Publish Date: 11.08.2020

Category: News from the University

Prof. Zlatko Skrbiš, the first President and Member of the University of Ljubljana Global Alumni and Associates Network (SMUL) as well as our alumnus, became President of the Australian Catholic University – ACU. He is to assume the position as of 11 January 2021.

Based on an international call for candidates, Prof. Zlatko Skrbiš was selected to act as President of the Australian Catholic University. Amongst other compelling reasons, he convinced the committee with his research work pertaining to migration, youth studies and social theory. Skrbiš, who has a PhD in sociology, has already worked in prominent positions at renowned Australian universities, such as the University of Queensland and Monash University; in 2018, he joined the Australian Catholic University as a Vice-Rector, Students Learning and Teaching. He is to assume the new position in January of next year: “I will lead the University according to the principles of the Catholic intellectual tradition. I will bring to the fore excellence, empathy and initiative. My aim is to have us become a dynamic and innovative university, recognised internationally as a university that operates according to Catholic principles. Through education, research and inclusion, we will strive to improve the lives of all people.”

We would like to extend our sincerest congratulations to Prof. Skrbiš and thank him for his contribution to the internationalisation of the University of Ljubljana. When we founded, in 2015, the University of Ljubljana Global Alumni and Associates Network (SMUL), which unites scientists, professors and other prominent figures from the academic, research and development communities abroad, Prof Skrbiš became its first President. Upon the appointment, he explained his decision to accept the position in an interview: “Studying at the University of Ljubljana provided the foundations for my career. All my achievements resulted from it and that is why I feel the responsibility to give something back and to enable discussions that are sometimes difficult, but necessary. The challenge is great, but the potential is enormous. Today, success is measured not only by what influence a university has on the local environment, but also on the global one. The issues faced by the university today cannot be solved locally or within a single discipline.”