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10-25-2004

Clarkson University Signs Agreements With Universities In Slovenia And Croatia To Promote Academic Collaboration - Exchange Students And Faculty

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Clarkson University President Anthony G. Collins, accompanied by his wife, Karen, and Clarkson’s Distinguished University Professor Egon Matijević, recently returned from Eastern Europe after   completing Memorandums of Understanding with both the University of Ljubljana and the Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School in Ljubljana, Slovenia, and with the University of Zagreb in Croatia. According to the terms of these agreements, the universities will work together to further their mutual interests in teaching, research and other forms of academic collaboration.uofl

The Memorandums of Understanding also mean that campuses on both sides of the Atlantic may soon be adapting to new languages and cultures as Clarkson’s students and faculty travel to Europe for study or work exchanges and scholars from Slovenia and Croatia make their way to Clarkson’s Potsdam, New York, campus.

“I was very appreciative of the warmth and hospitality accorded us by everyone we met in Slovenia and Croatia,” remarked Collins. In addition to the academic matters at hand, University faculty took the time to show us the natural beauty of their countryside, the magnificent architecture of their cities, and their nation’s priceless art collections, of which they are justifiably proud. The exchanges we will share with these world-class universities will afford Clarkson students and our faculty a unique and positive cultural experience.”   

Academic agreements with institutions outside the U.S. are not new to Clarkson. Currently, the University has more than 25 Memorandums of Understandings or agreements in place with universities in some 15 countries, and additional agreements near finalization. The idea of collaborating with the Eastern European universities was put forth by Matijević. It was a homecoming of sorts for the Distinguished University Professor and Victor K. LaMer Professor of Colloid and Surface Science. Matijević received his Dr. Habil. and Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Zagreb. He also holds Honorary Doctorates from both the University of Ljubljana and the University of Zagreb. “I am certain part of the reason we were treated so graciously on our trip is due to the admiration and esteem in which Egon is held by the administration and faculty at these universities,” said Collins.

The Memorandums of Understanding call for the universities to provide mutual assistance in the preparation of seminars and conferences; exchange academic publication materials; cooperate in training projects for specific areas of development; and look for other areas of cooperation, such as award and non-award courses. Clarkson University faculty will also collaborate on research with the three Eastern European universities, and may exchange academic papers.

The University of Zagreb, founded in 1669 by Emperor and King Leopold I as a Jesuit Academy, is the oldest university in Southeast Europe. The university is one of the main centers of spiritual and intellectual strength of the Croatian people, offering both undergraduate and post-graduate degrees in arts and sciences, veterinary medicine, dental medicine, economics, engineering and technology.

The University of Ljubljana has more than 56,000 undergraduate and post-graduate students. The University practices basic, applied and development research, striving for excellence in the fields of arts and sciences, such as the humanities, social sciences, linguistics, arts, medicine, natural sciences, and technology. Achievements in the fields of arts and sciences are shared with other universities and institutions carrying out scientific research. The study courses and projects at the University of Ljubljana follow the latest world discoveries and trends in the field of art, science and technology.

The Jožef Stefan Institute is named for a Slovenian-born physics professor who developed the law of physics that eventually allowed him to determine the approximate temperature of the surface of the sun. The University offers Ph.D., master’s and undergraduate-level degrees in natural science and technology. The institution believes that the promotion of national economies depends on quickly transferring the developments in science and technology in a new knowledge praxis. The Jožef Stefan International Postgraduate School opened its doors on September 10, 2004, in response to this challenge.

“We are extremely pleased to be affiliated with such internationally respected institutions. We share a commitment to harness the research and educational achievements of our universities to applications that have social and economic impact,” remarked Collins.

PHOTO CAPTION:  Clarkson University President Anthony G. Collins and Clarkson Distinguished Professor Egon Matijević receive the flag of Slovenia after signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Ljubljana, in Ljubljana, Slovenia, to promote academic collaboration between the two universities.  The agreement was signed during a recent visit to Slovenia and Croatia.  Shown from left to right are:  Dr. Zorica Crnjak Orel, Dr. Stane Pejovnik, Clarkson University President Anthony G. Collins, Dr. Egon Matijević, University of Ljubljana Rector Jože Mencinger, and Dr. Marjan Veber. Memorandums of Understanding were also reached with the Jožef Stefan Institute in Ljubljana and the University of Zagreb, Croatia.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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