The Rector of UzhNU participated in the annual Danube Rectors’ Conference (DRC)

The Rector of UzhNU participated in the annual Danube Rectors’ Conference (DRC)

Some days ago Professor Volodymyr Smolanka took part in the annual Danube Rectors’ Conference, where he discussed the urgent tasks of universities as centers for regional development. This year, the annual meeting of the Danube Rectors' Conference took place at the Comenius University Bratislava on November 7th-9th, 2018. The heads of the leading universities from Austria, Germany, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Bulgaria, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Romania, Moldova, Hungary, Slovakia and Ukraine concluded that cooperation in the field of education, science and research, in particular, the exchange of new ideas between universities played an important and even decisive role in the development of the Danube Region. The Danube Region has a great innovation potential, which has become apparent during the joint implementation of various EU projects, including Horizon 2020, Life +, Interreg, Erasmus +, etc.

 The participants of the conference were welcomed by the Director General of the Department of Higher Education of the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic Mr. Jozef Jurkovic and the President of the European Commission Mr. Maros Sefcovic (via video conference). The head of the European Commission Delegation to Slovakia, Ladislav Miko, spoke about the implementation of the Danube Region European strategy.

Emphasizing the importance of the conference, the Rector of Danube University Krems and the DRC President Friedrich Faulhammer told about the history of the DRC, its activity and the annual conferences, he analyzed the European projects that fostered regional development and emphasized the need for cooperation between universities with the aim of developing the Danube Region and Europe as a whole.

Ukraine was represented by the Rector of Uzhhorod National University, Volodymyr Smolanka, at the meeting of the DRC General Assembly. Prof. Ivanka Popovic, the Rector of the University of Belgrade, was elected as a new chairperson of the Conference. At the end of the meeting, it was announced that in 2020 the Danube Rectors’ Conference would be hosted by Uzhhorod National University.

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