U.S. Ambassador Meets with Rectors of Nitra Universities

by SPU Web Editor

On the occasion of the concert of Young Naperville Singers from partner city Naperville, which was held in Nitra Synagogue on 21 July, U.S. Ambassador to Slovakia Adam Sterling visited Nitra and met with Rectors of the Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra and Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra.

Dr. h. c. prof. Ing. Peter Bielik, PhD, and prof. RNDr. Ľubomír Zelenický, CSc. introduced both institutions, their activities and study orientation, international cooperation, research, as well as future development plans.

The Rector of SUA informed the Ambassador about the history of bilateral relationships with the U.S. educational institutions which have been actively developed since 1989 in the form of signed memorandums of understanding with several important universities such as Cornell University, Delaware University, Iowa State University, Ohio State University,  University of Florida, etc. The SUA Rector also emphasized current deep cooperation with the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and the Louisiana State University (LSU) in Baton Rouge in terms of joint study programmes, co-organized summer schools for students, as well as mobility programmes for students, teachers and researchers. Another means of cooperation between SUA and LSU is an expert symposium. This year, it was held at LSU and focused on agricultural universities in the 21th century and the importance of technology and information transfer for programme sustainability. The event was attended by the representatives of Visegrad University Association (VUA) members, one of which is also LSU and its College of Agriculture.

The Ambassador appreciated the results achieved by SUA in the field of international relations and expressed his belief that there are sufficient capacities at Slovak universities and sufficient effort to continue the mutually beneficial cooperation. He also accepted the invitation of both Rectors to visit each University and to get better acquainted with their educational process and life of students.


Ambassador Adam Sterling arrived in the Slovak Republic in August 2016. He served as the Deputy Chief of Mission from 2013 to 2016 and twice as Chargé d’ Affaires in the Netherlands. He was also the Deputy Chief of Mission and twice as Chargé d’ Affaires in Azerbaijan from 2010 to 2013. He served as the Director for Central and Eastern European Affairs on the National Security Council staff at the White House, Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of State for Europe, and a desk officer in the Office of Central Asian Affairs. He also served in political, administrative and consular assignments at the U.S. embassies in Israel, Kazakhstan, Belgium and Peru.

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