Holiday Reception at UNIRI Rectorate

The traditional holiday reception was held on Tuesday, Dec 19, 2017, at the University of Rijeka Rectorate. The University of Rijeka Madam Rector, Snježana Prijić-Samaržija, Ph.D., granted Certificates of Appreciation to all award-winning scientists, artists and students who have, during the year 2016, contributed to the reputation and promotion of the University of Rijeka with their work and achievements.

Madam Rector addressed the attendees:

"Our challenges are tied to the struggle for greater funding of science and higher education. Considering the current circumstances, the development is very limited. The institutions' development is declining, and we have to keep pointing at it because investment in science and education guarantees economic growth. It is our duty to point out the need to preserve academic values as well as to care about academic integrity. Progress should not be taken for granted and public accountability must be openly advocated.

It is all of you who are promoting our University with all your work and today we celebrate your excellence. We are celebrating one neglected virtue – enthusiasm, which implies the opposite of being pragmatic and calculated. It's the passion and fire in you that keeps you going even when it's hard. It takes hard and tenacious work to achieve excellence, but as you know the opportunities don't just appear out of the blue; we need to create them ourselves. Of course, the awards are not the reason why you work so hard, but it's up to us to recognize the true values and thank you for it appropriately. You are our pride and therefore – thank you!'', Madam Rector concluded.




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