Alpinists Dr. Irena Mrak and Mojca Švajger meet Rector
Alpinists Dr. Irena Mrak and Mojca Švajger, who traced a new climbing route on the ninth highest peak in the world, Nanga Parbat (8125 m) in Pakistan, and named it the “Slovenian Route”, were received by the Rector of the University of Ljubljana, Prof. Radovan Stanislav Pejovnik.
Mojca Švajger: “It was an honour to meet the Rector of the University of Ljubljana as well as to be part of a Himalayan expedition supported by such an important institution.”
Dr. Irena Mrak: “It was a great pleasure to lead the Himalayan expedition under the patronage of the University of Ljubljana and defend its colours while climbing the mountain. The discussion I had with the Rector gives me hope that our main scientific and educational institution will in the future understand how to lend an ear to the needs of sportsmen and sportswomen and stand by them in their efforts.”
The Rector said that the university follows the successes of our exceptional sportsmen carefully – students as well as professors – and wishes to assist them to the best of its ability. Prof. Pejovnik: “Any great achievement, in sports or culture, is important at a national and university level. We are conscious of the fact that great achievements demand great effort. If the university is able to assist these efforts in any way, it will. The climbers have put in an exceptional effort and Dr. Mrak, who is also a faculty member, does her climbing as an amateur but is very professional about it nevertheless. If one considers the achievement in this light, it indeed merits an exceptional commendation.
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