High-ranking government officials and leaders of higher education institutions from the Slovak Republic visited Benedictine University on Wednesday, May 21.
Benedictine President William J. Carroll, Ph.D., and his leadership team convened with Dušan Čaplovič, DrSc., Minister of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic; Karol Mičieta, Ph.D., Rector of Comenius University in Bratislava; Ladislav Mirossay, DrSc., Rector of Pavol Jozef Safarik Univeristy in Košice; and two members of the Minister’s cabinet.
Čaplovič’s visit to Chicago coincided with a keynote speech he presented during the Chicago International Conference on Education held Thursday, May 22.
Benedictine University makes a global impact and regularly welcomes international leaders and visionaries to campus.
The visit by Čaplovič and his team from the Slovak Republic was significant for Benedictine, which was founded more than 127 years ago in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago to provide students of Czech and Slovak descent with a values-based education.
A reception with professional Slovak diaspora was held in the Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B., Art Gallery, named after the late Slovak instructor and monk of St. Procopius Abbey. Over a period of four decades, Fr. Michael collected more than 4,000 pieces of art for the University and the Abbey.
University Trustee Rosemary Macko Wisnosky, who serves as the Honorary Consul of the Slovak Republic in Illinois, initiated the delegation’s visit to Benedictine.
Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois and Mesa, Arizona. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 55 undergraduate majors and 17 graduate and four doctoral programs. Benedictine University is ranked No. 1 among the country’s fastest-growing campuses between 2001-2011 in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s list of private nonprofit research institutions, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among “America’s Top Colleges” for the third consecutive year in 2013. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fifth largest in the Chicago area in 2013.