Publish Date: 07.12.2016

Category: News from the University

Today, the Chancellor of the University of Ljubljana, Prof. Dr. Ivan Svetlik, presented the students of the University with the ceremonial award certificates for exceptional student achievements. The certificates were presented to 13 students, which confirms that the students of the University of Ljubljana are time and again achieving above average success in their studies. 

"Studying according to the study programme is the most important task of every student. Therefore, we should commend all who used all their abilities and ambitions to reach the best possible achievements and the highest marks while also using additional knowledge," said the Chancellor of the University of Ljubljana, Prof. Dr. Ivan Svetlik in his introduction. He also pointed out that the virtue of the University and its academic community of students is to carry out it study programmes to the best of their abilities and to acquire knowledge and competences that these programmes offer. 

This year's ceremonial speech, delivered by the professor of physics at the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics of the University of Ljubljana, Dr. Tomaž Prosen, who is the second Slovene to receive the prestigious Advance Grant ever since the European Research Council has been awarding them to the researchers, who are already established scientific leaders with recognisable research achievements. In his speech he stressed the importance of the freedom to create: "The main scientific and artistic achievements were always brought on by a moment of inspiration, although this is usually coupled with great insight in the current knowledge and trends in a given field. The truly outstanding things, the grand achievements of the human mind rarely come from programmes or projects written in advance. It is even rarer to know in advance, how and why our future discoveries will be applicable or if they have a technological value." Prof. Dr. Prosen believes that the mission of science is to push the boundaries between the known and the unknown, and that we are still facing important challenges. "We must be aware that the freedom to create knowledge or art is a great privilege and a great responsibility. This should not be something taken for granted and should remain available." 

The speech by Prof. Dr. Tomaž Prosen is available here: Prof. Dr. Tomaž Prosen 

Below is a list of recipients of the ceremonial award certificates for the best student achievements of the University of Ljubljana in 2016: 

  • Domen Križaj, Academy of Music, University of Ljubljana
  • Maja Arslanagić-Kalajdžič, Faculty of Economics, University of Ljubljana
  • Marko Hočevar, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana
  • Otto Gerdina, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana
  • Aljaž Blatnik, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Ljubljana
  • Timotej Gruden, Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University of Ljubljana
  • Veno Mramor, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, University of Ljubljana
  • Lenart Zadnik, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, University of Ljubljana
  • Manca Bizjak, Faculty of Computer and Information Science, University of Ljubljana
  • Aleksandar Dimitriev, Faculty of Computer and Information Science, University of Ljubljana
  • Maja Ivačič, Faculty of Social Work, University of Ljubljana
  • Matic Bóšnjak, Faculty of Medicine University of Ljubljana
  • Metka Čepar, Faculty of Medicine University of Ljubljana 

Photos by Željko Stevanić, IFP, d. o. o.