University of Dubrovnik (UNIDU) is one of the youngest Croatian public universities, founded in 2003. UNIDU’s modern development is based on a long tradition that goes back to the 17th century when “Collegium Ragusinum” was established. It was the first public institution of higher education in the “Republic of Ragusa” (14th – 19th century). Nowadays, UNIDU stands out for the variety of academic programs offered, its organization and technical equipment as well as for its unique geographical position. The main characteristics of UNIDU are:
– Realisation of educational plans and programs that are completely compatible with the Bologna Declaration;
– Guarantee of transfer of ECTS credits and of mobility of students and lecturers;
– Stimulation of active involvement of students in the education process, governing bodies and research projects, and extra–curricular activities;
– Continuous monitoring of the quality of educational activities based on mutual evaluation of students and lecturers;
– Stimulation of educational and scientific improvement of lecturers and their assistants;
– Monitoring needs of the economy and of the social community in the preparation of new educational plans and programs which are based on the cultural tradition of Dubrovnik, while, at the same time, introducing new modern programs which should create new traditions;
– Openness towards the international co–operation with the aim of attracting international programs and foreign students. At UNIDU there are 8 departments and 2 institutes; 17 undergraduate studies, 14 graduate studies and 2 postgraduate studies are performed. UNIDU has 2000 students, 255 employees (145 teachers + 110 other staff). UNIDU is currently building new premises for its students, such as student dorm and the campus. Both of these projects are enjoying a great support from the city and the county. Development of Dubrovnik as a “University city” is one of the main strategic goals of both the city and the county.