Miroslav Stefanovic


PhD Miroslav Stefanovic (born 1975) is and Teaching assistant with PhD of Industrial Engineering and Management at the University of Novi Sad, Serbia.

Miroslav has earned his PhD degree in Industrial Engineering at the University of Novi Sad in the field of information and communication systems. His research is focused on information system engineering, especially in application of blockchain technology in fields other than cryptocurrency, mainly in e-government.

Over the years he has participated in collaboration with different software companies in products related to quality assurance and providing of banking services.

Service idea

Challenge: Years spent in lockdown have shown that there is a need for better cooperation between academic institutions and EdTech. The quick appearance of restrictions has led to academic institutions switching to products to support they work that are developed by large companies that might not fit their needs in the best way. The main advantages of those solutions was the possibility of being adopted quickly and being recognized as a well know provides by the academic institutions.

Not to be surprised by a similar event in the future, but also out of the need to provide services offered to both students and academic staff, academic institutions should take advantage of possible collaborations with EdTech in the development of new tools that would better the services they provide. On the other hand, the expertise that academic institutions could provide could be valuable for EdTech. A field where both sides of this partnership could create significant benefits is the possibility of applying for international or national projects or grants for collaboration between companies and academic institutions on the development of new projects.

Companies usually required their employees to have a degree in some study program and they see academic institutions as providers of the kind of employees that they need but lack the perspective of the possibility of using the expertise of the senior academic staff.

Solution: Although collaboration between companies and academic institutions is not a novelty, awareness about such a possibility, and to be more precise, of all the possibilities that such a collaboration could include is limited. Previously stated problems could be addressed by organizing events/meetings/promotions where information and possibilities of collaboration between EdTech companies and academic institutions could be exchanged.