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Croatian Prime Minister supports Croatian Studies

Page last published: 12 Mar 2014

Macquarie University was pleased to welcome Croatian Prime Minister Mr Zoran Milanovic to campus on Monday 10 March, as he recognised and offered ongoing support for the pioneering work of the only Croatian Studies centre in the Southern Hemisphere.

Left-right: Dr Damir Kusen, Ambassador of the Republic of Croatia; Mr Zoran Milanovic, PM of Croatia; Mr Michael Egan, Chancellor Macquarie University; Mr John Gavljak, President of Croatian Studies Foundation; Prof. Bruce Dowton, VC Macquarie University. (Photo by Effy Alexakis, Photowrite) Currently, Macquarie University teaches Croatian Studies to about 200 students, and since the unit's inception 31 years ago, has had approximately 2,000 students.

Chancellor The Hon Michael Egan AO and Vice-Chancellor Professor S Bruce Dowton were joined by other members of the University Council and Executive, to receive Mr Zoran Milanovic, his wife Mrs Sanja Music Milanovic, and the Minister of Defence Mr Ante Kotromanovic.

Mr Zoran Milanovic and his party of Croatian delegates were on site for the signing of a new agreement between the Republic of Croatia, the Croatian Studies Foundation, and the University, to continue support for teaching and research in Croatian Studies. As part of the agreement the Republic of Croatia will generously donate $150,000 per annum to Croatian Studies over the next five years, to the end of 2019.

Chancellor The Hon Michael Egan AO said the support received from the Republic, the Foundation, and the Croatian community is of very great importance, and affords fantastic opportunities for students.

"Later this year we will see a partnership between Croatian Studies and the University's Department of Ancient History, which will take students and staff from Macquarie to undertake archaeological excavations in Dalmatia, to an area inhabited continuously since Neolithic times.

"The support of the Republic of Croatia, and the support of many people from the 120,000 strong Croatian community in Australia, together with the energy and ambition of staff from all across our Faculty of Arts, makes this tremendous opportunity possible."

Vice-Chancellor Professor S Bruce Dowton says the association reflects Macquarie University's continuing commitment to connect Macquarie with the world.

"We are among the nation's leading providers of education for international students with about a third of our students coming from overseas, and we have numerous international collaborations in learning and teaching as well as in research."

(The story first appeared on the MQ Newsroom site)

Interested in studying Croatian Studies? Learn more about our International Studies courses from the Department of International Studies website.

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