After 10 Years, One of Most Modern Croatian Schools Finally Nears Completion

Lauren Simmonds

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As Barbara Ban/Novac writes, not long from now, after ten years of works, the students of the Pula Medical School will finally enter their new “smart” school, one of the most modern Croatian schools to have been built. They will be greeted by smart boards, a dental and biochemical laboratory, and specialised chemistry and biology classrooms. The new school will also boast a central control system for all energy sources and lighting that can be controlled by mobile phones, twelve classrooms, a multipurpose hall, a professional kitchen and dining room and much more.

The students deserved the construction of this modern Croatian school after they left their former school in 2010, which was demolished in 2012 because it was deemed unfit for use, and since then the students have been engaging in their studies in the building of the former surgery of the old General Hospital and at the Public Open University. The new school will be able to accommodate up to 450 students, and currently has 350.

Now the works on one of the most modern Croatian schools, which sprang up on the site of the old school in Pula, and is worth 52 million kuna, are finally nearing completion. A few days ago it was visited by the Istria County prefect Fabrizio Radin and the mayor of Pula Boris Miletic. The works on this large public investment didn’t stop for even one day, despite the coronavirus crisis and the difficulties in procuring certain materials, equipment, as well as the problems surrounding the labour force. Due to that, the completion of the construction works will be a bit late, but they’re still scheduled for spring.

”About 75 percent of construction work is now completed. We expect that part to be finished during the spring of this year. This will be followed by the equipping phase and I believe that despite everything, we’re now seeing the end of this investment. Our investment policy in education follows the demands of the labour market. We lack medical staff of all profiles and this is how we intend to solve this problem in the future,” said Istria County’s prefect Fabrizio Radin, who believes that the modern Croatian school’s capacities will be filled by the time the next school year rolls around. All the more so as the new Pula General Hospital, which is located just across from the school, is also being completed.

Miletic added that this is one of the most modern and best-equipped schools in the entire country.

”If someone is thinking of enrolling in medical school next year, now’s the time to decide. This is all the more important as at the end of it, that person will have a job at the Pula General Hospital,” said Miletic.

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