Higher Education Technical School of Professional Studies in Novi Sad - VTSNS (www.vtsns.edu.rs) was founded by the state in 1959. Today it is a modern HE vocational institution, with 92 employees, 55 teaching staff. The School ranks among the largest vocational HE in Serbia, offerring 13 Bachelor and 7 vocational Specialist programes in the areas of tehnical sciences, safety engeineering and applied art&design. Since 2010 Fire Protection and IT studies have been accredited as distance learning programs. The intake is around 1,420 undergraduate and 120 specialist postgraduate students per annum.