On Thursday, 24 January 2019, Rector of the University of Zagreb Damir Boras, Ph. D., received the Ambassador of the Argentine Republic to Croatia H.E. Mr. Maximiliano Gabriel Gregorio Cernadas and Dr. Gabriel Capitelli, Secretary of International Relations at the University of Buenos Aires (Universidad de Buenos Aires). During the meeting, the Agreement on Academic Cooperation between the two universities was signed.
Universidad de Buenos Aires (http://www.uba.ar/), founded in 1821, is the most significant public university not just in the Argentine Republic but Latin America, too. The University has around 350,000 students and 31,000 academic employees. It is an all-encompassing university, covering almost all fields of study and containing six university hospitals.
The meeting was also attended by the Chairman of the University of Zagreb Committee for Science and International Cooperation Professor Vladimir Bermanec, F.C.A., the representative of the University of Zagreb School of Medicine Professor Adrijana Vince, Ph. D., and the Head of University of Zagreb’s International Relations Office Professor Branka Roščić, Ph. D.
In accordance with the signed agreement, the universities of Zagreb and Buenos Aires will encourage the development of cooperation in natural sciences, medicine, biomedicine, veterinary medicine, agronomy and linguistics.
Around 300,000 people of Croatian descent live in the Argentine Republic, especially in Buenos Aires, and form a tight-knit community. At the University of Buenos Aires, Croatian language and culture are taught at two faculties, namely the School of Philosophy and Humanities and the School of Economic Sciences. Due to these factors, the possibility of founding an Argentine-Croatian office of academic and cultural cooperation at both universities was also considered.