Centres of Excellence of the Univeresity of Kragujevac

The Contract on the Construction and Equipping of the Centres of Excellence at the University of Kragujevac funded by the European Investment Bank was signed on 20th May 2013 by the Republic of Serbia – Ministry of education and science, City of Kragujevac, University of Kragujevac and JUP Istraživanje i razvoj“ d.o.o. This contract regulates rights and obligations of contracting parties regarding the financing and management of the activities related to the construction and equipping of the Centres of Excellence facilities at the University of Kragujevac planned for the period 2013-2015.

The facility will be located on the 11500 Sq. m and will be built nearby the University’s Rectorate in Kragujevac. The total value of the investment for the construction and equipping of the Centre is 14 million euros. The City of Kragujevac and University of Kragujevac will participate in co-financing of the construction in total amount of 65.5 million dinars, i.e. the City of Kragujevac will provide 40 million and the University 25.5 million dinars.

As the leader of the scientific research, the University of Kragujevac decided to build the residential complex for young researchers as part of the measures for strengthening the scientific research. Additionally, it initiated the construction of Centre For Stem Cells Research and Stem Cells Bank. Their construction and equipping will be the both the ground and prerequisite to the development of multidisciplinary scientific research, involving not only scientific research from the area of medicine and biomedicine, but also from the areas of biology, chemistry, technical and engineering sciences, biomedical engineering and other accompanying areas that will be included in the Centre’s activities.

By constructing and equipping the Centre for Stem Cells Research and Stem Cells Bank, the Republic of Serbia will for the first time create conditions to preserve, use and research stem cells of its citizens, on its territory and by its experts, at the institution founded by the Republic itself. This will be immeasurable strategic contribution to protect the national interest, not only in the development of the science, but also above all to preserve the genome of its own nation. The significance of the construction and equipping of the Centre will facilitate the multidisciplinary character of scientific research, connecting different scientific disciplines, researchers from different areas as well as scientific and other institutions to which the Centres will provide logistic assistance and support. In this way, the Centres will also provide the position and frame for industrial development in this region, and practically have the role of Scientific and Technology Park, as the base for development not only the Central Serbia, but also in the wider region.

Kragujevac has become the leader of the development in Central Serbia in both higher education and health area (Clinical centre) and also of the development of restored Serbian industry and private entrepreneurship. Having all this in mind, the University of Kragujevac has decided to initiate and support the realization of scientific infrastructure project of the Centres of Excellence, as the main project that would include the activities of Scientific and Technology park.