Concrete steps are being made to better acquaint Croatia’s students with the importance of knowledge about EU projects, knowledge which will be advantageous on the labour market.
As Lucija Spiljak/Poslovni Dnevnik writes on the 27th of January, 2019, representatives of the Ministry of Regional Development and EU Funds and the Faculty of Economics of the University of Zagreb signed a cooperation agreement worth three million kuna, which will enable students to acquire skills and knowledge in the field of EU funds for professional practice.
This is a project that has been being discussed in the aforementioned ministry for a long time, and now partnerships through signing this contract have been formalised by the dean of this higher education institution, Jurica Pavičić, and Minister of Regional Development and EU Funds, Gabrijela Žalac. Another partner of the project is the Department of Economics of the University of Zadar, whose representatives will subsequently sign the same contract.
“It’s a great pleasure for our students to have the opportunity to improve themselves in something that is important for them, their careers, and to their future employers. Students have recognised the importance of knowledge about EU funds and have shown great interest in this area, aware that this will be an important component when they go out to look for a job. We’re glad that we’ve partnered with the Ministry and that the University of Zadar is ready to join in with this project,” said the Dean.
The cooperation agreement also concerns the strengthening of the Regional Development Academy, which has been in existence for many years within the ministry and cooperates with the University of Zagreb and faculties at the project level, in the interest of enhancing cooperation on the issue of student education, which is the backbone of regional development and the management of EU structural and investment funds.
“We want to strengthen our capacities at all levels so that through the professional knowledge and mentoring of our people in the Ministry of Economics, students from Zagreb and Zadar are able to train for the labour market. Our students have a decisive role in the dynamics of fundraising and the socio-economic progress of the coming period. The aim is to build a strategic partnership with healthcare institutions in the Republic of Croatia. We’ve been a full member of the EU for five and a half years and I think it’s now time to allow students to acquire knowledge and skills in the area of EU funds management and their use,” said the minister, adding that European structural and investment funds make up 80 percent of public investments in the Republic of Croatia.
“Since we’re the youngest member state of the EU, we’re still at the beginning. This seven-year financial period, when we’ll use European funds for the very first time, will certainly be a great experience for what follows in 2021,” said Žalac, mentioning that MRRFEU and the Central Finance and Contracting Agency for EU Programs and Projects conducted research with results which show that there are 2700 experts missing in Croatia for the field of implementing EU projects.
“Therefore, we’d like to enable our students of economic orientation to provide professional practice with the help of EU funds, to provide new useful facilities for building a business career, with additional values that strengthen their competence on the labour market,” added Minister Žalac before thanking everyone who participated in the implementation process of this project.
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