Centre for European Education inaugurated in Zagreb

An international network for education and research is being set up in Croatia’s capital Zagreb. As part of the TEMPUS ‘Learning for Europe’ project, the Centre for European Education will
investigate different approaches to educational reforms. Some 12 universities in 10 European countries are involved in the project under the aegis of the University of Zagreb and the University
of Münster, Germany.

Speakers at the opening ceremony held on 25 September 2007 at the University of Zagreb included Croatian Prime Minister Ivo Sanader and Science Minister Dragan Primorac, as well as German
Federal Education Minister Annette Schavan. ‘The centre is a truly European project and a remarkable novelty as well as an impetus for European education. It can develop into a centre of
competence for European education and professional training,’ Ms Schavan said. She expressed the hope that the cooperation will ‘contribute to the creation of a European awareness and to
strengthening Europe’s mind and soul’.

The centre’s focus is on practice- and research-oriented programmes in the fields of education policy and education reforms in Europe. Besides the coordination of national approaches, the
centre will develop new courses of study for managers in the field of education and offer a one-year masters programme in ‘Management and Counselling for European Education’ for postgraduates.

‘The project is going to bring together lecturers and students from Western, South-Eastern and Mid-Eastern Europe in courses of study and in research groups,’ said Marianne Krüger-Potratz
from Münster University, who devised the concept together with Siegfried Gehrmann from the University of Zagreb. ‘The European unification process, as well as continuous globalisation,
represent a great challenge to education systems in Europe.’ Therefore, there was a need to link national reform strategies and find new ways of transnational cooperation, she added.

The Centre for European Education is the first German-Croatian institution of higher education for educational issues in Europe. In addition to the two lead institutions, universities from
Zadar (Croatia), Hagen (Germany), Tilburg (the Netherlands), Klagenfurt (Austria), Ljubljana (Slovenia), Novi Sad (Serbia), Sarajevo (Bosnia-Herzegovina), Skopje (Former Yugoslav Republic of
Macedonia), Ankara (Turkey) and Cluj Napoca (Romania) are participating in the project.

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