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Welcome to the Competitive Croatian Higher Education for Better Employment website. The project, funded from the IPA call Further Development of the Croatian Qualifications Framework and contracted by the Department for Financing and Contracting at the Agency for Vocational Education and Training, is implemented by the Croatian Agency for Science and Higher Education, in cooperation with project partners – University of Split and University College for Applied Computer Engineering.

The project was launched on August 19th, 2013 and will be completed within 18 months, by February 18th, 2015.

The overall objective of the project is to contribute to the implementation of the Croatian Qualifications Framework (CROQF) and reform of the Croatian higher education by developing new qualifications standards and study programmes in ICT and Physics, in order to facilitate development of new jobs and flexibility of work force. 

Specific objectives are to develop 6 qualifications standards and study programmes, which include development of learning outcomes and assessment criteria and procedures, and to introduce Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) as an integral part of the CROQF.
The first part of the project is dedicated to the development of RPL procedures, looking into stakeholders’ attitudes towards validating non-formal and informal learning and best European and global practices, supported by a study visit and resulting in a comprehensive publication.
The second part of the project aims to implement the developed procedures in the field of physics and ICT by developing qualification standards in cooperation with stakeholders and awarding the developed qualifications to qualified applicants within a pilot RPL program.

Total eligible costs of the project amount to 536.497,20 euro, with the European Union co-financing 73,72% of the amount or 395.505,74 euro, within the IPA grant call Further Development of the Croatian Qualifications Framework, implemented by the Department for Financing and Contracting at the Agency for Vocational Education and Training.