Monday, March 26, 2018

Dr. Cheryl E. Praeger and artist Metka Krašovec receive honorary doctorates from UP

At yesterday's 15th Academy of Sciences of the University of Primorska, which took place in the Hall of St. Francis of Assisi, UP rector prof. dr. Dragan Marušič awarded two titles of honorary doctor and 15 awards and prizes to higher education teachers and researchers, students and associates of the University of Primorska and its member institutions. 

The highest title this year was awarded to two new honorary doctors: outstanding researcher in the field of mathematics, professor  Dr. Cheryl E. Praeger and distinguished Slovenian painter and academician Metka Krašovec. The major part of Dr. Praeger's academic career has been at The University of Western Australia; her association with the University of Primorska stems from 2003. Metka Krašovec was honoured for her achievements in the field of art and for her entire body of work, which represents a significant contribution to the development of painting in the Slovenian and international art world. At the award ceremony, the Faculty of Education of the University of Primorska, in cooperation with Mr Andrej Medved from Gallery Meduza and the curator Arnet Brejc from Gallery Equrna, presented an exhibition of her works from a private collection that can be viewed at the Gallery Meduza in Koper.

The ceremony was attended by distinguished guests, including State Secretary from the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport dr. Tomaž Boh and Undersecretary Mihaela Novak Kolenko, Consul General of Italy in Koper Giuseppe D'Agosto, Speaker Andrej Medved, Bishop Monsignor dr. Jurij Bizjak, Orthodox dignitary Protopresbyter-Staurophor Tomo Ćirkovič, Mayor of the Municipality of Koper Boris Popovič, Mayor of the Municipality of Izola mag. Igor Kolenc, deputy mayor of Koper Peter Bolčič, vice-rector prof. dr. Guido Bratina from the University of Nova Gorica, prof. dr. Sanja Bijakšić from the University of Mostar and prof. dr. sc. Nevenka Tatković from the University of Pula. In the absence of Metka Krašovec, due to illness, Arnet Brejc accepted the award on her behalf, and read the audience a note of thanks from Krašovec, in which she said that "the sea and Primorska have always been an inspiration for me and a motive for my painting".

The participants were welcomed by prof. dr. Dragan Marusic. In his address, he emphasized the ways in which the University of Primorska is, in both a geographic and intellectual sense, strategically poised to address and solve the global problems facing us in the near future. You can read the rector's entire speech in Slovene,  Italian and  English.

Andrej Medved , philosopher, art historian and critic, poet and translator, longtime - now retired - curator and artistic director of the Coastal Galleries, spoke about art, painting today and media art, highlighting the leading names in Slovenian painting today.

Music for the event was provided by the Academic Choir of the University of Primorska and members of the Festive Orchestra.