Mladen Sarcevic

Minister of Education, Science and Technological Development Government of the Republic of Serbia

He was born in January 1957 in Belgrade. After completing the XII Belgrade Grammar School, he graduated from the Faculty of Science and Mathematics of the University of Belgrade – Department of Geography. During his studies, he achieved top results and was entitled to accelerated studies. He graduated at the age of 22. As a scholarship holder, he completed postgraduate studies at the Department of Environmental Protection, at the Centre for Multidisciplinary Studies of Belgrade University.

The overall professional engagement of Minister Sarcevic is related to the field of education. His basic commitment is to work on the development of the quality and efficiency of the educational process.

He worked as an educator at the Student Centre of the Secondary Railway School in Belgrade and as a geography teacher at several Belgrade schools. As a teacher he achieved remarkable success for which he received numerous recognitions from many social organisations of that time, such as the Council of Technique and Science.

At the beginning of his career, at the age of 33, he became director of the Nikola Tesla elementary school in Belgrade and managed professional activities of school directors.

For the needs of the state, he participated in the founding of the Branko Radicevic elementary school and the XV Belgrade Grammar School.

He is the initiator of the opening of several private schools, both in Serbia and in the region (the first private grammar school and in general the first private institution in Montenegro).

In 2003 he organised and started, as director, the operation of the Rudjer Boskovic General Grammar School in Belgrade. Two years later, in 2005, he founded a primary school of the same name, which was the first private elementary school in the country, thus forming a unique system of pre-university education.

As director of the Grammar School, and then as the general manager of the Rudjer Boskovic Educational System, he engaged in the introduction and establishment of high standards in the primary and secondary education.

He is a founder, with a group of like-minded people, of the Republic and Regional Centre for Talent. He was an advisor to the German School in Belgrade, Serbian minority schools in Budapest and South Africa (with Zimbabwe).

By following the modern trends in education in the world, he established cooperation with institutions whose mission is to develop high quality international education, which are leaders in the field: IBO (International Baccalaureate Organization) and Cambridge International Examinations.

By supporting and implementing the IB programmes (Primary Years Programme, Middle Years Programme , the IB Diploma Programme), as well as Cambridge Primary, Secondary 1 and IGCSE, Minister Sarcevic introduced the most prestigious international educational programmes in the educational system of Serbia.

He organised and supported projects that connect schools and students within the Republic of Serbia, the region and Europe.

In August 2016, owing to his achievements in educational work and international recognition, he became Minister of Education, Science and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia. Since then, all of his functions at the Rudjer Boskovic Educational System have been frozen.

During his professional career to date, he was awarded the Gold Plaque of the Red Cross and the Council of Technology and Science Award.

In his spare time he engages in recreational fishing.

He is a proud member of the Red Cross and a blood donor.

Married, father of two adult children.