Croatian Prime Minister visits Macquarie University
Macquarie University was pleased to welcome Croatian Prime Minister Mr Zoran Milanović to campus on Monday, March 10, as he recognized and offered ongoing support for the pioneering work of the only Croatian Studies centre in the Southern Hemisphere.
Currently, Macquarie University teaches Croatian Studies to about 200 students, and since the unit’s inception 31 years ago, has had approximately 2,000 students.
Chancellor The Hon Michael Egan AO and Vice-Chancellor Professor S Bruce Dowton were joined by other members of the University Council and Executive, to receive Mr Zoran Milanović, his wife Mrs Sanja Musić Milanović, and the Minister of Defence Mr Ante Kotromanović.
Mr Zoran Milanović and his party of Croatian delegates were on site for the signing of a new agreement between the Republic of Croatia, the Croatian Studies Foundation, and the Macquarie, to continue support for teaching and research in Croatian Studies. As part of the agreement the Republic of Croatia will generously donate $150,000 per annum to Croatian Studies over the next five years, to the end of 2019.
Chancellor The Hon Michael Egan AO said the support received from the Republic, the Foundation, and the Croatian community is of very great importance, and affords fantastic opportunities for students.
“Later this year we will see a partnership between Croatian Studies and the university’s Department of Ancient History, which will take students and staff from Macquarie to undertake archaeological excavations in Dalmatia, to an area inhabited continuously since Neolithic times.
“The support of the Republic of Croatia, and the support of many people from the 120,000 strong Croatian community in Australia, together with the energy and ambition of staff from all across our Faculty of Arts, makes this tremendous opportunity possible.”
Vice-Chancellor Professor S Bruce Dowton says the association reflects Macquarie University’s continuing commitment to connect the university with the world.
“We are among the nation’s leading providers of education for international students with about a third of our students coming from overseas, and we have numerous international collaborations in learning and teaching as well as in research.”
Macquarie University Faculty of Arts
In the Faculty of Arts at Macquarie, students and staff work together within and across disciplinary boundaries to ask questions about socially complex problems, identify paths of research, analyze and communicate ideas in creative formats and reflect on the skills and knowledge they will need to understand the world, past and present.
Students are encouraged to use their skills and talents to connect with local and global communities. The Faculty offers undergraduate and postgraduate coursework and research degree programs and is home to a number of internationally recognized research centres.
Department of International Studies
The Department of International Studies offers a Bachelor of International Studies as well as degree programs in various Asian and European languages. Research in the department is focused on the nexus between language and culture, e.g., historical and linguistic description of languages, and literary productions in specific languages and of individual writers and in the context of intercultural interactions. In addition research includes areas of Applied Linguistics, such as corpus-based approaches to language teaching and computer-mediated communication in second language acquisition, as well as language teaching methodology more generally.