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The closing meeting of the project on capacity building and combating fake news was held

At the South East Europe University, today (November 29, 2022), the closing meeting of the project entitled "Capacity building for university staff and media representatives in combating fake news, disinformation and misinformation campaigns" was held, which was carried out by the Institute Max van der Stoel (IMVDS), in cooperation with the Embassy of the Czech Republic in North Macedonia.

On behalf of IMVDS, the director of this institute Prof. Dr. Veli Kreci welcomed the attendees, who said that the project is collaboration between IMVDS and the Institute for Research, Innovation and Development and is financed by the Czech Embassy in Skopje. He emphasized that IMVDS is very active and very interested in research in the field of digital education and currently there are several projects that it carries out in this field.

Rector of the South East Europe University, Acad. Prof. Dr. Abdylmenaf Bexheti, thanked the Czech Embassy for supporting this very important and challenging project at the global level and much more at the local level.

“SEEU through this project promotes the cooperation of the triple helix -academic community, media representatives and news consumers. The goal is initially to train and equip the staff with skills, which will be passed on to the students, so that they can deal with fake news and disinformation. The social impact of the project is quite important, both in time and in space", said Rector Bexheti in his speech.

Ambassador of the Czech Republic, H.E. Jaroslav Ludva said that it is not the first time that he comes to Tetovo, but it is the first time that he comes to SEEU and that he is satisfied with the cooperation and the results of the project and he expressed hope for future cooperation.

“Czech foreign diplomacy gives priority to the promotion of democracy with the participation of citizens and the government in the protection of human rights and freedoms. In the conditions of the war in Ukraine, disinformation and fake news are a real threat to the security and stability of any state, so they must be taken very seriously," said in his speech the Czech ambassador among other things.

In the capacity of Pro-rector for Research and International Cooperation, Prof. Dr. Besa Arifi, appreciated the cooperation with the Czech Embassy for this project, which is important for many reasons, but first of all because of the current topic, the opportunity and responsibility for the university to contribute to this issue and that the project has helped to raise the capacities of staff but also of media professionals in combating fake news.

Regarding the projects that are carried out in the field of media literacy and disinformation, Albulena Halili, Research Associate and Head of Media Literacy & Disinformation Research Cluster at the Max van der Stoel Institute.

The goal of the Transition project is to create resilience against fake news, misinformation and disinformation campaigns used mainly by local and foreign actors, in the Euro-Atlantic path of North Macedonia.