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RUŽOMBEROK (April, 23, 2008) - The new Rector of the Catolic University in Ružomberok (CU) is Tadeusz Zasępa. The Academic Senate (AS) of the Catholic University decided so in the secret ballot. 21 from 22 of the present senators voted for Zasępa, only one abstained from voting. In accordance with the Statute of CU also the Great Chancellor, Mons. Alojz Tkáč, Archbishop of Košice has to confirm him. After the nomination by the President of the Slovak Republic the new rector of CU should take a charge of the new function from the 1st. of July. The member of AS CU Peter Kravčák informed about it.

As Kravčák further said, Prof. Zasępa, nominated by three faculties – Faculty of Arts and Letters, of Education, and of Health Care together with their senators, deans, and few groups of students and the university staff as well, replaces in the function the present rector of CU Prof.  Boris Banáry for four years.

On Monday, the 21. of April a rival candidate of Zasępa, present Vice-Rector for Science and Development of CU Prof. Ján Kurucz resigned from his nomination. He did not publish more closely reasons of his decision. The Dean of the Faculty of Theology of CU suggested Kurucz for the function of new rector.

Prof. Zasępa is a world known authority in the area of mass media communication. He was born on 23. of April 1946 in Radziechowice in Poland. During 1962 – 1965 he studied at the Secondary School in Częstochowa, continued in the Seminary of Częstochowa Diocese in Krakow, where he graduated in 1971. He worked as a chaplain also for deaf people in the parish of Holy Spirit in Wieruszów. Later he prolonged his studies at the Catholic University in Lublin (1974 – 1977).  He participated on several international mobility programs as e.g.,  at the Catholic University of America in Washington, at the University of Geneva, and at the Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milano. He made his dissertation from the pastoral theology (PhD.) in 1983 at the KUL Lublin, and in 1987 habilitation in the area of pastoral theology – Media Education (Doc.). In 1995 he became a special professor and in 2001 was nominated as a regular professor. In 1993 he established the Catholic Radio Lublin in Poland and became his first director. In the same year he  founded a Lublin Edition of the weekly Nedeľa, where he worked as an editor. In 1998 prof. Zasępa began with lectures for students of postgradual studies of Journalism at the Faculty of Humanistics of the University of Trnava. In 1999 he created Lubelska Szkoła Biznesu – Szkołu Wyższu (later Lubelska Szkoła Wyższa im. Króla Władysława Jagiełły) in Lublin and till 2008 he was there in the function of the rector. Since 2001 he has been working as a guarantee of studies in the area of journalism and as a teacher at the Department of Journalism at the Faculty of Arts and Letters of CU in Ružomberok. Zasępa actively speaks 10 foreign languages, he can communicate also in a gesture langugage. He has the Polish as well as Slovak citizenship. He is a member of several international scientific boards, professional organisations,  and associations.

A number of domestic and foreign institutions have awarded the life and work of Prof. Zasępa. In 1997 it was granted him a prestige award „Man of the Year“ from the International Centre of Biography in Cambridge as the acknowledgement for the service in education and culture. In 2001 he was also awarded by an American Bibliographical Institute. In 2001 the United Cultural Convention of the United States of America nominated him for a Nobel Prize for Peace. In 2004 he won the International Award from the Slovak Academy of Science for contribution to the development of communication and humanistic sciences, culture, and arts in Slovakia.

The CU in Ružomberok was established in 2000. At the beginning it had two faculties – pedagogical and philosophical. Two years later it became  public high educational institution. The predecessors of CU were a Pedagogical Institute of St. Andrew of the University of Trnava in Ružomberok, later a Cathechetical-Pedagogical Faculty of the University of Žilina in Žilina. Today 10.500 students, 6000 internal students and the rest as external students, study at four faculties – Faculty of Education, Faculty of Arts and Letters, Faculty of Theology and Faculty of Health Care of CU.
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