Vladimir Vucinic '04: Only by Working Jointly Can We Meet Global Challenges

To be successful, any politics professional needs a solid aptitude for analyzing political trends and processes and an open, outgoing personality. Vladimir Vucinic, Class of 2004, has plenty of both, and if you ask him, he’ll tell you – with a winning smile – that both were cultivated in the classrooms and hallways of the American University in Bulgaria.

“AUBG gave me very solid preparation both for my MA and my future career,” Vladimir says. In just seven years, he managed to complete a master’s degree in European Political and Administrative Studies at the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium and rise in the hierarchy of his native Montenegro’s foreign ministry. For years, he worked in Montenegro’s Permanent Mission to the European Union in Brussels, helping to prepare his country to meet EU requirements for accession.

Vladimir’s excellent reputation and detailed knowledge of European institutions caught the attention of Montenegro’s president, who in January 2011 promoted him to Adviser for Security, Defense, and Security Integration of the Montenegrin republic, a post he has occupied since.

The academic pedigree of AUBG manifested itself most prominently when Vladimir was taking classes at the College of Europe. “Courses from my European Studies major at AUBG gave me a great advantage over the other students and provided me with a very good background.” 

Later, when he started working for Montenegro’s foreign ministry, the politics and international relations classes he took at AUBG would prove very useful as well.

Vladimir's interests and work have taken him around the world

Moreover, the liberal arts educational system at the university gave him “a broader perspective and knowledge so that you better understand courses from your major. In addition, it gives you a general education in different fields that might help you in your career and in every day life.”

Vladimir credits AUBG with helping him develop such essential career skills as good time management, organization, team work, and precision. His undergraduate experience also taught him to work under pressure and to tight deadlines.

In Student Government, Vladimir tested both the theoretical knowledge he received in class and his leadership skills. A testament to his popularity and diplomatic skill is his re-election to the SG in his senior year when he was the senate’s vice president for a year.

Vladimir’s other experience of governance as a student was his involvement with AEGEE Blagoevgrad, a chapter organization of the European Students’ Forum, which promotes the idea of a united Europe among students and aims to strengthen European integration. The experience taught him valuable lessons that helped him in his career, he says.

Vladimir and fellow AUBG graduates at a party

“I learnt that cultural diversity could only benefit the region and the world, that only by working jointly can we meet the global challenges and that we should continue to cherish the friendships we made at AUBG.”

By Severina Mangusheva & Sylvia Zareva
Photos: Vladimir Vucinic's personal archive

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