An emerging idea was transformed into a Ruling of the foundation of the Faculty of Stomatology in Pančevo whose signatories have taken up a great responsibility: to hold the destiny of all participants in the realization of a new business project in their hands.
After the signing of the decision, according to current legal regulations, a Project analysis on the justification of formation of the Faculty of Stomatology in Pančevo was conducted, which was signed by the Provincial Secretary for Education, dr Zoltan Bunjik, and on the basis of The Law Establishing the Jurisdiction of the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina (“Offical Gazette RS” number 6/2002).
The idea was conceived in a very positive environment, so the founders were quickly joined by new lecturers that had faith in the idea, the founders and in themselves. Among the first were prof. Dr Desanka Cenić-Milošević and prof. dr Mirjana Janjanin, and later also prof. dr Mihajlo Gajić, prof. dr Ankica Jakovljević, prof. dr Nebojša Ristić, prof. dr Milica Popović, prof. dr Dušica Popović, prof. dr Dragoslav Đukanović and others.
With the decision of the Provincial Secretary for Education and Culture from August 30, 2002, a Committee was formed with the task to, by having immediate access to the quarters, equipment and files of the lecturers, determine the fulfillment of conditions for the start of work and operation of the Faculty of Stomatology in Pančevo.
On the basis of the Report of the formed Committee, the Provincial Secretary for Education and Culture has, on September 12, 2002, made a Temporary Ruling on the start of work of the Faculty of Stomatology in Pančevo.
The final verification of the Ruling of the foundation of the Faculty of Stomatology in Pančevo, on the basis of the Temporary Ruling on the start of work of the Faculty of Stomatology, was made on September 26, 2002 by registering the Faculty in the Court Register of the Commercial Court in Pančevo. That enabled the creation of a transfer account for the Faculty, a tax identification number and all other necessary procedures required for unobstructed work.
The continuation of activities on the development of the Faculty can be viewed by receiving accreditation from the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Serbia for work in healthcare on March 4, 2005, as well as accreditation for science and research work from the Ministry of Science of the Republic of Serbia on January 26, 2007.
Educational and scientific work of the Faculty of Stomatology in Pančevo, has completed a full circle by receiving a work permit on August 19, 2010. The work permit has followed from the previously received accreditation on October 10, 2009, for all levels of studies:
The healthcare aspect of the work of the Faculty of Stomatology was finalized by obtaining a ruling on performing health specializations from all areas of the stomatological field.
The Faculty of Stomatology in Pančevo has parallelly worked on putting all the educational, healthcare and scientific processes in order and on forming its own business and organizational structure. So, in 2006, the Faculty embarked on the process of arranging all the managerial activities and has met all of the SRPS ISO 9001-2001 standards, so it has an appropriate certificate at its disposal.
Since its foundation, the Faculty of Stomatology in Pančevo has entered into cooperation with the Organization of Dental Schools of Europe, and consequently is a member of that organisation.
The cooperation of the Faculty with healthcare institutions in Serbia is a continuous process. Up to now, the Faculty has established successful cooperation with Pančevo General Hospital, MMA, The Institute for Cardiovascular Diseases ‘‘Dedinje’’, Kragujevac Faculty of Medicine and a large number of private-owned stomatological clinics and practices.
This is the how it all looked like 19 years ago and how the first generation of students of the Faculty of Stomatology in Pančevo started their education: