MTU placed a bouquet of flowers on the memorial plaque of Mother Teresa in the center of Skopje

Skopje, 26 August 2022 – “Mother Teresa“ University in Skopje, on the occasion of the Mother Teresa’s (Gonxhe Bojaxhiu) 112th birth anniversary, organized a tribune dedicated to her. In this event participated the academic staff of the university as well as memebers of other institutions.

The MTU delegation led by the Rector, Lecturer Izet Zeqiri, Ph.D., placed a bouquet of flowers on the memorial plaque of Mother Teresa. Then the event continued on the premises of MTU, in the “Omer Kaleshi’’ Gallery.

Rector Zeqiri in his opening speech said that: “Mother Teresa with her hard work, her dedication to people and her humane soul brought light and love to the whole globe, and became hope for millions of poor people around the world. It was and remains an inspiration for many societies and countries”. He also emphasized that “Mother Teresa” University in Skopje, as the only institution of higher education in the Albanian language, is named after her and will always bear her name with pride.

Ms. Kadrije Zejnullahu was a former journalist and a graduate in Albanian language from the Faculty of Philology. She elaborated on her book entitled “My Mother, Mother Teresa”, where she emphasized that the world needs more love today.

Rizvan Sulejmani Ph.D., discussed on the topic “Mother Teresa’s on world politics and diplomacy” where he emphasized that: “Mother Teresa contributed to contemporary politics, to the creation of a new political discourse that would not only succeed in solving poverty crises but also social and civic problems.” – said Professor Sulejmani.

Doc. dr. Elisabeta Ollogu – elaborated on the topic “Mother Teresa, an inspiration for women and for all of humanity”. She said that: “In addition to being a multidimensional and complex figure, Mother Teresa remains a controversial figure and object of criticism, where among them various feminists, at the time, have criticized the figure of Mother Teresa, seeing her as an ideologically positioned figure – a conservative conformed to a patriarchal social order, and the latter remains a center of criticism for feminism. However, I believe that the ideology of Mother Teresa was ‘humanity’ and this woman with a small body and a big heart has left a rare legacy, that of universal values and these values do not belong to men or women but to all humanity”- added Professor Ollogu.

Sunaj Raimi, Ph.D., Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, elaborated on the topic “The cosmopolitan dimension of the life and work of our mother Teresa” where in his speech he said that: “Humanism, piety and willingness to help anyone and everywhere was and remained the main attribute of the anthropological identification of this great soul person (Mother Teresa). Being aware of this spiritual wealth of Mother Teresa, all of us have a moral obligation that even if we cannot do great humanitarian deeds like her, then at least act according to her timeless message which says: Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love!” – said Professor Raimi.

Urime Shaipi Demiri Ph.D., gave special attention to the topic “Mother Teresa, the best ambassador of Albanians in the world” where through photographs and personal events she revealed the emotional connection she had with Mother Teresa during her doctoral studies in Brunei Darussalam, Southeast Asia. She emphasized that Mother Teresa spent most of her life in Calcutta and is known in Asia as Mother Teresa of Calcutta, and she was respected and adored by everyone regardless of religion or nationality. But how did this young girl from Skopje survive in this distant continent, away from her family, away from her country, helping the poorest of the poor? Studies are needed on the sociological aspect of Mother Teresa in order to better understand her universal dimension and the impact that Mother Teresa still has in the world today.

Mustafa Ibrahimi Ph.D., discussed on the topic “Mother Teresa in world philately” and talked about interesting philatelic materials with the figure of the great Albanian, symbol of humanity, Nobel

laureate, Mother Teresa. The portrait of this humanist for humanity, besides Albania, Kosovo and Macedonia, has been reproduced in many countries of the world. Over 100 countries have named around 400 stamps with the portrait of Mother Teresa, but also with prominent world figures. The first world stamp with her portrait was created in India, in 1980, remaining one of the most interesting historical subjects around the world.’ – said professor Ibrahimi.

The “Mother Teresa” University in Skopje, since its establishment, pays special attention to honor the name that it bears by attributing it to science and empirical research.