Structure and bodies of Uniadrion

UniAdrion is an association of universities and research centres of the Adriatic-Ionian area established in 2000 with the purpose to create a permanent connection among these institutions, within the framework of the Adriatic-Ionian Initiative.

The purpose of UniAdrion is the collaboration between universities and research centres with the aim of strengthening international cooperation and of favouring the progress of culture, science, training and research in the countries of the Adriatic-Ionian basin.

The association comprises about 40 members located in the following countries: Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Greece, Italy, Montenegro, Serbia, Slovenia.

UniAdrion promotes scientific-academic cooperation mainly through the implementation of teaching and research initiatives, such as training courses, post-graduate diplomas, summer schools, joint research projects. The cooperation is focused on different topics, coherent with the pillars of the EU Strategy for the Adriatic-Ionian Region (EUSAIR): blue growth, connecting the region, environmental quality, sustainable tourism and cultural heritage, societal challenges, economic and policy analysis.

According to its Statute, UniAdrion Presidency rotates on a yearly basis and comes from the country holding the Presidency of the Adriatic-Ionian Initiative.

UniAdrion has a Permanent Secretariat located in Ancona and hosted at Marche Polytechnic University. The Secretary General of the association is a professor of Marche Polytechnic University, appointed by the Rector of the same University.


UniAdrion bodies:

  • General Assembly
  • President
  • Board of Advisors
  • Executive Secretariat
President and Vice-Presidents from June 2020 to May 2021:

President: University of Primorska (Slovenia), Prof. PhD Klavdija Kutnar, Rector

Vice-President: University of Belgrado (Serbia), Prof. Ivanka Popovic, Rector        

Secretary General: Prof. Andrea Perna                                      

Governing Board from June 2019 to May 2022:
                      Albania  - Agricultural University of Tirana 
                      Bosnia and Herzegovina - University of Banja Luka
                      Croatia - University of Zadar
                      Greece - University of Ioannina
                      Italy - University of Bologna
                      Montenegro - University of Montenegro
                       Serbia - University of Novi Sad
                      Slovenia - University of Maribor

UniAdrion President Prof. Klavdija Kutnar

Rector of the University of Primorska, Slovenia


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UniAdrion Secretary General Prof. Andrea Perna

Associate Professor, Università Politecnica delle Marche, Department of Management, Ancona (Italy) and Visiting Researcher, Uppsala University, Department of Civil and Industrial Engineering, Uppsala University, Uppsala (Sweden)


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