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Founded in 2018, the Rectors' Forum of Southeast Europe and Western Balkans comprises 31 universities from the region and is dedicated to enhancing the cooperation among universities and becoming the voice of academic institutions in the Region.

Rectors' Forum of Southeast Europe and Western Balkans is committed to addressing crucial issues, promoting European policy in higher education and research within the Region, sharing good practices, preparing joint projects, unifying legislation, encouraging staff and students exchange, etc.

The Rectors' Forum of Southeast Europe and Western Balkans is chaired by the Rector of the University of Rijeka Prof. Dr. Snježana Prijić-Samaržija. She was elected for a period from 1st October 2023 to 30th September 2025.
 


PRESIDENT OF THE RECTORS' FORUM OF SOUTHEAST EUROPE AND WESTERN BALKANS

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Prof. Dr. Snježana Prijić-Samaržija

  • Rector of the University of Rijeka (since 2017)
  • President of  the Rectors' Forum of Southeast Europe and Western Balkans
  • President of YERUN
  • Steering Comittee for Education, Council of Europe 


Study

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy at the University of Belgrade
  • Master’s Degree in Philosophy at the University of Ljubljana
  • Ph.D. in Philosophy at the University of Zagreb
  • Postdoctoral research at the Central European University (Prague, Czech Republic)


Research and recognition

  • Research interest: Social Philosophy, Political Epistemology, Applied Ethics
  • City of Rijeka Award for the development of higher education
  • Certificate of Appreciation by the Inter-University Center Dubrovnik for the support and contribution to the development of international academic programs
  • “Krunoslav Sukić” Award, awarded by the Center for Peace, Nonviolence and Human Rights in Osijek


International engagement

  • Initiator of the regional cooperation among universities in the Western Balkans 
  • Active participation in the Berlin Process
  • YUFE Strategy Board
  • Steering Committee for Strategic Plan at the European University Association (EUA)
  • President of Alps Adriatic Conference (2018 – 2019)

 


Previous Presidents


2022 - 2023:
Prof. Dr. Vladan Đokić, University of Belgrade

Đokić


2020 - 2021
: Prof. Dr. Ivanka Popović, University of Belgrade

 I. Popovic


2019 - 2020:
 Prof. Dr. Igor Papič, University of Ljubljana

Igor Papič