and emphasize new forms of regional cooperation.
Within the two-day program, in which each representative had his/her presentation, it is important to mention that all presentations were followed by a discussion of representatives who shared their views on the issues discussed such as youth mobility, youth unemployment, entrepreneurship, public and private investment. In other words, the idea was to have open discussions among experts from different fields and to collect policy recommendations for the future of the Central European Initiative and the region.
The IBU representative at the forum was Mr. Admir Salihagic, Dean of Students, who was also the only representative from Bosnia and Herzegovina.
„This was a great opportunity for the IBU to be part of an open discussion on national or regional impressions on the issue of youth mobility, youth unemployment, entrepreneurship, public and private investment. Within these frameworks, experts were asked to analyze what policies should be promoted by individual governments in order to balance youth employment and mobility and to analyze youth entrepreneurship in their countries and to discuss the national public policies implemented so far.“
Based on his experience and communication with IBU students, Mr. Salihagic was able to share IBU's experience as the only entrepreneurial university in Bosnia and Herzegovina, presenting the results of the Burch Startup incubator and other entrepreneurial activities of the university and emphasizing their effects on youth employment and preventing young people from leaving the country, or the so-called „brain drain.“