Unique Stonemasonry School on Brač Lures International Students

Lauren Simmonds

One unique school on this central Dalmatian island is of interest for students from across the continent.

As Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 6th of October, 2018, one school on Brač is being chosen as the top choice by students from across continental Europe all the more frequently, with numerous inquiries coming in from Switzerland, France, Germany and Hungary, it seems that this island facility is making a name for itself. 

This stonemasonry school on the beautiful island of Brač is the only one of its kind in the whole of the Republic of Croatia.

Even as most of schools, especially those on Croatia’s many islands, are struggling with a shortage of students, even foreigners are coming to be taught in the picturesque town of Pučišća, which is commonly listed as one of the most beautiful villages in Europe. The school is also engaged in tourism, and after graduation, students from here can open up their own businesses in their field of study and can easily find work anywhere in Europe, N1 writes.

“In the beginning, we get a piece of stone, from which we have to make a cube, straighten up all the sides, and later on, the professor decides what we’ve got to do,” said Elizabeta Batistić, a second grade student.

When it comes to stonemasonry, this unassuming island school is one of the best in Europe.

“The school offers a unique way of treating stone, a good knowledge of the material, and in just that way along we’re unique,” said Tamara Plastić, the school’s director.

That’s why more and more students from other countries are choosing to continue their education at this island school. As stated, many inquiries come into the school from across continental Europe, from Switzerland, to France, Germany, and Hungary. Jozef came to study his craft on Brač from the Czech Republic.

“They don’t have these types of schools just anywhere, so I decided to come here. The very first day I came here, I looked around and thought wow, how can people even succeed here, and year after year, I realised it wasn’t really that difficult,” said Jozef.

However, despite the rise in the number of foreign students, Croatian students don’t pick this facility very often, so year after year, a drop in the number of students is recorded on Brač. The need for properly qualified stonemasons was recognised by the state, which grants scholarships for such a type of education, totalling 9,000 kuna per pupil.

 Next year, the school is planning to open a stone design program in order to continue to attract students who are interested in getting involved with this unusual profession.


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