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Croatia:Overview

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Overview Croatia

Contents

Croatia:Political, Social and Economic Background and Trends

Croatia:Historical Development

Croatia:Main Executive and Legislative Bodies

Croatia:Population: Demographic Situation, Languages and Religions

Croatia:Political and Economic Situation

Croatia:Organisation and Governance

Croatia:Fundamental Principles and National Policies

Croatia:Lifelong Learning Strategy

Croatia:Organisation of the Education System and of its Structure

Croatia:Organisation of Private Education

Croatia:National Qualifications Framework

Croatia:Administration and Governance at Central and/or Regional Level

Croatia:Administration and Governance at Local and/or Institutional Level

Croatia:Statistics on Organisation and Governance

Croatia:Funding in Education

Croatia:Early Childhood and School Education Funding

Croatia:Higher Education Funding

Croatia:Adult Education and Training Funding

Croatia:Early Childhood Education and Care

Croatia:Organisation of Programmes for Children under 3 years

Croatia:Teaching and Learning in Programmes for Children under 3 years

Croatia:Assessment in Programmes for Children under 3 years

Croatia:Organisation of Programmes for Children over 3 years

Croatia:Teaching and Learning in Programmes for Children over 3 years

Croatia:Assessment in Programmes for Children over 3 years

Croatia:Organisation of the Pre-Primary Class

Croatia:Teaching and Learning in the Pre-Primary Class

Croatia:Assessment in the Pre-Primary Class

Croatia:Organisational Variations and Alternative Structures in Early Childhood Education and Care

Croatia:Single Structure Education (Integrated Primary and Lower Secondary Education)

Croatia:Organisation of Single Structure Education

Croatia:Teaching and Learning in Single Structure Education

Croatia:Assessment in Single Structure Education

Croatia:Organisational Variations and Alternative Structures in Single Structure Education

Croatia:Upper Secondary and Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

Croatia:Organisation of General Upper Secondary Education

Croatia:Teaching and Learning in General Upper Secondary Education

Croatia:Assessment in General Upper Secondary Education

Croatia:Organisation of Vocational Upper Secondary Education

Croatia:Teaching and Learning in Vocational Upper Secondary Education

Croatia:Assessment in Vocational Upper Secondary Education

Croatia:Post-Secondary Non-Tertiary Education

Croatia:Higher Education

Croatia:Types of Higher Education Institutions

Croatia:First Cycle Programmes

Croatia:Bachelor

Croatia:Short-Cycle Higher Education

Croatia:Second Cycle Programmes

Croatia:Programmes outside the Bachelor and Master Structure

Croatia:Third Cycle (PhD) Programmes

Croatia:Adult Education and Training

Croatia:Distribution of Responsibilities

Croatia:Developments and Current Policy Priorities

Croatia:Main Providers

Croatia:Main Types of Provision

Croatia:Validation of Non-formal and Informal Learning

Croatia:Teachers and Education Staff

Croatia:Initial Education for Teachers Working in Early Childhood and School Education

Croatia:Conditions of Service for Teachers Working in Early Childhood and School Education

Croatia:Continuing Professional Development for Teachers Working in Early Childhood and School Education

Croatia:Initial Education for Academic Staff in Higher Education

Croatia:Conditions of Service for Academic Staff Working in Higher Education

Croatia:Continuing Professional Development for Academic Staff Working in Higher Education

Croatia:Initial Education for Teachers and Trainers Working in Adult Education and Training

Croatia:Conditions of Service for Teachers and Trainers Working in Adult Education and Training

Croatia:Continuing Professional Development for Teachers and Trainers Working in Adult Education and Training

Croatia:Management and Other Education Staff

Croatia:Management Staff for Early Childhood and School Education

Croatia:Staff Involved in Monitoring Educational Quality for Early Childhood and School Education

Croatia:Education Staff Responsible for Guidance in Early Childhood and School Education

Croatia:Other Education Staff or Staff Working with Schools

Croatia:Management Staff for Higher Education

Croatia:Other Education Staff or Staff Working in Higher Education

Croatia:Management Staff Working in Adult Education and Training

Croatia:Other Education Staff or Staff Working in Adult Education and Training

Croatia:Quality Assurance

Croatia:Quality Assurance in Early Childhood and School Education

Croatia:Quality Assurance in Higher Education

Croatia:Quality Assurance in Adult Education and Training

Croatia:Educational Support and Guidance

Croatia:Special Education Needs Provision within Mainstream Education

Croatia:Separate Special Education Needs Provision in Early Childhood and School Education

Croatia:Support Measures for Learners in Early Childhood and School Education

Croatia:Guidance and Counselling in Early Childhood and School Education

Croatia:Support Measures for Learners in Higher Education

Croatia:Guidance and Counselling in Higher Education

Croatia:Support Measures for Learners in Adult Education and Training

Croatia:Guidance and Counselling in a Lifelong Learning Approach

Croatia:Mobility and Internationalisation

Croatia:Mobility in Early Childhood and School Education

Croatia:Mobility in Higher Education

Croatia:Mobility in Adult Education and Training

Croatia:Other Dimensions of Internationalisation in Early Childhood and School Education

Croatia:Other Dimensions of Internationalisation in Higher Education

Croatia:Other Dimensions of Internationalisation in Adult Education and Training

Croatia:Bilateral Agreements and Worldwide Cooperation

Croatia:Ongoing Reforms and Policy Developments

Croatia:National Reforms in Early Childhood Education and Care

Croatia:National Reforms in School Education

Croatia:National Reforms in Vocational Education and Training and Adult Learning

Croatia:National Reforms in Higher Education

Croatia:National Reforms related to Transversal Skills and Employability

Croatia:European Perspective

Croatia:Legislation

Croatia:Glossary

 

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Educational levels and stages

Early Childhood Education and Care

Early Childhood Education and Care in Croatia is funded and operationally managed by local authorities. Central educational authorities provide guidance, accreditation and monitoring of the educational programmes.

In school year prior to the enrolling into primary school, children are obliged to attend the pre-school programme, provided by kindergartens and primary schools.

Primary and Secondary Education

Primary and lower secondary education is organised as a single structure system, beginning at the age of 6 and consisting of eight years of compulsory schooling. By Constitution and Law, primary and lower secondary education is compulsory and free of charge.

Upper secondary education is not compulsory, but almost all students do enrol into the general or vocational upper secondary courses upon completing lower primary level. It includes three strands:

  • generalist programmes
  • 4-year vocational programmes
  • 3-year vocational programmes.

Generalist programmes prepare students for entry into higher education. Completing 4-year vocational programmes enables students to either enter the labor market or pursue to higher education. Completion of 3-year vocational programmes leads to the vocational career.

Educational Options for National Minorities

In primary and secondary education segment, special care is dedicated to the possibilities for education of students of national minorities in their mother tongue.

Hence a number of schools – almost fifty - provide tuition in Serbian, Italian, Czech and Hungarian languages. Just as national minority students can enrol into regular schools providing tuition in Croatian, students of Croatian nationality can enrol into schools providing tuition in some of the minority languages.

Higher Education

Higher education is provided by the universities, polytechnics and colleges.

Public universities provide the majority of higher educational offer in Croatia. Croatian Constitution guarantees organizational autonomy and academic freedom in teaching and research of higher education institutions. Most of funding for public universities is provided by the central government, covering such items as:

  • salaries for academic staff
  • capital investment
  • running costs for academic institutions
  • research funds
  • student subsistence and tuition fees.

First year of study at both bachelor and master level at public universities is free of charge for all students. Student participation in tuition costs in subsequent study years depends on their previous study record.

Polytechnics are most often also publicly funded. However, their founders and funders are regional and local authorities, rather than the central government.

Colleges are almost exclusively privately funded higher educational institutions.

Education System Managing Institutions

Croatian education system is centrally managed by the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports (MSES). Other national public bodies involved in the regulation, development and quality control of the educational sector in Croatia are:






Structure of the national education system

Age of students                                                                                                                                                                  Programme duration (years)

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 source: Eurydice 2016

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