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Institute for the Development of Education (IRO)
Higher Education

 Contact details
Contact personMrs. Ria Bilić
Head of Higher Education Policy 
StreetTrg Nikole Zrinskog 9 
Address 10000 - Zagreb (Croatia) 
Phone+385 1 4817195 
 Organisation details
Employees (in Depart.)1-10 
Organisation TypeCivil Society Organisations 
 Research Focus

 Fields of activities:
» Other social sciences
» Political science
» Public administration
» Sociology
» Other social sciences
» Education (incl. training, pedagogy, didactics)
» Education (incl. persons with learning disabilities)
» Public affairs
» Social work

 Brief description of your activity focus
Our activities are focused on developing higher education policy in Croatia.

 Details about Expertise / Competences / Technologies
The Institute for the Development of Education advocates a system of higher education that ensures equal
opportunities, adheres to the principle of quality assurance, promotes international cooperation, supports lifelong
learning and meets both the needs of individual and society.

The Institute for the Development of Education contributes to the development of higher education policy, provides
expert support to institutions, connects domestic and international experts and enables individuals in Croatia and the
region to achieve their educational goals.
 Research Activities

 International and national projects beyond EU Framework Programme
1. Virtual Academic Information Service: Scholarships.info

Higher education financing, Social dimension, Internationalization and academic mobility

The main goal of the „VIRTUS“ project is to promote the importance of scholarships as a contributing factor to
popularization of academic mobility and democratization of higher education.

2. Platform for Career Advice Centres in Croatia

Career guidance

Creating a platform for starting professional guidance centres (Career Advice Centres) at Croatian universities

3. Establishing of Career Advice Services at Croatian Universities

Career guidance

The main objective of the project is launcing centres for professional guidance of students at 3 Croatian
(University of Dubrovnik, University of Rijeka, J.J. Strossmayer University in Osijek) in order to enable them to
key stakeholders in academic community and labour market through work by professional guidance services for

4. Enhancing Mobility of the Croatian Academic Community

Internationalization of higher education

The main project objective is to ensure Croatias entry in the Erasmus programme and to enable quality
preparation of
all relevant stakeholders of the Erasmus programme in line with real needs and recommendations by experts from
Croatia and EU.

5.Towards Equitable and Transparent Access to HE in Croatia

Higher education financing, social dimension of higher education

Ensuring equal and transparent access to higher education in Croatia by removing financial obstacles, improving
and capacity building.

6. Education for Equal Opportunities at Croatian Universities

Social dimension of higher education

Equalizing of opportunities in higher education (HE) for students with disabilities (SWDs) in Republic of Croatia

7. University Recognition of Prior Learning Centres – Bridging Higher Education with Vocational Education
and Training

Qualification frameworks

The main goal of the project is to contribute to recognition of prior learning (RPL) by providing insight into
formal, legal and cultural grounds for RPL in the context of higher education, with emphasis on universities.

8. Croatia in the EU – Opportunities for students

Internationalization of higher education

Main objective of the project was to increase the level of information among two target groups in the City of
(vocational secondary and tertiary school students) about the opportunities for studying through mobility within
educational programmes, internships or volunteering in the EU. They were presented the possibilities which are
open to Croatian citizens, as well as incoming opportunities which will become active after Croatia joins the EU in

9. Peer Learning Initiative for the Social Dimension (PL4SD)

Social dimension of higher education

The objective of the PL4SD project was to provide policy-makers and practitioners with resources to develop
measures for ensuring the social dimension of the European Higher Education Area.

10. e4 corner@mefsb: entrepreneurship in engineering education initiative – key to better employability
e4 corner

Career guidance

Increase of employment level in Brod-Posavina County

11. E-Quality: linking quality and social inclusion in higher education in Croatia

Social Dimension of higher education

Main project objective is to develop an institutional quality culture at higher education institutions in Croatia
values social inclusion as one of its core elements.

12. ME4CataLOgue (Mechanical Engineering for Catalogue) - Croatian Catalogue of knowledge, skills and
for Mechanical Engineering studies (Bachelor, Master and Doctoral study programmes) based on learning

Qualification frameworks

The aim of the project ME4CataLOgue is to ensure continuous improvement of the higher education system in
mechanical engineering sector in Croatia related to the transferability and recognition of competences and
qualifications in accordance to the needs of the labour market at the national and also at EU level. The most
outcome of this project will be a catalogue of qualifications in the field of mechanical engineering in Croatia, and
one of
the goals is to educate students, teachers and the general public about the benefits of applying CQF.

13. Professional services for participation in the implementation of EUROSTUDENT V research in the
Republic of Croatia

Social dimension of higher education

The aim of the research is to collect data on the demographic profile of the student body, the socio-economic
status of
the students, the costs that students have during the studies, sources of funding, students satisfaction with
aspects of study, work during studies and their experiences and plans for international mobility. Data is collected
national level and national reports are produced but are analyzed at the level of all participating countries and
in an international report after each cycle of research.

14. QUALITYWATCH: Croatian Higher Education Quality Watchdog

Quality assurance

Overall objective of this project is to increase the transparency of public policy decisions regarding the
upholding of
quality standards in higher education (HE) and increase public access to results of assessments and evaluations of
quality at HE institutions.

15. Financial literacy for continuation of education

Higher education financing

The main objective of the Financial Literacy for Continuation of Education project is to increase the financial
of high school students, especially those of unfavorable socio-economic status, and vocational education and
students, in order to facilitate access to higher education.

16. IURISPRUDENTIA - Improving the Quality of Education at Faculties of Law in Osijek, Rijeka and Split

Qualification frameworks, quality assurance

Faculty of Law Osijek will together with its partners Faculties of Law in Split and Rijeka and the Institute for the
Development of Education in Zagreb, harmonize and modernize the existing study programs, develop standards of
qualifications and partial occupational standards.

17. Establishing higher education standards of qualification and occupation in the sector of mining,
geology and
chemical engineering

Quality assurance, qualification frameworks

The main goal of the project is to develop standards of occupation and qualification in the field of mining,
petroleum mining and chemical technology, improvement of existing study programs at the Faculty of Mining,
and Petroleum Engineering and Faculty of Chemical Engineering and Technology, and improvement of faculty and
student competencies at partner faculties.

18. Advancement of Programme Evaluation Procedure at the University of Rijeka

Qualification frameworks, quality assurance

Improving the quality of education at the University of Rijeka through the development of standards of
qualification standards and study programs and programs of lifelong learning based on learning outcomes and in
accordance with the needs of the labor market.

19. Encouraging youth for higher education and academic mobility: Informing and counseling youth on the
for study and financial support for study in Croatia and abroad

Higher education financing

Encouraging and informing young people for inclusion in higher education and academic mobility will be achieved
through the activities of education information and counseling at the Institute for the Development of Education
through web sites and social networks, and by enhancing the visibility of higher education among the target
groups and
the general public.

20. Financial literacy for youth: Informing and counseling youth on the basics of financial planning for
study in Croatia
and abroad

Higher education financing

The main objective of the project is to increase the financial literacy of young people, especially high school
in order to facilitate their access to higher education and its successful completion as a precondition for
inclusion in the
labor market .

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