Wednesday, 28 October 2020

Zagreb Medical Students Help in Fight Against Coronavirus

October 28, 2020 - As part of their classes, students of the University of Zagreb School of Medicine applied for volunteer work and assistance in performing all activities related to coronavirus.

As HRT reports, in the new situation related to the epidemic, additional educations were approved, as well as student work, and about 300 students from the Zagreb School of Medicine applied.

Coronavirus Information Call Center phones ring every second and students patiently respond and give callers epidemiological instructions, all of which are part of their practical classes in college.

"It's really good. We have a feeling that we are helping people. They call, they are worried. There are a lot of infected people. It is difficult to explain the self-isolation to them - who needs it, who doesn't, what a close contact is, and so on. I think this is very useful," says student Adela Ranogajec.

The questions are all sorts, says student Luka Ostojić. People who do not have a question related to COVID-19 are also calling.

"Students here acquire knowledge and skills that will be more than useful to them tomorrow or in a few months when they start working. That is why they consider this very important and they are extremely satisfied," says the teacher at the Zagreb School of Medicine, doc. dr. sc. Vera Musil.

In addition to epidemiological work and patient triage upon entering the hospital, students applied for assistance in taking samples and working in tertiary centers. They will undergo training and be assigned to checkpoints run by the Croatian Institute of Public Health in Novi Zagreb and at the institute in Rockefeller Street, announces the dean of the School of Medicine, prof. dr. sc. Marijan Klarica.

Students of the anesthesiology section participate in the pre-run at the entrance to Sveti Duh Hospital. They are enrolled depending on their abilities and schedule in college. So far, everything is going well, and if someone gives up, they have a replacement ready, says Lester Toni Dobrić from the Student Section for Anesthesiology and Resuscitation at the School of Medicine.

They work in shifts of 8 hours and are satisfied, and in addition to gaining useful knowledge, they help staff and relieve the system.


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Wednesday, 30 September 2020

Science Faculty to Set Up First Climatological Research Center in Croatia

ZAGREB, Sept 30, 2020 - The University of Zagreb's Faculty of Science (PMF) plans to establish the First Climatological Research Center in Croatia that will be the central institution for inter-disciplinary climate and climate change research, the faculty reported on its website.

The faculty notes that as leading research and educational institution with a long tradition of teaching and research in various fields of climatology, it is going to establish the first Climatological Research Centre in Croatia.

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Nowadays, climate change is the subject of numerous scientific studies, and due to their impact on the environment and living conditions on Earth, they are gaining more and more public attention, the center's head, Associate Professor Ivana Herceg Bulic underlined.

"Due to the extreme complexity of the Earth's climate system and the many complex processes and interactions, a multidisciplinary approach to study is necessary. That is why the Faculty of Science, which brings together scientists from various fields of science and mathematics, has exceptional strength and competencies for interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary scientific research," said Herceg Bulic.

She believes that with that approach the center will achieve quality scientific results and gain new knowledge about the vulnerability of natural and urban environments to climate change.

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Tuesday, 15 September 2020

Korean Culture and Language Course Launched at the Faculty of Croatian Studies

ZAGREB, Sept 15, 2020  - Korean culture and language course was launched on Monday at the Faculty of Croatian Studies (HS) of the University of Zagreb, the faculty informed on Tuesday.

Ninety-six students enrolled in the course, which is beyond all expectations, and for the next 16 weeks, they will attend free classes four hours a week. This course is due to last until 28 December.

The enrolment quota was filled in just five days, HS said and added that the greatest interest was by students (79), while other entrants are 13 working people enrolled in the course and four secondary school students.

The course is being conducted in cooperation between the University of Zagreb and Chung-Ang University in Seoul and the King Sejong Institute Foundation (KSIF) 

The course will be taught by EunGyeong Kim from Seoul, with administrative support by Lin Seonghyun Kwon, a post-graduate student of Croatian Studies.

HS Dean Pavo Barisic welcomed Ms. Kim and entrants and expressed his pleasure that in Croatia a King Sejong Institute was opened.

Barisic noted that the institutes of the King Sejong Foundation exist in 76 countries, 26 of which are in Europe.

More than 130 countries have applied for this year's call for cooperation and 30 new institutes have been approved, Barisic said. He underscored however that this is a great honor for the Croatian Studies Faculty.

The course will be available for at least three years and if interest continues the course may be extended in the future, according to Barisic's statement.

Once the students have completed the course they will be eligible for a student or working visa in South Korea.

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Wednesday, 2 September 2020

World University Rankings Place Split In 801-1000 Range, Zagreb In 1001+

ZAGREB, Sept 2, 2020 - Times Higher Education (THE) has released its World University Rankings 2021, according to which the University of Oxford is again the best in the world, while the University of Split ranked in the 801-1000 range, and the University of Zagreb maintained its position in the 1001+ group.

The World University Rankings include over 1,500 universities from 93 countries, the biggest number so far. The list is based on 13 performance indicators in four areas: teaching, research, knowledge transfer, and international outlook.

The University of Split has fallen behind compared with the 2020 list when it was in the 601-800 range, but it remains the best-ranked Croatian university.

The University of Ljubljana was placed in the same range as Split and the University of Maribor in the same group as Zagreb. The University of Belgrade, ranked in the 601-800 range, is the best-ranked university in Serbia, while the University of Novi Sad was placed in the 1001+ group.

The University of Oxford tops the list for the fifth consecutive year, followed by Stanford University, Harvard University, California Institute of Technology, and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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Sunday, 16 August 2020

University Of Zagreb Remains Among 500 Top Universities

ZAGREB, Aug 16, 2020 - The 2020 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), released by ShanghaiRanking Consultancy on Saturday, shows that the University of Zagreb has retained its position between 401st and 500th place on the ranking.

This proves that Zagreb's tertiary education institution enjoys a status of an internationally competitive and excellent university, reads a press release issued by this oldest university in Croatia.

The ranking is topped by Harvard University, which is thus the top performer for 18 years.

Another U.S. university, Stanford, ranks second, while the University of Cambridge ranks third, just as they were last year.

Fifteen (15) universities in the USA, three British universities and a French and a Swiss university make the top 20 places.

Since 2003, ARWU has been presenting the world top universities annually based on transparent methodology and objective third-party data. It has been recognized as the precursor of global university rankings and the most trustworthy one. This year, the best 1000 universities in the world are published.

Six universities make their first-ever appearances in the Top 100, including four French ones, namely Paris-Saclay University(14th), PSL University(36th), University of Paris(65th) and Université Grenoble Alpes(99th), and two Chinese ones, namely the University of Science and Technology of China(73th) and Fudan University(100th). Beijing Jiaotong University and other 14 universities enter into the Top 500 list for the first time. More than 40 universities enter into Top 1000 list for the first time, reads the press release issued by  ShanghaiRanking Consultancy.

Monday, 27 July 2020

Croatian Scientists Discover Gene That Protects Against Alzheimer's

July 27, 2020 – A breakthrough by Croatian-led team has far-reaching implications for the treatment and prevention of Alzheimer's

A team of Croatian-led scientists have discovered a gene that protects against Alzheimer's disease. The remarkable discovery was made by a Croatian-led team at Queen Mary University of London in collaboration with scientists at The Croatian Institute for Brain Research, School of Medicine, University of Zagreb. The discovery has far-reaching implications for both the prevention and treatment of Alzheimer's.

Alzheimer's is a degenerate brain disease that can be brought on by dementia. The main challenge in testing treatment drugs in trials is that participants need to already have symptoms. But, once people have symptoms, it is usually too late for treatments to have a significant effect, as many brain cells have already died.

Because of an extra chromosome they carry, people with Down's Syndrome have a 70% chance of developing the disease. So, the Croatian-led team took hair cells from people who have Down's Syndrome and genetically re-engineered to become stem cells. The stem cells were then grown into brain cells in a laboratory dish.

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Studying the cells, the scientists were able to see Alzheimer’s-like pathology develop rapidly. They were then able to take two drugs and test their effectiveness in inhibiting the progression of the disease. Within six weeks, they proved that the drugs prevented the onset of Alzheimer’s-pathology.

The research also found proof of an Alzheimer’s suppressor gene (BACE2) that exists naturally within the brain. By increasing the activity of the gene, it is hoped Alzheimer's can be slowed in its progression or eventually prevented altogether. The research has far-reaching implications for testing those who may eventually develop Alzheimer's and on testing drugs for the prevention and treatment of the disease.

The team at The Blizard Institute, Barts & The London School of Medicine, Queen Mary University of London was lead by Croatian Professor Dean Nižetić. The international team that published their findings included another young Croatian scientist, Ivan Alić, who worked alongside Nižetić in London, plus Željka Krsnik, Goran Šimić, Ivica Kostović and Dinko Mitrečić from The Croatian Institute for Brain Research, School of Medicine, University of Zagreb.

Saturday, 29 February 2020

President Milanović Advises Masters of Law to Be Critical of Politics

ZAGREB, February 29, 2020 - President Zoran Milanović on Saturday attended a graduation ceremony at the Zagreb Faculty of Law and told the masters of law that in their professional life they should make a contribution, build their knowledge, ask questions and be critical of politics.

Speaking as an alumnus of the school, Milanovic said, "I went my own way, thinking that I was fighting against injustice, and I still feel that, but on that path, as a politician, you make injustices without realising it."

He also spoke of the emigration of young people, saying that when he graduated in 1990, the bulk of young people wanted to go abroad too.

"That's human and curious. That's a quest for knowledge and for improvement, with the desire and the ambition to come back. In that I see a challenge for Croatia, because people are leaving en masse, but also coming back. One should be careful and create all the conditions to make people stay, without spreading a moral panic."

Countries like Lithuania and Poland have large numbers of emigrants but haven't collapsed because of that and are considered examples of a successful transition, Milanović said.

"Let's look around us, let's learn, let's not jump to conclusions, let's be sceptical but loyal, committed and faithful to ideals and our country," he added.

Dean Igor Gliha said three of Croatia's five presidents were lawyers and that eight of the 12 prime ministers studied law.

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Tuesday, 17 December 2019

Book Launched to Mark 350th Anniversary of University of Zagreb

ZAGREB, December 17, 2019 - A monograph about the University of Zagreb was launched on Tuesday as part of events in the academic year 2018/2019 marking the 350th anniversary of this Croatian institution of tertiary education.

Addressing the launch of the monograph in Zagreb, Rector Damir Boras said that the monograph "is a document of the times and the tradition as well as a view to the future of our University".

He thanked the authors and contributors of this 700-page publication, edited by Professor Mirjana Polić Bobić of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

The book, consisting of 20 chapters, includes a review of the past and development of the university and also an insight into its segments. The monograph deals with the university's international cooperation, the life of students and their associations, and it also covers the architectural heritage and provides a list of all honorary doctors and a list of rectors and vice-rectors.

According to information on the university website, "the history of the University of Zagreb began on 23 September 1669, when the Holy Roman Emperor and the King of Hungary and Croatia Leopold I gave the Jesuit Academy in the free royal city of Zagreb a diploma, granting it the status and privileges of a university institution. The recognition was adopted by the Parliament of the Kingdom of Croatia on 3 November 1671."

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Saturday, 7 December 2019

Zagreb University Rector Receives Juan Vucetich Award

ZAGREB, December 7, 2019 - University of Zagreb rector Damir Boras on Friday received the 2019 Juan Vucetich Award for outstanding contribution to the promotion of relations and strengthening of the friendship between Argentina and Croatia.

Boras was presented with the award by Argentinean Ambassador Maximiliano Gregorio-Cernadas, who recalled the rich history of relations between the two countries.

The cooperation between the two states and peoples, which share a similar mentality, is better and better thanks to systematic advocacy by institutions as well as individuals like Boras, he said.

The award is named after Argentinean Croat anthropologist and policeman Juan Vucetich (1858-1925), the pioneer of fingerprint identification, known as dactyloscopy.

Gregorio-Cernadas said the award was being presented on the 350th anniversary of the University of Zagreb and the 27th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Argentina and Croatia.

The Juan Vucetich Award was established by the Argentinean Embassy in 2017 and its first laureate was Croatian politician Davor Ivo Stier, who was born and raised in Argentina.

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Monday, 4 November 2019

Zagreb University Marks 350th Anniversary

ZAGREB, November 4, 2019 - The central event marking the 350th anniversary of Zagreb University was held in Zagreb on Sunday evening, with speakers at the ceremony, including representatives of the state authorities and the academic community, being unanimous in their description of Zagreb University as a central, autonomous national institution and a guardian of the Croatian national identity.

Among those attending the event were Prime Minister Andrej Plenković and President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, who presented charters to Zagreb University Chancellor Damir Boras and faculties that have celebrated more than 100 years of work.

Grabar-Kitarović said that when visiting the world's most reputable universities she was proud to witness the successes of Croatian researchers who had graduated at Zagreb University.

She recalled that the Croatian society was faced with major demographic problems, with university enrolment quotas being much higher than the number of students wishing to enrol in specific faculties, young experts emigrating and results of high school leaving examinations being increasingly poor.

She called on universities to be a source of creative improvement of society and a linchpin of the development of the state in all of its functions.

Prime Minister Plenković said that the government appreciated education, which was why it had undertaken an education reform and created better financial conditions for the sector.

In the last three years, the budget for science and education was increased from 13.9 to 17.3 billion kuna. Of that amount, this year universities and polytechnics alone will receive 4.7 billion kuna, an increase of 660 million kuna or almost 17% compared to the situation of three years ago, said Plenković.

In 2020, the budget for science and education will increase by an additional 1.3 billion kuna to a total 18.6 billion kuna. This means that by the end of its term, this government will have increased funding for science and education by 34%. At the same time, contracts worth 2.5 billion kuna have been signed for EU funding, Plenković said, recalling that Croatia had become an associate member of CERN and the European Space Agency.

It is our goal to build a system that encourages excellence, innovation and creativity. Croatian universities need to prepare for joining the future European education system that should become a reality by 2025 so as to reduce the fragmentation of the European research area, Plenković said.

In that regard, priorities of Croatia's EU presidency in 2020 in the field of science and education will be to strengthen the competitiveness of the European economy and human potential, he said.

The role of Croatian universities in that process is to promote the excellence of studies, joint studies and diplomas with partnership universities, strengthen the attractiveness of studies for foreign students and researchers, and promote the exchange of new ideas and teaching staff mobility, he said.

Zagreb University Chancellor Damir Boras said that Zagreb University owed its prominent position to the basic characteristic of all universities - autonomy.

Autonomy has ensured, despite different historical circumstances - from support to restriction of the freedom of speech and the right to academic autonomy, which even the most authoritarian regimes did not dare restrict - the continuity of Zagreb University. That way the university has maintained its status of the best Croatian university and one of the best in the region, even though political support was not always adequate, Boras said.

Even though various forms of pressure unfortunately occur today as well, Zagreb University has always had the strength and social awareness to remain a beacon of freedom, competence, unity, tolerance and love of the homeland, said Boras.

Education and Science Minister Blaženka Divjak, who attended the event, was not given any particular mention, aside from being greeted by Prime Minister Plenković at the beginning of his address.

When her office was asked how the minister interpreted this, the office said that the minister "has no comment for the time being."

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