Croatian Fina Agency Cites Decentralisation as Strategic Initiative

Lauren Simmonds

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As Poslovni Dnevnik/Sergej Novosel Vuckovic writes, the Croatian Fina agency has come together and contracted a partnership with University of Koprivnica North, regarding the exchange of knowledge and technology and cooperation in teaching and integrating students into the labour market.

According to the President of the Fina Management Board, Drazen Covic and the rector of the aforementioned university Marin Milkovic, the cooperation between the two institutions will include field teaching and practice within the Croatian Fina agency, designing assignments for final student work, scholarships for students and the possibility of their engagement in Fina through student services.

These partners will also transfer their knowledge to each other, and within the professional study of computer science and informatics in Koprivnica, new generations of IT people needed by the development centre will grow, which is otherwise one of ten that the agency opened throughout the Republic of Croatia several years ago. Such centres serve as central gathering points for the IT sector, according to Fina.

“It’s a pleasure when we’re able to do something for our students and when there’s real care shown towards our young people. The possibility of scholarships, professional practice, training, learning from Fina’s experts and creating future staff as we move forward for mutual benefit is commendable. Fina is also trying to operate in smaller urban areas, covering the whole of Croatia. That’s how the staff in this region is retained and it contributes to further development,” said Milkovic. Covic also emphasised the importance of cooperation with the academic community, as was previously achieved, for example, in Virovitica, Cakovec, Split and Bjelovar.

“Our strategic initiative is to decentralise our own development and get closer to the places where Fina operates. It’s in our interest to develop the areas in which we work. We want to share the experience and knowledge we’ve gained by developing services both for the financial industry and the state. We want to enable young people to study without high costs in or near their place of residence and to work on modern tools and technologies,” they said from Fina.

Aware that the market is full of IT experts who have the comfort to choose where to work from and even set their own conditions for potential employers, the Croatian Fina agency started creating models at the beginning of the year to attract and retain them. For this purpose, a redesign of the salary system was undertaken, which would take into account the complexity of the job, the availability of potential talent and abilities of the individual at hand.

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