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The University of Osijek is an educational institution that connects scientific research, artistic creation, teaching and studying thus developing science, profession, and art prepares students for professional work based on scientific knowledge and methods, as well as artistic value, educates young researchers, participates in the realization of students' social interests and promotes international, mainly European cooperation in higher education, in scientific and artistic activities.

The purpose of the UniversityUniversity is to involve students in scientific research activities and to develop the scientific spirit in order to develop students' critical attitude and openness towards new knowledge and simultaneously develop their personality and team workability, to accept of moral and ethical principles as a prerequisite, and to contribute to the development of a democratic society and become involved in the European knowledge community.

University fulfills its role through the academic education at its faculties, university departments, and the Academy of Arts, within UniversityUniversity and professional studies whose primary activity is teaching and transferring knowledge to new generations, following legal and statutory provisions.

By reaching a high level of development, Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek tends to step toward new competitive advantages to become a desirable place for studying and working. Its development is based on the rich cultural and historical heritage in the regional and central European context. It also seeks to preserve traditional values and particularities of higher education that it inherits over three centuries.

Within the University of Osijek's vision, the main guidelines are the development of a modern, autonomous, research-oriented, educational, and innovation center that enables:

  • Reaching recognisability level within particular scientific fields and branches.
  • Establishment of scientific centers of excellence.
  • Foundation of university institutes.
  • Establishment of scientific-technology park "Technopolis. "
  • Technology transfer.
  • Implementation of the Bologna Process.
  • Preparation of new study programs and profiling of experts according to labor market demands in the area of Eastern Croatia.
  • Establishment of interdisciplinary studies.
  • Establishment of Centers for studies.
  • Establishment of the Center for higher education quality.
  • Establishment of the Center for lifelong learning.
  • Enforcement of the scientific-teaching structure.
  • Development of scientific research activity.
  • Increase in scientific production.
  • Establishment of doctoral schools.
  • Involvement in international science.
  • International and internal mobility of students.
  • Widening of the integrative function.
  • Realization of international and interuniversity cooperation within teaching and scientific activities.
  • Establishment of the University office for audit and financial control.
  • Realization of the 3rd phase of the University campus construction and capital investment program.

In all segments of its activities, the UniversityUniversity strives towards a uniform and well-coordinated action that will contribute to the high level of integration and the welfare of the Osijek academic community. In the following long-term development, UniversityUniversity will focus on research and will establish a university research center in various fields of science and interdisciplinary research within doctoral schools, modeled after some well-known European doctoral schools.

The establishment of a scientific center of excellence in food production will bring together the best scientific potential in Biotechnical sciences.

The establishment of University institutes for scientific activities in one or more related scientific fields will be associated with the process of higher education at the UniversityUniversity.

In the forthcoming period, it is necessary to establish the Scientific-technology park for commercialization of scientific results, encouragement of cooperation between scientists and business people, and fostering the science-based economy. By establishing Scientific-technology park "Technopolis," the UniversityUniversity would contribute to economic development in Eastern Croatia.

UniversityUniversity should encourage innovations, critical thinking, creativity, and tolerance in society. Today, the UniversityUniversity should be open to change in all aspects of its activities and provide new knowledge for 21st-century professionals. It should also contribute to increasing the number of young researchers with a research career and to the dissemination of scientific-research base and advanced networks in the knowledge spreading.

The University vision is directed towards developing creative and innovative strategies that will be applied through a strategic planning process. That will allow the UniversityUniversity to successfully compete in its surroundings and manage strategic issues critical for vision achievement.

Some of our main goals are:

  • Increasing international activity through active participation in the Erasmus+ and European research programs and projects.
  • Expansion of international cooperation through individual mobility exchanges of students and staff.
  • Intensification of international student exchanges within international programs and bilateral agreements.
  • Education of students in internationally friendly academic environments.
  • Creating opportunities for home staff and students to experience the international perspective of study programs at home within the concept of "Internationalization at Home."

International and inter-institutional cooperation of the University of Osijek is carried out within the activities based on bilateral inter-institutional agreements, international university networks, international scientific and professional research projects of the European Commission, and student organizations' international activities. Besides, cooperation is carried out with the Universities of Zagreb, Split, Rijeka, and Zadar, and it is mainly based on the improvement and implementation of joint study programs and collaboration in scientific research projects.

Since the University of Osijek is one of the promoters of the development of Eastern Croatia, its strategic goals refer to encouraging cross-border cooperation, which is mainly developed in the field of joint international scientific research projects. The engagement of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, the Faculty of Agriculture, the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the Faculty of Medicine in IPA projects with the Universities of Maribor, Pécs, Tuzla, and Zenica should also be noted. We should also mention the assistance of the Faculty of Education in the establishment of the Chair of Croatian Language at the Trakya University (Edirne, Turkey), the assistance of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in the establishment of the English Language study program at the Faculty of Philosophy in Tuzla, the "Lifelong Learning for Sustainable Agriculture in Alps-Danube-Adriatic Region" TEMPUS project of the Faculty of Agriculture and the International Summer Camp organized by the Academy of Arts. It is also important to emphasize the engagement of the Faculty of Economics in the international inter-institutional interdisciplinary post-graduate (doctoral) study Entrepreneurship and Innovativeness carried out in cooperation with the Universities of Turku (Finland), Maribor (Slovenia), Klagenfurt (Austria) and Durham (Great Britain), together with Microsoft Croatia."

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