Publish Date: 08.10.2010

Category: News from the University

Staša Tkalec, a student of the University of Ljubljana, is the third best master of the European Master's Programme in Human Rights and Democratisation

Each year, 90 students enter into the European Master's Degree in Human Rights and Democratisation (EMA) study programme. One of those students was Staša Tkalec who became the third best master of the international postgraduate programme. At the master's degree award ceremony, the rector of the University of Ljubljana, Prof. Dr. Radovan Stanislav Pejovnik, together with the national EMA director, Prof. Dr. Bojko Bučar, awarded her the master's degree certificate. Staša Tkalec finished her undergraduate level of international relations studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Ljubljana and was the only student from Slovenia at the EMA. The first semester of her studies took place in Venice and the second in Greece at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

The Master's Degree award ceremony for the secondary level study programme (EMA) for the 2009/10 academic year and the inauguration ceremony for the programme for the 2010/11 academic year took place on Sunday, September 26, 2010, in one of the most magnificent palaces in Venice, Scuola Grande di San Rocco. Attending the ceremony were honourable guests, rectors and representatives of 41 European universities and the students' parents.

The EMA programme is financed by the European Commission; more than 40 universities from EU member states participate in the programme, of those nine at the highest level of academic cooperation, namely by issuing the European Joint degree: the University of Padua; the Ca' Foscari University of Venice; the University of Deusto, Bilbao; the Ruhr-University Bochum; the Karl Franz University of Graz; the University of Hamburg, the Catholic University Leuven, the University of Seville and the University of Ljubljana. Also attending the ceremony were the dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, Prof. Dr. Anton Grizold (full professor) and the deputy deans, Prof. Dr. Monika Kalin Golob (full professor), Prof. Dr. Aleksandra Kanjuo Mrčela (associate professor) and Prof. Dr. Marjan Malešič (full professor).

 Staša Tkalec: "A large part of the knowledge required at this study programme came from the studies of international relations at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Ljubljana and I really should stress that the faculty gave me a really good fundamental knowledge. The study programme is very well conceived because it also includes searching for solutions to the latest challenges from the field of human rights and democratisation. With pride and based on my experiences I can say that the University of Ljubljana enjoys a very good reputation within this master's degree programme, among students as well as staff and guest professionals. By receiving this degree, I have gained the right to paid traineeship at one of the international institutions, namely the ministry of foreign affairs of a member state of the European Union and thus the opportunity to test my knowledge and ideas in practical work in the field of human rights and democratisation."

 Radovan Stanislav Pejovnik: "I congratulate Ms. Staša Tkalec with all my heart. I am proud that she was our student and her success confirms the fact that the University of Ljubljana is a very good university and that the Bologna studies offer plenty of knowledge even at the undergraduate level."

  prof. dr. Bojko Bučar: We are honoured that the University of Ljubljana is able to co-operate with prestigious universities in the common European Master’s Degree in Human Rights and Democratisation. Credit for this goes to Rector Prof. Radovan Stanislav Pejovnik, PhD, and Vice-Rector Prof. Julijana Kristl, PhD, among others. Furthermore, we are delighted about the impressive achievement of Ms Staša Tkalec, MA, the undergraduate student of the University of Ljubljana. Her achievement was in part made possible by her professors at the University of Ljubljana.