Nebojša Camprag

Having an academic and professional background in urban planning, history and theory of architecture, as well as in heritage preservation, some additional specific tools and skills were still always missing when about applying the gained knowledge in some practical situations, especially when the praxis reached out of its traditional forms and frames. The first contacts with Mundus Urbano postgraduate program came through a colleague who was already Erasmus Mundus scholar; that is how my journey into multidisciplinary study finally begun. Mundus Urbano program indeed opened a whole new world – not only in terms of new disciplines – which finally triggered off thinking outside the box. However, classical acquisition of knowledge, transferred passively from professor to students, was not the most influential factor in grasping desired multidisciplinary skills, as it was an expectation at the beginning of the course.

It came out that many other things unrelated to the program curriculum itself were of extreme importance in the learning process. Among the others, specific international setting, mixture of various backgrounds of the fellow students, as well as learning from each other on the example of real cases were all the most outstanding features. In addition, getting to know other backgrounds and developing certain inter-cultural communication – in terms of not only improving knowledge of foreign languages, but the real art of communication, involving understanding, compromising and tolerance all blended in – were other major benefits that Mundus Urbano brought to my professional curriculum. Finally, the program also proved to be a great preparation for obtaining a PhD, which was my following step.