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6 августа 2021
Dr. Lazar Stošić gave his recommendations to DSTU students and academic staff
Lazar Stošić - Doctor of Computer Science, External associate coordinator for Serbia; Editor in chief of International Journal of Cognitive Research in Science, Engineering and Education, President of The Association for the Development of Science, Engineering and Education, shared best practices on writing academic articles, cooperating with colleagues from other universities and working with students.
- Good morning, Mr. Stošić! Do you like Rostov and its hot summer?
- Firstly, I want to express my attitude. This is my third time in Rostov and the second time in Don State Technical University. I have many offers fr om other universities – fr om Moscow, for example – but I have good colleagues fr om Rostov-on-Don. We work together for twelve years. We started our own journals, which are indexed in the Web of Science and Scopus – prestigious journals. In almost every issue we have one article indexed there. I am delighted with the city; I am fully satisfied.

- Probably you have already had a look at our university, what are your impressions of DSTU?
- I have a strong impression. When I came here for the first time in 2017, I was delighted with the hospitality and the professionalism. I was impressed with the buildings as well – they are remarkable, of course. Without someone who could take me somewhere I could easily get lost here! I have nothing negative to say. Everything is on the professional level. I have been to many big universities – for example, in Turkey, in Cyprus – and the same is here. Only positive. It is an honor to be here, to assist, to be part of it. Serbia and Russia have a long history, we have a lot of common.

- As far as I know, you are planning to give a series of lectures at DSTU. What will they be dedicated to?
- My lecture is dedicated on the way how to prepare and write scientific articles which will be indexed in the Web of Science and Scopus journals. The technology and methodology of it, how to increase citation, better position and ranking of the article and the scientist’s profile. I have been publishing for more than ten years in scientific journals and more than eighteen years in writing articles in different countries: Turkey, Bulgaria, North Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the United Kingdom, had an assistance here in Rostov and in Moscow as well. I also delivered lectures at the Research Association wh ere I hold the post of a scientific advisor in publication. I took part in many prestigious journals, such as Springer, Elsevier Academy, and received a certificate on how to manage a peer review and how to be an editor. Oh. I haven’t said that I have been the President of the Association for the Development of Science, Engineering and Education in Serbia for ten years and the President and Moderator of many international conferences fr om all over the world.

- In your opinion, are there any differences between European and Russian education?
- You know, as I can see, in most of them we try to follow the Bologna Process. Some people are not so delighted with the Bologna Process, some have problems with accepting new digital technologies. It is understandable as they haven’t had them. Young professors are ready to teach and learn, to improve themselves. But it depends fr om the university also. Some universities have an access to the new teaching technologies but the professors don’t know how to use them. They don’t have practice and lessons on how to use them. I am Doctor of Computer Science, for me it’s much easier to use them, but for some professors who are not involved in information technologies it is really hard to accept them. This is wh ere misunderstanding comes fr om. Globally, we have the same process everywhere – and the same problems.

- In your opinion, are education and its role in the modern world changing?
- When I started around 20 years ago as a professor, we had a different process of lectures and examination. Now the Bologna process changes the way of working with students. In my personal opinion and the opinion of my colleagues, the complete educational system is changing. The Bologna process made everything easier for students, and we must accept every change calmly.

- Are there any differences between the students of the year 2020 and, let’s say, 2000?
- You know, social media and Internet are disrupting students very much now, because they are focused on the phone. They try to find everything via Internet, but the teaching staff still prefers many sources to be found and shown. It is very easy to find everything on the Internet, but the secret is that it is necessary to read different sources, many books, and to conclude something of your own. Every generation changes rapidly, and now it is a Net-Generation.

- Do you prefer publishing your works on the Internet or in paper editions? Why?
- I definitely prefers hard copies, and I have some of my books in paper editions. I know that E-version is much easier to be found and downloaded, but globally my books are in the city library and in the State Library. I also use my books as gifts to the students when I am delighted with their studying. I have nothing against electronic publications, but still I love my home library wh ere I have my works as well as gifts fr om other scientists – for example, from Moscow and Rostov – and it is valuable for me.

- Do you think the future belongs to distance education or to full-time education?
- COVID-19 influenced the education, and now we see the advantages and disadvantages of distant learning. However, I think that studying face-to-face, when you can ask anything, is better than sending and receiving e-mails. For me it’s very important to see the students, to talk with students, to see what they know and what they don’t know. Many professors will agree with me that “old school” with its classroom, practical and theoretical lessons is very valuable.

- Can you give your advice how to stop worrying on the eve of an exam?
- When I was a student, I was intensively studying before the last exam. I was nervous, I was worrying. I think the best way not to worry is to have good relations with the professor. Exchange your opinions, have a personal contact. The aim of the professor is to help his students, not to be some kind of a dictator. Every student has his own character. A professor is the person who must find the way to contact with every character. There must be good relations on the professional level, and everything will be fine.

- Has your education influenced your life? In which way?
- I travel a lot. I am engaged in many universities in Serbia, Bosnia, Macedonia, lectures in Bulgaria, Turkey, Italy, Hungary and of course in Russia. My life is connected with travelling. The positive side is that I made a lot of connections. It opened many doors for me. I can go to many universities, talk with my colleagues – I can even say, my friends, not my colleagues, because we have been collaborating for almost ten years. We help each other, we invite each other to the international conferences, seminars, we inform about innovations. Many people accept my invitation to come. I was President of a British-American conference held in Cyprus, a moderator in Istanbul wh ere a few hundreds of people took part. For me it is very important.

- Wh ere can our university students learn your scientific works?
- It depends on what students prefer the most: hard copies or digital versions?
- Both of them.
- Well, I am not for so long here and in fact, I haven’t had an opportunity to ask anyone about it. Maybe in the future I will have enough time to deal with this issue. I don’t know what DSTU professors give to the students: books or electronic versions. But I still think that the students must have the basic books dedicated to the area of their study.

- Thank you for the conversation, Mr. Stošić. I wish you further fruitful research.
- Thank you. It was a pleasure. It is an honor to be here, to work here, to share my long-year knowledge with the University. I am glad that many professors from DSTU accept my invitations, become my co-authors and peer reviewers. In general, I am satisfied.