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Marija Mitic has worked at ACA since 2014. Marija’s responsibilities include a wide variety of tasks, from diverse membership-oriented activities, project and event management, policy analysis to representation of ACA in Brussels and globally.
Marija’s (international) experience could be subsumed as a policy-practice triangle of education, training and inclusion. She has worked as a trainer in intercultural leadership programmes for youth and in teacher training programmes on diversity and inclusion in secondary schools. She has traineeship experience at the European Commission (DG EAC, Brussels) and UN (UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning, Hamburg), where she worked respectively on higher education and adult learning policies and international cooperation mechanisms. In Serbia, her country of origin, Marija was a teacher of English at lifelong learning centres and translator for the national government.
Marija holds a bachelor’s degree in English studies (University of Belgrade) and an Erasmus Mundus Masters in Lifelong Learning Policy and Management from the Universities of Aarhus, Denmark and Deusto, Spain. She holds an intercultural training certificate obtained in a nine-month residence programme in intercultural leadership at the Pestalozzi Children’s Village, in Switzerland, and in the training of trainers under the Neither Black Not White programme for working with children / young people against prejudice, for tolerance and intercultural relations. She is also being trained in Montessori education for 3-6-year-olds.
Marija has a keen interest and solid professional experience in intercultural learning and diversity studies, EU lifelong learning and education policies, and EU’s foreign policy, especially EU-Western Balkans cooperation. Marija is a member and one of the founders of the EU-supported Western Balkans Students and Alumni Association and of the EAIE Inclusion and Diversity Expert Community. Apart from Serbian, she speaks English, Spanish and French, and would likely survive in Bulgarian, German and Dutch.
Marija is a big fan of Brussels, where she initially came for music, but stayed for many additional reasons, including its international setting. In her free time, she sings in an international choir in Brussels, is learning to play the piano and developing her blog on international migration.