About the Conference

Nothing is more important for a country’s future than the rising generation of young citizens who will lead it. University education plays an essential role in molding the characteristics of this generation. Catholic universities in particular have the opportunity to shape the hearts and minds of these young people—to provide them with the right values and attitudes in moving their countries forward. The Catholic University of Croatia’s conference on HOPE IN THE FUTURE: THE EXPERIENCES OF YOUTH UNDER COMMUNISM, THE TRANSITION TO DEMOCRACY, AND THE PRESENT will be a unique forum. Bringing together scholars from the leading Catholic universities of post-communist Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Ukraine, and Georgia, as the University of Notre Dame (USA), it will provide them with the opportunity to reflect upon the challenges they share in common. It will also enable these university leaders to decide how they can work together to live up to their crucial missions.

Professor A. James McAdams, Director, Nanovic Institute for European Studies University of Notre Dame

Hrvatskom katoličkom sveučilištu pružena je jedinstvena prigoda biti domaćinom
rektorske konferencije zajedno s Nanovic institutom za europske studije. Kao zemlja dijelimo iskustvo sudionika Konferencije i vjerujemo da kao Hrvatsko katoličko sveučilište, zajedno s drugim sveučilištima u Hrvatskoj, nosimo odgovornost za uspostavu boljeg, pravednijeg i odgovornijeg društva temeljenog na kršćanskim vrijednostima. Dobrobrobit ove konferencije je i bolje povezivanje svih nas s katoličkih sveučilišta
što će doprinijeti većoj suradnji na obrazovnom, znanstvenom i istraživačkom polju.

Prof. dr. sc. Željko Tanjić, Rector of Catholic University of Croatia




Ukrainian Catholic University (Ukraine)
Rev. Bohdan Prach, Rector
Taras Dobko, Senior Vice-Rector
Volodymyr Turchynovskyy, Director, Institute for Ethics & Contemporary Issues
Oleh Turiy, Vice-Rector for Programme Development
Dr. Vyacheslav Bryukhovetsky, honorary President of National University
“Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”

Pázmány Péter Catholic University (Hungary)
Rev. Anzelm Szuromi, Rector
Kinga Földváry, Institute of English and American Studies
Máté Botos, Faculty of Political Sciences

Catholic University in Ruzomberok (Slovakia)
Rev. František Trstenský, Vice Rector for International Relations
Andrea Božeková, Department of Political Science
Peter Stastny, Politician and former member of European Parliament (2004-2014),

John Paul II Catholic University (Poland)
Rev. Marcin Tkaczyk, Pro-Rector, Faculty of Philosophy
Rev. Slawomir Nowosad, Dean, Faculty of Theology
Rev. Boguslaw Migut, Department of Theology & Liturgical Spirituality

Catholic University of Georgia (Georgia)
Rev. Vaja Vardidze, Rector

Catholic University of Croatia (Croatia)
Rev. Željko Tanjić, Rector,
Ines Sabotič, Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs
Hrvoje Štefančić, Vice-Rector for Science
Emilio Marin, Vice-Rector for International Relations
Gordan Črpić, Vice-Rector for Organization and Operations

University of Zadar, Croatia
Dijana Vican, Rector, Rector, University of Zadar

Guest Professor
Ivo Banac, Bradford Durfee Professor Emeritus, Yale University

University of Notre Dame (United States of America, Indiana)
A. James McAdams, William M. Scholl Professor of International Affairs
Anthony Monta, Associate Director, Nanovic Institute for European Studies

The Catholic Universities Partnership (CUP)
Partnerstvo katoličkih sveučilišta djeluje u sklopu Nanovic instituta za Europske studije američkog sveučilišta Notre-Dame iz Indiane i nastoji ponovno osnovati katolička sveučilišta u Europi koja su ugašena pod pritiskom komunističkih režima te potpomoći otvaranju novih katoličkih sveučilišta u postkomunističkim zemljama. Partnerstvo od 2005. od godine organizira znanstveno-stručne skupove jednom godišnje u različitim europskim zemljama.
The first partners in this group of universities, called the Catholic Universities Partnership (CUP), included the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin (Poland), the Catholic University of Ruzomberok (Slovakia), Pázmány Péter Catholic University (Hungary), and the Ukrainian Catholic University (Ukraine). In 2009, the group expanded to include new friends at the Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Milan) and the Institut Catholique de Paris. In 2013, it welcomed additional friends from the Catholic University of Croatia (Zagreb) and the Pontifical University of St. Thomas (Rome).

The Institute was created in 1992, first as a center for European studies which sponsored an annual conference and administered an undergraduate Minor. Following the expansion of its programs, it was designated an institute in 1997. The Institute’s second director, A. James McAdams, oversaw the development of the Institute’s first formal strategic plan in 2002. The goal of this plan was to use the Institute’s resources to provide greater intellectual coherence ot the educational experience of undergraduate and graduate students, integrate faculty research, and enhance the internal and external visibility of European studies at Notre Dame. McAdams also led the development of the Institute’s second strategic plan, which established the Institute’s
ongoing presence in Notre Dame’s global gateways.

The Catholic University of Lublin was founded in 1918. It is the oldest university in Lublin and one of the oldest in Poland. An event of remarkable importance was the election of Rev. Karol Wojtyła (since 1954 the head of the Chair of Ethics in the Department of Christian Philosophy at the Catholic University of Lublin) as Pope. A monument of John Paul II and Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński was placed in the university court-yard. On June 9, 1987 Pope John Paul II visited KUL. On 16th October 2005 during a ceremonial inauguration of academic year 2005-2006, KUL adopted the name of The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin. At present KUL consists of ten faculties.

On June 29, 2002, the ceremonial inauguration of the Ukrainian Catholic University (UCU) was held in Lviv, Ukraine. UCU is the first Catholic university to open on the territory of the former Soviet Union and also the first university opened by one of the Eastern Catholic churches. Today they have 2 faculties, 8 research institutes, 3 schools and other programs.

University was founded in 1635 and has been continuously operating ever since. In 1993 the Hungarian Parliament registered Pázmány Péter Catholic University as a university accredited by the state. It currently has five faculties. PPCU forms a unique segment of the Hungarian higher education as a non-regional institution with national coverage and as the only single university of the Hungarian Catholic higher education, which is the member of an international research university network.

The original University of Zadar was founded by the Dominicans in 1396 It was the first institute of higher learning in the country and one of the oldest in Europe. The University of Zadar is now an entirely integrated university, consisting of 21 departments.

It was after the Velvet Revolution in the year 1989 when possibilities arose for the creation of CU in Slovakia. The Slovak bishops endeavoured to form a Faculty of Pedagogy which would educate Catholic teachers. The Catholic University in Ružomberok today consists of four faculties with 7,700 students – 4,100 internal and 3,600 external – including 430 doctoral students.

Sulkhan Saba Orbeliani Teaching University was founded by the catholic bishop in Georgia Giuseppe Pasotto in 2002. In 2009 the Institute obtained state accreditation and recived the status of a university. According to the University’s mission, its main goal is to create an ideal environment for cultural and intellectual development of students. Their mission is inspirited by Sulkhan Saba Orbeliani, a national figure, great creator and a person with deep and broad knowledge and European consciousness.

The Catholic University of Croatia is one of the youngest Croatian universities which was established by the Decree on the Establishment of Catholic University of Croatia of Cardinal Josip Bozanić, archbishop and metropolitan of Zagreb on June 3, 2006. The Catholic identity is a cultural and ethical foundation on which the Catholic University of Croatia stands. Within this context, the Catholic identity at Catholic University of Croatia is shaped through the teaching and scientific research processes as well as all other activities at the University. It strives to become the academic community which
recruits researchers who represent different fields of human knowledge and the
academic institution in which Catholicism is actively present. The classes at the Catholic University of Croatia are provided in the undergraduate studies of history, psychology, sociology, communication sciences and nursing as well as in the graduate study in history, psychology, sociology and nursing.


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