University of Dubrovnik
The University of Dubrovnik is the “youngest” university in Croatia. It was established in 2003. on the foundations of a very long tradition which goes back to the 17th century, but also on decades of modern higher education. By its programs, its organisation and its technical equipment, the University of Dubrovnik can be stands among very modern educational institutions. The main characteristics of the University of Dubrovnik are: Organisation system which does not copy the existing universities in the Republic of Croatia and the financing which grants complete integration of the University;
University of Osijek
Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek is today a medium-size university when compared to other European universities. Our common goal is development of the University as a modern European institution of higher education, as a centre of excellence, of course keeping pace with other institutions of higher education in Europe. Related to multilateral cooperation, University of Osijek signed the Agreement on University Network Establishment in 2004. The following universities are involved in the University Network, also called Maribor Network: University of Maribor, Slovenia University of Udine, Italy University of Klagenfurt, Austria University of Marburg, Germany University of Trnava, Slovakia University of Bielsko Biala, Poland Berzsenyi Daniel College Szombathely, Hungary University of Osijek, Croatia Cooperation within the network will enable organization and realization of teaching at undergraduate and graduate level, joint diplomas and exchange of experiences and information on study programs, teaching methods and methodological procedures within certain scientific fields. Cooperation within Maribor Network will be realized also through joint studies, exchange of academic staff and students, joint scientific projects and project applications to European programs (TEMPUS, Socrates-Erasmus, CEEPUS).
University of Rijeka
The University of Rijeka is situated in the city of Rijeka and has one constituent in Opatija. Like other five Croatian universities, it is a state-funded university under the direct authority of the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports.The University authorities comprise the University Senate and the Rector. The University is represented by the Rector who co-ordinates the activities of the faculties. Vice-Rectors for research and international cooperation, for teaching and student affairs as well as for finances and organisation assist the Rector. Two Rector’s assistants for professional and development programmes and for the promotion of quality culture, also assist the Rector.Another important body is the University Council. It ensures the development of the University and its interaction with the society, as well as discusses and approves the strategic and development-related decisions of the Senate. The Council supervises the execution of the University's tasks, with special emphasis on the legal aspects of its work and the rational management of human and financial resources the University has at its disposal.
University of Split
The University of Split on the eastern Adriatic coast is the second largest University in Croatia. Due to historical and social reasons the faculties and institutions of the University of Split are dispersed along the Croatian coastal region from Zadar to Dubrovnik. The Rector's Office is located in Split. The University was officially established on 15 June 1974, by merging the former independent Faculties or Faculties which were part of the University of Zagreb. However, the University tradition in this area dates to 1396 when the Dominicans established the General University (Universitas Jadertina) in Zadar. The University included the College of Philosophy and Theology in Zadar. Master's and Doctoral programmes from that University were recognised as being equal to those of the major European universities of that time. In 1807, the General University was forced to close by the decision of the French revolutionary authorities. The first faculty of Medicine on the eastern Adriatic coast was established in 1806 in Trogir, a small medieval town near Split. This school taught the fundamentals of medicine, surgery, obstetrics and theoretical chemistry. As the predominant scientific institution in the region, the University of Split has expanded during the course of the past years to include eleven faculties, two colleges, one University Department as well as several other institutes and scientific departments. The University of Split is both student and research oriented. The primary emphasis of scientific research carried out by the University is in areas and disciplines which concentrate on the ecological, cultural-historical, medical, social, economic and other characteristics of the region as a part of the Croatian Adriatic area and the Mediterranean region as a whole. Also included are the study of Adriatic and Mediterranean archaeology and historical sciences, research and preservation of artistic and architectural legacies, philology, agriculture, oceanography and fishery, botany and zoology, island and coastal economy, tourism, maritime law, nautical science, naval architecture and certain other scientific disciplines (chemical engineering, civil engineering, electrical and mechanical engineering), all of which distinguish the University of Split not only in Croatia but also beyond its borders.
University of Zadar
The year 1996, in which the 600th anniversary of the first university on the territory of Croatia was celebrated, gave a strong impetus to the idea of establishing or renewing the University of Zadar. This led to the legal act which constituted the University of Zadar in July 2002 which was passed by the Parliament of the Republic of Croatia and to the registration of the University on 29 January 2003. The first meeting of the Senate was held on 25 March 2003 when the Statute of the University of Zadar was passed. Because of this, that day has been proclaimed University Day (Dies Academicus). The University has around 319 employees of which 91 Ph.D.s, 45 M.A.s, as well as a significant number of teaching assistants, lectors and lecturers, with 106 guest professors from other universities from Croatia and elsewhere, and 5000 students on different levels of education (graduate, postgraduate, supplementary and part-time students). The University of Zadar is an entirely integrated university, consisting of 21 departments: Archaeology, English Language and Literature, Philosophy, French Language and Literature, Geography, Information and Communication Sciences, Classical Philology, Croatian and Slavonic Studies, German Language and Literature, Pedagogy, History, Psychology, Sociology, Italian Language and Literature, Department of Teachers and Preschool Educators, Ethnology and Socio-cultural Anthropology, Librarianship, Maritime Affairs and Traffic, Economics and Agriculture and Mediterranean Aquaculture.
University of Zagreb
The University of Zagreb (1669) is the oldest and biggest university in South-Eastern Europe. Ever since its foundation, the University has been continually growing and developing and now consits of 29 faculties, three art academies and the Centre for Croatian Studies. With its comprehensive programmes and over 50,000 full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students the University is the strongest teaching institution in Croatia. It offers a wide range of academic degree courses leading to Bachelor's, Master's and Doctoral degrees in the following fields: Arts, Biomedicine, Biotechnology, Engineering, Humanities, Natural and Social Sciences. it is also a strongly research-oriented institution, contributing with over 50 percent to the total research output of the country.