Professor James McAdams, Director, Nanovic Institute for European Studies University of Notre Dame
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 Željko Tanjić, Rector of Catholic University of Croatia
The Catholic University of Croatia has been given a unique opportunity to host the Rectors’ Conference in conjunction with the Nanovic Institute for European Studies. As a country, we share the experience of the Conference participants and believe, that as the Catholic University of Croatia, along with other universities in Croatia, we bear responsibility for the establishment of a better, more just and more accountable society founded on Christian values. The benefit of this Conference is better networking of all of us from Catholic universities, which will be conducive to greater cooperation in the fields of education, science and research.
Nanovic Institute for European Studies,
University of Notre Dame, USA
Catholic University of Croatia, Croatia