Assoc. Prof. Dr. Biljana POPESKA

The Role of University in Promotion of Healthy and Active lifestyle – Experiences from Goce Delcev University in Stip, Macedonia

The period of university studies brings both changes and challenges. Starting the university education and being a student means opening a new life chapter related to gain knowledge, experiences for future profession, building personal abilities to contribute in society and changing the life in future. But is not just about educational building. Its also building the personality, developing individuals with moral qualities, social capacities, developing long lasting habits for quality and fulfilled life. This period is also challenging: adaptation on new obligations, new lifestyle and environment. Therefore, the role of the universities is not just to share knowledge and build intellectuals, but also to support students in their personal growth and development. This paper emphasizes different approaches and activities initiated, supported and realized at Goce Delcev University in order to lead students toward quality and active lifestyle, creating supportive environment for developing positive life-lasting habits. The focus is pointed on experiences from organization of sport events, realization of sport curriculum, cultural and social events. In this regard, we speak about sport as university subject (obligatory, selective) extracurricular sport activities, university sport competitions, winter and summer camps, participation in large sport events; cultural events  such as exhibitions of students handcrafts, concerts, theatre performances as well as educational events for increasing the awareness for personal health, security, environment protection organized by students etc. Feedback from students and their suggestions for future steps are most valued and integrated in recommendations for future actions. 

Supervisor: Dr. Ming – kai Chin.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Biljana POPESKA


Senior Future Leader Volunteer
Goce Delcev University Stip, Republic of Macedonia
Faculty of Educational Sciences, Republic of North Macedonia




Assoc. Prof. Dr. Biljana Popeska is associated professor at Faculty of Educational Sciences at Goce Delcev University in Stip, Republic of North Macedonia of both under graduated and post – graduated level. Her research interest is related with didactics of physical education for primary education, motor development of children, sport pedagogy and PA in leisure time. She is a Head of University Sport Center at Goce Delcev University and coordinator of university sport activities and sport events. Since 2015 she is a part of FLV program, serving as Senior Future Leader and also a national representative at Global Community Health Foundation. Popeska is a member of several national and international associations related to physical education such as Macedonian federation of sport pedagogues; assistant national delegate of FIEP, member of CEREPS, EEPEN network and other networks promoting PE and physical activity. She has more than 50 publications of scientific and professional articles published in international Journals and proceeding books from conferences. Popeska is active conference participant, with more than 40 conference paper presentations globally.