Croatian government introduces target agreements with higher education institutions
The Croatian Ministry of Science, Education and Sports has concluded target agreements with higher education institutions for the first time. The process was developed as part of a World Bank project in which CHE managing director Prof. Dr. Frank Ziegele acted as consultant. At the concluding workshop, all those involved described their experiences with the instrument as extremely positive and said it had improved relations between the state and universities.
Prof. Dr. Ziegele supported the process of introducing target agreements in Croatia at different points over the past few months. The fundamental aspects of the target agreements, including rules and processes, were developed at a kick-off workshop in Dubrovnik with more than 60 representatives from the Ministry of Science, Education and Sports, higher education institutions and scientific organisations present. Three pilot universities were advised and given feedback on implementation as they prepared for the target agreements. Then finally in December, shortly before the target agreements were signed, a workshop took place to evaluate the pilot universities’ initial experiences with the agreements. The first round of target agreements have now been concluded with all higher education institutions.
Prof. Dr. Ziegele said: "Higher education steering through target agreements is a major step in the modernisation of Croatia’s higher education system. The first agreements focus on teaching and study targets, but following the positive experiences with the agreements it is now planned to extend them to all dimensions of university activity.”
The introduction of target agreements in Croatia is a co-operative project between the World Bank and the Croatian Ministry of Science, Education and Sports. CHE managing director Prof. Dr. Ziegele was brought in as consultant on account of his long-term experience with the steering instrument.