Our Mission

Fostering the political, economic, and social progress of Serbia and North Macedonia through investment in young talents.

The PEXIM Foundation strives to develop leaders willing to dedicate their knowledge, experience and skills to improving their country’s capacities for political, social and economic development, so as to enable it to effectively compete in the global market. 

The PEXIM Foundation develops its leaders by:

  • Providing scholarships for master’s studies at the University of Cambridge

We have conscientiously chosen to work with students who aspire and are able to become a part of the University of Cambridge, Europe’s leading research University which is ranked among the very best universities in the world. Few institutions can match the range and the sophistication of graduate study and research available at Cambridge University, across all the major disciplines. 

  • Ensuring that our scholars have worthwhile jobs to return home to 

The Foundation works with the Governments of Serbia and North Macedonia as well as with the private business sector to ensure that Cambridge students – our scholars – have jobs that enable them to both develop their skills and potential, and to most efficiently apply them in the economic sector and/or public administration.

  • Providing a network of mentors who support the personal and professional development of our scholars

The PEXIM Foundation scholars pass on their knowledge, skills and experience through the “Growing Together” initiative – a mentorship initiative by means of which they pass on their skills, knowledge and experience to younger peers. 

The vision:

Serbia and North Macedonia are countries in which young people may prosper, employ their skills and develop their potential. 

“When a flower doesn’t bloom, you don’t fix the flower but you fix the environment in which it grows” (Alexander Den Heijer). 

If we look at the bigger picture, the PEXIM Foundation confronts the issues that affect the very core of the development potentials of Serbia and North Macedonia. The 2009 World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report (GCR), the most comprehensive and authoritative assessment of the comparative strengths and weaknesses of 133 national economies, reveals that one of the key problems of both Serbia and North Macedonia is “brain drain”. The PEXIM Foundation is an initiative which hopes to draw attention to this serious issue and provide an added impetus for solving it.

Core values:

Academic excellence and intellectual curiosity 


Giving back to the community 

Deep-rooted commitment to the socio-economic strengthening of Serbia and North Macedonia