PRESIDENT Andrej Kiska appointed three rectors on August 27. The appointment letters were given to Samuel Abrahám who will lead the Bratislava International School of Liberal Arts (BISLA), Jozef Jakab who will lead the Catholic University in Ružomberok and Lucia Kurilovská who will lead the Police Academy in Bratislava.

“There is no higher evaluation for the teacher than to be appointed the rector of a school,” Kiska said, as quoted by the SITA newswire.

In his speech, the president also pointed to the problems the Police Academy and the Catholic University faced in the recent past. While the former concerned the discovery that 29 applicants were admitted to the academy by way of falsifying their entrance examinations, the latter concerned alleged financial practices.

“Not only me, but the whole public expects from you that you can remedy the undermined reputation of schools you will lead,” Kiska said, as quoted by SITA.

Kurilovská said that there is no need to boost the reputation of the Police Corps Academy, but stressed that she wants to make sure it is run transparently. She further revealed that the near future should see her expanding the portfolio of study programmes in the areas of economic crime and legal relations with other countries.

“I also want to boost the training of police officers as such so that everyone who graduates from the academy will not only have theoretical knowledge but will be ready for future jobs also in terms of their [physical] fitness,” said Kurilovská, who is concerned with criminal law and currently serves as an advisor to Justice Minister Tomáš Borec, as quoted by the TASR newswire.

Kurilovská was nominated for the post by Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák in April 2013, but was later rejected by then president Ivan Gašparovič. He had objections to the nomination citing Kurilovská was at the time just assistant professor at the law faculty. However, he was also said to have reservations against her, after she criticised his decision not to appoint Jozef Čentéš as general prosecutor.

Jarab has headed the seminary in Spišská Kapitula (Prešov Region) for several years. He was endorsed for the new post by a majority of the university senators. Jarab is expected to stabilise the university in Ružomberok. He is replacing former chancellor Tadeusz Zasepa, who stepped down from the post in May due to disputes with the university’s academic senate. Zasepa had pointed to a number of alleged illicit financial practices at Catholic University.

Abrahám, who is known as a political analyst and publisher, has headed BISLA since 2006. He assisted in the founding of the first ever department of political science at Bratislava’s Comenius University in the early 1990s.

Source: SITA, TASR

Compiled by Radka Minarechová from press reports

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