Director of the Agency for Control and Quality Assurance of Higher Education

Prof Srđa Popović PhD


Prof Srđa Popović PhD was born on 5th April 1958 in the village of Građani in the Municipality of Cetinje. He graduated from primary school and comprehensive grammar school in Cetinje. In 1972 he graduated from the Teacher’s College after which he completed PhD studies in the field of geography. In 1983 he started working in the High School «Danilo Kiš» in Budva as a teacher and later was a principal of the school in multiple terms of office. In the period 1986 to 1990 he worked as the secretary of the Volleyball Club SSRN Budva. For one term of office he was the Director of the Public Institution «Ljubica Jovanović Maše» (Budva). In 2001 he was appointed Acting Director of Public Institution «Grade Teatar» Budva. For three terms of office he was a councillor in the Municipal Assembly in Budva. He was a Member of the 25th Parliament of Montenegro. From August 2015 to the end of 2016 he was the President of the Municipality of Budva. He is a prominent activist in politics and sports. He was the President of the Scout Squad «Niko Anđus» Budva, President of the Basketball Club «Mogren» Budva, President of the Chess Club of Budva, President of the Municipal organization of the Red Cross etc. He is a passionate beekeeper, member of the «Organization of Beekeepers of Montenegro» and President of the Editorial of the journal «Beekeeping». Prof Srđa Popović PhD was appointed to the position of the Agency Director on 17th May 2018. He is married and has two children.

Deputy Director for Quality Control

Maja Radunović, MA

Maja Radunović was born on 7 January 1985 in Podgorica, where she graduated from primary school and then graduated from the secondary school in America. She graduated in 2009 at the Faculty of Political and Social Science, the State University Pantheon, Athens, the Republic of Greece, Mayoring in Mass media, communicology and civilization sciences, while the specialist studies in the field of Mass media, communication and culturology she finished at the University Viltaneusse in Paris. She finished her MSc studies in 2014 from the University in Antwerp, Mayoring the Rule and Management, covering the topic of ‘’Ethnic Heterogeneity and Montenegro’’.
Her professional carrier started in 2009 in the Ministry of Defense where, after completion of her internship, she was engaged in the Department of International Cooperation as Officer for bilateral defense cooperation with the Republic of Greece, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Italy, Japan, etc. After that, in 2015 her carrier continued in the Sector for Development Projects as Head of the Department for Supporting and Monitoring the Development Projects. Following the Decision of the Government of Montenegro, in the period from August 2017 to January 2018, she covered the position of Acting Secretary to the Secretariat for the Development Projects. Since September 2018, she has been covering the position of Deputy Director for Quality Control in the Agency for Control and Quality Assurance of Higher Education.
During her studies she was a member of the Greek Olympic Committee (participation in the Olympic and Paraolympic Games (Athens 2004) and Eurovision (Athens 2006) in a capacity of Translator and Assistant to the organization, Assistant to the Marketing Sector, TNT Agency, Athens, Republic of Greece and as Assistant in the Sector for Public Relations, AEPI (Agency for the protection of copyrights and intellectual artists’ rights), Athens, Republic of Greece.
In 2010 she obtained the license of the Sworn Court Interpreter for Greek language, which was renewed in 2017. In addition to the Greek language, she speaks English and French. She is married and the mother to one child.

Deputy Director for Quality Assurance and Research

Tijana Stanković, MSci


Tijana Stanković was appointed to the position of the Deputy Director of ACQAHE in September 2018. Before appointment she worked in the Government of Montenegro as an adviser to the Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Policy and Financial System and Deputy Minister of Finance for Economic Policy and Development in the fields of macroeconomics, public finance and structural reforms. In that period she coordinated Government documents in the field of economy: annual «Programme of Economic Reforms» (2011-2015), National Plan «Directions for Development of Montenegro 2013 – 2015» (2011-2013), Proposal Law on Public-Private Partnership (2016), comprehensive and consistent plan of structural reforms «Reforms for Competitiveness 2020» (2016), etc. She started her career as an associate to the Deputy President of the Privatization Council and continued in the Institute for Strategic Studies and Prognoses (ISSP) as a researcher, and later as an analyst in the field of prices and inflation and reform of the pension system. She studied pension systems in her MSc thesis which she defended in the postgraduate studies «Entrepreneurship Economy» in the Faculty of Economics in Podgorica.

Her position of the leader of the pension system reform component in the World Bank project gave her an opportunity to participate in the process of development of the new institutional and legal framework for the pension system in Montenegro. Tijana worked as a part time lecturer in the Centre of Excellence for Finance in Ljubljana. She graduated from the Faculty of Economics and Comprehensive Grammar School in Pogorica, where she lives with her family.

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