Croatian President opens exhibition at Macquarie
Macquarie University was very pleased to welcome President of Croatia, Her Excellency Ms Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic and her delegation to our campus on Monday 14 August.
The President presented a guest lecture on Croatian cultural identity and language before opening a photographic exhibition 'Australian Experiences of the Croatian Past: Macquarie University's archaeological mission Bribirska glavica 2014-2017' at the Museum of Ancient Cultures. The Exhibition commemorates the first four years of Macquarie University's participation in archaeological project Varvaria-Breberium-Bribir, which consists of excavations on locality Bribirska glavica in Croatia. She then spent some time speaking with students, staff and members of the Croatian Studies Foundation.
As part of the President's visit to Sydney, she attended a gala dinner at the Croatian Club Sydney where she awarded Croatian Studies Foundation the Charter of the Republic of Croatia which is given to international organisations for their contributions to the development and promotion of the international position of the Republic of Croatia, and for their contributions to scientific, cultural, economic and other development.
The Croatian Studies Foundation was established in 1984 in Sydney, Australia and was the first independent, non-for-profit organisation promoting the knowledge of the Croatian language, culture and anthropological studies in the Southern Hemisphere. The Foundation was instrumental in the establishment the Croatian Studies Centre at Macquarie in 1994 and remains closely connected to Macquarie to this day.