The Organization of Serbian Students Abroad (OSSI) celebrated 20 years of existence where a large number of former and current students, politicians, academics as well as a representative of Republic of Srpska in Brussels gathered at the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts (SANU) in Belgrade in order to make this event even more special.
The celebration was also an opportunity to reassemble all those international students who were in Belgrade at the time. The organization addressed Mrs. Ana Brnabic Prime Minister of Serbia with a letter of support, in which she pointed out that the knowledge that students acquire abroad is invaluable and should be noted and welcomed in Serbia as a significant contribution to the entire society.
The event was also adressed by Jovan Ratkovic, former adviser to the president of the Republic of Serbia and the first president of OSSI, as well as the outgoing OSSI president Aleksandar Jakovljevic, and Snezana Lakicevic Stojacic, manager for cooperation at Petroleum Industry of Serbia (NIS).
Last year, The Republic of Srpska Representation in Brussels in cooperation with the Organization of Serbian students abroad (OSSA) and the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia marked the Statehood Day of the Republic of Serbia and 160 years since the birth of Nikola Tesla at KU Leuven.
OSSI was founded in July 1997 as an international, non-profit, non-governmental and apolitical association, whose main goal is to ensure the return of Serbian students to Serbia, as well as gathering and socializing students during studies abroad.