Slovenian Australian Academic Association Incorporated (SAAA)
The Slovenian Australian Academic Association Incorporated (SAAA) was established on the 25th of May 2015 in Melbourne, Australia, and initiated by the Slovenian Embassy in Canberra, and the local community. The SAAA was launched on the 19th of June 2015 at a public event with Mr Gorazd Žmavc, Minister for Slovenians abroad, titled ‘Slovenian Business in Australia?’ at the European Union Centre at RMIT University in Melbourne (Fig. 1 and 2).
Fig. 1 (left): Photo by the Government's Office for Slovenians Abroad. Fig. 2 (right): Photo by the RMIT EU Centre.
The aim of the Slovenian Australian Academic Association is to establish academic and academic-business collaboration between Slovenia and Australia, European Union, South East Europe and South East Asia.
The Slovenian Australian Academic Association will be the main connection point between Slovenian and Australian academic institutions, throughout Slovenia, Australia, European Union, South East Europe, and South East Asia.
The Slovenian Australian Academic Association will:
- engage Slovenians from any country and all levels of education (primary, secondary and tertiary); and
- provide a platform for members to develop, enhance and strengthen their leadership and management skills; and
- identify collaboration and training for Slovenian Australians and Slovenians to become leaders and managers across the education, business, government, non-government sectors; and
- engage the Slovenian diaspora across the world.
To achieve the above mission SAAA work closely with the Slovenian Australian Chamber of Commerce, the Slovenian Embassy in Canberra and the Office of the Government of the Republic of Slovenia for Slovenians Abroad. SAAA has actively began to cooperate with the local organisations and universities in Australia, through which it obtains support and memberships.
Fig 3: SAAA Meeting, Melbourne, 13 February 2016. Participants: Neza Muzic de Vries, Robert Walters, Josephine Lang, Katarina Persic, Draga Gelt, Manca Ogrizek, and Kaja Antlej.