Ambassadors Meunier Visit UNIRI

Their Excellencies Philippe and Corinne Meunier, the Ambassadors of France to the Republic of Croatia, visited the University of Rijeka on Monday, February 12th, 2018. The Inaugural Reception was held at the University of Rijeka Rectorate. Their Excellencies were accompanied by Mr. Guillaume Colin, Head of the French Institute in Croatia and Adviser for Cooperation and Cultural Activities.

The esteemed French guests were welcomed by the University of Rijeka Rector Snježana Prijić-Samaržija, Ph.D., Professor Goran Turkalj, Ph.D., Vice-Rector for Organization and Infrastructure Management, and Ms. Iva Tijan, from the Rector's Office International Unit.

The University's representatives and Their Excellencies discussed past cooperation between France and Croatia, i.e., the University of Rijeka and the educational institutions in France, and collaboration between scientists and students.

The French Ambassadors Philippe and Corinne Meunier extended a cordial invititation to Madam Rector Prijić-Samaržija in regards to her possible visit of France, they presented the possibility of organizing a visit to certain French universities in order to make direct contacts with French higher education institutions for the purpose of establishing and developing inter-university Croatian-French cooperation.

Cultural management study programmes available in France were also discussed, as well as French contacts that could be encouraged in the STEM area. Broadening the scope of cooperation and exchange of students within the LLP Erasmus was also agreed upon.

Madam Rector Prijić-Samaržija suggested the possibility of establishing a UNIRI Intersectoral Committee for Cooperation with France, and the Ambassadors and Mr. Colin warmly welcomed the proposal.

In conclusion, the French delegation emphasized three key points of further developing collaborative initiatives:

  1. Connecting students and young people;
  2. Mediterranean aspects of collaboration;
  3. Highlighting the fact that Croatia and France exist outside of their respective capitals Zagreb and Paris, thus opening up a whole array of opportunities for cooperation.


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