The Rector of International Burch University, Prof Dr Mersid Poturak, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with The Association of Business Service Leaders in BiH - ABSL, a prominent organisation representing the global business services sector. ABSL consists of well-known companies that operate in Shared Services Centers (SSCs), Business Process Outsourcing (BPO), Information Technology Outsourcing (ITO), Research and Development (R&D).
Prof Dr Mersid Poturak stated that as an “academic institution, we have an important role to play in supporting this initiative and in preparing our students for successful careers in the global business services sector.” Prof Poturak encouraged all to “explore the opportunities that are available through the ABSL and to work together to build a brighter future for Bosnia and Herzegovina.”
The current business, economic, and political climate in the region suggests that this sector can drive and position Bosnia and Herzegovina as a global leader, particularly due to its growth rate. The industry is on track to become the country's primary source of private-sector employment. ABSL is a distinctive organisation with a shared vision of developing a competitive business services industry. They encourage, exchange knowledge, and combine their members' experiences to work together for the industry's progress.
Mrs Nadina Gradaščević, ABSL Managing Director, said that the Association of Business Service Leaders in Bosnia and Herzegovina (ABSL) “represents the global business services industry and works on developing, strengthening, and improving the socio-economic framework of the country. One of the key objectives the Association works on is to position Bosnia and Herzegovina as an attractive near-shore destination in the global business services sector, which means close collaboration with the academic community. The aim is to show to young people that there are great opportunities to build an international career in Bosnia and Herzegovina and from Bosnia and Herzegovina. Indeed, this is an industry that brings new knowledge and technologies to the market. It provides many opportunities for professional development within our country, so there is no need to look for such opportunities outside of it.”
IBU's partnership with ABSL will involve observing the business services sector in Bosnia and Herzegovina, organising events for sharing knowledge and networking, and representing the sector to the rest of the world. The collaboration aims to further enhance and advance the business services industry, and IBU is delighted to be part of this effort.
Through this partnership, IBU aims to create opportunities for its students, faculty members, and alumni to engage with leading companies in the sector.