Danube Rectors' Conference is the second largest association of universities from the Danube Region and extends from the source of the Danube to the Black Sea. It manages the integration of over 60 Danube universities into the process of the implementation of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region within the priority areas of the Knowledge Society.
At the recent Annual Meeting of the Danube Rectors' Conference, prof. dr. Zdravko Kačič, Rector of the University of Maribor, was elected President of this Conference for the next two years. Prof. dr. Ivanka Popović, Rector of the University of Belgrade who is also the outgoing President, and Mag. Friedrich Faulhammer, Rector of the Danube University in Krems, were elected Vice-Presidents.
Rector of the University of Maribor and the newly elected President of the DRC prof. dr. Zdravko Kačič
Upon his election, prof. dr. Zdravko Kačič emphasized the need for cooperation in scientific research through organized mechanisms within which the members would share their larger, modern research infrastructure and elevate their cooperation level in order to offer the European society solutions from the Danube region to the major challenges of our time. The University of Maribor will thus preside over the second largest European rector's conference for the fourth time in 20 years and in doing so actively contribute to the future development of not only the Danube Region, but also the local and regional environment in which it operates.
Danube Rectors' Conference is the second largest association of universities from the Danube Region and extends from the source of the Danube to the Black Sea. Maribor is connected to the Danube through its tributary, the Drava. The original purpose of the Danube Rectors' Conference was to overcome obstacles to scientific and academic cooperation during the period of the Iron Curtain, and political differences between the Western and Eastern part of the region. Afterwards, the challenges and activity of the conference changed so that today it manages the integration of Danube universities into the process of the implementation of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region within the priority areas of the Knowledge Society. The Danube Rectors' Conference also focuses on supporting a closer research cooperation among its members, on promoting joint research and enhanced mobility within the region, on preventing brain drain and improving the environment for early-stage researchers as well as established excellent researchers in the region.
The Danube Rector's Conference has over 60 members, two universities have joined it this year and we expect even more interested universities to follow.