Croat uni rejects Erste’s €8,000

A Croatian university has controversially turned down an offered 8,000-Euro donation by the foundation of one of Austria’s biggest banks.Erste Bank’s Erste Stiftung foundation wanted to support the Faculty of Philosophy in Split with 8,000 Euros, but dean Dr. Marko Trogrlic rejected the offer citing fears it would “interfere with the faculty’s autonomy”.Ljiljana Kolesnik, who applied for a grant to fund her course on “Art, history and politics in south eastern Europe in the 1960s and the 1970s”, said she was surprised by the decision, the Croatian Times reports.The lecturer stressed universities across Europe would benefit from donations from foundations and other institutions as well.