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Best Students Prizes for the Enrichment of Wikipedia pages were Awarded

On Thursday (05.07.2012), the prizes for the best students from the SEEU Faculty of Contemporary Sciences and Technologies and St. Cyril & Methodius University-Faculty of Information Sciences and Computer Engineering were awarded for enriching Wikipedia pages with scientific information.

The solemn ceremony was held at the South East European University campus in Skopje. The first prize went to Bisera Dugaliq, Faculty of Information Sciences and Computer Engineering, second and third prizes for Liridon Selmani and Drini Aliu SEEU Faculty of Contemporary Sciences and Technologies. The prizes were awarded by SEEU’s Rector, Prof. Dr. Zamir Dika, Deputy-Minister of Education and Sciences Safet Neziri, Dean of the SEEU Faculty of Contemporary Sciences and Technologies, Doc. Dr. Bekim Fetaji and the Dean of St. Cyril & Methodius University-Faculty of Information Sciences and Computer Engineering, Prof. Dr. Dimitar Trajanov.

These awards will contribute towards these students in earning a scholarship from the Ministry of Education and Sciences, which is the initiator of the joint project between South East European University and St. Cyril & Methodius University.

Rector Dika highlighted the importance of this project and said that the awards are noted as the contribution of students by fulfilling the gaps with relevant scientific information in Wikipedia.

“These initiatives gradually become more meaningful for science in general. Thus began Wikipedia also, by some idealist, first as a game, which soon grew into contribution to the expansion of knowledge ",said Rector Dika.

Deputy-Minister of Education and Sciences Safet Neziri said we shall welcome the contribution of students, who, with knowledge and skills have contributed to the flow of scientific information and its affirmation beyond Macedonia.

“Published articles allow Wikipedia users more easily to have access in finding the necessary information," concluded Neziri.

Prof. Dr. Dimitar Trajanov, said that this is not the only project of cooperation between these two faculties. "Our professors were able to encourage students to be engaged in enriching the pages of Wikipedia and this is a moment of a real pleasure for us."

Doc. Dr. Bekim Fetaji, stressed that this initiative of the Ministry of Education and Science of Republic of Macedonia and Wikipedia – Macedonia resulted in success. "These activities will continue in the future by listing even better results.”

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