Nearly 60% of lower secondary school pupils in EU studying more than one foreign language

Nearly 60 percent of lower secondary school pupils in the European Union studied more than one foreign language, the EU statistical office said.

Minister: State of education system not disastrous, Croatia leads in some indicators

Croatian Science and Education Minister Pavo Barisic has opposed assessments that the situation in the education system is disastrous, underlining that according to some indicators, Croatia is among the best European countries, as evidenced by the fact that as many as 97% of teachers attend seminars and lectures, a rate much above the European average.

Renowned researcher is leaving Croatia, will continue fight against plagiarism

Ivan Djikic, the renowned Croatian scientist with an international career, said on Monday he was ending all of his scientific work in Croatia and moving his projects abroad because of unfounded accusations by University of Split head Simun Andjelinovic and some statements by Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic.

Over 200 Osijek University students, professors support science minister

More than 200 professors and students at Osijek University and other members of the academic community in that eastern city on Wednesday expressed support to Education and Science Minister Pavo Barisic in a letter sent to Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic and Parliament Speaker Bozo Petrov.

Pence breaks tie on US education pick; fends off Democratic challenge

The US Senate confirmed Betsy DeVos as President Donald Trump's choice for education secretary Tuesday, with Vice President Mike Pence casting an historic tie-breaking vote amid vocal Democratic opposition.

Poor education holds blacks back in post-apartheid South Africa

More than two decades after Nelson Mandela took power in South Africa, his dream of equal opportunities for blacks and whites is being undermined by the failures of the country's education system.

Croat parents in Brcko District want their children to attend classes in Croatian

Parents of children attending a school in Gornja Skakava in Bosnia and Herzegovina's northeastern Brcko District have asked for reinstating a Croat teacher whose place was taken at the start of the second semester by a Bosniak teacher who does not teach children in the Croatian language.

Faculty of Electrical Engineering wins bicycle-friendly certificate

The Croatian Trade Union of Cyclists on Thursday bestowed upon the Zagreb-based Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing (FER) a certificate showing that this tertiary education institution is cycle-friendly.

SDP leader urges gov't to change regulations on taxation of student income

Social Democratic Party (SDP) leader Davor Bernardic on Thursday called on the government to urgently amend regulations under which students, once they earn HRK 15,000 in a year, have their each next income taxed at a rate of 24% plus municipal taxes, saying that by doing so, the government was being cruel to young people.

EUR 100,000 ensured for modifying textbooks for blind students

As much as 753,000 kuna (100,000 euros) has been earmarked from the 2016 state budget for adapting books and textbooks for students with visual impairment, and the contracts regulating the allocation of funds were signed in the Education and Science Ministry on Friday.

3 parties against Sarajevo University decision on no lectures on Friday afternoon

Three left-leaning political parties in Bosnia and Herzegovina on Thursday strongly criticised the decision by the Sarajevo University Senate that no lectures would be given during Jumu'ah, a congregational prayer that Muslims hold every Friday.

CARNet conducting project aimed at making schools digitally mature

The Croatian Academic and Research Network - CARNet - has launched a pilot project called "E-Schools To Establish A System of Development of Digitally Mature Schools" and various activities have been carried out in 151 schools within this three-year 40-million-euro project so far.

Student dorm and public library opened in Knin

A student dormitory and a public library were formally opened in Knin on Tuesday.

Vojvodina Croat official says Serbia should publish 186 textbooks in Croatian language

The leader of the Democratic Alliance of the Vojvodina Croats (DSHV), Tomislav Zigmanov, said on Wednesday that Serbian authorities would have to publish 186 textbooks for all levels of education in the Croatian language, and that this was the best way to open the policy area 26 in the country's EU accession talks, which concerns education and culture, and for Croatia to unblock the opening of that policy area.

Croatian 15-year-olds still underperform in PISA survey

Croatian 15-year-olds are still below the average performance in reading, mathematics and science compared with their peers in member countries of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), shows the latest edition of the PISA survey (Programme for International Student Assessment) survey, conducted in 72 countries in 2015.

Croats bag 1 silver and 5 bronze medals at Int'l Junior Science Olympiad

Croatian students pocketed a silver medal and five bronze medals during the 13th edition of the International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO) that took place in Denpasar-Bali, Indonesia on 2-11 December.

10 Italian school classes vote "Mein Kampf" among their top books

Ten classes of Italian high-school students included Adolf Hitler's anti-Semitic manifesto "Mein Kampf" among their 10 favourite books, a top official from the Ministry of Education said, as quoted in Thursday's La Repubblica newspaper.

Croatia not ready to introduce dual education

In Austria and Germany where the dual education system has been implemented for years, the youth unemployment rate is 5% to 10%, Burilovic said, underscoring that the application of such a system would significantly contribute to reducing overall unemployment.

Croat fourth graders have above-average science knowledge

 According to fourth grade math and science, Croatia ranks 32nd out of the 47 countries in which students are submitted to a series of international assessments of the mathematics and science knowledge -- The Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS)  -- a news conference heard on Tuesday in Zagreb.

HRK 133.7M to be invested to enable access to e-sources of information

An agreement was signed in Croatia's Ministry of Science and Education for a project valued at HRK 133.7 million aimed at upgrading access to electronic sources of scientific and expert information which should facilitate research in Croatia.

Trump agrees to 25-million-dollar settlement in Trump University case

US president-elect Donald Trump and prosecutors reached a 25-million-dollar settlement in the Trump University fraud case, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Friday.

Croatian President says there are no "men's" and "women's" jobs

Despite laws that promote gender equality, in Croatia there persists the stereotype that girls are fit for one type of jobs and boys for another, it was said at an event on the under-representation of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, academic disciplines collectively called STEM.

Sarajevo councillors strip teacher of award due to pressure from Turkey

The city council of the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina on Tuesday stripped a math teacher, employed in the "Bosna-Sema" school within the Fethullah Gulen foundation, of an award he was given a month ago for his contribution to the educational system, due to pressure from Turkey.

Low dropout rate main strength of Croatia's education system

Under Education and Training 2020 (ET 2020), a framework for cooperation in education, EU member-states should reduce dropout rates to below 10%. Croatia already has the lowest rate, 3%. On the other side of the scale are Malta and Estonia with a 20% dropout rate.

Eight Croatians to participate in world's first Quiz Olympiad

Eight Croatians will be among almost 200 competitors from 26 countries to participate in the world's first Quiz Olympiad to be held in Athens on November 3-6, the Croatian Quizzing Association said.

China+16 conference on education held in Beijing

A high-level dialogue on human resources exchange between China and the EU and a conference of education ministers between China and 16 Central and Eastern European countries were held in Beijing this week.

UN: Millions of refugee children are out of school

More than half of the 6 million school-age refugees around the world have no school to go to, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) said Thursday, warning that this problem can lead to further conflicts if it is left unaddressed.

Turkey suspends 11,000 teachers in Kurdish south east

More than 11,000 teachers in Turkey's south east have been suspended over suspected support of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), state new agency Anadolu reported Thursday, just over a week before the start of a new school year.

5 political camps respond to union queries on education platform

The Preporod union of workers in education on Wednesday presented responses sent by five political camps to questions regarding education platforms, which will be forwarded to workers in primary and secondary schools so that they can send a message in Sunday's election to all those parties who responded or didn't.

Minister: Croatia to continue helping Croats in Bosnia and Herzegovina

"The reason we are here is that we want to facilitate the absorption of EU funds as well as help Bosnia and Herzegovina, notably the Croat people here, prepare for accession to the EU," Sustar told reporters in Citluk.

Croats win 4 bronze medals at International Geography Olympiad

Four Croatian secondary school students won bronze medals at the 13th International Geography Olympiad (iGeo), an annual competition for the best 16

Lepusic, Markic: Schools should replace Internet in sex education

Most young people aged under 18 do not enter into sexual relationships and imposing a programme that "implies that they already have sexual experience" resembles the advertising of contraceptive devices, she says.

Internet is main source of information on sex education for young Croatians

More than half of young Croatians obtain information on sex education on the Internet, shows a survey prompted by heated discussions in Croatia about plans for the introduction of sex education in school curricula.

People's Coalition presents its education platform; Milanovic: We're here to continue our job

The People's Coalition on Tuesday presented its education platform at the Rijeka University Campus, with Social Democratic Party (SDP) leader and former prime minister Zoran Milanovic saying that his government's results could not be downplayed and that the SDP-led coalition was offering itself to Croatian citizens to continue the job it had been doing.

Zagreb University 536th in CWUR ranking of top 1000 universities

The Center for World University Rankings ( has recently released its 2016 ranking of the world’s top 1000 universities, and Zagreb University ranks 536th, that is in the golden mean, while the ranking is topped by Harvard.

French ambassador: Students are future and guarantee of excellent ties

Students are the future and guarantee for quality connections, French Ambassador Michele Boccoz said in Zagreb on Friday during a graduation ceremony of the seventh class of bioindustry students from the University of Zagreb and the University of Orleans.

Curriculum reform expert team gets new chairpersons

Jokic and his team recently stated that the integral curriculum reform could not be implemented for legislative and financial reasons, which was why they had to give it up.

Curriculum reform initiative slams outgoing education minister

The Initiative said that during the upcoming election campaign it would request that those running for office stress the importance of the education reform and present plans to continue with the integral curriculum reform as planned and with the same team.

Croatia Can Do Better Initiative announces rally for change of government

The Initiative called on Croatian citizens to join in the support for the comprehensive curriculum reform and send out the message that education is a priority for Croatian society.

Sustar not considering resignation

Science, Education and Sport Minister Predrag Sustar told reporters on Thursday, a day after supporters of the curriculum reform demanded his resignation at a string of protest rallies across the country, that he was not thinking of stepping down.

Parliament continues debate on gender ombudswoman's report in polemical atmosphere

Students have not received their scholarships since January, Bernardic said during a debate on the work of the Gender Equality Ombudswoman, asking Tepes to investigate the matter and report on it to MPs by the end of the day.

Over 300 organisations support curricular reform protest

About six hours before a protest in Zagreb in support of a curricular reform scheduled for 6 pm on Wednesday, about 15 Croats living in Shanghai rallied to voice their support and send an important message from the other side of the world.

President holds ad hoc meeting on curriculum reform

After the meeting, Jokic said dialogue was open but stopped short of saying if he would change his mind and continue as head of the expert team.

Expert team asks political parties not to claim curricular reform for themselves

"From the very beginning the reform was devised as a national project and place of true unity and dialogue, and participating experts are people of very different worldviews," reads a statement signed by Boris Jokic,

Croatia Can Do Better initiative calls for education minister's resignation

This civil society organisations making up the group called on citizens to attend the rallies set for June 1 at 6 pm to "clearly and loudly say that education is a priority for Croatian society."

President calls for continuation of curriculum reform

President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic issued a letter to the public on Sunday calling for the continuation of the curriculum reform.

Sustar calls on Jokic and his team to return and complete work on curriculum reform

Science, Education and Sport Minister Predrag Sustar on Friday called on the head of the task force for comprehensive curriculum reform, Boris Jokic, and his team to return and complete their work on the reform.

Curricular reform working group resigns over political pressure

The head of a team of experts working on an integral curricular reform, Boris Jokic, and his team on Wednesday tendered irrevocable resignations due to political pressure, saying their decision was final and non-negotiable.

Curricular reform working group asks to be relieved of duty

"We don't have the impression that there is support and trust in us as a group. We were always for dialogue, we wanted and were ready to expand the group. But we can't and won't ever agree to political influence, either from the left, the right or the centre,"

Croatian secondary-school students win silver and bronze at EU Science Olympiad

Croatian secondary-school students have won a silver and a bronze medal at the 14th European Union Science Olympiad (EUSO) that has just ended in Tartu, Estonia.

EU seeks to attract foreign students, researchers with easier access

The European Union will soon make it easier and more appealing for students and researchers to enter the bloc, in a bid to attract more skilled foreigners.

Eurostat: Number of persons with tertiary education growing, number of early leavers falling

The Europe 2020 strategy’s target is that at least 40% of 30-34-year-olds in the EU should have completed tertiary education by 2020, says the EU's statistical office.

Bavaria considers use of Mein Kampf in school curriculum

The Bavarian parliament was debating Thursday whether an annotated version of Adolf Hitler's opus Mein Kampf should be authorized for educational use in schools and other establishments.

Further education important, employers investing too little for this - survey

More than 60% of job seekers attended further education and 25% consider that their education helped them in conducting their duties on the job. One-quarter said that education partially helped them and 31% said that it didn't impact their work positively.

Deal inked on HRK 141.5 mln grant for new dorm in Varazdin

An agreement on a non-repayable grant in the amount of 141.5 million kuna (EUR 18.6 million) from European Union funds for a new dormitory in Varazdin was signed in that northern Croatian city on Monday.

Croatian undergraduates dissatisfied with social, economic conditions of student life

Croatian students are least satisfied with the overall conditions of their college life, according to the findings of a survey carried out in 30 European countries.

Minister believes schools should teach more about Jasenovac and Holocaust

Sustar believes that Croatia's entire past should be studied in a scientific, calm, expert and civilised manner - both the phases of success that we can be proud of and those that were shameful. That means facing the past, the minister told reporters.

EUR 23.75 mln of EU funds allocated for Rijeka University campus

The 178.6 million kuna has been be withdrawn from the European Regional Development Fund.

Minister: New model of subsidies for school transportation as of next school year

"Money will be available. The new model will be introduced as of the next school year," Sustar said in an interview with Nova TV when asked if students would be given money for transportation in April, just as they had in recent years.

Agreements inked for EUR 30.6 mn reconstruction of dorms

A co-financing agreement to reconstruct dormitories in Zagreb and Osijek valued at more than 233 million kuna was signed on Tuesday in Zagreb.

30 Germans to study medicine in Split

The head of Regiomed Kliniken, Joachim Bovelet said his institution had recognised the value of the medical school in Split and decided to sign the cooperation agreement.

HSLS: Croatia cannot develop without investment in education

Croatia will not be able to develop without increasing investments in science, higher education and innovations, deputy leader of the Croatian Social-Liberal Party (HSLS) Miljenko Simpraga told a press conference on Monday.

Five Paris schools given all-clear after bomb threat evacuation

Five Parisian schools that were evacuated Tuesday after receiving bomb threats were declared safe by police, the city's school authority said. However, one school was still being searched.

Education minister says all good projects will be continued

The new Science, Education and Sport Minister, Predrag Sustar, confirmed on Saturday that all good programmes, including the ongoing curricular reform, would be continued, adding that comments conducive to improving that document had to be taken into account.

New gov't to increase funds for culture, education and science

In 2017 and 2018, budget funds for culture would be increased to 1.5% of GDP. Allocations for culture in the 2014 budget were 0.49% of GDP.

Oreskovic, Karamarko, Zagreb University chancellor agree on education suited to economy

"We spoke about the need to strengthen know-how in the country and the possibility of connecting universities and the private sector," Oreskovic told reporters afterwards.

MOST unveils details of proposed monetary, fiscal, education and science policies

The party says that a public debt management policy is necessary given the complexity of the situation and its impact on all other areas. 

Education inequalities in EU remain high, report shows

The report, published on Thursday, reveals that education in Europe is one of the victims of the economic crisis and budget cuts, with possible consequences in the long term.