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Recruiting for Harvard: Presentation of the Kokkalis Program for Southeastern Europe
Friday, 25 February 2005

Presentation by Mikhala Stein, Assistant Director of the Kokkalis Program
Organized and introduced by HCS members Dushan S. Rakitich, Ana S. Trbovich and Katarina Veljovic
University of Belgrade Law School


Dushan S. Rakitich LLM 04, Ana S. Trbovich MALD 98/MPA 01 and Katarina Veljovic MPP 02 organized a presentation of the Kokkalis Program for Southeastern Europe at the newly renovated conference facility of the University of Belgrade Law School on 24 February 2005. The intention was to provide information and boost recruitment from Serbia and Montenegro for Kokkalis programs, which include scholarships for graduate programs at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, organization of executive programs, annual graduate students conference and lectures at Harvard University.
University of Belgrade Law School hosted the event, which was attended by around 70 final year students of Law, Economics and Political Science, prominent lecturers at universities throughout Serbia, leaders of political parties’ youth organizations, officials from government ministries and agencies, other young professionals and Harvard alumni.
The presentation was welcomed by the Associate Dean, Miodrag Jovanovic who noted a great interest of Serbian educational institutions in fostering closer cooperation with Harvard. After Mikhala Stein, Assistant Director of the Kokkalis program described the opportunities provided by the various Kokkalis programs as well as by the recently established Athens Institute of Technology, which hosts Harvard’s executive programs in Greece, Ana Trbovich MALD 98/MPA 01 moderated the discussion. Questions raised, among others, included advice on entering Harvard, availability of scholarship and importance of prior work experience.
Afterwards, guest retired for refreshments and a more relaxed discussion. This recruitment drive was successful and Kokkalis reported that applications from Serbia and Montenegro continue to increase. The Kokkalis website is http://www.ksg.harvard.edu/kokkalis. Based on feedback we hope to offer more such events in future, and to reach and even broader and more diverse audience.