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The Mission of University North is the education of competent professional personnel for the needs of the real economy and the health care system in the north-western Croatia region through the quality realization of professional and University studies according to the requirements of the Bologna Declaration. In the implementation of this objective University North is organized as a dynamic organization that continually monitors, implements and incorporates scientific and professional knowledge in the modernization of the existing and the development of new study programs, promotes the concept of lifelong learning, and deepens and maintains relations with the business sector and collaboration with related higher education institutions in the country and abroad.
The Vision of University North is to be the leading educational, scientific, professional, and socially responsible higher education institution for the education of personnel in the technical, biomedical and biotechnical sciences in north-western Croatia and the region. Students that graduate from University North is and will remain desirable and employable experts because of the high level and diversity of acquired knowledge and competencies, ready for independent and creative work in their profession. In its work, University North promotes the principles of quality in higher education, ethics, creativity, transparency, collaboration with other higher education institutions, and excellent interpersonal relations above all.
The project of establishing and building the University in north-western Croatia began a little more than thirteen years ago. On May 17, 2001, teachers and the management of the Electromechanical school in Varaždin, with the approval of the line ministry and the help of the city of Varaždin, a professional study of Electrical Engineering was founded, i.e., a four-year technical college with public rights, which carried out its program in the mentioned high school. In the same year, the institution was registered as public, and its funding was taken over by the line ministry.
After several years of successful work, a sufficient number of students enrolled, and the teachers' employment with the necessary elections to teaching titles, the conditions needed for the establishment and the development of the four-year technical college into an independent institution were met. Therefore, based on obtaining the license for carrying out activities issued by the Ministry of Science and Technology dated May 16, 2002, the Varaždin City Council at its 28th session held on October 19, 2002, decided on the establishment of an institution under the name of the “College of Electrical Engineering.”During that time, the institution offered one study program – “Electrical Engineering” – and two specialization programs – “Automation” and “Biomedical Electronics.”
Taking into consideration the development of higher education in other parts of Croatia, the city and county leaders, management of the institution, and teachers realized that the existing configuration of the institution (Polytechnic) was inadequate about the developmental needs and aspirations of the region. The institution was faced with many restrictions about the vertical development of the study programs, the level of financing by the Ministry of Science, Education, and Sports, and there was a large discrepancy in the development of the higher education of north-western Croatia in comparison to the other parts of the country.
Given the fact that the Polytechnic performed a more significant number of study programs in different fields - five programs in specific, but in only one scientific area of technical sciences - in order to meet the requirements of growing into a university, the institution decided on completing the feasibility study of a new study program in another scientific area - in the area of “Biomedicine and Health” - with the professional study of “Nursing.”

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