As the oldest university in the Republic of Macedonia, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje (USCM) is the foundation and main pillar of the educational system, scientific work, and cultural development of the country. The University develops and continually improves its curricula to create highly educated professionals in all areas of the natural and mathematical sciences, technical and technological sciences, medical sciences and health, biotechnical and social sciences, and humanities and arts, all in accordance with the highest international standards. Through its educational activity, the University endeavors to meet the demand of highly qualified profiles in all segments of both the private and public sector, continually adjusting its operation to the dynamic changes in this area.

The teaching activity and the creation of quality academic staff are considered top priorities for the Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje. All study programs in all three cycles of studies (536) are adapted to the Bologna process. The teaching staff is composed of 1834 teachers. The number of students is about 25 thousand (15 thousand female).

In the field of its scientific work, the University implements scientific projects, theoretical and applied research, and other forms of scientific work that contribute to the development of scientific thought in the country and beyond. At the same time, the cooperation with the private and public sector allows for a two-way exchange of knowledge and experience, thus adding to the achievement of a higher level of the overall social development and continuous and sustainable development of the University. The scientific and research activities of the University are based on the principles established in the National Program for scientific and research activities of the Republic of North Macedonia. Considering the diversity of the scientific areas, UKIM has no (and cannot have) a single program for scientific and research activities, and these activities are encouraged and initiated by the units themselves.

In relation to its international partners, UKIM has established cooperation and joint educational programs, double and joint degrees, including research projects in the European programs and bilateral partners, exchange, mobility, organization of scientific and other academic events.

The agricultural education and research activities are located at the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences and Food (FASF). The FASF is an institution with more than 60 university professors organized in 6 institutes (Institute for crop biotechnology, Institute for livestock biotechnology, Institute for Agricultural Economics, Institute for Plant Protection and agricultural machinery, Institute for Environment, Institute for Food Safety). The educational and research activities cover the whole process of agricultural activities from basic sciences to food quality and safety, including the soil, water, climate, climate change, agricultural practices, smart agriculture, etc. During the 73 years of activities, the FASF has more than 8100 graduates, 520 masters of sciences, 260 doctors of sciences, and 117specialists.

The faculty aspires to create a strong link between education and research, in close collaboration with interested parties in the sectors concerned, in order to pursue knowledge of agriculture-related sciences for its sustainable utilization. The scientific results and achievements are presented in relevant domestic and international publications. Namely, more than 1000 projects and 10 000 published papers are realized during 73 years of existence of the Faculty.

In the frame of Faculty departments over 30 modern laboratories are actively involved in the education of students at different levels of education, as well as in different research activities at the national and international levels.