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Fulbright Day: North Macedonia – June 4

North Macedonia celebrated their Fulbright Day with a live event on June 4 at 12:00 EDT/18:00 CET. It was co-hosted by PAS Skopje and the First Lady of North Macedonia, Professor Elizabeta Gjorgievska, who is a Fulbright Visiting Research Scholar alumna of the Fulbright Program. Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Academic Programs at the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Marianne Craven also provided a video address.

The event took place at the President’s residency in Skopje, North Macedonia and was also livestreamed.  Approximately 50 in-person participants took part, including representatives from both governments and 30 North Macedonian Fulbright alumni.  The event emcee was 2003 Fulbright Visiting Scholar alumna, Biljana Sekulovska, and the virtual attendees included members of the Macedonian American Alumni Association (MAAA).

 18:00  Opening of the event    – The Master of Ceremony opens the event with a short announcement and reads a short history of the Fulbright program    Master of Ceremony is Biljana Sekulovska   
 18:05  Address by the President of the Republic of North Macedonia, H.E. Mr. Stevo Pendarovski    
 18:10  Video address of Ms. Marianne Craven,  Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Academic Programs at the State Department Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs   
 18:15  Address by H.E. Ms. Kate Marie Byrnes, US Ambassador to the Republic of North Macedonia   
 18:20  Address by Ms. Mila Carovska, Minister of Education and Science of the Republic of North Macedonia  
 18:25  Address by the Spouse of the President of the Republic of North Macedonia, Ms. Elizabeta Gjorgievska – Patron of the event  
 18:30  Video messages by Fulbright Alumni  
 18:35  Cocktail