The Rector of the University of Dubrovnik Professor Nikša Burum, PhD gave recognition awards to several employees of the University of Dubrovnik for their achievements in 2021. Recognition awards were given in nine categories of activities at the ceremony organised after the 180th session of the University’s Senate, which was the last session of the Senate for this calendar year.

The annual recognition award for special achievement in teaching and in working with students was given to Professor Ivana Pavlić, PhD and Assistant Professor Barbara Puh, PhD for their extraordinary contribution in modernising and improving the teaching process quality. The employees used the funds from their projects amounting to more than 500,000 Croatian kuna in order to establish and furnish the Digital Marketing Laboratory. This is the second such laboratory in Croatia, and it was established in order to improve the quality of teaching and working with students.

The annual recognition award for the authorship of scientific papers published in the journals indexed in the Web of Science (WoS) base was given to Associate Professor Nebojša Stojčić, PhD (7 Q1 papers and 1 Q2 paper) for social sciences, to Professor Branko Glamuzina (4 Q1 and 4 Q2 papers) for natural sciences, to Associate Professor Adriana Lipovac, PhD (2 Q1 papers) for technical sciences, and to Assistant Professor Tatjana Dobroslavić, PhD (2 Q1 papers) and Associate Professor Marijana Pećarević , PhD (2 Q1 papers) for biotechnical sciences.

The recognition award for the most cited scientific paper in the WoS base was given to Associate Professor Nebojša Stojčić, PhD and Associate Professor Ivana Palunko, PhD, for the following papers:

Hashi, I., Stojcic, N. (2013). The impact of innovation activities on firm performance: Evidence from the Community Innovation Survey 4. Research Policy, 42(2)

TOTAL NUMBER OF CITATIONS IN 2021: 27

Busoniu, L. de Bruin, T., Tolic, D., Kober, J., Palunko, I. (2018). Reinforcement learning for control: Performance, stability and deep approximators. Annual reviews in control, 46

TOTAL NUMBER OF CITATIONS IN 2021: 27

The recognition award for the biggest total number of citations in the WoS base was given to Professor Branko Glamuzina, PhD, with the following total number of citations in 2021: 190.

The recognition award for leading and/or participating in national and international competitive scientific and research projects with the highest contracted scientific project value was given to Rade Garić, PhD. The contracted project value for the University of Dubrovnik amounts to 1,850,000 Croatian kuna.

The recognition award for leading and/or participating in national and international collaboration activities with institutions and the economy with the highest expert project value was given to Associate Professor Nebojša Stojčić, PhD. The contracted project value for the University of Dubrovnik amounts to 971,182 Croatian kuna.

The recognition award for special contribution to the work and development of the University in the administrative area was given to Sanda Desnica, MSc in Agronomy who has been Head of the Laboratory of the Institute for Mediterranean Cultures for 34 years. During her work, the Laboratory was successfully accredited (HRN EN ISO/IEC 17025), and the scope of the Laboratory’s analyses has been increasing every year. In the past academic year, she successfully put into operations a new part of the Laboratory for physical and chemical soil testing. The Laboratory carries out analyses of fruit pulp and products as well as physical and chemical vine and oil analyses. Ms. Desnica has also been running the sensory panel for oil grading. The Laboratory provides high quality services and this is ascertained by regular transnational laboratory controls, which the Laboratory has been passing with flying colours.

The annual recognition award for contribution to the work and development of the University was given to Zdravko Kedžo, PhD, a long-time lecturer at the Department of Communication Studies, where he has been transferring his knowledge to numerous generations of students. He has been continuously involved in improving the teaching process at the University of Dubrovnik as well increasing the technical capabilities of the Department. He was one of the key collaborators of the University for the establishment of the UNIDU radio in terms of participating in repeated preparations for the submission of the requests for the grant of its concession, and was vital for the work of the UNIDU radio. He has always been generous in offering his rich knowledge and contacts to the students and employees of the UNIDU radio, and has been supporting them in their first professional achievements.

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