Inaugural Visit of Irish Ambassador


H.E. Olive Hempenstall, Ambassador of the Republic of Ireland to the Republic of Croatia, visited the University of Rijeka on Wednesday, January 31st, 2018. The Inaugural Reception was held at the University of Rijeka Rectorate, and Madam Ambassador Hempenstall was greeted by Prof. Snježana Prijić-Samaržija, Ph.D., the University of Rijeka Rector. One of the topics of their conversation included talking about cities Galway and Rijeka – respective European Capitals of Culture 2020.

H.E. Olive Hempenstall, Ambassador of the Republic of Ireland to the Republic of Croatia, was accompanied by Mr. Bernard Vrban, the Embassy's Public Relations Officer. Prof. Sanja Barić, Ph.D., Vice-Rector for Studies and Students, Prof. Goran Turkalj, Ph.D., Vice-Rector for Organization and Infrastructure Management, and Ms. Iva Tijan, from the Rector's Office International Unit, were also present at the meeting.

Madam Rector presented the University to H.E. Hempenstall and pointed out that the University of Rijeka is a third generation university –  one that directly influences the development of the entire community. Madam Rector presented the University's vision, stating that it aims at internationalization, exchange of scientists, experts, and students, cooperation in the fields of science and research, but also strives to develop strong strategic partnerships.

Rector Prijić-Samaržija emphasized the University's intention to establish collaborative initiatives between Irish and Croatian students and scientists, while Ambassador Hempenstall suggested the exchange of students and scientists within the European Capital of Culture 2020 Project since both Rijeka and Galway have the privilege to be European Capitals of Culture in 2020.

Madam Rector further informed Ambassador Hempenstall that the laboratories at the UNIRI Campus constituents are well-equipped thanks to funds obtained through the EU projects, also mentioning the possibility of using the equipment to attract more students from the STEM field, as well as the possibility of Irish scientists and students using said equipment.

After realizing that one student from the University of Rijeka is currently in Cork, Ireland on a Tranieeship Grant within the framework of the LLP Erasmus, Madam Ambassador expressed her desire to provide additional support to the University of Rijeka student in terms of making contact and further development of cooperation in the area of connecting the University of Rijeka with Irish higher education institutions.

Rector Snježana Prijić-Samaržija proposed the notion of establishing an Irish week in Rijeka whose focal point, along with the presentation of Irish culture, would be cooperation with Irish scientists, students, and experts.

H.E. Olive Hempenstall welcomed Madam Rector's ideas and noted that Rijeka and Galway, as European Capitals of Culture 2020, provide an excellent basis for the realization of all stated proposals. Respective Madams Rector and Ambassador continued their conversation mentioning possible manifestations which will follow the European Capital of Culture Project in Rijeka and expressed their mutual desire for long-term cooperation between the two cities even beyond the scope of the ECOC manifestations.





 




 
 
 

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