Harmonising Approaches to Professional Higher Education in Europe

Croatian Council of Universities and University Colleges of Applied Sciences (VVIVŠ) (Croatia)

VVIVS ( CUUCAS)Council of Universities and University Colleges (Vijeće veleučilišta i visokih škola, VVIVŠ) represents a network of institutions in professional higher education in Croatia. It’s mission is to represent the views of professionally oriented institutions in Croatian Higher education area, to support and promote the common interests of members, to ensure that Croatian professional studies follow common grounds with similar studies in Europe, to ensure quality of professional higher education in Croatia, to promote mobility of students and teachers and to facilitate recognition of degrees and titles in Croatia with other countries within European higher education area. The Network adopted its statute in April 2002. In October 2003, in line with the newly introduced Act on Scientific Activity and Higher Education, the Network changed its name and became the Council of Universities and University Colleges of Applied Sciences. Supported by the Agency for Science and Higher Education (ASHE), the agency in charge of accrediting academic programmes and evaluating institutions in HE, the Council is composed of forty-four members.

It is divided in 7 Area Councils for Arts, for Social Sciences, for Technical Sciences, for Natural Sciences, for Humanities, for Biotechnical Sciences, and for Biomedicine and Health.

Our role in the project

In its role as a national partner for the project, the Council will:

  • Support research activities by creating a national profile, and identifying institutions to participate in the survey
  • Participate in the development of the policy support tools, by contributing an expert to the expert-group
  • Organise a validation workshop amongst national stakeholders
  • articipate in national and international dissemination activities
  • Participate in the launch conference

Our project team

The core team of VVIVŠ working on  the HAPHE project includes 3 members: prof.dr.sc. Slavica Cosovic Bajic, dean, prof.dr. Žarko Nožica, professor, and Maja Šegvić, project associate.

Prof. Cosovic Bajic is dean at Polytechnics of Zagreb and president of The Croatian Council of Universities and University Colleges of Applied Sciences, which is a Full Member of EURASHE. Besides her interest in Bologna related processes her main professional interests are in the field of wireless communications and application of computers in electronics. She was operational in converting previously created study programmes into programmes that follow Bologna related principles. Slavica Cosovic Bajic holds Ms.EE and Ph.D all from the University of Zagreb.

Žarko Nožica is professor and scientist. He obtained his masters and Ph.D degrees at University of Zagreb. Mr. Nožica has 25+ years of experience in University (Croatia) and Industry environment (California, USA). Previously he held a number of senior positions in the industry in the USA: As Vice President he managed the Applications engineering organisation In LEDA Systems, Inc. He was director of Corporate applications engineering and methodology development organization at SONICS, Inc, Mountain View. Mr. Nozica was also a senior manager at Cadence Design Systems, Inc., California. Positions in Higher education included: a member of the faculty at the University of Zagreb, Pro-rector at the Polytechnics of Zagreb, Dean at University College of Applied Computer Engineering. Mr. Nozica was intensively involved in envision and development of programs, curricula and establishment of the new programs and institutions in the field of Higher professional education in Croatia. Mr. Nožica is currently a member of EURASHE’s Council and a participant of EURASHE Working Group on promotion of further specification of mission, role and position of professional HE and relevant profession-oriented Research, Development & Innovation. He also represented EURASHE in BFUG working group on Social Dimension. Moreover, he is also a member of the Area Council for Technical Sciences in his home organisation the Croatian Council of Universities and University Colleges of Applied Sciences. Mr Nožica is a member of the Advisory Committee of Croatian experts on Bologna related processes.

Mrs. Maja Šegvić is providing administrative support to the Croatian Council of Universities and University Colleges of Applied Sciences.


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