Prof. Duško Pavlović, PhD
The notion of a global village has been transformed from an idea popularized with the onset of mass media to an accurate description of the contemporary international system. The communication revolution coupled with the rise and strengthening of international organizations and growing awareness of international issues has brought about and underscored the inter-connectedness of people and countries around the world.
The first decade of the new millennium has clearly and dramatically demonstrated the reality of the global village, as problems atop each state’s agenda are increasingly transcending national lines. Matters such as global climate change, which has the potential to endanger the future of life on our planet; terrorism that has in one way or another impacted people of all nations, beliefs and cultures; and the global economic crisis that has forced us to reexamine long-held institutions and models have all underlined both the volatility of our way of life and the importance of global cooperation. It is ever more evident that everything that occurs in one corner of the Earth resonates throughout the global village. The only answer to the complex challenges of today and to the uncertainties that lie before us, and the sole solid currency in a rapidly shifting global order, is knowledge – knowledge that is not constrained by regional or ideological concerns, that draws on the principles and experiences of the past and acutely examines and questions the events of the present to prepare us for the future.
Such knowledge can only be acquired through education. More specifically, knowledge is gained in a setting that encourages critical thinking and participation by all, in which questions seek not the singular correct response but the exchange of ideas from diverse participants. It is an environment that appreciates each new contribution from all its members, students and professors alike, because it is only by absorbing and analyzing differing beliefs and viewpoints that we can ever arrive to a solution. In a time when the once widely accepted political, social and economic principles are subject to increasing scrutiny, students are afforded an opportunity to formulate new ideas, new paths and new attitudes that are not constrained by a need to follow previous visions. We are building Libertas to be an institution in which students are not merely passive observers charged with absorbing lessons, but are rather active participants in the formation of knowledge. Most importantly, our students will understand how to apply their capabilities and education in real situations.
The Libertas faculty is made up of people that have not limited their intellectual lives and endeavors to simply academic circles, but have readily faced various concrete challenges of the world they live in, and have so proven that their professional expertise can contribute to the resolution of global problems. It is precisely this skill that we wish to impart on our students.
The Libertas International University is a community that will promote and reward intellectual curiosity, dedication and innovation in both its students and staff. As our world grows seemingly smaller, and as the issues expand in scope and severity, we will prepare our students to confront whatever the future may bring, and to ascertain themselves as leaders in our global village.
Prof. emeritus Ana Stavljenić-Rukavina, PhD
Professor Ana Stavljenić-Rukavina has been a distinguished professional and scientist in the fields of health and biomedicine for many years, and a professor of the Medical Faculty at the University of Zagreb. During her two year term as Minister of Health she started a number of projects in the health system, especially in the terms of quality advancement. She made use of her professional and academic experience in the preparation of a postgraduate program at Libertas International University.
She has lead a large number of scientific projects in the fields of biomedicine and health, especially in diabetology, the research of genetic factors of metabolic, cardiovascular and other chronic diseases, and the results of these projects have been published in international scientific journals. She was a guest lecturer at many domestic and international congresses and conferences and a member of their organizational and scientific committees. She has published a large number of textbooks and handbooks. She has lead projects in the fields of health system organization, public health and quality systems, in the country and abroad. Since 2004 she has worked as an expert in evaluating EC scientific projects for the field of health.
Professor Ana Stavljenić-Rukavina is an active member of many scientific associations in the country and worldwide. She is a member of the World Academy of Sciences and Arts and the Academy of Medical Sciences in Croatia. She was awarded the Decoration of Danica Hrvatska with the character of Ruđer Bošković, for her contribution to the development of science in 2006. She holds the Jan Petelhoff award for the development of laboratory medicine in mid-European states. She is an honorary member of the Croatian Assembly of Physicians and the Croatian Society of Medical Biochemistry and Laboratory Medicine.
Docent Ante Samodol, PhD
Prof. Mladen Knežević, PhD
Prof. emeritus Ivo Andrijanić, PhD
Professor emeritus dr.sc. Ivo Andrijanić has been a long time economist and business leader, first in Ferimport and later at Zagreb Airport. He was a professor at the Faculty for Foreign Trade and later at the Faculty of Economy at the University of Zagreb. His rich professional and the academic experience was an important factor in the creation of the curriculum at Libertas where he was the first dean in 2004.
He has written a large number of scientific and professional papers, books and university textbooks in the field of international trade and business in foreign trade, stock markets, the economics and politics of insurance, management of international trade, transport, and business logistics, quality management and others. A large number of those works has also had international publications. He has partaken in many international congresses, conferences, and seminars, both in the country and abroad.
He is a lifetime honorary member of the Scientific Council for Traffic of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, and of the Managing committee of ICAA in Paris. He was a long time member of committees of the Ministry of Science, Education, and Sports for scientific and educational advancement.
For his numerous achievements he has received the following awards: Decoration of Labor with a golden wreath, the Order of Danica Hrvatska with the figure of Blaž Lorković for special achievements in the economy, a diploma from the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts for his contribution to the Scientific Council for traffic, and others.
Prof. Jasna Mesarić, MD, PhD
Doc. art. Branka Cvitković
Doc. art. Branka Cvitković was born in Zagreb on May 29, 1948. After graduating literature at the Faculty of Letters at the University of Zagreb in 1971, she enrolled as a student of acting at the Acadamy of Dramatic Art in Zagreb. She was a member of the drama ensemble of the Croatian National Theater from 1972 to 2014. She cooperated with the acting company Histrion, ZKM Theater, HNK Osijek, HNK Split, Split summer festival, Theater of Marin Držić from Dubrovnik, Dubrovnik Summer Festival, Theater ITD, and Osijek summer festival. She has had roles in many films, TV and radio dramas.
She has received many awards for her artistic achievements. For her artistic and social achievements she was awarded the Order of Danica Hrvatska with the character of Marko Marulić for special achievements in culture, the Order of Danica Hrvatska with the character of Katarina Zrinska for health, social care and the promotion of moral societal values, and others.
In 2006 the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia declared her a national drama champion.
With a number of associates, she prepared the study program for the newly formed Faculty for Film and Theatre at Libertas University. In 2015 she became the dean of the faculty and continues her work as a professor of acting.
Zvonko Agičić, B.Sc