Visit of the French Delegation

The University of Rijeka Rector, Full Prof. Snježana Prijić-Samaržija, Ph.D., and Vice-Rector for Organization and Infrastructure Management, Full Prof. Goran Turkalj, Ph.D., welcomed the French delegation on Thursday, November 9th, 2017 at the University of Rijeka Rectorate. Members of the delegation were: Mr. Guillaume Colin, Director of the French Institute in Croatia and consultant for cooperation and cultural activities in the French Embassy in Zagreb, Mrs. Jasna Bas, scientific and university cooperation attaché, and Mrs. Delphine Dufoix, european and administrative cooperation attaché.

Madam Rector informed the guests about teaching French at the University of Rijeka, after which it has been established that further cooperation between the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Faculty of Tourism and Hospitality Management depends on financial opportunities and French lectors.

The French partners proposed two forms of cooperation: in the form of a future project by the Ministry of Science and Education, which supports the internationalization and cooperation with foreign higher education institutions, and then in the form of EKP Rijeka 2020 and cooperation with the City of Rijeka.

There was also some discussion about establishing study programs in English as a part of cultural management and cultural politics, which would then, in cooperation with French higher education institutions, open the University of Rijeka to French students, and that would be the foundation for strengthening French language and the start of teaching French at the University of Rijeka.

The partners have suggested that Madam Rector visits France and its universities in order to get acquainted with French strategic institutional partners with whom the cooperation would then be realized.

Madam Rector emphasized the fact that the French language is of great importance for the students of Rijeka who are looking for business opportunities in tourism and hospitality management, as well as for Law students for whom knowing French would be a huge advantage when applying for a job in the institutions of the European Union in Brussels.