The celebration of a second-year anniversary of work and progress of the Faculty of Security Science of the University of Banja Luka was held on March 6, 2019, in a crowded amphitheater.
Professor Dr. Radoslav Gajanin, Rector of the University of Banja Luka said that the University fully supports development of the Faculty of Security Science as the youngest member of the University.
Rector Gajanin says that the interest of students for study programs conducted at this Faculty is high, and as seen in the previous two years, the planned enrollment quotas were both times fulfilled in the first enrollment period.
He added that the Rector's team, the Dean and the management of the Faculty were working closely together in the past period in order to successfully carry out all of the activities needed.
“The Faculty does a careful selection of the personnel involved in the teaching process in the past. Educators included teachers and associates who carried out teaching activities at the College of Internal Affairs, as well as teachers who gained adequate scientific and professional knowledge in the field of security and other disciplines related”, said Rector Gajanin and stated that a number of activities will be carried out in the coming period.
Gajanin expressed his gratitude the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the President of the Republic of Srpska for their support in work and development of the Faculty of Security Science.
Željka Cvijanović, the President of the Republic of Srpska, said that the Faculty of Security Science of the University of Banja Luka contributes to the stability of the society because it educates personnel to recognize and act on the possible threats.
“It was a great pleasure for me to influence the transformation of College of Internal Affairs into the Faculty of Security Science, and its integration into the University during my time as the Prime Minister in the Government of the Republic of Srpska," said current President of the Republic of Srpska, Željka Cvijanović.
The President of the Republic of Srpska expressed her satisfaction with the students' great interest in studying at that faculty, and with all that this higher education institution is doing in order for the Republic of Srpska to have its own staff that is able to respond to the security challenges that are much more different today than they were in the past.
“Although we are a small community, this does not mean that we should be isolated. Since we are not isolated from these threats, we cannot be isolated when it comes to the activities that need to be undertaken in order to identify and prevent potential threats to the Republic of Srpska, its citizens and property, and of course to stay protected from what today is a global problem, and that is terrorism”, said President Cvijanović.
Addressing the attendees at the Faculty of Security Science, the President of the Republic of Srpska pointed out that it is very important that the Republic of Srpska has strong institutions and good staff.
The President of the Republic of Srpska expressed her hope that the students will, as future staff, take care of the Republic of Srpska as a whole, while taking care of the security of every citizen.
“The foundation of our development lies in the hands of future generations of this Faculty. Everything we do in order to develop the Republic of Srpska and its future generations is always measured with big steps”, said the President of the Republic of Srpska, and mentions that individuals give strength to the whole society and need to constantly develop in order to respond to the future challenges.
Associate professor Dr. Predrag Ćeranić, Dean of the Faculty of Security Science, said that the task of the staff at this Faculty is to prepare generations that will be able to resist the temptations that the Republic of Srpska is facing. He added that the students hope to remain here here and guard the Republic of Srpska.
At the celebration of the second-year of work of the Faculty of Security Science, the Dean pointed out that no students enrolled at this Faculty will obtain their diploma and go abroad to build the future there.
“The Faculty provides many opportunities for further training and education. In addition, law degree in security and criminology provides much more opportunities now than it used to be the case”, said Ćeranić.
He expressed gratitude to Željka Cvijanović, the President of the Republic of Srpska, as it was her who decided to establish the Faculty of Security Science during her time as the Prime Minister of the Governemnt of the Republic of Srpska.
Dean Ćeranić also added that the Faculty continues to receive support from Dragan Lukač, Minister of the Interior Affairs of the Republic of Srspka, the University of Banja Luka and its Rector Radoslav Gajanin, which enabled the development of the Faculty.
“Two years is a short time period in science and scientific development, but for us who started with four teachers and three workers in the administration, this was a big challenge. We have invested a lot of effort over the past two years, but when we look back, we see that we have reasons to be satisfied with what has been done”, said Ćaranić.
Duško Baškalo, the president of the Student Organization of the Faculty of Security Science, pointed out that the Faculty is exceptionally well organized.
“Most of the students enrolled at this Faculty because they want to stay in the country and defend the interests of the people in the Republic of Srpska. The students are very interested in this Faculty, and many of them are excellent students. The conditions for studying are exceptional: classes are well organized, professors are approachable, and we have a very good cooperation with the management of the Faculty and all its professors”, said Baškalo.
During the celebration of the second anniversary, awards were given to individuals and institutions that contributed to the development of this higher education institution. Among them are: Željka Cvijanović, the President of the Republic of Srpska; Dragan Lukač, Minister of Interior Affairs; Prof. Dr. Radoslav Gajanin, Rector of the University of Banja Luka; Prof. Dr. Luka Kecman, Vice-Rector for Material and Human Resources; Ljiljana Stević, director of the Confucius Institute of the University of Banja Luka, and Duško Lazić, the financial director of the University.
Among the attendees were Siniša Karan, Secretary General of the Government of the Republic of Serbia, Dragan Lukač, Minister of Interior Affairs, Prof. Dr. Luka Kecman, Vice-Rector for Material and Human Resources, Prof. Dr. Goran Latinović, Vice-Rector for Scientific Research and Development of the University, Prof. Dr. Strain Posavljak, Vice-Rector for Teaching and Student Affairs, and many others.