Macedonian Students: Their Awareness of EU Studies and a Sense of Belonging to EHEA

  • Suzana Dzamtoska-Zdravkovska University “Goce Delcev”, Shtip, Macedonia

Abstract

The academic students as future citizens of Europe are the key energy and strength upon which the democratic and civic oriented Europe is based and built, united and enriched through its cultural diversity. The one of the key factors in achieving the idea of “Europe without borders” is fulfilling a joint European Higher Education Area (EHEA), which involves implementing the principles of the Bologna Declaration. That process is unachievable without active student participation and contribution, which implies consistency in their awareness, also it implies the current trends and reforms in higher education and the opportunities for mobility and exchange of ideas and opinions. By preparing a questionnaire, this paper aims to investigate sense of belonging of the Macedonian students to the European Higher Education Area.Students who are still not part of the European Union Member States, are feeling unequal and less aware about the possibilities of studying in other countries. Even though this fact can be an obstacle in the integration process, the research proved that students in the Republic of Macedonia, although not considered to be European citizens, are sharing the European values.

Author Biography

Suzana Dzamtoska-Zdravkovska, University “Goce Delcev”, Shtip, Macedonia
Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Law, The Department for Journalism and Public Relations, at The State University “Goce Delchev”, in Shtip, The Republic of Macedonia. Her areas of research interest include: Communication Management, Mass Communication, Public Relations, Media and Journalism. Has worked for five years at The Ministry of Education and Science of Republic of Macedonia, as an adviser for the European Community Programs, a spokesperson and a public relations adviser. Since 2010 has worked as an assistant professor of journalism, communication and public relations. Her publications include: Communication in Public Administration (a monograph, 2012); “Motivating Students through Practice”, a paper presented at The National Higher Education Conference: Quality of Learning and Teaching (June 12, 2012), South East European University; “Aspects of Communication Management in the Global World, ICBEF: International Conference on Business, Economics and Finance (September 13-15, 2012), Goce Delchev University, Faculty of Economics (Shtip, Macedonia).

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How to Cite
DZAMTOSKA-ZDRAVKOVSKA, Suzana. Macedonian Students: Their Awareness of EU Studies and a Sense of Belonging to EHEA. Култура/Culture, [S.l.], n. 3, p. 127-138, sep. 2014. ISSN 1857-7725. Available at: <https://journals.cultcenter.net/index.php/culture/article/view/106>. Date accessed: 14 july 2024.
Section
English Articles

Keywords

European Higher Education Area, mobility, equality, awareness, European citizens