Q&A with IBCM lecturers of the year, Jelena Djokic and Nermin Begovic

During the 2015 Bachelor graduation ceremony, a Best Teacher prize was awarded, ‘by nomination of the 2015 graduating class and in recognition of outstanding teaching methodology and availability to support student success’.

There were two recipients: Jelena Djokic, as voted by students at the north campus, and Nerman Begovic, as voted by students at the south campus

Their award proved to be hugely popular moments at the ceremony, and both lecturers were delighted to receive such recognition from their students.

Following the ceremony, IBCM promoters chatted briefly with each of them. Here is what they had to say.

Congratulations to you both!

Jelena Djokic

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What do you teach at IBCM? 

I am teaching Environmental Management courses

How long have you been teaching at IBCM? 

Since March 2010

What’s your academic/professional background? 

PhD in Environmental Engineering, and managing production processes in industry.

A lot of people say our teaching style sets us apart from other HE institutions in the region. How would you characterize your own teaching style? 

Student centered pedagogical method, with experimenting, exercises and reflection. It is more important to validate and use information than to memorize data.

What has been your most memorable experience so far at IBCM? 

This reward is the best and happiest thing I have experienced so far, as that came from the most important people –from the students

IBCM students obviously think there’s something a little bit special about you. What would you say, in return, is special about IBCM students?  

With their passion and creativity they are capable of solving difficult problems.

What advice would you leave today with our new Bachelor graduates? 

Use your skills on your future jobs, and always keep your attention on your goal.

Jelena Djokic was speaking to Milica Barac

 

Nermin Begovic

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What do you teach at IBCM?

I teach Entrepreneurship, Economics and skilled based courses.

How long have you been teaching at IBCM?

I have been teaching at IBCM since its establishment in 2010.

What’s your academic/professional background?

I am a private sector and VET specialist with industry and academic background. I hold a master degree in banking and finance and bachelor degree in Business Administration at Eastern Mediterranean University. I have more than 15 years in international projects and private sector development. Currently and for the past 5 years, I have been working as a full time senior lecturer, syllabus developer and mentor at the International Business College Mitrovica, specializing in entrepreneurship and project management.

A lot of people say our teaching style sets us apart from other HE institutions in the region. How would you characterize your own teaching style? 

My teaching style comprises the motto from Theory to Practice, problem-based learning methodology through: conceptualization, experimentation, experience and reflection coupled with proven commitment to high ethical, personal and professional standards.

What has been your most memorable experience so far at IBCM?

There are many, but this graduation ceremony is a memorable one.

IBCM students obviously think there’s something a little bit special about you. What would you say, in return, is special about IBCM students?

☺ (☺) (Nermin expressed a ‘smiley’ in return!)

What advice would you leave today with our new Bachelor graduates? 

Never stop asking questions, do what you love, do it with passion and if you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. You’ll know when you find it, your heart will tell you.

Nermin Begovic was speaking to Egzon Fejzullahu

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